The Violet basketball team will try to extend its consecutive winning streak to twenty-two games when it meets the strong Georgetown quintet tonight in the Heights gymnasium. The next night the formidable Hall of Fame five tackle the Fordham team in a traditional and colorful game.
The game with the lads from Georgetown should not cause the N. Y. U. basketeers much concern but the fact that this game is immediately followed with a clash against the Rose Hill boys is a horse of another color.
The work of Rubenstein and Sid Gross, the captain, has been outstanding in every game this season. Wille Rubenstein leads the point-getters with something over seventy tallies to his credit. Sid isn’t so far behind. It was his foul shot in the last minute of play that took the game out of the fire for the Violet machine last week against the Kernels from Kentucky. N. Y. U. won twenty-three to twenty-two.
Kentucky was the strongest squad that the Hall of Famers have met to date. Georgetown is not of the same tough calibre. The game will be a breather for the N. Y. U. five and Fordham should be overcome after a struggle.
The Violet quintet is the smoothest working and best coordinated basketball machine in the East. Victories over Lafayette, Columbia, Notre Dame and Kentucky have proved this. Especially so because City College, St. John’s, and L. I. U., hitherto considered the strongest teams east of the Mississippi have been defeated this year.
TOP-NOTCH BASKET BILLS AT GARDEN
Within the week the cage fans will be treated to another double-header with the outstanding court combinations cavorting on the floor of the huge sports arena. N. Y. U. and Temple, two unbeaten quintets that will provide the fireworks in the opener, and Fordham and Pitt, perennially a power of national significance, will finish the end of a thrilling twin bill.
Originally the Garden was pretty skeptical about basketball as a drawing card, but a total of 33,000 cas# customers who came a-running with their dollars in their hands for the two cage carnivals influen#ed the parties concerned to seek more attractions to augment the schedule of six-double-headers.
One of those unpredictable coincidences gives rise to the outside chance that not one of the four teams in action next Wednesday will be undefeated and that two of the participants will deprive the set-up of some of its glamor.
Pitt undoubtedly will come into the Garden prepared to shoot the works. That team features screening and block plays and has a nation-wide reputation for it. In all events, the third double header of the season at the Garden with at least ten Jewish boys from all four teams seeing action, will pack the Garden to the rafters.
BOSTON BAER BERRIES
The champ of the heavyweights grabbed our Boston Bulletin correspondent and told him that he had signed to meet a well-known heavy in a ten-round exhibition match some time this spring.
Maxie closed the deal with the Goodwin A. C., which will promote the bout, he said. He hoped Jack Sharkey, of Boston, would stage a comeback and oppose him.
Maxie plans also to engage in three similar bouts for Chicago promoters. His end of the gate in all the fights would be thirty-seven and a half per cent. and $5,000 for training expenses.
The internecine warfare between the two metropolitan sextets will be resumed tomorrow night when the New York Americans face off against the Rangers. The Star Spangled Amerks lost the last inter-city clash to the Patrick men by two points. They’re out to even the score. It is the opinion of this corner that the Rangers, who even when they were a badly-disorganized sextet were able to defeat the Amerks, should be able to take the Simpson men into camp now that they have revealed their real stride.
Alex Levinsky, the Jewish defense man who was so belligerently berated by Les Patrick, manager of the Rangers, a few short weeks ago, is still seeing plenty of action. Patrick wasn’t at all satisfied with the checking of Alex. He blamed the latter and also Earl Siebert for several of the Ranger defeats. Several of the provincial papers which feature Jewish sports caught this and have been playing it up for all it is worth. A few have called Patrick an anti-Semite. Others who had touted Levinsky to the skies when he was first purchased by the Rangers, said that the lad could not make the grade in New York.
OUR FAITH IN LEVINSKY NEVER SHAKEN
Your scribe was very much impressed with Levinsky’s playing last year as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. We thought and said as much that Levinsky would be a fine addition to the crumbling Ranger defense wall. When Levinsky appeared in his first game as a New Yorker he showed that he could take it and dish it out as well. Patrick liked this and so did the Jewish crowd in the gallery.
The Rangers slumped a few weeks after the season opened. No one member was to blame. Patrick vented his wrath on Siebert and Levinsky but changed his mind shortly afterwards when both of the much-maligned gentlemen individually aided in Ranger victories.
Gieuseppe Coen, who moved from his native Ferrara to Venice in 1850, took up photography in addition to his painting that followed the school of Canaletto.