OLEAN, NY -- Brackets, basketballs, backboards and bragging rights are all part of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball tournament scheduled for Friday through Sunday.The three-day event, organized by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, is open to players of all ages and experience levels who are computer-matched by age, height and experience so that all participants can be competitive. The event, first held in Lowell, Michigan in 1974, is a family festival with food and music along with the basketball competition.

The tournament will take place on Delaware Avenue and North Barry streets. The tournament, based on basketball played in driveways throughout the U.S., will include players who have no experience to those who have played college and semi-professional basketball. Depending on the number of teams placed in a specific division, players and the teams they’re on will be playing for first- and second- and third trophies. Also teams that finish last in their divisions could receive “Toilet bowl” trophies.

The Gus Macker is more than just basketball. FunFest--Olean Gus Macker has scheduled Friday as a CELLone FunFest.  The Sponsors Corporate Cup is for all sponsors who would like to participate in a mini 3 on 3 basketball tourney. Team players must be actual employees (or spouses); at least two per team must be women. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., and games start at 6 p.m. Last year’s corporate sponsor tournament winner was a team from the Edward J. Bysiek CPA.  Who will have the bragging rights this year?

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The FunFest will also include food concessions, the referee meeting, and basketball.  All courts (besides the ones used for the Sponsors Tournament) will be open. Attendees should bring basketballs.

Team registration will take place from 4 to 7 p.m.at Covered Wagon Offices, 528 N. Barry.The Gus Macker Olean committee encourages all local players to register Friday. Saturday registration continues from 7 a.m. to noon

On Saturday, ceremonies will take place at the top men’s court. Olean High School 2018 senior Julia Rakus will sing the national anthem,  and the Rev.  Patrick Melfi of St. John’s and the Basilica of St. Mary’s will give the blessing. 

Katie Duggan, a close family friend of Coach Frank Martin’s family, will try and make the official DO-OR-DIE Shot.  Once the shot is made, the Gus Macker will begin.  The Olean-Bradford YMCA will be sponsoring a KidZone both days with inflatables. 

The Dream Court will return for its 11th-year appearance at the Olean Macker. The dream court is a specially designed red, white and blue All-American themed court with a synthetic court surface, like the Top Men’s and Women’s Courts. Color commentators announce games on the Dream Court.  Teams are selected at random to play on the court.

Food and drinks will be provided Saturday and Sunday by Sinfully Delicious, Good Times Events Center and Tropical Ice.

The major sponsors of this year’s tournament are the 54 corporate partners of the Chamber.  They fronted the $10,000 franchise fee to bring the tourney to town.    Organizers also are looking for volunteers to keep score, assist with water and food distribution, and help set up and tear down.  To volunteer or for more information, please contact the Chamber at 716-372-4433 or info@oleanny.com.

Friday's schedule is:

            4-7 p.m.,  Team registration, Covered Wagon garage

            6-8 p.m., Corporate Cup Basketball Games

            8 p..m.,  Offsite references meeting

Saturday's schedule is:

            7 a.m.-noon, Team registration, Covered Wagon garage

            7:45 a.m., Opening Ceremonies, Top Men’s Court

            8 a.m.-6 p.m., Gus Macker Games 

            9 a.m., Dream Court Games

            11 a.m.-3 p.m., Bounce Inflatables, sponsored by the Olean-Bradford YMCA

            6: p.m., Slam Dunk Competition for Macker players only

Sunday's schedule is:

            8 a.m.-6 p.m., Gus Macker Games 

            9 a.m., Dream Court Games

            11 a.m.-3 p.m.,. Bounce Inflatables, sponsored by the Olean-Bradford YMCA

            11 a.m.-5 p.m., As courts finish games, awards will be presented

            noon 12 PM – Grand Slam Grill slam dunk competition, Top Men’s Court

Brackets and a players list can be found online www.macker.com