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1940 - Waterman Makes Clean Sweep to Title - 1940

WATERMAN 55, ROLLO 20

 

Tournament favorite Waterman led 31-12 at halftime and then out-scored the Eagles 24-8 in the second half.  Forwards Frank Babcock (14 points) and Sawyer (13 points) led Waterman, while Rollo guard Knight scored seven points in the loss.

 

SERENA 46, SANDWICH 30

 

Hot shooting Sandwich jumped out early, but Serena clicking and led 8-4 after one quarter.  The Cornhuskers then pushed the lead to 23-14 at halftime and would not be challenged there after.

 

Serena center Bob Dolder scored a game-high 14 points, while forward Howard Kerns added 10 points.  The winners also received great play from twins Warren and Woodrow Hoxsey.  Schultz led Sandwich with 13 points.

 

EARLVILLE 37, PAW PAW 26

 

Earlville led 6-5 after the opening eight minutes and extended the advantage by halftime to 14-11.  Paw Paw hung close, trailing just 25-20 entering the final frame, but Earlville out-pointed the Bulldogs 12-6 in the fourth to wrap up the victory.

 

Dick Thompson sparked the winners and netted a game-high nine points.  Brewer paced Paw Paw with eight points.

 

QUARTERFINALS

 

WATERMAN 32, SHABBONA 21

 

The Waterman “Reds” led 13-3 at intermission, but Shabbona jumped out of the gates in the third period as they out-scored WHS 13-7 and trailed just 20-16 entering the fourth quarter.  It was looking as Shabbona may pull off the upset, but Waterman grabbed the momentum early in the final period and held a 12-5 scoring advantage to win going away.

 

Waterman was led by star forward Jack Smiley’s 13 points, while the Indians’ R. Johnson scored 11 points in defeat.

 

PLANO 26, SERENA 23

 

Serena had already topped Plano twice (48-20 and 26-22) early in the season. SHS led 9-5 at halftime, but Plano, using a tight man-to-man that allowed very few close shots, outscored the Cornhuskers 21-14 in the second half to pull off the upset and advance.

 

Forward Houghtby led Plano with a game-high 15 points, while Bob Dolder, Warren Hoxsey and Woodrow Hoxsey each scored six points.

 

 HINCKLEY 32, LELAND 22

 

Hinckley held a 18-12 lead at the break, then used a 10-3 third quarter advantage to wrap up the win.  K. Rissman led Hinckley with nine points; George paced Leland “Little Giants” with eight points.

 

 

 

EARLVILLE 34, SOMONAUK 26

 

Earlville used great team play to led 16-12 at halftime.  Somonauk sliced the disadvantage to 27-22 entering the fourth period, but Earlville was able to hold on the lead and advance to the semifinals.

 

Mathesius (10 points) and Strong (seven points) dominated the inside for Earlville.  Donald Voss had a outstanding game in a losing cause for Somonauk as he netted 17 of his team’s 26 points in the game.

 

SEMIFINALS

 

EARLIVLLE 30, HINCKLEY 22

 

Hinckley played a strong first half and led 12-5, but Earlville rallied with a 16-5 third quarter scoring advantage to lead 21-17 and were able to hold on to advance to the championship game.

 

Earlville was led by Strong (11 points) and Pohl (eight points), while Doner had eight tallies for Hinckley.

 

WATERMAN 44, PLANO 17

 

Waterman ran out to a 10-2 lead after one frame and cruised from there to end Plano’s upset hopes.  The “Reds” expanded the advantage to 24-8 at halftime and 37-10 entering the final quarter and with the win moved into the title game.

 

Jack Smiley meshed 16 markers for Waterman, while Stryker added 12 points.  Phillips paced Plano with 11 points.

 

THIRD PLACE GAME

 

HINCKLEY 32, PLANO 24

 

A four-point advantage in the first and fourth quarters helped give Hinckley third place honors.  Plano trailed 24-20 entering the final eight minutes, but they were unable to overcome their disadvantage.

 

Hinckley was led by Doner (10 points) and M. Rissman (eight points), while Plano got 11 points from Phillips and eight from Houghtby.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

 

WATERMAN 61, EARLVILLE 28

 

Waterman exploded to a 26-13 lead after one period and then put the game away with a 16-4 second quarter advantage to enter halftime with an insurmountable 42-17 bulge.  It was Waterman’s second straight title and head coach Carl Mays team’s 16th win in 17 games for the season.  Head coach Ted Zimmerman’s Earlville squad was unable to stop Waterman star Jack Smiley (19 points), who led all players in the tournament with 54 points. Stryker added 15, Maple 12 points for the champs, while Pohl led the runners-up with eight markers.

Final Regular Season Standings

                  W    L

Serena           10    0

Waterman          9    1

Hinckley          8    2

Sandwich          5    5

Shabbona          5    5

Plano             5    5

Earlville         4    6

Somonauk          4    6

Paw Paw           3    7

Leland            2    8

Rollo             0   10