Tony Freeman Trey Puts Fire On Top At Spiece Run-N-Slam
May 3, 2004
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A dramatic three-pointer by Tony Freeman (St. Joe’s) with two seconds remaining led the Illinois Fire to a semifinal victory over Greg Oden and the Spiece Indy Heat, and ultimately to the top of the pile at the Spiece Run-N-Slam.
The Fire were to play Seattle Rotary Select for the title. However Seattle, which defeated the Illinois Warriors in overtime of the other semifinal game had a flight to catch, and forfeited. The Warriors were then advanced to the Final, and were going to play the Fire, before an agreement was made not to play.
Freeman’s dramatic trey came after the Spiece Indy Heat’s Mike Conley drained a three-pointer to put his team on top.
The dramatic win was not the first of the tourney by the Fire. In the quarterfinals, Jarvis Walker (Rich Central) dropped a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining to lead the Fire over Martin Brothers.
The Fire overcame being slotted in a brutally tough pool to come out on top. Three (Fire, Indy Spiece, Seattle) of the four semifinal teams came from the Fire’s pool. The fourth team in the pool, Philly MJC, won the event last year.