Successful season for Piqua cagers



“Piqua fans who followed the Central High Indians to Covington Friday night came away with brighter hopes for the coming season as the Gattshall-coached quintet scored a 34-25 victory, thus handing the Buccaneers their first setback in five starts. The Indians displayed surprising finesse at times working offensive plays to perfection to completely baffle the Covington team. Saturday the Gattshall-led five staged a brilliant second half performance to overcome a 9-5 deficit and top Wilbur Wright of Dayton 25-15 at the Field House. Second only to the Indians victory Saturday night was the splendid backing from a cheering standpoint the Central cagers.received. It was perhaps one of the most enthusiastic and persistent cheering sections that has ever been in the field house. Small but vociferous the group of students led by Selma Kiser, Martha Bridgman and Janet Milhouse, never one minute left the Indians down and crowded as many as two or three cheers into a brief timeout period. If the students continue such splendid support the Indians can’t help but put everything they’ve got into making this a successful season,”

“Call it coincidence or what-have-you, but the schoolboy basketball teams of Piqua – namely, Central High and Catholic High turned in respective bits of basketball performance that were almost identical last night. The Indians trimmed Kiser High at Dayton 32-27 while the Orange upset the well rated Russia outfit 32-26 at the Central gym. And the Redskins and parochial were initiating brand new uniforms, the Tribe appearing in a typical outfit of ‘red’ while the Catholics displayed their flashy blue suits. Piqua’s zone defense looked the worst it had this season and consequently kept the Indians working hard all the time. Despite the small floor at Dayton the Indians couldn’t seem to shift at the right time. Their offense which is a bit faster and smoother this season was an off-and-on affair but proved good enough to bring them to victory number three. Coming from behind in the second quarter, Piqua Central High scored victory number four over St. Marys Memorial High Friday night at the field house and tonight to West Milton for their final game of the 1941 portion of the current schedule. Off to a slow start and displaying some hapless playing plus ‘hard luck’ shooting, the Indians managed to overcome a six point deficit and after knotting the court at 9-9 midway in the second quarter went on to win the ball game 31-20.”

“Piqua Central’s Indians forged link No. 5 in their victory chain Saturday evening when they trounced West Milton 38-26 at West Milton. Starting slowly, the score stood zero-zero at the end of the first three minutes, when ‘Tubby’ Wilson connected twice to give the Redskins a four point lead. H. Lutz dropped a bucket for the Milton Union quintet to make the score 4-2 at the quarter. Piqua held a one point advantage at the half and went on to the 38-26 win. Piqua Central scored its sixth consecutive victory Friday night by defeating Van Wert High School 36-30 after trailing 15-20 at halftime. It was without a doubt the fastest and most interesting game the Indians have played this season, both team displaying fast offenses.”

“After marking up victory No. 7 by defeating Urbana 28-21 last night, Piqua Central’s Indians return tonight to take on their final pre-league foe playing Bradford at the field house. Off to a slow start and barely managing to hold their own in the first quarter, the period ending in a 4-4 deadlock, Gattshall’s red-clad courtsters came back after trailing a few minutes in the second period and by halftime were out in front 11-8, a lead they never relinquished but had to work hard to keep. Piqua Central Indians completed pre-league play Saturday night by defeating Bradford 32-14 and chalking up their eighth consecutive victory. In Saturday’s game at the field house Piqua got off to a comparatively slow start and were in front by only a 7-4 margin at the end of the first period and it was but 15-9 at halftime. But as usual it was a big third period that saw the Gattshall cagers grab a 27-10 advantage and go on to win 32-14.”

“H-E-I-G-H-T … those six letters spelt the difference between Piqua’s Central High Indians and Greenville’s basketball team as the Indians dropped their first game in nine starts and initial try in the Miami Valley League, the final score being 42-31 as Greenville tallied its eighth victory in as many games and second league win. A crowd estimated at 1,200 fans jammed the Greenville high gym for the contest, the turnout, according to G.H.S. officials being the largest in the school’s history to witness a schoolboy basketball game there. Piqua’s Central High Indians grabbed their initial Miami Valley League victory Friday night by dropping the Sidney Yellow Jackets 33-22 before a throng of fans numbering 1100, largest to witness a schoolboy cage game in Piqua this season. Defeat of Sidney dropped that club from the league leaders, the loss being their first in three league games for the Shelby County cagers. The Indians had little trouble in getting underway and with their zone defense clicking held Sidney scoreless during the first quarter and most of the second period, excepting two foul shots. In the meantime Piqua grabbed 13 points in the first period and made it 19-8 by halftime, going on to win without great difficulty. There is a spark of regret to the game for it is the last time George ‘Tubby’ Wilson will appear in the Red and Blue uniform, being ineligible because of the semester ruling. As usual, ‘Tubby’ played his clever, consistent style and served as acting captain for his last schoolboy athletic contest.”

“The Miamisburg Vikings, playing a tight defensive game on their match box floor, last night upset the proverbial dope bucket by trouncing the Central Indians 29 to 20 in a rough struggle. Starting their first game minus the services of Wilson, ball-hawking guard, the Redskins fell behind 4 to 1 in the first three minutes of play, and continued to drop farther behind. The Vikings, paced by Ball at guard, stretched their 6-4 quarter lead to 16 -8 at halftime. Rough, close defensive play, forcing the Indians to work for every shot, kept the Piquads from scoring heavily from out on the floor. Piqua lost to Xenia by a score of 36-21 last night before a rousing crowd of 1000 fans. But don’t let the score fool you who were not at the Field House. Those Central High Indians who can duly be labeled the Red and Blue midgets did themselves proud, actually throwing a scare into one of Ohio’s best court combinations this season. It is the same story again in finding the real reason for defeat …HEIGHT. Give the Indians a tall man or two and they will be real poison to the best clubs.”

“Displaying their poorest shooting form of the season, the Central Indians dropped their third successive game and suffered their fourth loss in five starts as the Staunton Scotties nailed a 19-15 defeat on the local cagers in the Staunton gym last Saturday night. Last night the Central Indians finally registered their tenth win of the season, but were forced to come from way behind to top the Fairmont Dragons 29-25 at the Fairmont gym in an MV league game.”

“Advertised as the ‘thriller of the season’, last night’s ball game was all that and more as the scrappy Troy High tossers nosed out the Piqua Indians at the Field House last night 41-40 in a game that left not only players and coaches but also fans practically exhausted. A stirring second half comeback abetted by superior height produced the pleasing triumph for the invading Trojans who today are much happier lot since a victory over Piqua makes the season a success down at the county seat. The Indians were on top 28-18 but couldn’t hold that margin. Thus, the Indians dropped their fourth Miami Valley League game of the season in their final home appearance of the year, a crowd of 1,000 wild-eyed fans from the two cities thoroughly enjoying the contest from start to finish. Last night Central’s Indians wound up their regular season campaign, falling to Dayton Roosevelt 25-22 in a rough contest at the Dayton school’s gym. At half time Roosevelt held a slim 16-15 lead. During the intermission the rather slim crowd was treated to a splendid show by red-and-white clad drum majorettes and flag twirlers. The final quarter proved a little more exciting as successive buckets by Davis and Bianchi pulled the Redskins to within two points of the downstaters but this was not enough for a Piqua win.”

“All hopes which the P.H.S. Indians which may have been entertained of advancing in the district tournament were given a severe dashing last night when the Oakwood Lumberjacks handed the Central cagers a 31-21 lacing at the fairground coliseum in Dayton. Final appearance in P.H.S. uniforms were put in by Dick Sward, a bang-up guard all during his high school career; Dick Bianchi, the sun-tanned, and on occasion eagle eyed forward; Wendell Carter, capable substitute guard; and Dick ‘Curly’ Pearson, who played well when he broke into the line-up. The Central cagers thus close their most successful in several years, having a total of ten wins against seven losses.”

Duane Bachman Bachman