“Lakers Edge Out Bombers 80-70
Final Surge Provide Margin in Close Tilt; Garmaker, Cable Tops
The Brig Bombers battled the Minneapolis Lakers right down to the wire Thursday
night at Lincoln Fieldhouse before the Lakers put on a closing drive that netted them a
hard-earned 80-70 triumph.
If the Lakers took the Bombers lightly they soon changed their mind, as some fantastic
outside shooting and unexpectedly good rebounding kept the Bombers in the game all
the way through. They never led by more than two points over the pro team, but they
that on several occasions.
The final score represented the longest margin of the night after the first quarter when
the Lakers sailed into a 20-10 lead at one stage, only to have the Bombers come back
with some good shooting to cut the margin to 22-20 at the end of the period. ---
--- Dick Cable, holding his own very well with the Lakers and drawing the praise of
Laker Coach Johnny Kundla, was the top scorer for the Bombers with 18 point. Mike
Daly, before injuring a shoulder early in the second period, flipped in eight points and
put on a great ball handling show.
Boola Gill, Jim Ritchay and Wayne Oestreich brought back memoreies of some of the
great Red Raider teams of recent years with some fantastic long range shooting, while
Paul Morrow, Don Rehfeldt, Dick Tuszka and Gary Bachman provided good support
of the boards throughout. - -
Lakers In Early Lead
It was 7-5 for the Lakers early in the first period when george Mikan and Slater Martin
sparked the Lakers into a 20-10 lead. Then the Bombers came back on some good
shooting by Daly and Rehfeldt to narrow it to 22-18 and then Jim Ritchay fired in a
long one from near midcourt to just beat the clock and leave the Lakers ahead, 22-20 at
The Lakers could not pull away during the second quarter, and the Bombers tied it
twice at 33-33 and 35-35. Clyde Lovellette, Chuck Mencel and Dick Garmaker made
it 43-35 and then for the second time in the evening Ritchay fired in a long goal to just
beat the half-time horn and leave the Bombers trailing by 43-37 at the half.