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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 (12/14) in 1979

Today in 1979 (12/14): In an errie similarity to a game 26 years later (see above), a famous ACC coach came to watch his prize recruit center play in the Shaker gym, as Shaker crushed Shen, 93-65. As Dean Smith looked on, Sam Perkins droped a career high 39 on Shen (on 15 for 21 shooting), added 18 rebounds, and blocked eight shots. Shaker shot 40 for 65 as a team, and put 11 men in the scoring colum. Point guard Chuck Meehan added 13, and Tim Cain tallied 8. From the TU article:
It was a vastly improved Shaker team- even compared to last year's 24-1 squad - which won as it pleased against Shen. And it was a considerably stronger and matured Perkins, who gave Smith and the visiting assistant coaches from Notre Dame, UCLA, and Syracuse an eyeful. "I was quite pleased," said Shaker coach Julius Girmindl. "I liked our defense. It created a lot of things for us. And we ran the fast break well." The pity of Shaker's superiority is that it isn't likely any Suburban opposition will prove any tougher than Shen did Friday.
Dean Smith stayed the whole game, even though Perkins and the other Shaker starters exited at the beginning of the 4th quarter. When asked why he was sitting in the back row of the bleachers, Smith said, "I like sitting in the back row. Sitting against the wall here is much easier on your back." Ahhh, H-gym the new gym. Even famous college coaches know your charms.

Here is the partial box score:

Shaker (93) - Perkins 15 9 39; Barker 1 0 2; Cain 4 0 8; Tueke 3 0 6; Meehan 4 5 13; Brundige 3 0 6; Mitchell 2 0 4; LaLiberte 2 0 4; Roach 0 1 1; Howard 4 0 8; Brennan 1 0 2. Totals 39 15 93

Shaker 20 25 26 22 - 93
Shen 10 14 24 17 - 65

Record: 2-0 (2-0 Suburban Council)
Next 1979 game: December 18th at Bethlehem.
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