LAKEWOOD - While college basketball's March Madness is well underway, the Lakewood Family YMCA and the New York State Moose Association will be putting on a more local basketball event - the 3-on-3 March Madness Youth Basketball Tournament - that promises to be every bit as exciting for those taking part.
The festivities kick off tonight with a free pizza party.
The party, which is open to all those who have registered to compete in the event, will be held from 6-8 p.m. There will also be an NBA skills contest during the party.
The 3-on-3 March Madness Youth Basketball Tournament action will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Saturday at the Lakewood Family YMCA.
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Then, it's on to the basketball.
More than 180 teams, including some from as far as Syracuse, will be competing in this the fifth year of the event, with action spanning from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday.
There will be both a boys and girls tournament, open to anyone in grades 3 through 12, with five separate divisions. The divisions are for grades 3 and 4, 5 and 6, 7 and 8, 9 and 10, and 11 and 12.
Along with a free tournament T-shirt, first- and second-place awards will be given for all divisions.
Sponsors for the event include McDonald's, Cummins Engine Company, Kwik-Fill/Red Apple, Inc., Truck-Lite, Signature Paving & Sealcoating, and Team VP ERA Real Estate.