- Saturday, January 29 1927 -
Centre College - 25 (Head Coach: William Maher)
Kentucky - 27 (Head Coach: Basil Hayden)
|Van Buren Ropke||0||0||0||0||0|
|C. Foster Helm||2||1||1||1||5|
Halftime Score: Centre 17, Kentucky 12
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Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
Wildcats Trim Centre, 27-25, In Thriller
Knadler's Crip Shot Decides Wild Battle; Dees' Work Brilliant
Knadler - Kentucky's ace in the hole !
Or should we say Phipps, or Sharp, or Dees, or Jenkins, or Helm, or Ropke ? Such is the predicament of this reporter in trying to tell just how and why Lexington's own Wildcats defeated Old Cen--tree by a score of 27 to 25 in a basketball game at the university gymnasium last night.
Centre probably would have won the game had not Kentucky had her ace in the hole - "Toots" Knadler, who 3,500 frenzied fans cheered to his echo as he staggered off the floor after the game.
It was "Toots" who sent Kentucky ahead by 25 to 23 with a crop shot after Paul Jenkins had tied the score with a field goal from the foul line. It was "Toots" who won the game and the love of three thousand people by sending the ball zipping through the mesh in the last second of the game, after Helm had passed the ball to him only a fraction of a second before. Before the fact that Knadler had shot the goal that won the game dawned on the raging, screaming, shouting, crying fans on both sides of the playing floor, Mike Carey blew the whistle which ended the game.
"Short and Sweet"
In the language of those who love to hear the vernacular, the game was "short and sweet" and nervewracking to say the least. With only three minutes to play, Coach Basil Hayden substituted Knadler for Phipps. The score was tied at 23 all, but "Toots" proceeded to untie it with his crip. Then Maggard shot an "unconscious" field goal, tieing the score at 25 to 25 again. There was only one minute and three-quarters to play. The Wildcats tried to freeze the ball but couldn't and after drawing the Colonels out of their positions Helm, who had possession of the ball at this particular moment, threw it to Knadler, who dropped it through the basket for the winning points. And a lot of jumping hearts were chilled. The crowd swarmed onto the floor to congratulate the victors, who deserved by all means to win.
Centre started the scoring -- or we should say Mawry started the scoring. He caged two field goals on a peculiar formation getting both of them from the right sidelines. He received the ball again shot and again a field goal was rung up for Centre. In the meantime, however, Helm had made three points via a free throw and a long field goal from the left sideline.
Four Out of Five for Mawry
Mawry shot again and the ball crashed through the net. He shot again and missed - his first in five shots. At this moment Jimmie Sharp was substituted for Ropke. Jimmie evidently was instructed to stick to Mawry, for this Colonel got only one more field goal the rest of the game, this coming in the final minutes of the first half. The score was 9 to 6 when Phipps dribbled down the floor and shot a beautiful crip. Deaton then dumped in a field goal, bringing the score to 11 to 8. Helm shot one from the sidelines and the score was 11 to 9. Deaton again scored, this time with a spot shot. The score was 13 to 9. Jenkins got a field goal and Helm a free throw to bring the score to 13 to 12 in favor of Centre. Deaton got two free throws and Mawry then rang his fifth and final field goal on a long lucky shot.
The guarding of Mawry by Sharpe was really the best exhibition of basketball seen on the University of Kentucky floor this season. He stuck to the yellow shirted warrior like a leach and without Jimmy in there doing his good work no doubt Mawry would have gone on about his business of shooting field goals from the right sideline.
Second Half Starts Slow
The second half, starting slow, has been pretty well described already. Sharp scored two free throws and Phipps a crip to bring the score 17 to 16 to start the half. Deaton then got a free throw and Jenkins caged a crip to tie the score 18 all. Goings made it 19 to 18 with a free throw and Deaton got another long shot to bring the count to 21 to 18. Jenkins' free shot made it 21 o 19, but Deaton retaliated with two more free throws - he was making every one count. Jenkins showed brilliant form in dribbling in for a crip to bring the score to 23 to 21, still in Centre's favor. Jenkins tied it up with another crip, 23 all, Knadler untied it with a field goal, Maggard tied it again and Knadler did the last untieing. And that was all.
Although Knadler turned the tide for Kentucky, one could not help admire the fight which every player for Kentucky put up. Phipps showed a decided improvement over his previous showings this year, dribbling in form many shots, although he did not always make them. Helm did his best with the tall Knuckles, although the latter probably shaded Foster in the way of jumping in the center ring.
Jenks Plays Good Ball
Jenkins played a hard, consistent game and was near exhaustion as the final whistle blew. He led the scoring with ten points and without him, Kentucky's chances to win would have been seriously handicapped.
Dees' work was equal to that of Carey's last year, for Centre got only two crips the live long night and these not as the result of Dees' mistakes.
Mawry was the big fireworks for Centre in the first half but he faded into oblivion just as soon as Sharp was sent in to guard him. Deaton did what work was done by the Colonels in the final period, he scoring one of their two field goals and three of their four free shots. Mawry made five field goals and Deaton two in the first half, while Maggard's and Deaton's field goals were the only ones counted by the Colonels in the second half. Kentucky made five field goals in the first half and six in the second, showing much more consistency in this department.
Kentucky made good only five out of 12 foul trys, while Centre made good eight out of ten, Deaton making six of these out of eight trys. Kentucky scored 11 field goals to nine for Centre.
Game Writeup - Danville Daily Messenger (January 31, 1927)
CATS DEFEAT CENTRE, 27-25
The Centre College basketeers dropped a heartbreaker to the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky Saturday night in Lexington when they lost by two points. The score was 27 to 25. Centre started scoring first when Mowery began to loop them consistently from the sidelines. The Cat coach sent in Sharpe who evidently was instructed to watch Mowery, because he stuck to him like a leech.
The Colonels were leading at the half but the Cats overcame the lead just in time to win the game. Knadler, for Kentucky, scored the goals that won for the Wildcats.