WE CAN FINISH 8-AND-9!: Entry #24 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season …

Posted on Feb 20, 2013


This CENTAUR SEASONS post was written 40 years ago.

PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 81, Lehigh CCC 76, four days ago

NEXT GAME: Messiah College, tonight 


We beat Lehigh CCC, 81-76. We were ahead almost the whole way, usually by 7 to 9 points. They knocked it down to 3 to 5 points for a while, but it was one of those games that one team – this time US, for a change – was in control the whole way.

Roommate Dave Glielmi played a super ball game: 25 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists.

Dave, you’re welcome.

At practice Coach Sabota said Dave’s performance was the finest individual performance of the season. Congratulations. He will of course never hear the end of it.

Hey! I played well, too: 4 points, 6 rebounds in 10 minutes playing time. Coach may have realized that. He started me on Blue Team  at practice last night, and I played most of the way Blue.

Tonight, Messiah – we lost to them last time by 29 points.

The funny thing is – WE CAN BEAT THESE GUYS. We must play like we did for the first 16 minutes of our first encounter with them. With four minutes remaining in the first half we were down 2 points.

Chris Cashman is going around saying that we can’t beat them, that we’re outclassed, that they are so much better than us, every time and everyone of us.

WE CAN BEAT THEM! Let’s hope the psychology works. As Coach said: If we beat these guys tonight, we will easily win the next three – and finish up the season 8-9. So right now it is up to us.

A few quick notes which I now realize I neglected.

Bob Hoeffner was sick for the Spring Garden game, and he broke his right hand in the next game, Messiah. Right now he is acting in the capacity of assistant coach. Coach Sabota can use the help during games. He gets so excited he sometimes really doesn’t see a whole lot of what’s going on.

Hoeff says he’ll be ready to go play against Pharmacy, Feb. 24 on the schedule. I kinda doubt it, but I hope so. One thing for sure: He never gets upset (at least outwardly) about his setbacks.

PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 81, Lehigh CCC 76, four days ago

NEXT GAME: Messiah College, 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




On February 22nd, 2013 at 8:11 am, Steve McKee: Centaur Season said:

[…] WE CAN FINISH 8-AND-9!: Entry #24 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College&#8217… […]


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.