Basketball tournament brings out hundreds

By Anna Norris

July 13, 2014 Updated Jul 14, 2014 at 6:59 AM EDT

Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It was a busy weekend in Norwich, as the Annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament returned for its 18th year.

Hundreds of people packed Main Street to both play and watch. The city even shut down part of the street for the tournament.

More than 400 hundred teams participated in the 3-on-3 event. People from as far away as California have been know to compete in Norwich.

Many of the younger teams in the tournament showed they understand just how important teamwork can be, even when on the losing end.

"It was fun, we really had to use defense to win the game, and we really had to use teamwork too," said The Flint Tropics, two-time Toiletbowl champions.

As for Norwich, many of the residents and organizers said they love how diverse people come this event.

Thomas Revoir, a local tournament organizer, said it's the special moments at these events that makes it all the more satisfying to put together every year.

"When it is all said and done, and I see the smiles on the kid's face from the child that never scored a basket in their life, and they walked up and made basket in a game, and they jump for joy," said Revoir. "To the fifty-year-old guy that may be playing and hits his first three-pointer, or something like that in a game. You can't beat it, it's great."

The players said it's not just about the game, but the friendships they make that will last a lifetime.

"I've been playing basketball ever since I could dribble a ball and I am here with all my friends, and I get to make new ones," said players Destiny Gleenui and Hailey Colabelli, of Norwich.

"It's just a fun event to have, you know, something you can do with your family. And our families love it and they look forward to it ever year, and our friends. You just get to hang out in between games and it's just a good time," said players Josh Fisher and Stephen Kaminsky, of Walton.

At the end of the day, everyone at the tournament walked away a winner, one way or another.

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