- Thursday, February 21 1918 -
Centre College - 20 (Head Coach: T.G. Gronert)
|Bo McMillin (*)||2||0||0||4|
|Madison Bell (*)||0||0||0||0|
Kentucky - 22 (Head Coach: Stanley A. Boles) - [Final Rank ]
|H. C. Thomas||4||4||12||12|
Halftime Score: Kentucky 8, Centre 7
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Georgetown College 25 - 16|||||Cumberland 42 - 21|
Game Writeup - by Tom Underwood, Lexington Herald
Wildcats Trim Centre Colonels in Closest Contest Ever Played Here
Thomas Tosses Goal Which Wins Contest After Tie Makes Fifteen Minutes' Overtime Necessary
'BO' McMILLAN AGAIN IN CENTER OF STAGE
Danville Star Banished by Referee Hinton for Personal Fouls
In the fever heat of the first game on record to run three extras innings before a tie score could be broken, Henry Thomas, modest University of Kentucky freshman, grabbed the basketball which signified the championship of the state.
"Shoot" screamed the hoarse hundreds who bent the rails of the galleries, thrilled with a thousand volts of the electricity of excitement. He did.
Referee Hinton, of Georgetown, threw up one hand. Centre threw up both hands. The whistle blew. The game was history. The Wildcats won 22 to 20. Centre had been blocked in her rush toward the undisputed championship of Kentucky. A game which coaches of Kentucky colleges declare eclipses any athletic scrap ever seen had been played. Petey Moore, trainer, ran out with a sponge and washed the dirty faces of the valiant victors.
Record Probably Set
Coach Hinton, of Georgetown's and Coach Gronert, of Centre, declared that it was the first game to their knowledge in which three five minute extensions of time were necessary for a decision.
Centre's seasoned veterans of the hardwood and the Wildcats' fleet collection, made a pair as evenly matched as two ears of corn. Daddy Boles sent in a rejuvenated line-up which made the Wildcats look as new as the first straw hat will this spring.
"Big" Ben Marsh, newly placed at center, started the ball rolling for the Wildcats when he threw a goal in the first few minutes, and then blushed like a bride at her own wedding.
The fight went furious. Kentucky took the lead through efforts of Thomas and Bastin.
Enter Bo McMillan
Then "Bo" McMillan, the sensation of the year in Kentucky athletics, got warm. He threw two goals and showed the Wildcats the same kind of stuff which made their faces turn pale when on a muddy gridiron in Danville last year he kicked a field goal which won Centre the pennant rag. But mud or hardwood makes no difference to "Bo" and so Centre ran up a pace and the half ended 8 to 7 in the Wildcats' favor.
In the last half "Bo" went out on personal fouls. Coach Hinton thought he took a knee jab at Bastin. "Bo" declared he didn't. Everybody in the crowded hall started yelling for no ostensible reason.
Bastin walked across the room and shook hands with "Bo." He knew the kind of guy the Texas Terror was. They had been old high school friends. But trouble was written on McMillan's face. How could a fellow like him sit and watch a game like that ? But rules is rules. This put a crimp in Centre's workings for a while, as the Wildcats worked wonders. But soon, led by Davis, the fleet Danville forward, the visitors shot forth again. The time ended with the score tied 14 to 14.
Then the Excitement Started
Five minutes were given to play off the tie. Bastin, of Kentucky, threw a goal in the thick of the excitement. So did Walden of Center. So did Thomas of Kentucky. So did Davis of Centre. The five minutes ended with the score again tied, this time 18 to 18.
In the second extension of five minutes time, Bastin threw another goal. Walden made it even again. Then came a floor fight with no goals. Time was called for Centre, apparently to give them a rest. Coach Hinton gladly allowed the rest to be taken. He was nearly withered.
The third extension of time came. Then Thomas broke up the game.
Game Writeup - Kentucky Advocate
Though Centre Loses Game to State, She Still Leads in State Basket Ball
Centre lost a most remarkable game of basket ball in Lexington to State College on the State floor on Thursday night. It was the closest game game ever played in Kentucky, the contest lasting fifty-five minutes and going into three extra period of play, resulting in a final victory for State by a score of 22 to 20.
The score at the end of the first half was: State 8; Centre 7; and at the end of the second half the teams were tied by a score of an even dozen. To show how evenly the teams were matched, the score at the end of the first extra period again stood even - 16 to 16, necessitating the playing of another extra period. As remarkable as it may seem, at the expiration of the second extra period, each side had "rung up" an additional four tallies, leaving team still tied - score of 20 to 20. In the third extra period State managed to "nose out" by adding two scores to her count, and Centre failing to score during this period, left the final score as above indicated, 22 to 20 in favor of State.
Although Centre was on a foreign floor and team captain Bell seriously crippled, they fought the gamest fight ever made upon a Kentucky floor. This is the acknowledged tribute of the coaches and the audience.
Allen Davis played a remarkable game, twice shooting long goals when such goals were absolutely necessary to keep Centre in the game. "Bo" McMillan played his usual driving floor game, his aggressiveness, which resulted in unintentional roughness, was the cause of his being put out of the game in the second half. Capt. Bell, though crippled, played a hard, heady game and held his opponent to "no goals." Walden was in the game every minutes, and twice tied up the score just as the period ended. Tate played a steady, consistent game, holding Marsh, State's center, to two goals. Armstrong, who played the last twenty-five minutes, proved his sterling worth as a utility player by playing an aggressive fighting game.
The contest was fast and clean, fine sportsmanship prevailing between the opponents throughout the game.
Bastin, State's star guard, on numerous occasions helped Davis and other players to their feet, while Centre players showed a willingness to reciprocate favors of a like nature.
Hinton, of Georgetown, refereed and stated that he had never refereed a harder, cleaner game.
Centre, however, even after this loss, holds the lead in the State Championship, the standing of the teams in the State being as follows: