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Mankowski, the ball-hawking defensive expert, was cited for his performance against Bradley in St Louis U.'s nationally televised victory.
Benington said, "I've never seen a player have a game as great as Mankowski did against Bradley that day".
Benington recalled that he once told Hartweger that he doubted Gordon would ever play much for him because he seemed to be lacking in all of the accepted basketball skills.
After the coach listed all the boy's faults, Hartweger said, "Coach before I leave here, you'll get to like me".
Mrs Benington admired Gordon's spirit and did what she could to persuade her husband that the boy might help the team.
As Hartweger accepted his silver bowl, he said, "I want to thank coach's wife for talking him into letting me play".
Bob Burnes, sports editor of the Globe-Democrat, presented Bob Nordmann with his award.
Bevo was congratulated for his efforts to stay in shape so that he could help the team if his knee healed in time.
Within a week after the injury, suffered in St Louis's victory in the final game of the Kentucky tournament, Nordmann was sitting on the Bill's bench doing what he could to help Benington.
On the clock given him was the inscription, "For Outstanding Contribution to Billiken Basketball, 1960-61".