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Bill Snyder, forward. John Manson, forward. Ted Olzack, guard. Ogbourne Rawlinson, guard. The Varsity Players anc Beginning the season with a squad minus several experienced men who had been expected to be sure fire candidates for the team, the basketeers had all the marks of a mediocre team. In this game where height is an admitted asset, they were conspiciously short with only one six footer on the first five. By using speed and aggressiveness to make up for their shortage in height, the Gentlemen developed a win- ning combination that carried them to the top in their division of the S. I. A. A. conference race, and won them an invitation to the S.I. A. A. tour- nament at Bowling Green, Kentucky. Here they turned on the steam to win their first two games by impressive margins, but Murray State College eliminated them from the championship race with a one-point victory in the semi-finals. So impressive was the play of Bill Snyder and John Lingo that these boys were chosen on the All S. I. A. A. con- ference team. To their successors, the Gents pass on a spotless record for play in the New Gymnasium given the school last year by Mr. Arch Haynes. The Basketeers last year dedicated it with a victory over Centenary All- Stars. This year ' s team was undefeated in games played there. The annual mid-western tour had all the ear-marks of a successful campaign until injuries to one experienced player, John Lingo, and ill- ness to another, Al Beasley, left the team short of first string material and disaster overtook them in five of the six remaining games. Before then, the Gents had won three out of four, losing in the closing minutes, a game with the Sugar Bowl Champions, Kentucky University. Due to the strain of traveling by auto over 3,000 miles, the Gentlemen con- sidered this trip a success if they broke even in the games played. In winning fifteen straight victories following the mid-western trip, the Gents won ten conference games in their division, two at the tourna- ment, one against Loyola of the Dixie conference, and one against Southern Illinois Teachers. Clock-like teamwork and the ability of the individuals to cover their men and to hit the basket carried the Gents over this stretch of victories. The play of two all-conference men, John Lingo at center and Bill Snyder at one of the forwards was impressive throughout the year. Lingo is the shortest man to ever win the All-Conference center posi- tion. Exactly six feet tall he spotted height to every center he faced during the year. It was his mastery of the pivot position and his ability to score from any spot near the basket that gave him the award. He played consistent ball in every game to become the most dependable man on the squad John Henry Ouzts, guard. Al Beasley, guard.
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The Gentlemen made basketball history at New Orleans in a game with Loyola University of the Dixie Conference. In the highest scoring game ever played in that city, the Gents won 78 to 72 in an over- time period. Pete Williams was high scorer with twenty-one points, but every man on the Centenary team found the hoop at least once. Returning to conference competition, en route home, the Gentlemen stopped at Natchitoches and scored a surprising 40 to 29 victory over the Demons. Pete Williams was again high scorer with eighteen points, and played sensational ball to be the big gun in the victory. Still playing away from home, the Gentlemen in the second of a four-game series with Louisiana Tech came out with a 55 to 42 victory. Bill Snyder was hitting the basket from distant spots and his sixteen points did much toward taming the Bulldogs. Thirty-five points by Bill Snyder helped the Gents celebrate their return to the home court with a 69 to 26 route of the Louisiana College Wildcats. Snyder scored from every angle on the floor to add up this unusual score, and close guarding by the Gents kept the Wildcat forwards at bay throughout the game. Louisiana Tech was again too weak for the Gents. This time the score was 63 to 42, with Lingo and Snyder leading the way. Louisiana College made a pitiful 63 to 26 showing on their home floor, giving the Gents their eighth co nference victory. In the final game of the four-game series, Louisiana Tech proved to be a stubborn foe. They jumped into the lead in the opening minutes of play and held it throughout the first half. It was not until the latter part of the third quarter that the Gents overhauled their rivals. At the end, however, they were leading by a comfortable 52 to 42 score. Only by a one-point margin, given them by a sensational scoring spree of John Lingo, did the Gents win their final conference game against the Normal Demons. The Demons came to Shreveport cele- brating the silver jubilee of Coach Prather who had coached there 25 years this season. They brought their band and many members of the student body, who pepped it up throughout the game. But the Gents came through to win 37 to 36. At the S. I. A. A. tournament at Bowling Green, Kentucky, the Gents eliminated Kentucky Wesleyan Col- lege 53 to 35, and Wofford College 59 to 25, before being beaten in the semi-finals by Murray Teach- ers of Kentucky, by the narrow margin of one point. Gentlemen Basketeers Junior Gent Basketeers
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John Lingo, center. Weenie Bynum, torward. Pete Williams, lorward. Coach Parker Explains the Game. The Team in Conference Bill Snyder, for three years has played a first string forward position for the Gents. A crack scorer and a col- orful floorman, Bill, added the points that drove the opposition to desperation from far out on the floor. In several games this year Pete Williams stole the spotlight from the all-conference men by flashing a sensa- tional game that gave him high point honors on several nights. When the others failed to function with their customary efficiency, Pete came through to keep the slate clean. John Henry Ouzts and Al Beasley were the guards on this year ' s five. Ouzts was a colorful floorman and a crip-shot artist. Unselfish in his handling of the ball, he usually waited until he could dash in under the basket before he took his shots. Beasley by his great defensive ability became one of the outstanding men on the squad. He was given the high scorers on the opposing teams to watch and how well he handled his job can be noted by the low score of several opponents. Sophomore John Manson was first reserve and played often enough to be fourth high scorer for the year. His great natural ability if further developed is certain to carry him to stardom during his remaining years of eligibility.
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