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Little Ten Conference Boys Basketball Tournament History

1928 Tournament

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1928 - Leland Wins First Title - 1928

  In 1927, Leland entered the Little Ten Conference Tournament with a 15-1 record and was picked by many to capture the title.  However a first round 21-19 upset at the hands of Shabbona was not forgotten as the 1928 Tournament started in Sandwich.

Leland was first scheduled to play Shabbona again in the first round, but Shabbona was crippled with the mumps and decided to withdraw from competition thus giving Leland a 2-0 win on a forfeit.  Leland had a easy time with Rollo in thier next contest winning 30-10 and appeared in good shape enetering the championship game with Hinckley, who had defeated Plano 33-19 and Sandwich 22-14. 

Most were giving Leland the edge over Hinckley in the title tilt.  Each had defended thier home floor in thier two regular season games, but Leland was more rested due to their forfeit win over Shabbona.

Leland gained the lead early on in the game and was able to hold it until the final gun.  At the end of the first quarter it was a 10-4 advantage for Leland and 16-8 at halftime.  Hinckley trailed 25-16 after three quarters and were unable to catch Leland in the final eight minutes.

Leland was led by Martin's 13 points, while Balsley added 11.  Hinckley was paced by Drew's 11 points and Norton's six.

 

1928 Tournament All-Star team

FORWARDS - Balsley (Leland), Drew (Hinckley), Christiason (Sandwich), Bartum (Plano), Sandford (Paw Paw).

CENTERS - Rockabrand (Rollo), Travis (Sandwich).

GUARDS - Robinson (Leland), Schrever (Hinckley), Swanson (Waterman), Paulson (Sandwich), Wilson (Earlville).