THEIR COACH SAID WE PLAYED THEM THE BEST: Entry #27 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season …

Posted on Feb 26, 2013


This CENTAUR SEASONS post was written forty years ago.

PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 61, Philadelphia Pharmacy 79, two days ago

NEXT GAME: Baptist Bible, tomorrow night, last game of the season 


It was a completely different first half against Philadelphia Pharmacy than the first half of the first game against Philly Pharmacy on Feb. 24.

In fact, it was a completely different game all the way around.

We were down four at the half, and we ended up losing by 17, but it was one of those games where the ending is always in doubt the entire way.

It was a rough game, too. A few bloody mouths and knees. Lots of elbows and pushin’ and boxin’.

Maybe not the best night for Parents’ Night. Oh, well.

But it was also a good game, I think.

In fact, one of the best games played by us as a team. Nobody really played super, whereas nobody played really bad.

Their big guy had eight points for the game – as opposed to 20 points last game. He scored 4 points on me, 4 on John Cooper. In the beginning of the second half they started going to him. He scored the first time — I was fronting him and they lobbed over my head. Coach told me to play behind him after that, and I blocked his next three shots. They didn’t go to him anymore after that.

Once again, Bobby Stormes got into a couple of tussles with players, and he almost got thrown out again.

So did Chris Cashman! I don’t think I have ever seen him as angry about a call. P.J. Brennan (The Kid) had to hold back Cash (The Old Man)!

After the game Coach Sabota told us the coach of Pharmacy told him after that we had just played them the roughest and best game of their season.

Some consolation, if nothing else.

We are now 3-and-2 in our “Third Season.”

And we got one last game on the schedule — Senior Night.

PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 61, Philadelphia Pharmacy, two days ago

NEXT GAME: Baptist Bible, tomorrow night, last game of the season

1972-73 CENTAUR SEASON Schedule and Results:

12-1-72  — at Lehigh CCC — W/81-71 — 1-0

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

12-6  — EASTERN BAPTIST — L/73-75 — 2-1

12-12 — SPRING GARDEN — L/54-66 — 2-2

12-16 — PHILLY BIBLE — L/72-79 — 2-3

1-18-73   — at Baptist Bible — L/82-84 — 2-4

1-19  — WILMINGTON — L/56-71 — 2-5

1-25  — at Philly Pharmacy — L/56-71 — 2-6

1-30  — at Spring Garden — L/64-69 — 2-7

2-3   — at Messiah College — L/47-76 — 2-8

2-6   — at  Wilmington — L/52/88 — 2-9

2-13  — RUTGERS, S. JERSEY — W/89-68 — 3-9 (but 1-0!)

2-16  — LEHIGH CCC — W/81-76 — 4-9 (but 2-0!)

2-20  — MESSIAH — L/58-64 — 4-10 (but 2-1!)

2-22  — NORTHAMPTON CC — W/86-65 — 5-10 (but 3-1!)

2-24  — PHILLY PHARMACY — L/61-79 — 5-11 (but 3-2!)


On February 27th, 2013 at 7:07 am, 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.

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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.