Maria Altieri was one of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament #GalaxysStars Experience winners this past weekend. Altieri got to enjoy the entire tournament courtesy of Ticket Galaxy. However, the most exciting part of the Experience occurred at the half-court line.
During the Springfield Bracket Championship Game on Sunday night, Altieri took a half-court shot to try to win free Ticket Galaxy tickets for a year.
“I’m going to try and 'granny-shot' it,” Altieri said, chuckling and brainstorming methods that’d increase her chance of landing it near the basket.
The championship game’s line-up was South Alabama vs. Saint Peter’s, following Texas Tech vs. Northwestern with a spirited Northwestern fan section.
Northwestern scored a buzzer beater shot before halftime, bringing a thunder of applause throughout Mohegan Sun Arena.
“I was there for that and wanted to say, ‘Excuse me, sir, I’m going to have to borrow you at around 8:45,'” Altieri said, laughing.
Altieri unfortunately missed the shot, but the weekend’s tournament was something she said she enjoyed.
Altieri brought her father to the Tip-off Tournament as her guest. “We just all watch sports together,” she said of her family. “My cousin actually used to work for UCONN for the basketball team. We grew up watching basketball.”
When Altieri found out she had won the Experience, she was surprised to say the least. “I was like, ‘Is this real? Let me just try – why not?’”
Altieri is one of a handful of #GalaxysStars Experience winners who will attempt a half-court shot for a BHOF college basketball event this season.
The Women’s Holiday Showcase and Men’s Holiday Showcase are two major BHOF events that will happen in mid-December. The #GalaxysStars Experiences are currently open for both of those tournaments.
Written by Jenna
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