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WITH THE GENTLEMEN Preparing for the opening game in conference competition the Gents were shocked by the news that John Henry Outz was ineligible for play. Outz had proven himself to be a team leader, the possessor of a great floor game, and a pillar of defense. Almost overnight the squad dwindled to six men and Coach Parker re- cruited several footballers, including Weenie Bynum, Sam Aills and Louis Bradley to fill the gaps. Flash Harmon, who was developing fast under varsity coaching, was moved up to a starting position. The Gents ' revamped team clicked in championship form the first two games, winning from Louisiana College and Louisiana Tech at home. They met their first setback at Ruston, when the Bulldogs reversed the Shreveport score, 38 to 35. Following the defeat by the Bulldogs the Gents dropped three straight as their fortunes on the hardwood floor sunk to the lowest ebb in many years. The Louisiana Normal Demons beat them in Shreveport and duplicated the feat in Natchitoches, and the touring Jacksonville Alabama Teachers sunk them before they rebounded against the Loyola Wolves with a 43 to 32 win. On a three day road trip the Gents won from Louisiana College and Loyola, while dropping a one point decision to Southwestern. Defeated a third time by the Demons, the Gents made a strong finish in a bid for an invitation to the confer- ence championship tournament. They beat the Tech Bulldogs at home, 45 to 32 to go ahead in the series; up- set the Normal Demons 31 to 26, and walloped the Bulldogs a third time, 35 to 26, in the season ' s climax at Ruston. The Maroon and White basketeers had a successful year. Although they were rated from the open- ing day as the doormats of the conference, after having reigned as its outstanding team over a period of years, they showed such improvement with every tussle that at the finish they were as strong as any team in the Louisiana S.I. A. A. race. Harmon Williams Olzack Aills Bradley
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" l ibh3 «i 4 • S« Outstanding players for the Gentlemen during the past season were John Manson, one of the coolest customers to ever take the floor for the Maroon and White, and a crack shot; Pete Williams, team captain and southpaw forward; and Flash Har- mon, outstanding guard whose task it was to silence the big guns of the opposition. These boys spark-plugged the Gents to their conference victories. Harmon was a sensation due to his quick rise to a varsity position and the phenomenal manner in which he came through to add strength to the team. Bowerman, Barrie, Manson, Bynum ON THE COURT The opening of the basketball season found Coach Curtis Parker scratching his head in bewilder- ment over the problem of replacing two all conference champions. Adding Squadman Ted Olzack to his team nucleus of experienced men, which included Co-Captains Pete Williams and John Henry Outz, veteran forward and guard, John Manson, the sixth man on the team the season before, and Max Bowerman, who had earned his letter two seasons before, he opened the season at home with a 42 to 19 victory over Ouachita College of Arkadelphia, Arkansas. On their annual road trip into the midwest during the Christmas holidays, the Gentlemen soon came to grief. For seven consecutive games they took it on the chin. On the last night on the road they got hot and sunk Illinois Wesleyan, 35 to 29, and returned home with an injury ridden squad bemoaning the lack of reserve strength.
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The Freshman T earn Coach Elmer Smith, Coach of the Freshman Basketeers While the varsity basketeers were struggling to keep their heads above the water the Junior Gents were winning a reputation as one of Centenary ' s all time outstanding Frosh fives. Coached by Elmer Smith and paced by five Red River Parish boys, A. R. Jowers, Ed Murphy, and Alex Penny, former members of Coushatta High School state championship five, and John Allums and Melbourne Crawford, of East Point, the Juniors were victorious in games with college freshmen and high school fives. Jowers, sensational forward, was the sparkplug of the team. His tricky floor work and uncanny ability to hit the basket from all angles of the floor marks him as one of Centenary ' s greatest prospective players. Next year when he becomes eligible for the varsity, Jowers will be a marked man and indications are that he will make good his Sophomore year. The highlight of the season came when the Junior Gents defeated the Louisiana Tech Bullpups in both games of a two game series winning first in Shrevepor t by a score of 40 to 18, and again in Ruston, 39 to 26. Delwin Heft, Tyler Pirtle, and John Carter were Frosh players who saw plenty of service, and who helped make Coach Smith ' s 1939 Freshman team such an outstanding one. Jowers, Penny, Pirtle, Mur- phy, Crawford, Carter, Al- lums.
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