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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 13. September 12, 1957



As in the overall V.U.C. placing, the basketball team gained second place in the Tournament competition, but were second to Canterbury, not Auckland.

The team was unlucky in having to play its two hardest games on the first [unclear: Hay]. Our ball men defeated the ace Auckland team 44-38. The game against Canterbury proved to be the most thrilling of the Tournament. Throughout the first half the lead see-sawed, neither side gaining more than six points over the other. Early in the second half the greater experience of Canterbury helped them to quickly run up a lead of 13 points, in the last ten minutes the green ball men gradually reduced the lead until at one minute to go they were only three points behind, and at the were of 45-48 the Canterbury defence remained firm.

The other three games were comparatively easy: Otago was beaten by 11 points. Massey by 20, and Lincoln by 30.

The outstanding players for Victoria were R. Martyn. G. Aitken. and N. Dawkins, all of whom were chosen for the N.Z.U. team which beat Auckland.