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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 (2/26) in 1980

Today (2/26) in 1980: Shaker played its first-round sectional game against Bishop Gibbons. The game was played at Shaker, the final game - win or lose - at home for the Bison, who had compiled a 23-0 record in the new gym over the previous two seasons. It wasn't expected to much of a game (Gibbons was 1-20 on the year) and it defintiely wasn't. The Bison led 43-20 at the half, and all the starters - except Perkins - left the game late in the 3rd quarter to a standing ovation, with the Bison comfortably ahead, 64-31.

The reason Perkins didn't leave is becase he was just one point shy of the Shaker single-game scoring record. On Shaker's first posession of the 4th quarter, Sam hit a short shot in the lane for his 41st and 42nd point, breaking Norm Frani's single-game high of 41, which was set in 1976. After the basket, Girmindl called a timeout and Sam walked off the H-gym new gym court for the last time in his high school career. It was a monster performance, a fitting ending to two years of domination in that gym - 42 ponts, 28 rebounds, and 9 blocks, all turned in in just over 3 quarters of play. Sam hit on 19 of the 25 shots he took aginst the undersized and overmatched Gibbons team.

The second stringers won the 4th quarter 16-10 and the game ended 80-41. Cain chipped in with 8, Tuecke had 6, and Dave laLiberte added 8.

In other first round sectional play around the league in 1980:

#8 Burnt Hills beat #9 Columbia
#5 Linton beat #12 Guilderland
#13 Troy upset #4 CCHS
#3 CBA beat #14 Colonie
#6 Albany beat #11 Shen
#7 Saratoga beat #10 Nisky
#2 Mont Pleasant beat #15 Maginn

That means the bracket looked like this for the second round:

Here's the partial boxscore from the Gibbons game:

Shaker (80) -- Perkins 19 4 42; Cain 3 2 8; Tuecke 3 0 6; Meehan 2 1 5; Brundige 1 0 2; Mitchell 0 2 2; LaLiberte 4 0 8; Howard 2 1 5; Barker 1 0 2. Totals 35 10 80.

Shaker 19 24 21 16 - 80
Gibbons 10 10 11 10 - 41

Record: 21-0 (1-0 playoffs)
Next '79-80 game: 2/29/1980, against Burnt Hills at Mechanicville High School.
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