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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 (1/30) in 1980

Today (1/30) in 1980: Shaker did not play. Next game is 2/2/1980, away vs. Niskayuna.

Here's an email I've gotten a few times:
What was Sam Perkins' best game as a Bison? And does he hold the single game scoring record?
I had planned to wait until February to do any serious profile work on Sam or the '79-80 team, but this question got me thinking last night. Obviously, "best game" is a subjective question. But if you simply look at the numbers, I think four games in '79-80 stand out.

1) 2/26/1980 vs. Bishop Gibbons: 42 points, 28 rebounds, and 7 blocks - and he didn't play at all in the 4th quarter. Twenty-eight rebounds in three quarters? Unreal.

2) 2/9/1980 vs Colonie: 34 points, 27 rebounds, 4 blocks.

3) 2/5/1980 vs. Columbia: 33 points, 20 rebounds, 12 blocks, Shaker led 65-17 when the Shake starters exited for good at the end of the third quarter.

4) 12/14/1979 vs. Shen: 39 points, 18 rebounds, 8 blocks, 15-for-19 from the field. Game recap available.

And yes, I believe Sam does have the single-game Shaker scoring record - the 42 points against Biship Gibbons. It was definitely the record at the time (Norm Frani '76 had the previous record of 41) and I'm pretty sure no one has topped it since. It's conceivable Cain did the following year, since he averaged almost 29 in 1980-81. I guess the other contenders would be Corey Anderson '88 (who definitely dropped close to 40 one year in the Girmindl tourney) and the younger Bishop brothers (Jeff '97, Jeremey '98). I'll have to look into it.
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