Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) There are some new challenges for the local teams in the regional field at the STOP-DWI Holiday Classic this year.
The tournament added Section 3 schools Fayetteville-Manlius and New York Mills to the regional divisions this year, which gives a new look to the tournament. Along with a new look, it also brings a new challenge, especially with F-M being included.
Binghamton University basketball commit John Schurman plays for the Hornets, and will face teams like Maine-Endwell, Johnson City and Binghamton in this year's tournament.
Those teams go along with an already strong national field, including four of the best schools in New York State and four from other parts of the U.S. and Canada.
The goal though, is to give area teams the chance to watch and play against great competition.
"Our goal here is to elevate Section IV and Broome County basketball by having our local players see the top talent that they will be seeing throughout the state playoffs," said Chris Marion, the tournament director. "We like bringing in top teams, because we like giving the fans something to see, and we like having our local athletes see start players because at that level they are really emulating the best competition they can see."
Another change this year, is the addition of the Aldo Rossi Jr. Police Memorial Basketball Game. That will take place Friday before the Dunk and three-point contest.
All three of those events will be at the Arena on Friday night.