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Big Shots No. 18

Eagle's shot has landed

February 28, 2008
The Altoona Mirror
This is the third in a 20-day series on the biggest shots in Blair County high school basketball over the last 50 years. The Mirror is counting down one per day until Sunday, March 16.

—Buck Frank



Player: Craig Fleming, Tyrone

Opponent: Seton LaSalle

Date: Friday, March 16, 1990

Site: East Allegheny High School in North Versailles

Setting the scene: Tyrone was upset in the District 6 Class AA semifinals but advanced to the state playoffs as the district’s third seed and faced District 7’s second seed, Seton LaSalle, in the first round.

The shot: Trailing 48-46 with 12 seconds remaining, Tyrone coach Paul Hasson called a timeout to set up a play to tie the game. Instead, Fleming pulled up from behind the 3-point line at the top of the circle and drilled it with five seconds left. He then stole the inbounds pass and hit two free throws to give Tyrone a 51-48 win.

Mirror excerpt from Saturday, March 17, 1990: Fleming was the man designed to take the shot, but the 3-pointer was an impromptu variation of the play Hasson wanted. — Michael V. Emery

(To view the entire original article from this game, go to altoonamirror.com.)

Memories:

—Fleming: “Instinct told me to shoot it. It left my hand, and I got knocked down. All I remember was a swish and the crowd going crazy.’’

—Hasson: “When Craig brought the ball down the court, we had stacked some kids around the key, and the middle stayed jammed in. When he got to the top of the key, he shot an NBA bomb and hit it. There was no hesitation at all on his part.’’

Aftermath: Tyrone nearly pulled off another upset, losing to Pittsburgh City League champion Perry in the second round, 39-37. Nowadays, Fleming owns a running store in Lock Haven and is an avid trail runner with his wife and three dogs. He also coaches basketball for Special Olympics in Centre County.

Have a memorable shot? E-mail bfrank@altoonamirror.com.

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