“WE ARE ALL UP FOR TONIGHT’S GAME”: Entry #26 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season …

Posted on Feb 24, 2013

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

This CENTAUR SEASONS post was written on February 24, 1973.

PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 86, Northampton CC 65, two days ago

NEXT GAME: Philly Pharmacy, tonight

CENTAUR SEASON: 5-10

I don’t have to KILL myself, as I promised last time I would have to do if we didn’t beat Northampton CC.

Well, we did beat Northampton – but it took almost 30 minutes before we decided to really play ball. At halftime the score was 36-35, Northampton. Needless to say, we played much better in the second half than the first.

In the first half I think we all expected that we would naturally + automatically be ahead by 15, 20 points. This, of course, is all based upon our first, 37-point victory over them. But we weren’t. We couldn’t do anything right. It was more like a football game — everybody hitting and shoving — than a basketball game.

Bobby Stormes got thrown out in the first half, as well as the man who he says hit him but whom, he says, he never hit. Oh, well!

But as I said, the second half was different.

This is the half that roommate Dave Glielmi and I like to refer to as “The Half That “Room 311 Tocik Hall Won.”**

I had 9 rebounds in the second half (12 whole game). Dave totaled 25 points and 17 rebounds for the game, which ties the school record for number of rebounds in a game. I also had a number of key blocks.

After Bobby got thrown out, we only had four big men to work with, and at the start of the second half Chris Cashman already had three fouls. He eventually fouled out, John Cooper had three fouls at the end and Dave and I had four each. Needless to say, it was a rough game.

The last three minutes we played a four-guard offense and me at center. It was Joey Thomson, Jerry Fleming, Gary Cacciatore and Tommy Shirley + me. As it turned out, I was the guard because twice I passed the ball underneath (from the outside) to Tommy and Joey, and I got two assists in my brief stint as a ball-handling guard.

My apologies to Gary. He knows why.***

WE ARE NOW 3 AND 1 IN OUR “THIRD SEASON.”

Tonight, Philly Pharmacy, the team who first time demolished and manhandled us for one half, and then who we played even-up ball with in the second half. We are ALL up for tonight’s game. I am to start, against their 6-foot-8-incher. It’s all I can think about.

Dave Glielmi’s, Joey Thomson’s, Chris Cashman’s, P.J. Brennan’s, Tommy Shirley’s, Dennis Ramella’s, Gary Cacciatore’s, John Cooper’s and my parents (or parenT, depending on the case, as with Dave & me) are planning on being here tonight. It’s going to be a real “Parents’ Night” celebration.

** Written today, Sunday, February 24, 2013: Dave Glielmi was being extraordinarly kind to allow me to glom onto what was clearly another of his  extraordinary performances this Centaur season. Let’s see. Bobby Stormes had 13 before he got booted midway in the first half. Dennis Ramella finished with 20 912 in the second half). John Cooper had 12. Of Dave’s 24, 18 came in the second half. There’s also his record-tying 17 rebounds. I had some rebounds and a couple of blocked shots (however “key”). And five points. And yet it was Dave — and, somehow, I, me and we — who get the credit. Really, Steve?

*** It’s forty years later and I have no idea why.

PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 86, Northampton CC 65, two days ago

NEXT GAME: Philly Pharmacy, tonight

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

2-27 — BAPTIST BIBLE

 

On February 26th, 2013 at 7:02 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.

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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