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Girmindl's Ghost

A diary of Shaker High School's 2005-2006 basketball season, a retelling of Shaker's fabled 1979-1980 season, and general commentary on high school hoops, updated daily...


"I like sitting in the back row. I found that sitting against the wall is just easier on your back." -Dean Smith, on the comfort of the H-gym bleachers

Today (12/10) in 1979

Today in 1979 (12/10): Shaker did not play. Next game is the home opener, 12/14/1979 vs. Shen. I thought I'd start my profiles of Shaker's 1979-80 team today.

Tim Cain '81 heads the list of players you should know about from 1979-80 but that you probably don't. Tim, a junior, was a starting forward on the team, but stood 6'7" and certainly would have played center had Perkins not been on the team. A strong rebounder and a nice inside player, in 1979-80 Tim was the second leading scorer for the Bison. He was also named to the All-Tournament team at the Girmindl tournament.

The following year, when Tim was a seinor, he was the leading scorer and rebounder on the team, as well as the leading scorer in section 2. He average 28.1 points/game. He was named the MVP of the Girmindl tournament after dropping 28 in the first round and 35 on Gloversville in the championship game. He led the Bison to their 3rd consecutive Suburban Council championship and a 19-1 regular season record. Seeded #1 once again in the sectionals, Shaker was upset in the second round by Albany high.

Tim went on to play Division I college basketball for Manhattan College in the MAAC conference (where Siena now plays). He was named Rookie of the year in 1981-82 and was named to the all-MAAC first or second team in each of his four years. He finished his career at Manhattan as their all-time leading scorer, averaging 17.3 ppg over his career. These numbers are still good for second place (behind Keith Bullock '92) on the all-time scoring list at Manhattan.

Tim is almost certainly the second-best player to ever wear the Shaker uniform - and that's a large part of the reason the 1979-80 team was so dominate. Many schools have great players, even future NBA stars. But not many teams simultaneously have two players who go on to produce such big-time college numbers. For one year, Shaker did.

Although it is probably true that playing with Sam allowed Tim to be noticed by many more scouts than otherwise would have found him, I've always felt that his contributions to the 1979-80 team, as well as his status in Shaker sports history, have been underrated because of the massive shadow Sam produced. By all accounts, Tim was simply an incredible player, and a great person as well. Tim was inducted into the Shaker Sports Hall of Fame in the late 1980's.
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At 10:02 PM , Blogger mdoland said:

You are right? Tim, was a great player and his father and I would discussed that everyday.    



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