Former Niagara guard Sinicola dies at 82

Former Niagara guard Emilio ”Zeke” Sinicola, who went on to

play two seasons with the NBA’s Fort Wayne Pistons, has died after

a brief illness. He was 82.

Niagara announced Tuesday that Sinicola died at the Veterans

Administration Hospital in his native New York City.

Sinicola scored 1,188 points from 1948-51 to become the first

Niagara player to break the 1,000-point mark. He was a member of

Niagara’s first NIT team in 1950, and was inducted into the

school’s hall of fame in 1967.

Sinicola was selected fourth overall by Fort Wayne in the 1951

NBA draft.