- Friday, February 26 1909 -
State Championship Game
Central University - 26 (Head Coach: George Lee)
|Shelton St. Clair||1||0||3||2|
Kentucky - 20 (Head Coach: Unnamed)
Halftime Score: Central University 13, State University 13
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Cincinnati 28 - 23|||||Kentucky Wesleyan 14 - 12 OT|
Game Writeup - Lexington Leader
WINS BASKET BALL CHAMPIONSHIP BY TAKING GAME FROM STATE
Central University won the championship game of basket ball from State University in one of the fastest games ever witnessed on a local floor. The score which was 26 to 20, was in favor of State until the last three minutes of the play when Hess threw three field goals and State was unable to gain first place again.
State opened the game with a rush and kept the lead until the close of the first half when the score stood 13 to 13. 21 fouls were called on State and 13 on Central. During the game one point was awarded to each team. Plummer for State had the best goal fouls. He threw nine out of twelve attempts, while Mason threw seven out of eighteen trials.
The game was witnessed by a very large crowd. Central brought a number of ardent supporters with her team.
Friday's victory gives the championship to Central who has won five of the six games she has played this season. State has won three of the five games played and has one game yet to play with Georgetown College.
Game Writeup - The Idea
NINE 'RAHS FOR THE CHAMPIONS!
A groan went up from the crowd of State men last Friday when the whistle blew for "time up" at the close of the State-Central basket ball game.
But why should we have given way to our feelings in this manner? What is the championship of Kentucky did depend on this game? We know that is seemed hard to be defeated in the last few minutes of play, we know that we had been looking forward to this game for the last two or three weeks, with an even chance that we would win it; we knew that it was hard to lose after months of training, before the biggest crowd ever seen in the gymnasium. But think of this: It is no disgrace to lose a game in which both teams played their best; it is an honor to have played such a good game against the winner.
The game started a little late because of a basket breaking, but the great crowd which filled all the space in the gallery and most of that on the rafters, passed away the time good humoredly enough. The first half started with State in the lead, Fox throwing the first goal and Post the second; but Central soon caught up. First one side threw a goal and then the other evened up by throwing one, until the whistle blew for the end of the first half, when the score was 13 to 13, an omen of ill-luck for one or the other.
The second half was clearly in Central's favor, for we did not throw a goal. Plummer's foul throwing in this half was a feature of the game, for in the discouragement of defeat he threw seven fouls, one after another. These kept the game a tie until the later part of the game, when Hess won the contest for the Danville boys.
St. Clair, Central's forward, played one of the best, if not the best game for his side. His playing was fast and good at all times. Hess perhaps played the next best game, throwing several pretty goals in the last half.
For State, Plummer undoubtedly played the best. He is the most scientific player ever seen at State, and by the time he is a Senior he should make the all-Southern team. It would be hard to say who played second best for us. Some would say one, and some another. They all played great games throughout, and Central deserves a great deal of credit for defeating them.