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BASKETBALL Eddie Mather gave Michigan another great basketball team this winter. With any kind of a break in luck, with eligibility, and without illness, the Wolverines might today be resting in first place instead of being runnersup to the Hawks and Badgers. Any other but the " lion-hearted Eddie " might have given up the battle completely when he lost his two star forwards, Bill Miller and George Haggerty. Not so Mather. He simply buckled up his belt and battled all the harder. The loss of these two men not only beat Michigan out of a basketball championship but also knocked the Maize and Blue out of two more places on the All-Conference five. Miller was selected for the mythical honor five a year ago, and his work this year was even better up to the time that a two-hour con put him on the shelf. Haggerty played a brilliant game until taken sick. He should be one of the best forwards in the Conference next year if he recovers properly from his illness. He is fast of foot, smart, and an excellent shot. The season just finished marked the close of the career of Captain Gilbert Ely, one of the great- est centers that ever played in the Big Ten. Ely is the unanimous choice for All-Conference center and was the leading point-getter on the Wolverine five. Equally effective on defense as on offense, he turned in one of the most remarkable games at Urbana that the writer has ever been privileged to witness. He was simply invincible. It will be hard for Coach Mather to replace Ely. Franklin Cappon, who played his last game in the Iowa fracas, wound up his career in a blaze of glory. " Cappy " is a hard plunging guard, who is always on his toes and who stopped some of the best forwards in the Conference. Paper, his running mate, also played excellent basketball all season. He is fast, a good shot, and handles the ball splendidly. Paper ' s consistent work won him a place on the All-Conference third team. Harry Kipke, who will be back for another season ' s play, showed improvement with each game and should be even more valuable to Coach Mather in 1924. Captain-elect Birks is another good man Mather can build on in ' 24. He does his best work at guard, but sacrificed his own perform- ance for that of the team when Mather lost his forwards. All in all, Mather gave Michigan a remarkable basketball team a team when at its best was the equal of anything in the Conference a team which never stopped fighting in spite of handicaps placed upon it in mid-year. Mather is a splendid sportsman as well as a coach, a credit to Michigan and to the Conference. Two Hundred Sixty-two
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EDWIN J. MATHER 1923 Varsity Basketball Coach BERT E. UEBELE 925 Varsity Basketball Manager 1923 VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM OFFICERS GILBERT C. ELY EDWIN J. MATHER BERT E. UEBELE Captain Coach Manager PERSONNEL HOWARD M. BIRKS FRANKLIN C. CAPPON GILBERT C. ELY . GEORGE S. HAGGERTY WILLIAM P. HENDERSON- HARRY G. KIPKE ARTHUR B. McWooo MEYER PAPER WILLIAM J. PIPER WILLIAM J. RICE . Guard Guard . Center Forward Forward Forward Center Guard Forward . Center Two Hundred Sixty-one
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ELY " Gil " was placed at center on the first all-Conference team. He was the best center in the West, if not in the whole country. BlRKS With " Hoppy " at guard, the enemy teas forced to try many long shots as opposing forwards found difficulty in getting the ball past him. REVIEW OF SEASON Prospects for a Conference basketball championship being brought to Ann Arbor were never brighter than when " Skipper " Mather issued the initial call for practice in the fall of 1922. When it was least expected and from the most unthought of quarter came the clammy claw of " Old Man Jinx " chilling and killing the chances. Five letter men, Captain Ely, Kipke, Paper, Miller, and Birks remained as a nucleus from last year ' s team. Cappon, a player of known ability, together with a bright constellation of sophomore luminaries were also available for work. The season opened with Notre Dame at Ann Arbor on December 8. Michigan won easily by a score of 41-23. Miller at forward covered himself with glory scoring seven goals from the field and dropping in fourteen out of a possible nineteen foul throws. Haggerty, a member of the 1925 freshmen team gave indications of developing into a very valuable player. At the beginning of the second half, " The Skipper " injected an entire substitute team into the fray but the score continued to mount in alarming fashion. After Christmas vacation M. A. C. appeared first on the schedule for the night of January 3. The score of 33-11 does not tell the story of the game. Michigan repeatedly worked the ball under the Aggie basket but for some reason had great difficulty in getting the spheroid to drop into the meshes. M. A. C. ' s offensive was pitifully at the disposal of Cappon and Paper and at no time during the contest was the outcome doubtful. Coach Mather now pointed his charges for their first real test, the game with Illinois on January 6. Illinois, with a green team and a coach new in Conference circles, was largely an unknown quan- tity. January 6, however, proved the superiority of Mather ' s men in every department of the game, and the Wolverines won 33-13. The Illini were able to register but once from the field in the first half. Ely, Haggerty and Miller were the offensive stars of the game and managed at all times to keep Michigan well in the lead. Michigan started her first road trip with a 32-11 win over the inexperienced Minnesota team at Minneapolis on January 13. That the Michigan defense was as impenetrable as it had been in the previous contests is demonstrated by the fact that at half time the score stood, Michigan 18, Two Hundred Sixty-three
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