Baldwin In 1974, Richard Nixon was president. The Partridge Family was on network television, and disco was still three or four years away.
That was also the year in which Baldwin High last won its own invitational basketball tournament.
Until Saturday night, that is, when the Bulldogs stopped Santa Fe Trail, 59-37, behind a 28-point effort from senior Brian Sheldon and a strong performance from the Bulldog defense.
Some of Baldwin's players were not even alive 18 years ago, but there are a few who have played each of the last two years, when the Bulldogs twice finished as runners-up.
"This win feels good. We had a lot of kids playing as sophomores, and they remember finishing second. That's why they really wanted to win this one," Baldwin coach Bob Martin said.
MARTIN'S TEAM streaked to a 10-1 lead early in the first quarter, but he must have felt like a tournament jinx was bothering his team as the Chargers crept back to a 22-22 halftime deadlock.
Senior Matt Butterfield helped spark the comeback with five-for-five field-goal shooting at the end of the first half.
Butterfield scored the Chargers' final 10 points of the half, capped by an over-the-head layup with just over a minute remaining.
But the Bulldogs stopped the Chargers' momentum right there.
The Baldwin defense held Santa Fe Trail to just 15 second-half points as Sheldon helped the Bulldogs shake the Chargers with his 22-point explosion in the second half.
SHELDON PICKED up two fouls in the game's first three minutes, and Martin pointed to his center's early foul trouble as the reason the game was tied at the half.
"In the first half, we just didn't pick up our intensity on defense. Sheldon picked up two quick fouls, so he had to lay back. We weren't getting after them on defense at first. I'm sure they were happy at halftime," Martin said.
Any enjoyment Santa Fe Trail had at halftime was short-lived, as the Baldwin defense tightened, holding the Chargers scoreless for over five minutes. Sheldon was also unstoppable, connecting on seven consecutive field goals, including a three-pointer, in the third quarter.
"The shots are just falling for me. Tonight was my highest scoring night of the year, and I had 27 last night. Things are just really going well," said Sheldon, who was named to the all-tournament team for the third straight year.
Baldwin improved to 11-1. The two teams will meet again Friday night at Santa Fe Trail.
SANTA FE TRAIL (37)
Adam Hart 2-3 1-2 5, Jayson Duncan 0-4 0-0 0, Jared Sisson 0-5 0-0 0, Mike Staniec 6-10 3-5 15, Matt Butterfield 6-10 0-0 12, Bruce Martin 0-2 0-0 0, Leo DePrato 0-2 0-0 0, Brian Kuermaier 2-4 1-2 5, Chad Berkley 0-2 0-2 0. Totals 16-42 5-11 37. BALDWIN (59)
Brian Heck 4-11 1-4 9, Denver Cleverley 2-7 4-7 8, Brian Sheldon 12-18 3-5 28, Jamie Sledd 0-1 0-0 0, Johnny Hendry 2-4 0-0 4, Daniel Schwarz 1-2 2-3 4, Ryan Ellis 2-3 0-0 4, Matt Grammer 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 24-47 10-19 59. Santa Fe Trail-- 8 14 8 7 -- 37 Baldwin--14 8 21 16 -- 59
Three Point Goals -- Santa Fe Trail 0-8 (Martin 0-1, DaPrato 0-1, Berkley 0-1, Sisson 0-5); Baldwin 1-5 (Sheldon 1-1, Heck 0-1, Cleverley 0-2). Total Fouls -- Santa Fe Trail 18, Baldwin 13.