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The First Season: Game 11

December 8, 1946

Following their big win over the St Louis Bombers, the Warriors next traveled to Cleveland to take on the Rebels for the first time. Coached by Dutch Rehnert, who had played with the legendary Original Celtics of New York in the early days of the game, the Rebels featured a scoring attack led by 5-10 guard Frankie Baumholtz, soon to go on to a 10-year major league baseball career hitting .290 for the Reds, Cubs, and Phillies, and 5-11 forward Mel Riebe, who was a two-time National Basketball League scoring champ during the war years. At 6-6 in the Western Division, Cleveland found themselves in third place looking up at the Bombers and Chicago Stags.

For the Philadelphia Warriors, the main concern was the health of their star, forward Joe Fulks. In the game the night before, in St Louis, Fulks had hurt his leg in an awkward fall due to moisture on the court. However, a night's rest on the train ride to Ohio apparently did him some good and he was ready to play by game time.

Before 3,506 partisans at the Cleveland Arena, Fulks and the Warriors got out to a quick start and led 33-31 at halftime. Fulks continued his fine play in the second half, but the Rebels, putting together a three-headed attack with Baumholtz, guard Kenny Sailor, and George Nostrand, a newcomer via a recent trade with Toronto, showed superior ball-handling skills and made their shots count. Philadelphia played gamely, but the Rebels were ultimately able to extract a 72-66 win over the visitors.

Fulks led all scorers with 25 with Baumholtz just behind at 23. Philadelphia's three-game winning streak came to an end. At 6-5, they still held down third place in the Eastern Division but were well back of the Knicks and the Capitols, who continued their dogfight for first place. Cleveland, at 7-6, now inched up to within three games of the top spot in the West.

Box

December 8, 1946
Cleveland Arena
Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance 3,506

Rebels 72, Warriors 66

Philadelphia scoring

Joe Fulks 25p
Angelo Musi 10p
Art Hillhouse 8p
Pete Rosenberg 8p
George Senesky 7p
Jerry Fleishman 6p
Jerry Rullo 1p
Fred Sheffield 1p
Howie Dallmar

Cleveland scoring

Frankie Baumholtz 23p
George Nostrand 14p
Kenny Sailors 12p
Mel Riebe 8p
Nick Shaback 7p
Irv Rothenberg 6p
Leo Mogus 2p

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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