- Friday, February 26 1909 -
State Championship Game
Central University - 26 (Head Coach: George Lee)
|Shelton St. Clair||1||0||3||2|
Kentucky - 20 (Head Coach: Unnamed)
Halftime Score: Central University 13, State University 13
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Cincinnati 28 - 23|||||Kentucky Wesleyan 14 - 12 OT|
Game Writeup - Lexington Leader
WINS BASKET BALL CHAMPIONSHIP BY TAKING GAME FROM STATE
Central University won the championship game of basket ball from State University in one of the fastest games ever witnessed on a local floor. The score which was 26 to 20, was in favor of State until the last three minutes of the play when Hess threw three field goals and State was unable to gain first place again.
State opened the game with a rush and kept the lead until the close of the first half when the score stood 13 to 13. 21 fouls were called on State and 13 on Central. During the game one point was awarded to each team. Plummer for State had the best goal fouls. He threw nine out of twelve attempts, while Mason threw seven out of eighteen trials.
The game was witnessed by a very large crowd. Central brought a number of ardent supporters with her team.
Friday's victory gives the championship to Central who has won five of the six games she has played this season. State has won three of the five games played and has one game yet to play with Georgetown College.
Game Writeup - The Idea
NINE 'RAHS FOR THE CHAMPIONS!
A groan went up from the crowd of State men last Friday when the whistle blew for "time up" at the close of the State-Central basket ball game.
But why should we have given way to our feelings in this manner? What is the championship of Kentucky did depend on this game? We know that is seemed hard to be defeated in the last few minutes of play, we know that we had been looking forward to this game for the last two or three weeks, with an even chance that we would win it; we knew that it was hard to lose after months of training, before the biggest crowd ever seen in the gymnasium. But think of this: It is no disgrace to lose a game in which both teams played their best; it is an honor to have played such a good game against the winner.
The game started a little late because of a basket breaking, but the great crowd which filled all the space in the gallery and most of that on the rafters, passed away the time good humoredly enough. The first half started with State in the lead, Fox throwing the first goal and Post the second; but Central soon caught up. First one side threw a goal and then the other evened up by throwing one, until the whistle blew for the end of the first half, when the score was 13 to 13, an omen of ill-luck for one or the other.
The second half was clearly in Central's favor, for we did not throw a goal. Plummer's foul throwing in this half was a feature of the game, for in the discouragement of defeat he threw seven fouls, one after another. These kept the game a tie until the later part of the game, when Hess won the contest for the Danville boys.
St. Clair, Central's forward, played one of the best, if not the best game for his side. His playing was fast and good at all times. Hess perhaps played the next best game, throwing several pretty goals in the last half.
For State, Plummer undoubtedly played the best. He is the most scientific player ever seen at State, and by the time he is a Senior he should make the all-Southern team. It would be hard to say who played second best for us. Some would say one, and some another. They all played great games throughout, and Central deserves a great deal of credit for defeating them.
Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IS WON BY CENTRAL
By Defeating State University Yesterday Are Proclaimed Champions
TIED IN FIRST HALF
Final Score is 26 to 20 - Largest Crowd Ever Seen at a Ball Game
In one of the greatest exhibitions of basket ball ever seen here the Central University team defeated the crack team from State University in the State gymnasium yesterday afternoon by a score of 26 to 20, thereby winning the State championship, having successfully defeated every college team in the State.
From the start it could be seen that both teams were evenly matched, and not for some time was a field goal thrown. Only four field goals were thrown during the first half by the visitors, while the State team made five. One point was awarded the visitors and both sides fouled frequently. At the end of the first half the score stood 13 to 13.
Second Half of Game
Both teams started in with a rush, and for a while the State team had the bet of the argument, but as the time for the close of the game drew near the Cardinal and Blue began more accurate work and the score increased until it caught up, tied and passed the Blue and White and on to a safe lead, which they maintained until the end of the game.
The throwing of the foul goals of the visitors was poor, but Plummer, the little forward for the State team, never wavered in the face of the defeat, and his throwing of fouls was just as accurate as it was when his team was in the lead. Plummer and Rodes probably played the best for the home team, but they all played magnificent ball.
For Danville Seelbach and Mason played the best game, but were closely seconded by Hess, whose one-handed throws in the second half were great. Post threw two spectacular goals in the first half, but in the second half he did not get a goal.
The gymnasium was crowded, and it is said the crowd was the largest ever seen at a basket ball game in the city.
Season Practically Over
The season is now nearly over but for the exception of the game between Central and Transylvania next Friday night and the game between State and Georgetown. The winning of the championship by Danville is the result of hard work all the time and clock-like team work, which is essential to every winning team.
Referee Davidson kept the teams well in hand at all times, and there was no objection on either side as to the squareness of the man.