Feb. 1, 1924: Jefferson High wins basketball game 13-9; Gresham team quits, citing rough play by Hill Military quintet

Basketball has changed some in 90 years, no doubt about that.

But apparently the local high school quintets weren't immune from criticism back then … nor was the game always non-contact.

On Feb. 1, 90 years ago, Jefferson defeated Washington High 13-9 in a Portland Interscholastic League contest that didn't earn the highest review.

"A rough game of basketball" was the recap.

"The (Jefferson) team showed up in anything but championship form."

"The shooting was less than mediocre and the play was extremely slow."

"The lack of teamwork was plainly evident throughout the game."

Whoa, and you think sports writers are rough on high school coverage these days?

But things were rough, also, at the academy armory on Feb. 1, 1924 -- as Gresham High's basketball team walked off the floor with about eight minutes remaining in its game against Hill Military Academy.

The Gresham coach "took this action after play had become so rough that two of the Gresham boys were laid out" -- one with a hurt shoulder and the other with badly bruised ribs.

Hill was leading, and won, 24-12.

The Gresham principal supported his coach's actions, but added: "Hill had us fairly beaten. … But the game had become what I consider unnecessarily and unbearably rough, especially as such rough work by Hill was not required to beat us. So we withdrew, that's all, to save our boys from possibly serious injuries."

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