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THE 1940 SQUAD E. Murphy, Guard Teel, Guard Totally speaking, the Gents on the court played thirty-four basketball games this year, winning fifteen and losing nineteen. While this is not a champion ' s total, it is not one to be ashamed of, because thirty-four games in seven states, covering approximate- ly three thousand miles on the road, is no easy schedule for any team. Although they were rated from the opening as cellar leaders in 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. Penny Forward L. Murphy Forward Crawford Guard OR Y
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JOWERS Center Harmon Guard Heft Guard Bowermam Forward After almosl breaking even in games, and almost freezing to death, they returned to tne land of sunshine and mint juleps to get ready for their first S.I. A. A. game. In a nip and tuck battle, in which the lead changed ten times, the Gents opened their conter- ence basketball schedule with a 44-38 victory over the Southwestern Bulldogs. The Cente- nary cagers sank twelve foul shots out of seventeen attempts and hit the basket from all an- gles of the court, chalking up the conference win. After this game, Coach Curtis Parker resigned and Coach Elmer Smith took over the duties of head basketball coach. Under the direction of the new coach, the Gents ' revamped team won two games from Louis- iana College at Pineville. They met their first setback under the new regime at Southwestern Institute, where the Bulldogs reversed the Shreveport score, 46 to 21. Following this defeat by the Bulldogs, the Gentlemen dropped one game to the Louisiana Normal Demons and their 6 ' 9 " center. After that game they came back and won four straight games, two from Louisiana Tech and two from Loyola University of the South. Following these victories the boys of the top hat and cane played nine return games with some of the teams mentioned above, winning four of these and losing five. FINISH WITH A VICT
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FRESHMAN BASKETBALL With the wonderful record of last year ' s freshman basketball team hanging over their heads, the Junior Gents of the Court struggled gallantly but vainly to make a good showing this year. The Frosh were coached by Elmer Smith until mid-semester when he took over the varsity driver ' s seat. During the remainder of the season they were under the guiding hands of " Hoot " Gibson, trainer of the Gentlemen. Playing preliminaries to the varsity games, the freshmen lost five collegiate games, four with the Louisiana Tech Bullpups and one with the Louisiana Normal yearlings. Besides these inter-collegiate games, they met several in- dependent teams on the court and had a little better luck with them. The starting lineup usually consisted of Mike Majchers, G. W. McNutt, Bob Raley, Delmar Hamby, and Ed Hoynoski. The reserves were made up of Ralph Kern, Russell Coleman, Alfred Day, Martin Pfau, Thomas Brown, and Chester Angel, who were ready and willing whenever needed. Bade row — Phalke, Kern, McNutt, Day, Hoynoski. Front row — Coach Gibson, Phau, Hamby, Majcheis.
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