What's His Number?
Coach Fesler's Fighting Five
The losing battle that Wes Fesler's Varsity hoop men waged Wednesday night against the Dartmouth Indians was a great one; the small Crimson five literally fought the vaunted invaders off their feet and refused to wilt throughout 40 minutes of bruising basketball. Defeat came only because the Big Green carried too many physical guns for Charley Lutz and his Harvard gamesters.
Coach Fesler started a team that was forced to give away roughly three inches and 30 pounds per man to the E. I. L. defending champions, led by an uncanny marksman, Gus Broberg. Dartmouth had been able to win as it pleased, toying with the Feslermen in the first meeting of the two teams at Hanover, but Wednesday's return bout was one of the best basketball games ever played on the Indoor Athletic Building floor.
Harvard really looked like a good cage outfit, able to give and take with the best of them in a knockdown battle. The spirit and will to win on this year's squad is amazing. "Regardless of the outcome," says Wes Fesler, "we won't be outfought by any one." An overflow crowd jammed into the Athletic Building Wednesday night, probably to get a look at Gus Broberg, but no one man dominated that game. Two high-class teams put on an entertaining show, and there will be more of the same thing, served up on the third floor in the Harvard basketball games this year.
Sophomore Will to Win
The Sophomores are beginning to find themselves. Coach Fesler's gridiron duties always force basketball to get off to a slow start, and the green young team met a series of discouraging defeats early in the season. But none of the second year men liked lickings, and Ed Buckley, Bud Finegan, and Will Webber were in a position to do something about it. Whenever they were ready to play good basketball, Charley Lutz was there waiting for them. Even the greenest supporting cast could not dim Lutz's brilliance, and Sophomores like Buckley, Webber, Finegan, Joe Romano, Ed Rothschild, Jack Penson, and Johnny Rigby had undoubted ability.
Then out of nowhere came Sam White! There never was any question about Sam's not trying to do his best, but suddenly about two weeks ago he found that he could do no better. His all-around play improved tremendously, and his height made him a great asset to the small team. Other men are going to turn in inspired performances for the Crimson this year. Bob James and Frannie Simpson, two of the most conscientious workers on the squad, are waiting for their opportunity; substitute Chet Legg played a major part in the Columbia upset victory; and there are a few others in the same category.
Princeton absorbed an unmerciful plastering from the Big Green in Hanover about a week ago, but the Tigers will provide formidable opposition tonight. The Feslermen may be a bit bruised and leg-weary after their heroic efforts to stop Gus Broberg and Company, but they will never stop fighting. And Wes Fesler will see to it that their fight will be an intelligent one.