Shelton's Dowmen Have Won Six Straight

from The Wyoming Eagle - Cheyenne, Saturday, January 1, 1944

Midland, Mich., Dec. 31. - (Exclusive to the Wyoming Eagle) - Ev Shelton's Dow Chemicals, who spotlight the University of Wyoming's all-American, Milo Komenich, and whose appearance in Cheyenne Feb. 16 against Ft. Warren will feature the basketball season there, have won six games in a row after losing their first five.

The Dowmen, knocked off by Phillips 66 Oilers and by the Zollners Pistons of Ft. Wayne, Ind., the national pro league champions, have now defeated five of the best ranking outfits in the middlewest.

Phillips jolted Dow, 49-31 in Chicago, with Komenich out of the lineup, and 45-50 in Midland. Komenich hit 20 points in that second game.

The pro Zollners kingpins clipped the Dow wings in a three-game series, 57-49, 36-33 and 43-41 in an overtime. The score was knotted 41-41, at the conclusion of the regular playing time.

Shelton, the Wyoming coach during the past four seasons, and on leave for the duration, has piloted his crew to six straight wins. Included have been victories over Allen Bradley of Milwaukee, 53-41; over Harnischfeger, 50-45; Harry Suffrin, 56-32; Ft. Sheridan, 64-36 and 66-41; and Ft. Custer, 47-31.

"The boys are starting to move now." Shelton pointed, "but not like the Wyoming boys did last year."

"I do no have anyone to compare with Kenny Sailors, but who has or ever will have?

"Komenich," he asserted," is better than last year and leading the team in the scoring. Next is Billy Hassett, the boy that played against us in the Georgetown game (Wyoming defeated Georgetown, 46-34 for the NCAA title), and then comes Billy Maddocks, who is a very good driver."

The Dowmen will meet the Broncos in the Warren battlepit the night of the 16th, their first appearance in the Rocky Mountain region. They will then play the Denver Legion in Denver Feb. 17 and will go onto the west coast. Returning, they will hook up with the Legion in Laramie in a game sonsored by the Laramie J. of C., March 13.

Dow will also enter the National AAU in Denver.