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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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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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Gents In The Not so impressive in matches won as a team, but the " favorite sons " in their popularity with the fans, the Gentlemen boxers had an up and down season. In the first five matches of the year only three men, Claude Mason, Herbie Mashino, and Jack Linsky, turned in victories. Against Louisiana Tech, all three were victorious. In the two matches with Southwestern, only Mashino was victorious in the first and he and Linsky the only victors in the second. Against Oklahoma A. M. the three Musketeers were all victorious, but Linsky dropped his bout in the Murray Teachers ' match. The Gents scored their first team victory of the year over the Missis- sippi State Maroons. Johnnie Tumminello, who had fought two draws and dropped three heart-breaking decisions for the Gents, combined with the three musketeers in turning in victories. Max Fagan and Arden Ballard fought draws on this card to give the Gents the victory by an impressive margin. It was in the next match that Tom Swirczynski began a winning streak that did much to help the team score throughout the remainder of the season. Swirczynski gaining his first experience as a fighter, did not join the squad until the season was well under way. In every fight Tom showed improvement, and at the end of the season he had developed into an aggressive, hardhitting fighter. Coach Tom Cobb Coach Cobb and Assistant Dean plan the battles for a coming match. Gent leather pushers take conditioning exercises. In the Oklahoma A. M. match at home honors were even at the end of six bouts; Herbie Mashino scored a thrilling three- round decision over Kye Yackeyonny, tough Indian boxer, to continue a win- ning streak begun the match before and to turn the tables on Oklahoma A. M. The Gents presented a much better team than the Aggies had faced in Oklahoma. Tom Swirczynski won a decision from C. B. Coffee, Tumminello from Buck Kinsey, and Claude Mason scored a knockout over Mule Dobbs to give the Gents their victory. Millsaps proved easy for Centenary ' s up and coming boxing team. In a six-bout match the Gents scored four knockouts and won two decisions to take every bout on the program. Swirczynski, Tumminello, Mason, and Mashino scored knockouts. Linsky and Ballard won decisions. By a five to three margin the Wolves of Loyola University stopped the winning streak of the Centenary ringsters. Defeat came to the Gentlemen when it became necessary to forfeit the 135 pound bout
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