May 2, 2009

Byrd, Indy Heat fall to Seattle Rotary in opener at Spiece

FT. WAYNE, Ind. - Michigan State 2010 basketball commitment Russell Byrd and his Spiece Indy Heat basketball team drew the short straw in their opening-round game of the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam All-Star Classic at the Spiece Fieldhouse Friday evening.

Playing against the powerful Seattle Rotary team, WA., Byrd and his Spiece teammates dropped a 90-85 decision to a team that featured center Josh Smith, one of the top players in the class of 2010, and guard Tony Wroten, one of the top perimeter players in the class of 2011.

The Seattle team featured the inside dominance of Smith (6-10, 270), who finished with 30 points, and the explosive dominance of the 6-foot-3 Wroten who tallied 14 points.

"We didn't play defense," Byrd said. "That was our main problem, that we didn't play defense. I didn't get that many shots. It was a tough game but we will be all right."

Spiece was paced by Deshaun Thomas of Fort Wayne Bishop Luers. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Thomas, who is committed to Ohio State, finished the game with 30 points as he showed offense from beyond the three-point arc and attacking the glass.

Byrd, out of nearby Ft. Wayne Blackhawk Christian, finished the game with seven points and four rebounds. Shooting opportunities were scarce for Byrd.

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