A Hot Time
Story by Bob and Maureen Fox, photography by
Joel Lerner and Bob Fox, audio by
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One of the hotly contested venues, 3-on-3 Basketball, took place
Thursday and Friday evenings August 6 and 7.
|Conducted in four gyms of the Rec Sports Larkins Hall complex, the
competition involved divisions for Youth, CoRec, Men's Recreation
and Men's Open. Although spectators could surround the courts in the
Blue, Yellow and Red gyms, the Finals for each Division were held
in the Exhibition gym which could accomodate close to 1,500 fans.
|The heat and humidity inside the facility led to steamy competition.
3-on-3 Basketball is, arguably, the most highly competitive venues
in the Games. Although the officiating was very good, minor disagreements
the the official's call were commonplace by fans and coaches. The
participants played through it all and provided entertainment, disappointment
and jubilation throughout the event.
|After a day of hard fought games on Thursday, teams battled for
the Gold in the quarters, semi's and finals Friday evening. In the
CoRec Consolation Finals Utah overwhelmed Ohio; Illinois' Spare Parts
crushed Utah in the Men's Open Consolation Finals; and, Philadelphia
was triumphant in the Youth Division. Michigan earned a berth in the
Men's Open Division versus Ohio with a couragous comeback over Philadelphia
in the semi's. Behind 36-31 with four minutes remaining, Michigan
hit two free throws, a layup and a 3-pointer to score eight unanswered
points for the lead they never relinquished.
|In the main event of the evening and in front of 1,200 screaming
fans and numerous media, the age old rivalry between Michigan and
Ohio once again unfolded. Ohio had first possession and quickly scored.
Michigan tied the score on a jumper. The lead exchanged hands until
five minutes remaining in the first half when Ohio hit a 3-pointer
to take a 15 -12 led. With Ohio dominating the outside game and Michigan
battling underneath while missing five free throws, Ohio led at halftime
|Beginning the second half with ball possession, Michigan missed
their first shot and Ohio retaliated with a layup to take a commanding
19-12 lead and never looked back. Driving layups, 3-pointers and command
of the boards along with the heat and humidity spelled the end for
the Michigan team. With Ohio continuing to score and Michigan scoring
hitting only two free throws in the last ten minutes, Ohio cruised
to a 42-17 win and the Gold Medal. (see audio
Only three teams ended the competition overjoyed with winning the gold
while the other teams were disappointed in their performance yet happy
to be able to compete. All, however, were winners in the eyes of the spectators
present and the nation. Another great competition for Organ Donation.
Listen to Team Michigan coach Joseph
Maiuri, following Team Michigan's victory over Team Philadelphia in the
Following the exciting championship
game, Joseph Maiuri and Team Michigan and Team Ohio players commented
on the game.