- Friday, July 30 1948 -
Olympic Games (at London, England)
United States - 86 (Head Coach: Omar (Bud) Browning)
Switzerland - 21
Halftime Score: United States 34, Switzerland 9
Game Writeup - Ted Smits, Lexington Leader
U.S. Romps 86-21 In Cage Opener; Groza Bags 19
WEMBLEY, England, July 30 (AP) - Uncle Sam's basketball forces led off with an easy victory as expected today as competition in six sports began in the Olympic games.
Coach Bud Browning's rangy, sharpshooting cagers conquered Switzerland 86-21 in the first round of the preliminaries.
With seven-foot Bob Kurland playing only part of the game because of fouling out, a University of Kentucky sharpshooter, Alex Groza, led the scoring for the United States forces, ringing in 19 points.
Browning was not fully satisfied with the Americans' performance. He said his boys were confused by the officials because their signals "are different than ours."
Faking Is "Too Fast"
Midway of the game he ordered his team to quit faking shots. He said the Swiss reactions were so slow they weren't falling for the maneuvers.
Previously the first official protest of the games had been filed and allowed.
Egypt objected to the officiating in Thursday night's water polo game in which Hungary defeated Egypt 4-2. Officials ruled the game should be replayed tonight with new arbiters.
A speedy "scat squad" from the Philippines had opened the Olympic basketball with a lopsided 102-30 victory over an inexperienced Iraq team.
The Filipinos, along with Mexico and Canada, are counted on to give the United States forces their stiffest opposition for the Olympic title which is being contested by teams from 23 nations.
The lads from Luzon showed everything an Olympic champion would need except height. They are fast, good ball handlers and expert shots.
17 Fans See Start
Only 17 spectators and a chairwoman were in 10,000 seats at Harringay arena when the first game began. By half-time, when the Filipinos led 47-16, a couple of hundred were scattered around the indoor bowl.
A blistering sun, trapped by a glass roof, poured onto the rough maple floor.
Later in the session, Czechoslovakia, the European champion, conquered Peru 38-30.
A cage team gets two points for a victory, one for a loss in the round-robin phase. The two top teams in each group later begin play in an eight-team elimination tournament to decide the basketball championship.
In the same round-robin group with the U.S. and the Swiss are the Czechs, Argentina, Egypt and Peru.
Jesse Renick (#55) scores while Wallace Jones (#27) and Ralph Beard look on
Alex Groza (#15) is shown in game action