Ron Bontemps early 50's Peoria Cats warm up. In the late 40's and early 50's players made as much or more money in AAU league where they were given a real job as well as being a player for their company. In the early 50's the Peoria Cats were AAU champions. Bontemps also played on the U.S.A. 1952 Olympic team with Clyde Lovellete.