Piqua hoopteam strugglesin 1952 season

Duane Bachman



“West Milton’s Bulldogs defeated the Piqua Redskins 39-31 in the opening game of the basketball season here Friday night. Both teams appeared slow on their feet, although Piqua was the slower of the two and was ragged in both passing and shooting. Don Baker, a guard converted to forward this season, paced the Piqua attack with four field goals and one foul shot for nine points.”

“Lima South defeated the Piqua Redskins 67-50 in a hard-fought battle Saturday night in Lima. Both teams were quick on their feet and played good offensive ball. Lima hit 59 per cent of their field goal attempts while Piqua hit 31 per cent of their shots. The Indians only weakness was their defense. Bill Edwards, center, and Don Baker, guard, scored 19 and 12 points respectively to pace the Redskins.”

“Celina’s Bulldogs defeated the Piqua Central High school Redskins here Friday night, 65-35. The defeat was the third straight loss for the Redskins who have yet to win a game this season. Both teams played good ball in the first half, but Celina broke away in the second half to score an even 40 points. Leading scorer for the Redskins was Don Baker with 17 points.”

“Hamilton Catholic handed the Central High school Redskins their fourth straight defeat of the season Saturday night by a 74-46 score. The Redskins did not start clicking until the second quarter, but by that time it was too late as the Rams had built up a 17 point advantage. Both teams showed well offensively, but Piqua was weak on defense. Although the Red and Blue were badly beaten, they showed a better offense that in any previous game. Jim Schnippel and Bill Edwards paced the Redskins attack with 12 point each, Schnippel scoring six of his points in the fourth quarter alone.”

“Coach John Woolum’s Roosevelt high school Teddies handed the Piqua Redskins their fifth straight loss of the season Saturday night, winning 72-32 in a game played in Dayton. Although the Redskins were badly outclassed, their spirit was high throughout the entire ball game. Bad ball handling contributed to the Piqua defeat, but the superior height of the Teddies played an even bigger role. Setting the pace for Piqua were Jim Schnippel with 10 points and Bill Dankworth with nine points.

“Central High school’s Redskins broke a five-game losing streak here Friday night, overtaking a scrappy Covington team in the fourth quarter, 61-48. Piqua’s record now stands at one win and five defeats.”

“Coming from behind in the fourth quarter, Bellefontaine’s Chieftains surged to a 57-46 win over Central High school at the fieldhouse here Thursday night. The defeat was the sixth of the season for Coach George McFarland’s cagers, against one win. Both teams played desperately to win and the result was a fast moving contest with considerable body contact. Forty-six personal fouls were called in the game with Piqua losing Don Baker and Bill Baugh via the foul route.”

“Dayton Kiser handed the Piqua Redskins their seventh defeat of the season Friday night as the Panthers won a 47-32 decision in a game played at the Dayton fairgrounds coliseum. Setting the pace for the Redskins was Don Baker with 13 points.”

“Xenia Central’s Buccaneers handed the Piqua Redskins their eighth defeat of the season Friday night as the Bucs swamped the Tribe 57-27 in the opening game of the Miami Valley League season at Xenia. Inability to break away from their man and to rebound under the basket proved to be the downfall of the Indians. Piqua made 11 of 17 foul shots, but showed poorly on field goals, although the Red and Blue did not have many scoring opportunities.”

“In a hectic cage duel witnessed by some 500 screaming fans here Friday night, Sidney’s Yellow Jackets realized their third win of the season as Coach Bob Caton’s cagers eked out a 40-33 win over Central High in the last minute of play. The contest, although close, was a well behaved one. Only one player on either team fouled out and several played the entire game without committing a single personal foul. Setting the pace for Piqua was Bill Edwards with 13 points.”

“Piqua’s Redskins lost their tenth game of the basketball season Friday night as the Troy Trojans scalped the Tribe 59-35 in a Miami Valley League game played at the Hobart Arena. Piqua players gave away score after score by failing to get back on defense properly or by passing directly into the hands of an opposing player. Inaccuracy with both foul shots and field goals proved to be one of the Redskins greatest downfalls. Piqua made only 13 foul shots out of 33 attempts, while the Trojans made 17 of their shots in 23 attempts.”

“An explosive third quarter drive which netted 26 points carried Miamisburg’s Vikings to a 79-56 over the Redskins of Piqua Central High school in a game played on the new Miamisburg floor before a noisy crowd Friday night. Although the Redskins lost their eleventh game of the season they played improved ball throughout the entire contest. The Tribe handled the ball well, made a good percentage of their baskets, and showed well on both offense and defense. Bill Edwards paced the Redskin attack with 23 points.”

“Wilbur Wright of Dayton handed the Central High school Redskins their 12th loss of the season here Saturday night as the Pilots walked off with a 54-38 win over the hapless Indians. Sloppy ball handling and inaccuracy (the Indians made only 12 goals in 54 shots at the basket) cost the Tribe the ball game, but the Piqua defense was equally ineffective. Jim Schnippel’s 12 points led the Piqua scoring.”

“Inability to sink foul shots cost Central High school’s Indians their thirteenth defeat of the season Friday night as the Fairmont Dragons eked out a 42-38 win on their home court. The Indians, who made only ten free throws in 24 attempts, were off form at the foul line throughout the entire contest. Don Baker led the Redskin attack with ten points on four field goals and two foul shots.”

“Central High school’s Redskins scored their first Miami Valley League win of the season here Friday night as they defeated a stubborn Oakwood team 56-45. Piqua made 20 field goals in 47 shots at the bankboards to finish the game with an average of 43 per cent. Effective defensive play and good ball handling also contributed to the Indian’s victory.”

“The Green Wave of Greenville swamped the Central High Indians 63-40 at Greenville Friday night, the loss being the sixth in Miami Valley League play this season. The contest concluded the MVL slate for the Tribe. Minus three regulars, the Indians particularly feeling the loss of Bill Baugh’s height, were in contention only briefly early in the game. Greenville rolled to a 18-7 first period lead and moved on to a 33-15 half-time margin. Jimmy Walton, a reserve guard, chalked up 10 points to be high for Piqua.”

“St. Mary’s Roughriders, trailing at halftime, rallied to score a 51-41 win over the Central High school Indians in the final game of the basketball season here Friday night. The defeat was Piqua’s 15th in 17 games this season as the Tribe ended its worst season in 42 years. Available records which date back to 1910 fail to show a poorer won-lost performance. The Tribe’s two wins came at the expense of Covington and Oakwood, the latter in Miami Valley League play.”

“The ‘deep freeze’ basketball slow motion, put in an appearance at Troy’s Hobart Arena Wednesday night as the Springfield Public Wildcats defeated Piqua 34-13 in a District Class A tourney game. The Wildcats, defending tourney champions, had to beat both the Indians and the fleeting hands of the clock however, as Piqua stalled away nearly three-fourths of the ball game before either team did any real scoring.

“Piqua, after operating from a fast break offense most of the season changed tactics for the tournament and used a position offense for the first three quarters. The Redskins might have gotten away with the upset of the tourney had they been able to hit the bucket. As it was, Springfield watched, waited, and then ran away from the Tribe in the final quarter.”

Duane Bachman
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