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Page 87 text:
Inconsistent Tigers Have Losing Streak
"Don't take it: it's mine." says Gayle Bomar, a new-
comer to PHS, as he guards the sphere from two foe-s.
Bob Schmitz reaches for the ball, which Tom Hayes
has just jarred loose from an opponents grasp.
Amidst clawing hands Borriar seizes the ball, while
Mike Eikenberry, le-tt Henry, and Kenny Day look on
Monticello 61 58
Mishawaka 52 SO
Alexandria 46 37
Harttord City 53 60
Logansport 63 57
Tipton 77 S9
Columbia City Tourney 59 S4
Albion lU4 S-1
Ft. Wayne Central 43 67
Michigan City 62 68
Burris 53 55
Wabash 53 59
Warsaw 43 6-1
Kokomo 48 '35
Oak Hill 45
Arsenal Tech 70
Page 86 text:
Getting their heads together are, clockwise, leff
Henry lerry Yentes, Kenny Day, Gayle Bomar, Mike
Eil-zenberry, and Tom Hayes, Any five of these boys
usually comprised the starting line-up.
Peru's 1963-64 basketball team was plagued
with bad luck and a difficult schedule, manag-
ing a seasons record of 5 wins against 14
losses. Their conference record was 3 wins and
7 losses. Several of the Tigers' opponents, how-
ever, were consistently among the top ten
teams of the state.
Beginning the season in fine shape, the Ti-
gers were victorious in four of their eight starts
before the year l953 ended, but 1964 began
with a bleak Ianuary as the Tigs lost seven
straight games. The only Peru victory in lanu-
ary came on the Slst against conference foe
Plymouth. Then after two more losses, the Ben-
gals scored a victory over Rochester, their last
win of the season.
ln the season opener Peru beat Monticello,
61-58. Senior leff Henry bagged 21 points in
this game and the teamfs shooting percentage
was .-182, The ne:-Lt week Mishavfaka snowed
the Tigers under by a margin of 28 points, the
score being BU-52. lunior center Mike Eiken-
berry scored 25 points, Peru then beat confer-
ence foe Alexandria, 46 to 37. After gaining an
early lead, the Tigers kept the margin about
the same throughout the game.
Youthful Tigers Face Tough Schedule
Meet Coach Robert Biddle and his Tigers! Row 1: leff Henry, lohn Hentgen, Torn Hayes, Alan Kinny. Row 2:
Bob Rockenbaugh, Kenny Day, Mike Eikenberry, Ierry Ye-nies, Gayle Bomar.
Page 88 text:
Finish Season with 6 Wins, I4 Losses
Lone senior Iefi Henry displays his shitty basketball
tactics as he speeds around an opponent,
The next week saw Hartford City, also a con-
ference team, hand Peru its second deteat of
the season. Rival Logansport tell victim in an
exciting contest. Henry scored 30 points in this
game. A strong Tipton team had a hard time
subduing the Tigers the next week.
During Christmas vacation coach Robert Bid-
dle's men painted a picture of inconsistency at
the Columbia City 4-way tourney. ln the after'
noon game Peru lost to the tourney champions,
Columbia City, 89 to 84. Looking immeasur-
ably better in the evening game, the Tigers
defeated Albion in the consolation game by a
high-scoring lU8 to 84.
Getting back into regular seasons play,
Peru began a seven-game losing streak by fall-
ing victim to Port Wayne Central, Michigan
City, Muncie Burris, and Wabash. Then they
lost to Warsaw, Kokomo and Oak Hill.
lnstead of despairing at their woeful record,
the Tigs mustered up enough spirit to come out
on top of Plymouth, 78 to 75,
Although they played a spirited first half,
the Tigers could not hold Huntington back in
the second half. The final score was 53 to 77.
Following a trip to Indianapolis Tech only to
lose 70 to 92, the Bengals won a well-matched
game against Rochester. Elwood downed Peru,
49 to 58 in the last scheduled game.
Thus ending their regular season, Coach
Biddles men prepared for the sectional, This
year the Peru sectional was eliminated, and
the various teams were absorbed by surrounde
ing sectionals. Perus new site was Logansport.
Pioneer defeated Peru in their first game and
later won the sectional crown.
Recipe for an exciting Friday evening at PHS tive Tigers, five opponents two referees, a packed Tig-Arena of
enthusiastic fans, and that invisible presences .spirit
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