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“Don’t send my boy to Pennsy,” the dying mother said. “Don’t send him off to Pennsy, I’d rather see him dead. He can go to Cornell and learn to row. Or he can go to Harvard and learn to be a beau. But don’t send my boy to Pennsyl-van-i-ay,” the dying mother said.

This is only the first verse of an old popular college tune that goes on ad nauseam ad collegiam and which expresses the outstanding characteristic of the leading universities. Had this ditty been written in the last ten years it most certainly would have contained a line about City College for basketball.

City College, despite all its red dances around the campus flagpole and a Benny Friedman coached football team, still remains as the college that made basketball what it is today as an intercollegiate sport.

We could go on to fill columns about the splendid work that Nat Holman, peerless mentor of the Beaver quintet for the last fifteen years, is doing at the St. Nick school. We have written many times on the fine players he has produced in the past. Lou Spindell, Moe Spahn, Tubby Raskin and Moe Goldman are only a few of the crop of recent years, who have made all – American basketball teams.

CITY PLAYS DARTMOUTH TOMORROW NIGHT

City will face its first major test of the season when it meets the all-winning Dartmouth five tomorrow night. The Holman lads will try to roll up their fifth victory and the sixth consecutive win in the tenth game of the series between the two schools. The first game was played back in 1915 and the Indians won, 24-18.

Bernie Schiffer, who has started in all of the first four games, may not be in at the first tap-off against the Dartmouth quintet. Schiffer is the shiftiest man on the squad but is hampered by a poor lay-up shot, not being able to get rid of the ball fast enough on his lightning darts to the basket. Milt Levine, on the bench during the last two games with a bad ankle, will probably be in the starting post.

Goldsmith, leading the Beaver sharpshooters with thirty-two points, will be at forward with Captain Sam Winograd. Sol Kopitko and Mike Pincus are the other two starters.

PENALTY SHOT IN HOCKEY

Because of the fine work of Alex Levinsky, a crack Ranger defense man, and Max Kaminskey, of the Boston Bruins, the Jewish hockey fans in New York are flocking to the Garden to find out what the game is really all about.

Many readers of this column have asked us to explain what the new penalty shot in hockey means. It is simple. For infractions of the rules in hockey two penalties can be dealt out by the referee against the offending player. The first, a minor penalty, calls for two minutes on the bench and the offender’s team must play with five men on the ice. A major penalty entails five minutes in the “box” and a free shot by the opposition for the goal.

Thus far this season penalty shots have not met with much success at the Garden. None have been converted into a score in four attempts. Nevertheless the penalty shot is one of the most spectacular features in hockey.

The other night Alex Levinsky was given the opportunity to drive the disk from the ten-foot circle. Al skated the length of the rink with the speed of an arrow in full flight and lifted the puck into the cords. Although the goal was nullified because Levinsky had skated with his stick, it was a magnificent and colorful sally down the ice.

The penalty shot comes from the Northwestern Hockey League, where it has been in us for a number of years.

ST. JOHN’S COURT HOPES

Although Buck Freeman, mentor of the St. John court squad, said at a public gathering last year that he considered Holman the greatest coach in the game today, Buck himself is regarded as one of the foremost teachers of the cage pastime.

For the past several years most of the boys on the St. John’s quintet have been Jewish. The wonder team of 1931, which was made up of Gerson, Posnack, Kinsbrunner, Shuckman and Begovich, who now play together as the Jewels, was but one of the crack fives that Freeman has turned out in the past ten years. Freeman is one of the few men in the game—perhaps the only man—who has the edge on Nat Holman in a dual series. Freeman’s teams have taken six out of the eight games from Holman’s units.

Dave Gotkin, a five-foot seven-inch atom of dynamite, and Rip Kaplinsky are the two Jewish boys Freeman is banking on to come through this season.

“I wouldn’t trade these kids for any six-footer in the New York circuit,” he said. “We’ve got our hands full with such a strenuous court campaign as ours but I think the boys will show they have the stuff. City, L. I. U. and N. Y. U. will be our strongest opposition this year.

ICE HOCKEY TONIGHT AT COLISEUM

The New Rochelle sextet will make its first appearance on the Coliseum ice tonight when it clashes with the fast-skating Blades.

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