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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 (1/19) in 1980

Today (1/19) in 1980: Shaker traveled on a Saturday afternoon to 2nd place Mohonason, who greeted the Bison with a packed house and an enormous banner in the student section that simply said "Sam who?" (One wonders if that would be allowed on the wall today, my guess is no).

Mohon took early leads of 4-0 and 14-10, getting some great outside shooting and using a furious full court press. In fact, Mohon led at the end of the first quarter, 16-14. But then, with the score 21-20 Mohon with 4:41 left in the half, Shaker exploded. They went on a 31-8 run over the remainder of the quarter and well into the third that completely ended the game.

If they didn't know who Perkins was before the game, they certainly found out during that run. Sam scored 22 point on 11 consecutive made baskets. He finished with 34 points on 15-for-17 shooting from the field. Tuecke added 12 and Cain 6, and Shaker cruised to a 74-53 win over a team that was supposed to be its toughest competition in the league. Here's the Times Union headline:

That's Sam going up for a jumper, and you can see Tuecke behind him in the lower left. You can also see the "Sam who?" banner in the Mohon student section. The article praised Tuecke and Cain for "total command of the boards" and Meehan and Brundige for "making the fast break work to perfection." And they had this to say about Sam:
When the 6'9" center looks back on his high school career, Perkins is certain to remeber this game as the day he looked Shaker's strongest threat in the Council straight in the eye and then answered the question that was draped on a poster across from the Shaker bench which read, "Sam Who?"

Now they know.
Wow. The truth of it is, though, that Mohon gave them one of their toughest outings of the season. The 21 point margin was the 3rd smallest margin of victory for the Bison during the entire season.

Here's the partial boxscore:

Shaker (74) - Perkins 15 4 34; Cain 3 0 6; Tueke 6 0 12; Meehan 1 3 5; Brundige 3 1 7; Mitchell 0 2 2; LaLiberte 1 0 2; Howard 2 0 4; Brennan 1 0 2. Totals 30 14 74.

Shaker 14 27 18 15 - 74
Mohon 16 13 8 16 - 53

Record: 11-0 (9-0 Suburban Council)
Next 1979-80 game: 1/22/1980, home vs. Guilderland.
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