First day of action wraps up at the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Norwich

Published: Jul. 9, 2022 at 10:42 PM EDT
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NORWICH, N.Y. (WBNG) - After a busy week of preparations, it was finally time for tip-off Saturday as the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament held its first day of games in Norwich.

This year marks the 25th time that Norwich has hosted the event and the first time since 2019 as they took a two year hiatus because of COVID.

This year’s even features over 200 teams with over 850 players competing in two dozen different 3-on-3 brackets. It’s an all ages event as the motto of Gus Macker is “anyone can play” and that was shown today with players all the way from 6 years old, to adults took the court. It’s that diverse player base that makes Gus Macker so special.

“It’s kind of like a huge carnival. It brings people from all different backgrounds. Different nationalities. We have people from Canada, from Buffalo, from Rochester, Syracuse, Pennsylvania, Ohio. So many people are coming into here and the one thing especially with Norwich its more of a family type atmosphere. You don’t have any arguments. It’s good fun play and there’s a lot of different things for everyone to enjoy,” said Bill Gorman the event manager.

For the tournament the player base does skew younger with 70% of the players being 18 and under. Today, the crowds showed up with games going on all day on 22 different courts.

The tournament is far from over. After opening rounds of games on Saturday it wraps up on Sunday with the biggest games of the weekend.

Not only will the championship games be taking place but also the Toilet Bowl matchups, which are for teams who lost their first two games but then play for a chance to win a toilet trophy. It was created as a way to make sure all teams get to play at least three games this weekend.

Those games will be tipping off starting around noon and going through the afternoon on Sunday at Norwich High School.

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