Ames Beats 'Cats, 53-51, in 7 Overtimes

Tribune photo published January 26, 1957
Nowhere in Iowa Friday night could you have found a more jubilant band of cagers than these Little Cyclones shown above just after they had beaten Marshalltown in seven overtimes.  They include (first row) Dave Sucher (54), Ben Fellows (45), Chuck Lamson (15), Don Milliken (23), Gary Ellis (12) and Bill Stuart (13).  Second row: Ron Toppenberg (to right behind Lamson), Bob Covey (blocked), Jim Dresser and Joe Prather (51).  Back row: Chuck Kilstrom, Dick DeVaul and Bob Baldus (glasses). A state overtime record was set in the contest.  The previous mark was four extra periods set some years back.

Friday, January 25, 1957 AMES HOSTS BOBCATS TONIGHT - Ames High's basketball team entertains league-leader Marshalltown in a vital CIC game tonight at AHS gymnasium.  The contest is slated for 7:30 p.m. with the sophomore game starting at 6 p.m.

The Little Cyclones must win tonight in order to stay in contention for the circuit crown.  They are third in the loop standings with a 3-3 record.  Marshalltown owns sole possession of the lead with a 5-1 record.  It's only loss was to a CIC team, Grinnell.  The Bobcats edged Ames, 48-47 in the previous engagement Dec. 14.  That game was at Marshalltown.

Little Cyclone Coach Wally Linn is not expected to start his usual lineup.  He may possibly give the nod to a could reserve players who have turned in noteworthy performances the past two weeks.  Ames will be attempting to break a so-called "losing slump" that has hung two weeks in a row.  Last Friday Newton beat Ames on the Cardinal maples.  The week before Ames was edged by Boone on the Toreador court.

The usual starting five for the Little Cyclones has been Jim Dresser and Chuck Lamson at forwards, Bill Stuart at center, and Bob Covey and Gary Ellis at guards...Friday night will be Ames' last home game before embarking on a rugged two week road trip... Ames' final CIC game this season will be Feb. 15 with Boone.  The contest will be here.

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Although barely distinguishable, the Little Cyclone shot that beat Marshalltown in seven overtimes is shown above in the upper left hand corner (see arrow).  Forward Jim Dresser fired in the winning basket, but the camera's view was blocked from getting Dresser in the picture.  That's Marshalltown's Chuck Nelson (23) in defiant gesture to Dresser's feat.  Other bobcats in the act are Joe Austin (51) and Dick Rhiner (31).  That blur on the left is supposed to be Chuck Lamson of Ames.  The Little Cyclones won, 53-51.

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Today, Jim Dresser remembers the end of the game this way.  "We were trying to avenge a one point loss to Marshalltown.  We came from behind in regulation to tie the score at 51 on two free throws by Chuck Lamson.  In each overtime, the team that had the ball controlled it until the last few seconds, then tried to score.  At that time, after the first overtime, the team that scored the first points was the winner."

"We had called a time out late in the seventh overtime to work out a way to get a basket.  Bill Stuart and Gary Ellis were our big scorers and Marshalltown must have guarded the and left the free throw line open.  I saw the opening and broke to the free throw line and someone, I don't remember who, passed me the ball.  I turned and shot and it went in.  After the basket, I was going to the other end of the floor to our team bench, and Chuck Lamson jumped on me, yelling, "We won!  We won!"  Then the crowd mobbed all of us."

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CIC TEAMS SET STATE OVERTIME MARK by Joe Roth, Tribune Sports Editor

Little Cyclone forward Jim Dresser hit a 'sudden death" basket here Friday night to beat Marshalltown, 53-51 in a Central Iowa Conference contest that went into seven overtimes.  If ever seven was a magic number those Wally Linn-coached Little Cyclones should know it because they were on the defensive during five of the seven overtime periods but still held on.

Twenty-one minutes ticked by after regulation time ran out and not one point or foul was made in that stretch till the decider by Dresser.  It was in the seventh "extra" when Ames finally captured the tip from center after allowing it to Marshalltown five other times.  Ames nearly lost the works when it lost the ball but Chuck Lamson recovered and the Little Cyclones took a time out to map strategy with a minute left in the overtime.  This was it.

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The standing-room-only crowd was getting weak with excitement when the Little Cyclones came back on.  They worked the ball around and with the clock showing three seconds left, Dresser streaked to the key hole, jumped and fired.  That was when the roof came down.  The ball was barely to the floor when jubilant fans swarmed that band of 12 Little Cyclone who played errorless ball for nearly half an hour extra to pay back for a 48-47 contest the Bobcats won Dec. 14.

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AMES SETS RECORD - It's generally agreed that the Little Cyclones set an unofficial state overtime record.  The previous record for distance was four overtimes, set a few years back.  In fact, no one has ever heard of a high school game going over six overtimes.  There may have been a national prep record set.  As far as I know, the collegiate record stands at six overtimes.  This mark was set in a Big 10 game three or four years ago between Minnesota and Purdue.

The first six overtimes here Friday night were for the most part ball control.  They would have to be, considering that no points or fouls were registered until the seventh came along.  Marshalltown got five tips from center and Ames got only two.

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The crowd was delirious.  Fans jumped up to the rim and tore down the nets.  Others tried to hoist the team on their shoulders.  Linn didn't say much, he was too happy.  Actually, Ames made its key performance in the regulation game's final minute and a half.

After trailing throughout the second and third periods, Ames was still on the short side, 51-47, with exactly 1:33 left in the game.  Bob Covey hit a long shot to put Ames within shoutin' distance and just seconds after, Lamson drew a foul and made good his two attempts, tieing it, 51-51.  Just before the buzzer sounded, Marshalltown tried to shoot the crucial bucket but Lamson recovered the ball and the regulation stanza ended in a scramble.

The win was probably the best team effort staged by the Little Cyclones all season.  There was Bill Stuart, who held the upper hand all evening on crack Bobcat center Joe Austin.  There ws Gary Ellis, who turned in an excellent job both on offense and defense.  Ellis led all scorers with his 16 points.  The reserves looked like veterans.  Bob Baldus played on defense to the hilt as did Dave Sucher and Don Milliken.  Linn started this trio and all stayed in the greater share of the first half and portions of the second act.