Piqua hoop team can’t stop Joe Nuxhall


Duane Bachman


THE HISTORY OF PIQUA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS – A JOURNAL

WINTER 1947

“Fighting from behind in the waning minutes of their clash with Piqua’s Central high school Redskins, the Buccaneer cagers of Covington high school annexed a 25-23 victory here Friday at the Roosevelt Park Field House. Playing in the shadows of Piqua’s tall quintet, the Bucs took advantage of erratic Redskin play in the fourth quarter to march to their third triumph in four cage contests this season. The fray was the first of the season for Central high’s Waltonites.”

“A strong defensive-minded Fairview Bulldogs five nosed out the Central Indians squad 25-23 Friday night at Dayton as the ineffective Piquads lost control of the game in the last half of the clash. Although the Bulldog team was favored in the contest the Indians fared much better than was expected, though still not making up for the defeat handed them by the Covington squad last week. The height of the Indian team so far has shown little advantage in the two games played to date.”

“The punchless Redskin cagers of Piqua Central high school, in their third appearance of the current hardwood campaign, dropped a 23-20 decision to the Teddies of Dayton Roosevelt high in a slow-moving cage duel here Saturday. Seizing possession of the contest in the opening status, the Waltonites posted an 8-5 lead, but were held scoreless until half-time as the Dayton five tallied three baskets to take the lead 11-8. The Roosevelt margin was never more than three digits, but the Piquads were unable to find the basket. A shifty Celina five defeated the inept Central High Indian squad 32-28 last night at Celina, marking the fourth defeat hexing the Redskin hardwood team this year. Inaccuracy and inability to net their baskets and foul shots proved to be the downfall of the local squad as in their previous games.”

“Breaking the jinx that hexed them in four games, the Central High Redskins leashed an attack against the scrappy West Milton quintet in the last quarter of the contest Saturday at the field house, and nosed out a completely surprised Bulldog team 30-29. The Piqua high school Indians ambushed their rival Bellefontaine Chieftains early in the first quarter of a basketball game played at Bellefontaine Friday night and then outlasted their slower rivals to score a 33-31 victory. The Indians showed considerable improvements in their shooting and it was their free throws that Piqua won the game. Outshot from the field by 14 to 10, the boys in Red and Blue dropped 13 of their 18 free throw tries while their opponents were netting only three of 13. Max Winans paced the winners with 15 markers, all but two of which were scored during the hectic last half.”

“Forging ahead to an 18-17 third quarter lead, the Redskins of Central high school went on to pocket a 21-20 victory at the expense of Dayton Chaminade in a tense hardwood duel played Saturday at the field house. Until their third quarter surge, the Waltonites were outscored but not outclassed. The contest was tied three times, 11-11, 15-15 and 20-20. Max Winan’s successful foul shot with seven second of playing time remaining proved to be the Redskin victory margin. Coasting to a 43-24 victory over Dayton Parker Co-op Friday night at the field house, the Piqua Central high school Indians realized their fourth win in eight cage games to date. It was a vastly improved Redskin squad that cavorted, almost at will, through the Parker defense to earn its largest margin of the season. Unaccurate tosses cost the Piquads an even greater triumph, however.” The Piqua high school Indians defeated the Urbana Hillclimbers 38-18 last night at the field house, chalking up their sixth win in ten games played so far this season. The Indians finished off the Urbana squad in the fourth quarter, sparked by Winans, stellar center, with four points and forward Norman, with an accurate long shot. Winans paced the Tribe attack with a total of thirteen points.”

“A second overtime period basket by little Doyle Rowell enable the Central high school Indians to nose out a scrappy Bradford quintet 31-19 here Saturday, thereby extending their winning streak to seven straight games. After a three minute overtime period which saw both teams extend an18-18 deadlock to a 19-19 tie, officials deemed the second additional frame sudden death. And seconds after the second playoff period began, Rowell grabbed the ball, dribbling to the sidelines for an approach shot. The ball hit the rim, dropped through and hung in the net as Rowell left the floor on the shoulders of his teammates. Central High’s cagers smashed the Greenville five 28-20 last night at the field house in an exciting hardwood classic, opening the Miami Valley League season for the Indian squad. The Green Wave’s chief ‘threat,’ Bob Wright, was literally hog-tied by the effective Tribe zone defense, scoring only six points during the contest. Fast ball handling and tight defense worked on the part of the both teams, holding the overflowing crowd in suspense the whole way.”

“Streaking to their ninth straight win, the Central High Indians outclasses the Sidney quintet 52-37 last night on the Sidney home floor, after unleashing an offensive drive to in the second half of the hardwood contest to stop the Yellow Jackets. It was Piqua’s second MVL win. Winans was the high scorer with a total of twenty three points trailed by Norman with ten points. It was zone for zone Friday night at the field house as the Piqua Central high school Indians downed the Miamisburg Vikings with a last minute field goal, winning 24-22 and running their Miami Valley League win streak to three and their season’s total ten consecutive wins after four defeats. During the greater part of the contest, the invading Vikings had a little bit better of the battle of the defenses. They held a lead throughout the first half. Faltering during the third period, they came back to take a lead in the final quarter and were not bested until Doyle Rowell sank a long shot during the last minute and a half of play.”

“Central high school’s Redskins suffered their first Miami Valley League defeat in a 34-32 overtime decision last night at the hands of a powerful Xenia Buccaneer basketball quintet on the Buc’s home floor before a crowd of 2,200 basketball fans. Deen, of Xenia, took the limelight off the contest by slipping in a layup in the beginning of the overtime period. Quickly matching the Buc center, Deen, Norman bucketed a clean shot throwing the Piqua ball fans into a frenzy. As the overtime period ended, Xenia’s Garrison cleared the rim with a long shot, thus grabbing the win for Xenia. Central High’s Redskins suffered their second straight defeat in 1947 Miami Valley League basketball competition here last night at the field house, dropping a 38-33 decision to the Fairmont High Dragons. In the final eight minutes of the exciting contest, the Dragons, through superior ball handling, staged a clever ‘ball freezing’ act that provided the Tribe with few opportunities to gain possession of the ball and hence, few opportunities to score.”

“Outclassed by a powerful Hamilton Catholic aggregation which packed too much offensive might, Central high school’s Redskins cagers accepted their third straight loss and seventh setback of the season Saturday, 34-20. Playing the ball once more, the Hamilton aggregation sent nine points through the hoop in the final quarter, holding the Piquads to the same number. Winans, Rowell and Wagner had just begun to find the range. The handful of Piqua fans who witnessed the contest were amazed at the performance of the Hamilton team and surprised at the same time at the defensive display of the Waltonites. The Tribe lost, but was outstanding even in defeat. Troy high school’s Trojan cagers, undefeated on their home floor since December 1943, concluded 1947 Miami Valley cage action with a 43-36 defeat of Piqua Friday night in the Van Cleve gym at Troy. The Trojans clinched the contest in the final period however, outscoring the Red and Blue by six points. A basket by Troy’s Rozell and one of Harsharger’s two free throws gave the Trojans a 37-34 lead as the fourth period automatic time out sounded. Piqua was unable to overcome that lead.”

“Piqua Central high school’s Indians grabbed their eleventh cage win of the season last night at St. Marys after barely edging out the St. Marys high school Memorials, 31-28. Gaining an early second period lead, the Tribe lead the Memorial throughout the rest of the ball game. Winans was high scorer for the Indians with13 points, followed by Rowell who had 10 counters.”

“A determined band of Central high school Indians, whose chief claim to fame this season has been a vaunted zone defense, came within one field goal of an upset win over mighty Hamilton Public in Southwestern Ohio cage tourney action at the Fairgrounds Coliseum in Dayton, before bowing in defeat 28-27. Offensively the Redskins were the best ever, but failure to convert in more than one of nine foul attempts cost the Redskins the ball game. Player of the evening was Hamilton center, Joe Nuxhall, who weighed in with 17 points despite the fact that all five Piquads were constantly on him. The Big Blue center was perhaps the determining factor in the Hamilton victory. Doyle Rowell, Piqua’s only senior team member, played one of the finest games of his career. The little guard contributed six points to the Tribal cause, but was the defensive star of the ball game.”

Duane Bachman
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