Piqua boys basketball has tough season in 1955


Duane Bachman


THE HISTORY OF PIQUA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS – A JOURNAL

WINTER 1955

“Piqua Central suffered a setback in its opening basketball game of the season, losing 57-28 to Milton Union at West Milton Wednesday night. The Indians saw no bright spots, but only gloom as the hometowners gathered only two points the entire first period.”

“Piqua Central converted 29 of 49 attempts from the foul line to defeat Celina in a loosely played basketball game on the Bulldog’s home court. The win was Piqua’s first in two starts this season. Celina outscored the Indians 14-9 from the floor, but foul shots enabled Dale Beckett’s youngsters to win the game. The big Celina floor was hardly conducive to ‘tight’ basketball and both teams spent most of the evening at the black stripe.”

“Bellefontaine gained revenge for its only loss of the 1953-54 basketball season as the Chieftains defeated Piqua 68-53 in the Indians home opener Friday night. The taller, more experienced Chiefs pulled away from Coach Dale Beckett’s scrappy youngsters in the third quarter, but fans who were seeing the Indians for the first time liked what they saw. Jerry Hart scored 19 points for the Indians.”

“Jerry Hart and Jack Butt scored 18 and 17 points to lead Central High school’s Indians to a 59-44 win over Covington on the Bucs’ home floor Friday night. In handing Covington its fourth straight defeat, Coach Dale Beckett’s youngsters played their best game of the season. The Indians hit 37 per cent of their shots from the floor in the first half, 40 per cent in the last two periods.”

“The Indians slipped below the .500 mark again Saturday night, but showed surprising poise and shooting ability in a 73-60 loss to Chaminade’s Eagles. Piqua coaches, who felt before the game that they’d be happy to stay within 10 points of the strong Eagles, took encouragement from the Tribe’ showing.

“Although Chaminade led all with way, Piqua came close to outplaying the Eagles in the last half. The Eagles actually ‘won’ the game in the fourth quarter with a 25-point outburst.”

“Kiser High school’s Panthers committed enough fouls to give Piqua the ball game, but still managed to eke out a 61-52 win over the Indians in Dayton Tuesday night. The Indians converted 24 fouls, but missed 23 shots from the black line and scored only 14 field goals to Kiser’s 24.”

“Fairborn, outscored from the floor by a scrappy Piqua team, made 36 of 45 foul line attempts to defeat the Tribe 65-57 in the Miami Valley League opener for both schools at Fairborn Friday night. The smaller Piqua team shot Fairborn off the floor, canning 22 field goals to the Flyers 15. But the Indians couldn’t control their fouling and Fairborn couldn’t miss from the black line. Jack Butt paced Piqua with six fielders and five foul shots for 17 points. Marv Curtis contributed 12 and Jack Prater 10, but Jerry Hart, weighed down by fouls early in the game, was held to seven points.”

“John Spidel scored 33 points to lead a weaving, driving Greenville team to a 79-47 rout of Piqua Friday night at the fieldhouse. It was a brawling, bruising game and the biggest crowd of the season loved every minute of it —- expect the score. Referees William Smith and Jim Smith (no, they weren’t brothers) must have given up at the end, for anything went in the final period. Greenville’s Gary Lloyd and Jack Butt of Piqua were given the heave-ho for fighting, but the elbowing and nudging still continued behind the whistle carriers back.”

“Piqua Central’s pace-setting Indian five sailed to an easy 20-6 first period lead last Friday, but after failing to respond to a final period surge on the part of Xenia Central, plunged to a 61-51 defeat by the Buccaneers. Central’s Redskins will be playing the rest of their schedule without the facilities of senior forward Jack Butt. Butt, a mid-term graduate who has turned in an excellent performance so far this season, was named acting captain for his final game.”

“Central High school’s Indians were still looking for their first Miami Valley League win of the season today after ‘blowing’ their sixth and best MVL opportunity at Sidney Monday night. The game was originally scheduled last January 28, but was postponed at that time by an influenza epidemic in Sidney. When the final horn sounded the Yellow Jackets had won 52-50.”

“Favored Troy escaped an upset in the making here Friday night with a fourth quarter spurt that produced a 64-52 win over Central High’s Indians before the largest crowd of the season. After a slow start Piqua had led the Trojans at halftime and fought their way to a 41-41 deadlock at the three quarter mark. But Troy caught fire in the early minutes of the final period and took command 51-47 with 4:26 left to play in the game.”

“Dayton Roosevelt used its height and speed to run up a 45-18 halftime score on Central High school’s Indians and then coasted to a 77-50 win in Dayton Saturday night. Leading 58-32 going into the final quarter, Roosevelt substituted freely the rest of the way and 11 players broke into the scoring column.”

“Central High school’s Indians were still hunting their first Miami Valley League win today after matching Miamisburg point-for-point until a fourth quarter surge gave the Vikings a 70-57 win Friday night. As had been the case in their past three games, Piqua stayed in the thick of things until the final quarter. The ‘Burg quickly made up for lost time in the final period, canning 24 points on nine field goals and six foul shots, while holding Piqua to three from the field and a total of 12.”

“Fairmont came from behind late in the third quarter to score a 62-52 win over Piqua in Central’s final home game of the basketball season Friday night. The Indians, who had once led by seven points, scored only nine points in the final quarter, were just as cold in the final stanza. Jack Prater’s 12 was tops for Piqua as the Dragons held Jerry Hart, the Valley League’s fourth ranked scorer, to seven points.”

“St. Marys’ undefeated Roughriders ran away from Piqua in the third quarter and closed strong to defeat the Indians 77-53 in the final game of the basketball season Friday night at St. Marys’. The Indians, who went down to their 12th defeat in 15 games this season, battled their taller, more experienced opponents on even terms throughout the first half, but couldn’t keep up the pace.

“Both teams finished strong, but the Roughriders still outscored the Tribe 25-22 in the final quarter, led by Cook who topped the scorers with 28 points for the evening. Piqua’s Jerry Hart wasn’t far behind with 22 points on seven field goals and eight foul shots, but he was the only Indian to score in double figures.”

“Bellefontaine’s Chieftains chalked up two tournament ‘highs’ in eliminating Piqua Central from the district Class A action 74-50 Wednesday night at Troy. The Chieftains’ 74 points was the highest total scored in the tournament this year and their 31 points in the third quarter alone is an all-time record for high school basketball at the Hobart Arena.

“Central, a decided underdog, was managing to hold its own with the seeded Bellefontaine team until that one big quarter. Jack Prater, who played out the game with four fouls, led Central with 14 points.”

Duane Bachman
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