‘I FOULED OUT EARLY’ — entry #5 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season …

Posted on Dec 04, 2012

… AS CHRONICLED BY, AND WITH THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS + OCCASSIONAL PHILOSOPHIZING OF THE AUTHOR, ONE STEPHEN J. McKEE”

THIS CENTAUR SEASONS POST WAS ORIGINALLY SCRIBBLED ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1972 at 11:30 p.m.

Previous game: Centaurs 87, Northampton Area CCC 50

Next game: Eastern Baptist College, day after tomorrow, home opener

CENTAUR SEASON: 2-0

We won, 87-50. Before the game Coach told us to hold them to 49 points, 24 in the first half, 25 in the second. With 13 seconds left they made the first half of a one-and-one and that gave them 50 points. Damn.

I was really relaxed tonight. Just nervous enough. I felt good while I was playing — which wasn’t much, for I fouled out early, all of them stupid fouls.  After the game John Cooper called me the biggest hack he’s ever seen. But he also told me what I was doing wrong — pushing with my free hand when I rebound and block shots.  I’ll have to work on that. Thanks, Coop.

But hey: I had seven blocked shots tonight.

Chris Cashman played for the first time this year. He looked like he was favoring his ankle. I don’t know. He’s got to get playing time. I think if Coach plays him – in a couple of tight situations – he’ll get both his timing and confidence back. Everybody scored except Cash. Tommy Shirley with 13 seconds to go, and Gary Cacciatore hit on two foul shots. John Cooper had 17.  I love the red team!  The red team, the second team in practice. Yeah, I better love the red team. Who knows, maybe it’ll help. I’ll get to see what’d going on. Need to find any advantage I can. Right.

Coach Sabota’s nephew – about eight years old – sat behind the bench in the second half. According to Coach, I’m his hero! How’da like that? He went out and bought high sneakers instead of low ones because Coach told him Steve McKee wears high sneakers.

P.J. Brennan had 12 tonight. He really is a tough ball player, no doubt about it. He’s definitely going to be the man around which the offense will revolve his junior and senior years.

Joey Thomson played a tough game tonight — extremely fine “floor game,” as Coach is fond of saying. He was all over the court on defense.

Dave Glielmi’s shot seems to have left him.  His shot isn’t there and he’s worrying about it too much, thinking too much about it.  Mine’s gone, too. Bobby Stormes told me I’m not following through. Gotta concentrate on that. But that’s been Dave’s problem, too much thinking. Where’s the happy medium?

Tired. Got to get some sleep.

PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 87, Northampton Area CC 50

NEXT GAME: Eastern Baptist College, day after tomorrow, home opener

1972-73 CENTAUR SEASON Schedule and Results:

DATE  OPPONENT                 RESULT                 RECORD

12/1      at Lehigh CCC              W/81-71                  1-0

12-4      at Northampton CCC    W/87-50                  2-0

12-6      EASTERN BAPTIST

12-13    SPRING GARDEN

12-16    PHILA. BIBLE

1-18      at Baptist Bible

1-19      WILMINGTON

1-25      at Phila. Pharmacy

1-30      at Spring Garden

2-3        at Messiah College

2-6        at Wilmington

2-13      RUTGERS, So. Jrsy

2-16      LEHIGH CCC

2-20      MESSIAH

2-22      N’HAMPTON CCC

2-24      PHILA. PHARM.

2-27      BAPTIST BIBLE

 

 

On December 5th, 2012 at 10:02 pm, Steve McKee: Centaur Season said:

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Welcome to CENTAUR SEASONS: A ‘memory blog’ of the basketball beginnings of a half-good, half-bad, all-new college team.

Once, I was a Centaur.

I played basketball for Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales in Center Valley, Pa. I was on four of the school’s first seven teams, was MVP senior year and in 1974 graduated in the fifth class.

My junior year I kept a diary: A History of the Events of the 1972-1973 Allentown College B-Ball Season, as Chronicled by, and With the Personal Memoirs + Occassional [sic] Philosophizing of the Author, One Stephen J. McKee.  One-hundred-forty-five hand-writ pages. (Yes, I was an English major.)

But it occurs to me now: Were I today a “Bulldog” playing for “DeSales University” (both mascot and name changed in 2000), my private “History” would be not a diary but a blog.

So starting November 30  “…Personal Memoirs…” will be re-imagined as CENTAUR SEASONS

A blog before its time, posted 40 years after in real time.

Meanwhile, beginning on September 24, here at CENTAUR SEASONS the preseason has already tipped off, with stories, interviews and reminiscences of the people, the place and the purpose of those early years of Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales.

Check back often. Sign up for CentaurSeasonAlerts. Email CENTAUR SEASONS to friends.

We were not a bad team, we Centaurs. We just weren’t very good. Winning was always the goal, if never exactly the point. How could it be, with victories so few?

Back then Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales was a couple of buildings in some cornfields.  Our commitment to the school’s basketball program was far greater than was the school’s commitment us. So what? We got to play college ball – and paid for the privilege! In return, we got to be part of a team, wear the red and blue, be Centaurs. And we got to create a place that was, right then, as much concept as it was college, making itself up as we went along.

What we got was a once-in-a-life-time chance.

All we had to do was keep showing up -- next practice, next game, next season. And so we did.

Welcome to CENTAUR SEASONS.

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