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Seagroves scores 60 in city league game

Steve Yingling

A busy scorekeeper pretty much summed up Charley Segroves’ performance in a Douglas County Parks and Recreation Basketball League game Monday night.

“Your last name Jordan, or what?” the scorekeeper jokingly asked Segroves after the South Shore resident torched McCall Realty for 60 points in Tahoe Pool Supply’s 100-67 victory.

“Boy, he was just like a snake. He can always get open, and they just couldn’t stop him,” said Tahoe Pool teammate Rudy Pakes Sr.



Segroves drained 13 three-point shots, nine two-pointers and only three free throws. He netted 32 of his points in the second half.

“He was ungodly,” said Tahoe Pool teammate Robert Cosmi. “He got knocked down early on and we were going to take him out, but he didn’t want to stiffen up. The he proceeded to hit six or seven threes in a row. He was pretty awesome.”



Ironically, Segroves didn’t score his first points until six minutes into the blowout.

“I let the game come to me, and when I hit that first shot I was on,” Segroves said. “The basket just seemed so huge that I couldn’t miss, but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. Robert Cosmi and Joe White and everybody on the team saw how well I was shooting and they fed me the ball. They passed up shots so I could keep on shooting. You can’t score that many without some passes.”

Segroves was so hot that “I could have kicked the ball in the basket.”

The 37-year-old, one of the premier players in the South Lake Tahoe and Douglas County leagues over the past 17 years, recalls only one similar performance.

“In 1983 I had 45 in a game, but even then it didn’t approach the zone I was in last night,” said Segroves, who scored 72 points once in a preseason game for Quartzhill High in Quartzhill, Calif., years ago.

J.P. Girsch and several other McCall players vainly tried to defend him.

“I guess I bring out the best in him. I’ve been reffing basketball for 10 to 12 years and I’ve never seen anybody go off like, and it was right in my face all night. I was pretty exhausted,” Girsch said.

Segroves never saw the memorable night coming, especially since McCall is not a team lacking athletes.

“Those guys are no slouches, so it felt good because I was playing against some good players. Some of those guys I’ve played against for years, and I never had that big of an effort,” Segroves said.

Afterward, Girsch was the first to congratulate Segroves.

“He shook my hand and told me that he had never seen anything like it. It was a classy move,” Segroves said.

The 70-year-old Pakes Sr. also enjoyed a special moment as he scored the 99th and 100th points for Tahoe Pool.

“It’s the only basket I made, but I’m telling my grandkids I made 100 points,” he joked.

Watching Pakes’ competitiveness at his age brings a smile to Segroves.

“You give him a couple of shots and he’s going to hit 50 percent of them. You can’t help but be inspired by a 70-year-old running up and down the court,” he said.

Girsch had an outstanding offensive game of his own, scoring 23 points for McCall. White had 12 points and Cosmi 11.

But this night belonged to Segroves, or was it Jordan?


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