Basketball bounces into Norwich

By Perry Russom

July 15, 2013 Updated Jul 15, 2013 at 12:12 AM EDT

Norwich, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Main Street in Norwich traded cars for courts on Sunday.

Basketball courts lined the street for the 18th Annual Gus Macker 3 on 3 basketball tournament.

More than 400 teams and 1,600 players hit the courts this weekend raising money for charity.

"The game of basketball, especially Gus Macker, is more of a carnival-type atmosphere," said Bill Gorman, of Gus Macker Basketball. "You know you get to see, especially in towns like Norwich, it's more like a family reunion. It's a great event for the city."

This year, proceeds from the event will go to the Norwich YMCA.

"We wanted an event to bring people to Norwich to see what a great community we have, what great people, volunteers, stores, community service organizations, what a great community we have," said Jamey Mullen, of the Norwich YMCA.

While some said they came to play for the love of the game, others said they played to bring the community together.

"It does bring an entire community together, but it also shows team sports and working together to be responsible and respectful citizens in our community," said Rasnford Doherty, a coach in the tournament.

On Saturday, Mullen said it was estimated 10,000 people were watching or playing in a game.

He said the YMCA benefited, as well as local businesses.

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