Published in Converse Yearbook, 1951
by ERL SENSING (Murray (Ky.) State College)
|ALL AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL FIVE -- Left to Right: Gola, Clark, Wilfong, Mencel, Parson, 'Chuck' Taylor.|
The North made it two in a row over the South by taking the third annual North-South cage classic at Murray, Ky., last June 16 with an 83-70 score. The year before, the Northerners downed the Rebels 58-49. The inaugural game, in 1949, was won by the Southerners 53-50.
Paced by the magnificent Tom Gola, 6-6 forward of LaSalle high school of Philadelphia, Pa. and the brilliant Charles Mencel, 6-foot guard from Eau Claire (Wisc.) high school, the Yankees found it easy sailing in the last three quarters after getting off to a slow start in the first period.
Southern coaches Dale Barnstable of Manual high school, Louisville, Ky., and Tom Stanton, Beaumont high school, St. Louis, Mo., opening the contest with their best five, had little difficulty finishing the first period out front 16-11, but in the second quarter Northern coaches Phil Manders of Wisconsin Rapids (Wisc.) high school and Warren Scholler of Hamilton (Ohio) high school saw their depth of reserve turn the tide and roll it back on the Rebels. Completely out-gunned, 27 points to 12, in the second 10 minute quarter, the Southerners went to their dressing room trailing 38-28.
Fouling was about equal, the South with 27 and the North 21, but the payoff at the free throw line was all in favor of the Northerners who connected on 27 of 39 tries while the Southerners hit only 12 of 24. The South was one basket ahead from the field 28 to 28.
George Cooke of Maysville, Ky., was high point man for the game with 14, and his Southern teammate Charles McCullough of McDonogh, Md., was second 13, but it was Gola with 10 points who made it look easy for the Northerners and left his selection as "Mr. Basketball" by the sports writers and visiting coaches merely a formality. George Nordhaus of Evansville, Ind. was high man for the winners with 12 points. Mencel, the Yankee playmaker, connected for 11.
|ACTION in the North-South Classic -- Brennan heaves for the basket as Schulz triesl to spoil shot. In background, left to right: Dalton, Cole and Kent.|
The South, using every combination in its squad, managed to hold its own in the second half, scoring 19 points to 20 for the winners in the third quarter and 23 to 25 in the fourth, but the Northern reserves, substituting frequently in the closing minutes, continued to hold the key to victory.
The game, played annually in Murray State Colleges gym, is sponsored by the North-South Cage Commission, a non-profit organization and brings together the top high school graduating seniors of the nation. Teams are chosen by more than 100 sports writers throughout the 48 states.
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