‘WE GOT BEAT BY 36′: Entry #21 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season…
Posted on Feb 07, 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 today.
PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 52, Wilmington College 88, last night
NEXT GAME: Rutgers, South Jersey, home, in seven days
CENTAUR SEASON: 2-9
We played Wilmington College last night.
We got beat by 36.
This was the last of our four away games. I remember saying we needed to split these four. So much for that.
I started – my 10-point, 11-‘bound performance against Messiah counting for something after all! — and … felt immediately tired and exhausted. I shot 0-5, only had six rebounds, and that is being kind.
The standouts of the game were Chris Cashman and Tom Shirley.
At halftime Shirl, who played about eight minutes of the first half, was beside himself he was so psyched. “Let’s GO!” — “We can beat these guys!” – “Come ON!” Glad Tommy played well.
Cash played the way he knows how. Good moves, good fakes, good shots, good ‘bounds. His best game of the year, easy. After the year he’s had, great to see Christopher back. He ended up with 12 points, and, true to form, he was the last one to leave the locker room by a long shot.
Tonight, at Howard Johnson’s for the postgame meal with our $2 meal money on the way back to campus, as we contemplated our brilliant 2-9 season, Bobby Stormes, Bob Hoeffner, Joey Thompson, Dave Glielmi, P.J. Brennan, Cash, Tom Shirley and myself decided to take it to our respective homes for the upcoming weekend. I mean, how’d we get here? Our next game, against Rutgers of South Jersey, not being until next week.
Good riddance, I say.
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PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 47, Messiah College 76, yesterday
NEXT GAME: Wilmington College, in two 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
2-16 — LEHIGH CCC
2-20 — MESSIAH
2-22 — NORTHAMPTON CCC
2-24 — PHILLY PHARMACY
2-27 — BAPTIST BIBLE
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.
Welcome to CENTAUR SEASONS.×