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Spike Albrecht: Unforgettable name, game
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 9, 2013 @ 1:00 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
ATLANTA – Spike Albrecht became instant legend in the first half of Monday’s championship game, scoring 17 points and going from no-star recruit to household name in a matter of minutes.
His parents, bewildered by Twitter terminology, said they had no idea what “trending” was, but their son was doing it by halftime. He gained thousands of Twitter followers as he sunk shot after shot, lifting Michigan when national player of the year point guard went to the bench with two early fouls.
But, in a moment of reflection at halftime, his father became emotional amid all the excitement.
“His grandpa passed away right before the season,” Chuck told USA TODAY Sports, before breaking down in tears. “I told him Grandpa was going to be watching. I think that’s what’s given him the strength.”
Chuck called the death “devastating” for his son. Tammy, Albrecht’s mother, said her father “was a big fan of Spike’s.” So they tell him every game that his grandfather is watching.
“I know he’s here,” Chuck said. “He’s got a great view somewhere. I’m happy for the other boy, too, Luke (Hancock). I heard his dad is sick, and he’s doing a great job.”
Hancock led Louisville in its first half, scoring 16 points and turning the national championship game into a battle of bench players for the first 20 minutes. Hancock ultimately finished with 22 points, including a late 3-pointer and key free throws down the stretch. But Albrecht was the 5-11 guard with the fun nickname, something he said he’s had for as long as he could remember, and he won’t be forgotten.
Albrecht went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc against Louisville on Monday, two nights after hitting two threes to help Michigan past Syracuse in a national semifinal. This all coming after a regular season in which Albrecht averaged 1.5 points in 7.4 minutes per game.
“The bigger the stage the better he plays,” Chuck said. “Yeah, it’s surprising but it’s Spike. … He told me last game he just felt like everything was on. I watched him in warm-ups, and he looked really good. You hit that first one, … [For more on Spike Albrecht: Unforgettable name, unforgettable game, click here.]
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