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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

Bison are done...

I'm not sure what to write: Albany 64, Shaker 62 (OT). Ugh. I'm still in shock. It's going to take a long time to get over this one. In some ways, you don't ever get over a game like this - it's the end of an era, and I'll probably be wondering "what if" 30 years from now. I don't think I'll ever forget the highs (Vernon's steal and layup that capped an unreal rally) or lows (Brad laying face down on the court after it was over) of this game. I guess it hasn't even sunk in yet.

Still, one of the best high school hoops game I ever saw. If they had won, I would probably call it the best high school hoops game I ever saw. At multiple points, it seemed that each team was dead in the water: the Bison were down 53-48 with 1:30 to go, ahead 54-53 with 20 seconds to go, down 56-54 with 10 seconds to go, and up 62-60 with the ball at 25 seconds left in overtime. In each case, one of the teams made a great play. Albany just made the last one.

Sure, the reffing was crappy. And sure, it sucks to lose a game like this. And sure, I can second-guess more than a dozen things off the top of my head right now. But this was high school hoops at its finest. The 6th man was exhilerating. The gym was rockin'. And the players played their hearts out, on both teams. As my mom said on the way out - trying to console us - "that's why high school basketball will always draw huge crowds."

To which I responded, "Shut up hell up, mom. I don't want to hear it."

Full report tomorrow.
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