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The Kingsport Times
THE KINGSPORT TIMES. KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE. SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 1940
Gate City Blue Devils Winner Over Kingsport 2-0 In Forfeit Game
Sprankle Withdraws Team from Game in Final
GATE CITY, Jan. 20óGate City's Blue Devils won a basketball game here tonight 2-0 when Coach Leroy Sprankle withdrew the Kingsport high school quintet from the in the fourth quarter and refused to continue with the game. Gate City was leading the Indians 29-16 at the time.
Sprankle's action followed an exchange of blows between Hoyt Pendleton, Gate City forward and Lonzo Barrett, Kingsport forward, for possesson of the ball near the Gate City basket. Immediately about 7S fans rushed onto the floor. When order had been restored it was announced that the Kingsport team had been withdrawn from the game.
Several Kingsport players and Gate City fans received bruises and minor laceration in the mix-up that occurred on the floor before the less-excitable fans could get tempers cooled down. However, no injuries approaching the serious stages were reported and no fights were reported afterward.
The game was a rough and tumble affair from the beginning, both of the red hot rivals committing frequent fouls. One man off each team had been lost by the foul route when the game ended. Cifers of the Kingsport team and Warren of the Gate City quintet.
The Blue Devils held the advantage through the game, leading 9-6 at the first quarter, 20-9 at the half and 27-13 at the third quarter. Jim Pendleton and Moody starred for the Blue Devils in both scoring and backboard play. Tommy Peters and Barrett led for Kingsport.
Kingsport won the first game played between the two schools by a two point margin. The victory for the Blue Devils was the first for a Shoemaker quint over a Kingsport team since 1932.
The Blue Devils are scheduled to open Class B Virginia competition Thursday night with Virginia High of Bristol at Bristol and have a tentative game with Flat Gap, highly rated Wise County team, Saturday night at Shoemaker gymnasium.
THE KINGSPORT TIMES, KINGSPORT,
GATE CITY OPENS CLASS B SCHEDULE
Scott County, Va., Quint to Face Bristol Five In Opener Tomorrow
GATE CITY, Jan: 22. (Spl)
- Gate City's Blue Devils, conference champions; last year and
quarterfinalists in the western district tournament,
will open their Class B Virginia schedule tomorrow night
The Devils, with a veteran lineup back this year, again present a threat
for the conference title that few schools of this area are expected to be
able to challenge. Only one
high school quintet, the
Kingsport Indians, has been able to better the Shoemaker five this season
and the Devils were leading them by several points in the final quarter
here Saturday night when a free-for-all featuring fans and players broke
Joe Moody, whose long-range field goals have featured the Devils play since the Christmas holidays, is being counted on to lead the Shoemaker attack again tomorrow night with Hoyt Pendleton and Jeep Quillen taking the starting assignments at forward; rangy Jim Pendleton, one of Southwest Virginia's leading scorers last year, at center; and Warren with Moody at guard.
Incidents such as that which marked the
Gate City-Kingsport game
Ernest Wolfe, principal of the Shoemaker
high school, expressed
Both boys and fans are apt to forget, in the
heat of a game, that it is, after all, is just a game, with the only
object that a display of skill. Fans have no reason to expect a slugging match or a football
contest when they pay admission to a basketball game.
Whether athletic relations can be patched
up after the affair Saturday
There has probably been said since Saturday night a lot that would be better forgotten. Letís hope that it has.