La Salle University - Explorer Yearbook (Philadelphia, PA)

 - Class of 1953

Page 134 of 192

 

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RUN DOWN ON THE SEASON The 1952-53 basketball season, La Salle ' s 51st in intercollegiate connpetition, saw the Explorers achieve the greatest regular sea- son in record in the College ' s illus- trious court history. Before the season opened, La Salle was widely recognized as a top power in the nation. Many of the experts, after considering the fact that the Explorers had won the NIT the previous year with a squad composed mainly of under- classmen, selected La Salle as tops on the totem pole. Throughout the season, the Ex- plorers made sages out of the crys- tal-gazers as the Blue and Gold was hoisted in victory twenty-fi ve times and lowered to half-mast only twice. Tom Gola drove in so fast here that he went by the basket, but Norm Grekin rs ready tor the pass as Mlllersville players are left dumbfounded. Fred lehle. La Salle ' s sensational sharp- shooter, goes high in the air against Mlllersville in the opener of the Explorer court season. At the conclusion of the regu- larly scheduled run of bookings. La Salle was invited to bring its star- studded cast to the National Invi- tation Tournament. It was not by accident that the Explorers justified their high rating and tournament bid. The team of 1952-53 was the greatest basket- ball team La Salle has ever had; the coaching of Ken Loeffler was masterful. The abundance of talent in the persons of All-American Tom Gola, Norm Grekin, Fred lehle, Jackie Moore, and Frank O ' Hara on the first squad, and Bill K ath- eder, Ed Altieri, Jack French, Joe Gilson, Jim Warrington, and Bob Smith among the reserves, was the keynote in La Salle ' s triumphs. The masterminding of coach Loeffler complemented the ability no

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