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Freshman Basketball

By Michael J. Halberstam

The previously undefeated freshman basketball team looked like a miniature version of the Original Celtics until it met Holy Cross Wednesday. When it emerged from that 93 to 51 loss, a lot of factors had been clarified.

For one thing, it became apparent that in Yardling Captain Bill Dennis the Crimson has a hard-fighting, spectacular ball-handler who is one of the most promising basketball players to appear here in a long time.

Dennis suffers the penalty of being too good. Opposing teams and fans ride him hard when a behind-the-back pass goes astray or a shot taken while moving away from the basket does not go in. In the Wesleyan game he seemed affected by the shouting of a group of fans.

Freshman coach Floyd Wilson worries about this because "Bill does these things well and does them naturally. If he stops doing them because the crowd thinks he is a show-off, the team will suffer. I have told him to play the game he is capable of and nothing less."

Cog of the freshman team so far has been six foot six center Ed Blodnick, who has scored 87 points in four games. His best point is his shooting from around the foul circle-he has a very fine touch and he takes mostly Jump shots which are almost impossible to block.

Against Holy Cross Blodnick's bad points showed up. He is heavy and does not move quickly or agilely-Togo Palazzi, whom he was guarding, scored 41 points. Because there is no one on the '54 squad nearly so tall as he, Blodnick does not have to jump for rebounds in scrimmages, something which may develop into a bad habit.

In all the games so far, Wilson has started Ed Condon, Ed Krinsky, and Dan Steiner in addition to Blodnick and Dennis. However, next Tuesday against Boston College, Bob Gremp of Webster Grove, Missourl, will start, breaking up the all New York lineup.

The only other member of the squad who has seen considerable action is freshman fullback John Culver who drives in well and is a good play-maker. Arl Klev, Robert Parente, Rudy Phillips, Earl Trucker and Jim Wade are the other travelling squad members.

All in all, this year's team will probably contribute a lot more to the varsity than any recent Yardling squad. The quality and quantity of the team is much above average, and besides, every man of the first six except Condon is a nice, comfortable 17 years of age.

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