Minford, Green Among County's Better Teams
First Tourney Action To Be Seen In Tuesday's 2nd Round

Article taken from The Portsmouth Times, Saturday, February 14, 1948, page 14.

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Having drawn first-round byes in the Scioto co. high school basketball tournament, Green and Minford will first see action Tuesday night when the second series of games gets under way.

Coach Frank Taylor's Bobcats will meet the winner of Monday night's McDermott-Valley game and the Falcons, under the tutlage of Ed Hall, will tangle with the Washington-South Webster victor.

Both of these teams have outstanding records and have run along neck and neck with each other and with Valley and Washington throughout the season.  The race has been so close that with only three games to play, the upper division standings still are not decided.

The Falcons, who won the Southern Ohio conference crown this week in their first season of competition, have lost twice to Wheelersburg and once each to Valley, Green and Washington.  Outside the county league, they have 12 victories against no defeats.

The scoring punch has been provided mainly by Asbury Crum, William Walters and Dick Eckhart, greatly sided by Hoover LeMaster, Galen Knight, Don Moore, Kenneth Kayser and Sam Melvin, who joined the squad the second semester, are just beginning to round into form.  The other two boys who have helped the Falcons through their tough schedule are Howard White and Paul Sparks.

Walters and Eckhart have been averaging around 11 points a game while Crum has an average of nine.  What LeMaster lacks in scoring power he makes up in ball handling and defensive play.  Knight and Moore, centers, have used their height advantage throughout the season.

The Falcons will be hit hard by graduation this year, losing all these boys with the exception of Eckhart.  A promising crop of reserves--with an 11-3 record this year--is coming up, though.

The Green cagers have managed a total of 962 points in 18 league games this eason for an average of 53.  Of this number, Don Queen, 6-foot, 2-inch center, is responsible for 370, a 24.6 point average.

The 17-year-old senior made all-county in his sophomore and junior years and was given honorable mention in the all-state class B tourney in 1946.  His high score of the current season was 39 points against McDermott, followed by 34 against Minford, 30 against Washington and 30 against South Webster.

Queen refused to play against off-beaten Rarden because he felt it wasn't fair to boost his average against a weak team.

Though not paired in the drawings, Green and Minford may meet in either the winners' or losers' bracket as the tournament is to be a double-elimination affair.  The two broken even in home games during the regular season, the Falcons winning by six points and the Bobcats by 16.