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A program of basketball games played at Memorial Gymnasium, Memphis State College, on February 18, 1941, and a clipping on the game from the "Memphis Press-Scimitar" the following day. The feature game was the New York Celtics (Pro-Champs) vs Memphis State College (Memphis Collegiate Champs). The Tigers lost to the World Champion Celtics, 48-43. The "Memphis Press-Scimitar" described the game "as uproariously ridiculous a contest as Memphis has ever seen." For three full quarters, Celtics forward Davey Banks and crew gave a dazzling exhibition and scored almost at will to simply maintain their lead. Midway through the fourth quarter and leading by eight points, the Celtics famed comical circus went into action. At one point, Banks played for the Tigers and even the referee, Marion Hale, scored a basket for the home team. Other games that evening included: Treadwell Jrs. vs Teachers Training School (Treadwell won 18-16) and, Grand Junction, Tennessee, vs Messick High School (Grand Junction won 28-19).
Memphis State College--Basketball.; University of Memphis--Basketball.
"Memphis State College vs New York Celtics basketball program, 1941" (2021). Basketball. 14.