WE ARE NOW 1-AND-0! — Entry #22 from “A history of the events of the 1972-1973 Allentown College’s B-ball season …

Posted on Feb 13, 2013

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

This CENTAUR SEASONS post was written 40 years ago.

PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 89, Rutgers, South Jersey, 68, last night

NEXT GAME: Lehigh CCC, in three days

CENTAUR SEASON: 3-9

BUT WAIT, WE ARE REALLY NOW 1-AND-0!

At practice the day after the Wilmington game, that awful 88-52 drubbing, Coach Sabota was unusually forgiving. He told us that at Wilmington maybe he had expected too much of us. Fourth away game in a row. Long trip. Loss on loss. The refs. All that.

So, he told us to forget the previous 11 games. Our 2-9 record.

We have six home games now.

A full week to prepare.

It’s a whole new season, we’re really 0-and-0!

Let’s go from there.

We practiced hard all week.

AND LAST NGHT WE BEAT RUTGERS, SOUTH JERSEY,  89-68.

We are now 1-and-0!

Bobby Stormes played GREAT. P.J. Brennan had 17 points, Dave Glielmi 18, Bobby 20, Dennis Ramella and John Cooper 10 each, me 9.

As for my performance, Coach Compardo, our athletic director, told me after the game that I was the “physical leadership” out on the court. I was 4 for 4, with three taps and one LEFT-HANDED driving lay-up! Eleven rebounds. I understandably felt great. As did the whole team after the game.

One other thing. Chris Cashman threw a behind-the-back pass to Dennis Ramella. And then Denny missed the lay-up! But Cash threw a BEHIND-THE-BACK PASS. What a hotdog! No more will even be said about that.

Next up is Lehigh County Community in three days. Basketball has become fun again. I’m not gonna start, but I know I will play.

I just want to say this: I must show that Rutgers was not a FLUKE.

PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 89, Rutgers, South Jersey, 68, last night

NEXT GAME: Lehigh CCC, in three days

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

2-20  — MESSIAH

2-22  — NORTHAMPTON CCC

2-24  — PHILLY PHARMACY

2-27 — BAPTIST BIBLE

 

 

 

On February 13th, 2013 at 10:50 am, Nick Nardo said:

Not there for that game, but brings back memory of first time at Camden Convention Center to play Rutgers-SJ and, as usual, when entering an opponents’ gym, I needed to scout out my viewing spot, so that I can see the floor and try to get as close to our bench as possible.
Well, I guess I must have stuck out like a sore thumb (coat and tie), but, anyway, an elderly black gentleman came towards me with extended right hand and introduced himself as ‘Jersey Joe’ Walcott (former World Heavyweight Champion)and welcomed me to his arena.
Since I grew up as a Rocky Marciano fan and had seen footage many times of those Heavyweight Championship Fights, I recognized ‘Jersey Joe’ immediately. What a thrill!!!
He instantly put me at ease in an otherwise perceived unfriendly and awkward situation (the Custer syndrome). Man, that place was huge! I do not remember the results of that game, but will always remember him.
From that moment on, he became (and remains) my second favorite World Champion of all-time.



 
     

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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