- Tuesday, January 8 1924 -
Mexico City YMCA - 14 (Head Coach: H.G. Underwood)
|Elias de la Garza||0||0||2||0|
Kentucky - 25 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit)
|C. Foster Helm||0||0||0||0|
|A. T. Rice||0||0||1||0|
Halftime Score: Kentucky 8, Mexico City YMCA 7
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Vanderbilt 33 - 13|||||Georgetown College 32 - 24|
Game Writeup - by Norris Royden, Lexington Herald
Wildcats Stop Mexican Invaders, 25-14
Visitors Have Greater Speed
GAME EXCEEDINGLY CLEAN
Class will tell.
Outfought for the first half of the game, hitting their stride only after Turkey Hughes had been injected into the lineup in the second period, Kentucky's Wildcats defeated the Mexico City Y.M.C.A. quintet at the university gymnasium last night 25 to 14.
The annual affairs with Centre College and the windup of last year's high school tournament did not pack as many persons into the gymnasium as witnessed the battle between the Mexican Triangles and the Blue and White team.
Met by the fierce guarding and hard floor playing of the Triangles, temporarily baffled by the hard passing of the visitors, the Wildcats amazed their friends by their slow start. It was toward the middle of the first half, before Coach George Buchheit's men showed any signed of playing a normal game, and it was not until Turkey Hughes substituted for Will Milward in the second period, that the Wildcats took the offensive and really outplayed the Mexicans, although never outfighting them.
Were Faster Than Cats
In the Vanderbilt game, the Wildcat' greater speed was an advantage to them over the heavier commodores, but last night, the Blue and white basketeers were opposed by players just a little faster.
The floor playing of the Mexicans was just as good as that of the Wildcats, while their hard passing caught the Kentuckians napping, but the teamwork of Buchheit's men proved too much for the visitors.
Kentucky's five-man defense also appears better than that of the Triangles, and the latter were forced to make long shots, several of which were made with consummate ease, much to the delight of spectators.
Captain Rice's men were content to pass the ball around in a lazy manner waiting for an opening, and in this manner the majority of the locals' goals were caged. However the Wildcats always were hard pressed and many of the shots appeared quite hard.
The game was cleanly played, only seven fouls being completed, four of which were committed by Kentucky. The visitors have as clean a team as ever appeared on the local floor, and the Wildcats and spectators alike were please by the visitors' sportsmanship.
Jimmy McFarland lead in the shooting, accounting for seven field goals and a foul throw, a total of 15 points. Underwood made four field goals and Riefkin one. Helm and Rice played good guarding games while Hughes' offensive work turned the tide toward Kentucky.
Amaro Leads Mexicans
The visitors have a snappy little player in Amaro, and McFarland several times attempted to guard this handsome lad, with no ordinary success. Captain Arechiga and Garza, the two guards, also were hard men to cope with. The former's field goal from the center of the floor in the first half was the prettiest throw seen here in some time.
The score at the end of the half was 8 to 7 in favor of Kentucky. At the opening the Triangles scored then the Wildcats caged a pair, followed by another goal by Amaro. Hughes went into the lineup, and Kentucky made foul field goals in rapid succession. Bracamontes made a field and foul goal, the Kentucky followed with three more field efforts, which ended the scoring.
Each member of the visitors wore a black bow in respect to the memory of Dr. P.K. Holmes, members of the university faculty whose death occurred yesterday morning. Dr. Holmes formerly, was director of physical education for Mexico City, and several members of the team were acquainted with him.
Members of the Mexico City Y.M.C.A. basketball squad will be the guests of honor at a banquet given by the Lexington "Y" in the Palm room of the Phoenix hotel today at 12:15 o'clock. Among the speakers on the program are Mayor Hogan Yancey, who will officially welcome them to the city, Dr. T.W. Rainey and E.C. Aquirre, national physical director of Mexico.