Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Stop DWI Holiday basketball tournament brings together some of the best teams in the country.
But this year, it also brings a homecoming for a former area hoops star.
Action News reporter Reed Buterbaugh tells us how one of the best players from Vestal's past is enjoying the tournament, rooting for his new team today.
Dave Siock sits in the stands of the Stop DWI tournament, watching his former team the Golden Bears play.
He graduated from Vestal in the late 1980s and is now the athletic director of Landstown High School in Virginia.
One of the teams in this year's national bracket.
"To have the team playing in the tournament is a big thrill for me. It's a great tournament, I mean outside this area it's a very well respected tournament and to get our team to get an invitation to play here was a tremendous thing for my coach and I," Dave Siock said.
"It's great, you know he played here years ago. I hope the kids have a good time when they're here and learn a lot, the DWI tournament itself is a great idea and I think they appreciate it," said Dave's father, Jim Siock of Vestal.
He then took his hoops career north, playing for Syracuse University.
"I grew up watching the team and all along I knew I wanted to play there and if I ever got good enough to play I was going to go there because it's just a great school," Siock said.
It was there he met his wife, Stacy.
"We come home every year and actually even when the Landstown team aren't playing in this tournament we normally come to catch a game or two," Stacy Siock said.
Stacy is a teacher at Landstown and says many of her students on the team were excited to have another few familiar faces in the crowd.
"It means a lot to them that we're here a lot of them are like so you're going to be at every game? We enjoy it and we're hoping they do well," Stacy said.
Siock says it's nice to come back and revisit his roots...
While at the same time, watching his new team develop its talent against some of the nation's best competition.