1951- SERENA HUSKERS WIN SECOND STRAIGHT TITLE -1951
1951 LTC Program Cover
The Serena Huskers won their second straight
Little Ten Conference Tournament title, beating tournament favorite Hinckley in overtime in the title game held at LelandHigh
School.The Huskers entered the event in third place
in the loop standings with a 6-1 record, while the Hawks led the league with a perfect 7-0 record.Leland, the tournament host and the 1950 tourney runner-up boasted a 7-1 conference record.The Huskers opened the competition with a 39-34 victory over Waterman, and then defeated Leland in the
semi-finals 50-47 and finally Hinckley 58-57 in overtime to hoist the championship trophy.
HINCKLEY 41, SHABBONA 34
Hinckley opened the 1951 LTC Tournament with a hard fought win over Shabbona,
who entered the tournament with four wins and three losses in league play.Head
coach Dick Dresser’s Indians jumped out on top after the first quarter, leading 12-8 over the Hawks, who were favorites
to win the championship.Hinckley head coach Les Saddoris
must have found the right words to inspirer his team entering the second quarter because the Hawks came out on fire.Hinckley blitz the Indians by outscoring them 20-2 in the second frame to take
a 28-14 lead into intermission.Shabbona narrowed the gap during the third quarter,
but still trailed 33-24 entering the fourth period.Hinckley was
able to stifle the Shabbona run to hold on and advance.Center George White led
Hinckley with a game-high 16 points, while forward Harold Skinner added 13 markers.Shabbona’s Lynn Nelson paced the Indians with 14 tallies.
Hinckley82058 - 41
Shabbona1221010 - 34
Total fouls - Hinckley 14, Shabbona 11.
LELAND 38, PLANO 37
In the second game of the first night, Leland (6-1 in LTC) held off a valiant
comeback effort by Plano, who had a 1-7 conference record entering the event, to advance with
a 38-37 triumph.The tournament hosts held a slim one point lead (8-7) after
the first eight minutes and 15-12 advantage at halftime.The Panthers came out
hot in the third quarter out-pointing Plano 17-9 to take a 32-21 lead into the final frame.Three Leland staters fouled out during the fourth quarter and Plano’s Dick Hearn and Don Heller were
leading the Reapers on a come back, although they out-scored the Panthers 16-6 in the fourth, they came up one point short,
38-37 as the final gun sounded.Panther big man Duane Hoadley led all scorers
with 16 points and Keith Gunderson added nine.Plano was led by guard Don Heller with 10 points, while Wally Malmborg chipped in with nine.
Plano75916 - 37
Total fouls - Leland 23, Plano
22.Fouled out - K. Gunderson, Hoadley, Loux, Malmborg, Baker.
SOMONAUK 41, EARLVILLE 40
The Bobcats, who held a 4-3 record to begin the tournament, held off a late
Earlville surge to move on with a nail-biting 41-40 win.Somonauk jumped out
to a 17-9 lead over the Red Raiders, who were 2-5 to start tourney play. Earlville
slice the disadvantage to 23-18 at halftime, but still trailed
quarters.After scoring two quick baskets, the Bobcats went into a stall to help
hold on to their lead.Ignited by the play of John Rayson and Tom Anderson cut
the margin to one point before the time ran out.Somonauk’s Dave Westbrook
and Earlville’s Tom Anderson shared game-high honors by scoring 15 points each.
Somonauk176135 - 41
Earlville99148 - 40
Total fouls - Somonauk 20, Earlville 23.Fouled
out - Westbrook, R. Johnson, D. Anderson, Rayson, T. Anderson.
LELAND 58, SANDWICH 56 (OT)
Leland had its second close game in as many nights as they were able to move on to
the semi-finals with a hard fought 58-56 overtime victory over Sandwich. The Indians, who entered
tourney play with a 6-2 conference record, trailed 15-11 after one period, but cut the Leland lead to one (28-27) at halftime.Sandwich out-scored the Panthers 15-13 in the third quarter to take a 42-41 advantage
heading to the fourth frame.Leland scored a basket with just a few seconds remaining
to tie the score at 50-all and send the contest into an extra session.In overtime
the Panthers received baskets from Don Loux, Duane Hoadley and Keith Gunderson, while Sandwich’s Christensen scored
a pair of baskets and Mueller one to tie the score at 56-all.With three seconds
remaining on the clock, Loux converted the winning hoop to push the Panthers to the semi-finals. Keith Gunderson led all scorers with 21 points for Leland, Duane Hoadley and Don Gord added 11 and 10 respectively.Colliflower paced Sandwich with 18 points, Colby chipped
in 17 for the Indians.
Leland15131398 - 58
Sandwich11161586 - 56
Total fouls - Leland 14, Sandwich 18.Fouled out - Buckhardt.
SERENA 39, WATERMAN 34
The Huskers held off a fourth quarter rally from Waterman, who was 2-5 in loop play
entering the tourney, to take move on to the semi-finals with a 39-34 win.Serena
held a slim 7-6 lead after the first quarter, and then doubled up the Wolverines, leading 22-11 at halftime.The Huskers out-scored Waterman 7-5 in the third period to increase their advantage to 13 (29-16).The shooting of the Wolverines picked up in the final frame as Dick Reingardt, Bill
Hartman and Chuck Johnson helped led them to 18 points in the quarter, while holding Serena to 10 points, but the comeback
fell a little short.Husker big man Tom Marshall netted a game-high 20 points,
while Waterman was led by Dick Reingardt’s 13 markers.
Serena715710 - 39
Waterman65518 - 34
Total fouls - Serena 18, Waterman 19.Fouled
out - Kolves.
SOMONAUK 56, PAW PAW 51
Somonauk led the Bulldogs from start to finish, thus advancing to the semi-finals
with a 56-51 victory.Paw Paw, who entered tourney play with a 1-6 league record,
trailed 18-12 at the intermission.In the second half the scoring picked up on
both sides, but the Bobcats still held a six point lead (36-30) after three periods of play.Then the Bulldogs out-pointed the Bobcats 21-20 in the last quarter, but Somonauk was able to hold on for the win.Dwain Sims led four Bobcats in double
figures with a game-high 16 points.Richard Anderson added 13 for the winners
and Dave Westbrook and Ron Anderson chipped in 10 points each.Paw Paw was led
in scoring by Gerald Manahan and Joe Jones, who scored 13 points each, while Charles Bruce netted 11 in the game.
Somonauk7111820 - 56
Paw Paw661821 - 51
Total fouls - Somonauk 18, Paw Paw 21.Fouled
out - Stevens, Coss.
HINCKLEY 73, ROLLO 45
The Hawks scored early and often over a Rollo club who had come into the tournament
0-7 in conference games, the result was a 73-45 triumph for Hinckley over the Eagles.Hinckley raced out to a 28-16 lead after the first eight minutes and was never
threatened from there.At halftime Hinckley led
39-26 and head coach Saddoris substituted freely during the final half using his reserves the remainder of the game, putting
in the regulars only when the Eagles drew close. All nine Hinckley players that got into the game
scored led by Harold Skinner’s 14 points.George White and Jim Barr popped
in 12 points a piece for the Hawks.Chuck Foster paced Rollo with 14, followed
by Phil Buland with 13 and Don Landers 11.
Hinckley28111123 - 73
Rollo1610127 - 45
Total fouls - Hinckley 20, Rollo 8.
SERENA 50, LELAND 47
The Huskers jumped out to quick eight point lead early on, but the Panthers
were able to slice the gap to two points (12-10) at the end of the first quarter.The
tournament hosts continued their steady play to take a 20-19 advantage over Serena into halftime.The Panthers still held the lead after the third period ended, hold a slim 35-33 lead heading to the final
frame.The Huskers regained the lead midway through the fourth and were able
to hold on to advance to the title game, giving them a chance to win back-to-back titles.Bill Roth led the Huskers with game-high 15 points; Tom Marshall also reached double figures with 10.Leland was paced by Don Loux’s 14 points, Duane Hoadley added 12.
Serena1271417 - 50
Leland10101512 - 47
Total fouls - Serena 15, Leland 18.Fouled
out - Bastian, Buckhardt.
HINCKLEY 50, SOMONAUK 45
The Bobcats took a 11-8 lead after one quarter, but Hinckley battled back to gain a 21-19 advantage at halftime.The Hawks
expanded the lead to 10 points (40-30) after three quarters by out scoring Somonauk 19-11.The Bobcats managed a scoring spree in the fourth frame out pointing the Hawks 15-10, but it wasn’t enough to
them to overtake the tournament favorites.George White led the Hinckley attack with 15 points, while Harold Skinner and Roy Hill collected 12 points each.Somonauk’s Ron Anderson netted a game-high 18 points, Dick Anderson chipped in with 11 markers.
Hinckley8131910 - 50
Somonauk1181115 - 45
Total fouls - Hinckley 16, Somonauk 25.Fouled out - Sims, D. Anderson.
THIRD PLACE GAME:
SOMONAUK 51, LELAND 45
The Bobcats wasted little time in running away from Leland in the third place
game by building a 19-8 lead after the first quarter and then expanding the margin to 31-16 at halftime.Somonauk took a 47-28 advantage into the fourth quarter, but the Panthers weren’t done yet.Leland, helped by Duane Hoadley netting 10 of his 15 game points in the period, erupted
for 18 points to the Bobcats four in the final eight minutes, but came up five points short as time expired.Dwain Sims and Ronnie Anderson led the scoring punch for the Bobcats as they scored 15 and 14 points respectively.Everett Buckardt joined Hoadley in double figures for Leland with 11 points.
Somonauk1912164 - 51
Leland881218 - 45
Total fouls - Somonauk 23, Leland 23.Fouled
out - R. Anderson, D. Anderson, Loux, Gord.
SERENA 58, HINCKLEY 57 (OT)
The Huskers and Hawks battled in a see-saw affair that was close throughout
and decided in overtime as Serena won their second straight tournament championship with a 58-57 victory.Head coach Dick Dorsey’s Huskers led after one period 14-13 and maintained that one point lead at
halftime as they were ahead 29-28.The teams each scored 13 points in the third
frame as the teams braced for a tight fourth quarter.The Hawks finally grabbed
the lead (55-53) with less than a minute remaining in regulation.The answer
for the Husker’s fans came as Bob Jardine nailed a long one-handed shot as the buzzer sounded to send the game to an
extra session.In overtime, Serena’s Bob Selvig converted a free throw
over a minute in to give the champs a 56-55 lead, then Bill Roth hit a shot from just outside the free throw circle with under
a minute remaining and the score was 58-55 Huskers.Hinckley’s
Roy Hill countered with a lay-up, but Serena was able to hang on to the ball till the final horn.Skip Bastian led the champions with 19 points, while Bill Roth added 13.Hinckley received a game-high 23 points from Roy Hill, Harold Skinner chipped in 15 and George White
Serena141513133 - 58
Hinckley131513142 - 57
Total fouls - Serena 21, Hinckley 25.Fouled out - Marshall, Miller, Skinner, Dellenback.