Shawn Spencer missed Cascade Christian’s team meeting Saturday morning in preparation for its game against Vashon Island.
It wasn’t because he was busy watching Saturday morning cartoons. Instead, he spent most of his day in the bathroom, throwing up and battling food poisoning that looked like it might cause him to miss his second game this season.
Cascade Christian coach Jerry Williams asked his 6-foot-10 leading scorer — and recent McDonald’s All-American nominee — one final time an hour before tipoff if he could play.
“I told him I’d try,” Spencer said.
Spencer looked sluggish on the offensive end — tying a season-low four points — but made up for it with dominant play in the middle of the Cougars defense to finish with 15 rebounds and eight blocks in Cascade Christian’s 49-35 victory against Vashon Island yesterday.
Spencer’s presence down-low helped the Cougars (9-6; 7-4 Nisqually League) shut down a Vashon squad that had beat them 57-44 earlier in the season.
He missed Cascade Christian’s win against Chimacum a month ago because of food poisoning. Spencer didn’t want to miss another with it, so he played yesterday, even though his sickness was evident throughout the game as he looked fatigued and labored as he ran up and down the court.
Spencer headed directly for the bathroom after the game.
“I just ate some bad food yesterday, Spencer said after finally trudging out of the bathroom after the game. “I couldn’t hold anything in today. The only thing I’ve had the past 24 hours is a couple bottles of water.
But this is my senior season, and I already missed one game. I hadn’t missed a single one until this year. That sucks. So if I can go out there and help the team, that’s what I’m there for.”
His play especially sparked the Cougars in the second quarter, when he recorded five of his eight blocks and the Cascade Christian defense held Vashon to only six points.
Still, the game remained close until the Cougars exploded on a 16-0 run midway through the third quarter.