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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 (1/8) in 1980

Today (1/8) in 1980: Shaker had in one of its flattest performances of the season tonight against Colonie, playing a very poor first half. Perkins missed his first five shots, and the Bison looked stagnant on offense. Cain and Tuecke picked the team up with some strong offensive rebonding, however, and at the half Shaker led 35-28, thanks to a Jim Brundige steal and layup at the halftime buzzer. Still, all acounts of the game suggest Shaker played very poorly.

35-28. For Shaker in 1979-80, that's a poor, flat performance, I guess.

Luckily, the Bison turned it on in the second half, blowing Colonie out of the gym in the thrid quarter, 15-4. Perkins came alive and finished with 20 points, making 8 of 9 from the field in the second half. He also added 11 rebounds and 8 blocks. Jeff Tuecke turned in his best game to date with 16 points and many tough boards. Chuck Meehan chipped in with 12 points and Jim Brundige had 8 assists. The starters were lifted with 5:32 to play in the 4th, and Shaker cruised to a 73-51 victory. Still, Coach Girmindl wasn't happy after the game.

"We were falt. It's tough to come out every night and play like we're capable. We had a good practice yesterday, I just don't have any answers for a game like this."

Wouldn't it be great to win by 22 and feel bad about your performance? Girmindl did have some praise for the team, especially for his big juniors, 6' 7" Cain and 6' 6"Tuecke.

"Both of them are improving every week. So we know that if Sam is a bit off his game like he was tonight, we're not out of options inside."

Colonie coach Pep Sand was still impressed with Shaker. "I've said it before and I'll say it again. Nobody in this area is going to beat this team. Even on a bad night, they're way too good."

The win improved Shaker to 8-0 overall, and alone in 1st in Suburban Council at 6-0, because Mohonason lost to Shen to drop to 5-1 in the league. Here are the current area standings, including today's games (click for larger view):


You can see that Shaker is the only unbeaten team left in the area. And you can also see that Sam is 5th in the area in scoring, and 2nd among big school players.

Here is the partial box score from the game:

Shaker (73) - Perkins 9 2 20; Cain 3 0 6; Tueke 8 0 16; Meehan 5 2 12; Brundige 2 1 5; Mitchell 0 1 1; LaLiberte 1 0 2; Howard 1 0 2; Rowe 1 0 2 Baker 2 3 7. Totals 28 15 71.

Shaker 18 17 15 23 - 73
Colonie 10 18 4 19 - 51

Record: 8-0 (6-0 Suburban Council)
Next 1979-80 game: 1/11/1980 at Burnt Hills
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