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As The baskeTball season rolled around, The
school was looking Torward To a beTTer-Than-
average season on The hardwood. Four leTTer-
men were back including CapTain Jimmy Low-
man, Mark Ferguson, Doug Williams, and Buddy
RaTcliTTe. Also up Trom The Junior VarsiTy were
Vernon Boadwine, T. J. Duncan, Buddy WirT,
Doug BraTTon. Dean TesTer, and Raymond Swain.
ParTicularly promising were Doug Divers, who
Transferred Trom a prep school, and Buddy BaT-
cliTTe, whose ball-handling proved To be a valu-
able asseT To The '47 Team. From This galaxy
OT TalenT, Coach J. Ward Long was expecTed To
have Trouble in picking The besT sTarTing Tive.
The opening game was wiTh The high school
TaculTy, and The Orioles sTarTed The season wiTh
a bang as They swished The neTs Tor 37 poinTs
while limiTing Their opponenTs To a close 35.
Holding The lead The enTire game, The
Orioles Took a non-disTricT game Trom Draper
30-I6. Ferguson, Tlashy Oriole Torward, showed
up especially well by racking up l4 poinTs.
STill unable To cope wiTh Pulaski's TasT mov-
ing quinT, Draper High School wenT down again
4l-I6 in a reTurn maTch aT The Pulaski gym be-
hind The marksmanship oT Buddy WirT's high
scoring leTT hand ThaT Tlipped in ll poinTs.
ln Their TirsT disTricT game, The Orioles were
compleTely ouT-classed by The William Fleming
Colonels oT Roanoke, 55-29.
Bounding back Trom Their TirsT deTeaT, The
orange-and-black Took a 42-37 game Trom Nar-
rows, sTaging a Thrilling comeback. ATTer a
slow sTarT, Bud RaTcliTTe, shiTTy Oriole guard,
sparked his Team To The win by dropping in I6
JWMAN Caplain FERGUSON BOADWINE
The Orioles suTTered Their second seTback
oT The season aT The hands oT The ChrisTiansburg
Demons, 29-28 on The MonTgomery CounTy
CourT despiTe The vain eTTorTs oT Bud RaTcliTTe
and "PeanuT" Boadwine, who scored 9 and 7
The Tollowing Friday, The Orioles losT a
Thriller To a TasT Alumni Team, compo-.ed oT pasT
high school sTudenTs. The score read 36-3l.
The Pulaski guinT Took an easy 49-22 vicTory
Trom The Fries l-ligh School Tive, wiTh a newcomer,
Doug Divers, sTripping The neT Tor six Tield goals
To Take The scoring laurels Tor The nighT,
A lasT minuTe score by Mark Ferguson gave
The Orioles a 27-26 edge over The Blacksburg
Indians wiTh Divers again leading The scoring,
geTTing I3 poinTs.
WiTh Three games on Tap in one week, The
loirdmen Took an easy 69-39 win Trom WyTheville
wiTh CapTain Jimmy Lowman and Forward Mark
Ferguson each garnering I3 poinTs.
RadTord Took a 34-32 hearTbreaker Trom
Pulaski in The Oriole gym behind The sharp-
shooTing OT Sherman Davis, RadTord Torward.
WiTh The score Tied 30-30 in The lasT Three
minuTes, The Orioles were making a brillianT
comeback. All hope was seemingly gone when
Davis Tlipped in Two sTraighT baskeTs, puTTing
RadTord ouT TronT 34-30. Then Jimmy Lowman,
in a vain aTTempT To save The game, dropped
in one oT his Tamous hook shoTs, BuT, Time
ran ouT, and The ValianT Orioles conTinued under
The RadTord iinx. Buddy RaTcliTTe Turned in
his usual good game being high scorer wiTh I4
The Tollowing week againsT Pearisburg, The
score was The same as wiTh RadTord, buT Pulaski
DUNCAN RATCLIFFE DIVERS
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came ouT on Top of The 34-32 decision. The
scoring was abouT evenly divided wiTh Duncan
Taking The Iaurels. geTTing four field goals and
a chariTy Toss for a 9 poinT ToTaI.
Ably led by Vernon Boadwine. wiTh Thirfeen
poinTs, The P.I'I.S. Team Took a scanT vicTory from
Fries High School on The Fries Courf. The
Orioles were in hoT wafer all The way wiTh Fries
leading 20-I5 aT The half-Time inTermission. Then
Divers, RaTcIiTfe. and Ferguson began clicking in
The Third quarfer and The game was nip-and-Tuck
The resT of The way wiTh Pulaski emerging The
In chalking up Their TenTh vicTory, The
Orioles. seeking revenge for Their one poinT loss
in The previous game wiTh The Demons. were
never headed by ChrisTiansburg. and Took an
easy 39-27 vicTory. RaTcIiffe Took The scoring
honors wiTh IO poinTs. followed by Lowman and
Boadwine wiTh 7 poinTs each.
The Orioles Took a close 34-28 win from a
scrappy Blacksburg five ThaT sTaged an almosT
disasTrous comeback. WiTh The score 24-7 aT
The half, The Orioles seTTIed back To an easy
win, IeTTing The reserves finish ouT The game.
BuT when The final whisTIe blew. Blacksburg had
nearly Tied The score. despiTe Divers' I I poinTs.
Pulaski honorably bowed To William Fleming,
55-33. in a game marked by 49 fouls, of which
Fleming made The necessary poinTs To win. sinking
25 ouT of 38. Three Pulaski sTarTers IefT The
game on fouls, leaving a second sTring defense
To The mercy of The fasT Roanoke quinT.
Pulaski had an off nighT. and losT To T-he
Narrows Green Wave 36-33 aT Narrows The
following Friday nighT. WirT and RaTcIiTTe
sTripped The neTs for 9 poinTs apiece, To copp
The Orioles dropped a lopsided game To
Radford's Bobcafs 56-34 aT Radford. buT were
assured of a TournamenT bid despiTe The loss.
The sTeeI backboards and a good fasT break
accounTed for The defeaT aIThough RaTcliff did
geT 9 poinTs.
In Their final game of The regular season.
The Orioles Trounced Pearisburg 56-39. GeTTing
off To a fasT sTarT. Pulaski had iumped To a I4-0
lead by The firsT quarTer. This had increased To
32-2I by The Third quarTer. T. J. Duncan and
Vernon Boadwine, each a graduaTing senior. Took
scoring honors wiTh I I poinTs apiece. They were
followed closely by Buddy WirT wiTh 8 poinTs
and "Creep" Williams wiTh 6 poinTs.
Pulaski. as usual. hiT one of The Two besT
Teams in The disTricT in Their firsT game of The
class B disTricT 6 baskefball TournamenT held aT
The Virginia Tech gymnasium. The Orioles were
up againsT The Marfinsville Bulldogs. raTed second
only To William Fleming in disTricT sTanding.
MarTinsviIle was hiTTing from all angles and
Pulaski, somewhaT confused by The Virginia Tech
glass backboards. could noT wiThsTand The sTrong
aTTack. AIThough "PeanuT" Boadwine, lanky'
Oriole cenTer. sunk 6 baskeTs from The floor and
7 aT The foul line for a I9 poinT ToTaI. The Tall,
smooTh quinT from Henry CounTy averaged I2
poinTs per man To run up a 67-46 score. Boad-
wine was crediTed by many as playing The besT
game of any cenTer in The TournamenT. CapTain
Jimmy Lowman also showed up well, scoring I0
poinTs. lv1arTinsviIIe wenT all The way inTo The,-Q'
finals buT dropped The deciding game To William
Buddy RaTcIiffe was high scorer for The
year. having I57 poinTs in 20 games, for an 8
poinTs per game average. Mark Ferguson sec-
ond in poinTs wiTh III. followed by "PeanuT"
Boadwine wiTh l05. Doug Divers was second
in poinTs-per-game average wiTh beTTer Than 6
To his credif. Rounding ouT The firsT seven
highesT ToTaIs were Buddy WirT having 97 poinTs.,
Jimmy Lowman wiTh 94. Doug Divers wiTh 83.
and T. J. Duncan wiTh 8I.
As a posTscripT To The season, we are happy
To announce ThaT Buddy WirT, dependable for-
ward, has been eIecTed capTain of nexT year's
The Orioles hung up a season record of I2
wins and 8 losses for The '49 Team To aTTempT To
maTch. and, as The uniforms wenT To The moTh-
balls, The school was righTIy proud of iTs '48 Team.
Pulaski High's baskeTbaII iayvees compIeTed
an impressive season record of 5 wins and 2
losses, winning from ChrisTiansburg and Blacks-
burg Twice and Radford once.
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