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Can-Am/PAL boys basketball tournament tips off on Saturday

Some of the top boys basketball players will showcase their skills this weekend at the Can-Am/PAL Tournament named for the late Alan R. Elia Sr.

The field of eight teams includes two from Western New York, Niagara PAL and the Buffalo United Dragons. Other teams are from Canada, the Binghamton, Rochester and Syracuse areas. Each team will play three games on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at Niagara Falls High School. The top four teams advance to Sunday’s final four starting at 10 a.m. at Niagara Catholic.

Niagara PAL, coached by Sal Constantino, will feature Niagara Falls High School’s Jermaine Crumpton, a 6-foot-5 forward named to the All-WNY second team last year as well as J.J. Wilkins and Ramir Burton.

The Buffalo United Dragons, under coach Rodney Nevins, counters with Sam Eckstrom and Nick Schmidt from Olean and Dante Williams of Timon/St. Jude.

Admission is $2 with all proceeds benefitting Niagara PAL programs.

Saturday’s schedule

Niagara PAL vs. Phoenix, main gym, 10 a.m.

RAP vs. Buffalo United Dragons, main gym, 11:05 a.m.

Wildhawks vs. Niagara PAL, main gym 12:10 p.m.

Sonics vs. CWNY, aux gym, 12:10 p.m.

Phoenix vs. EAP, main gym, 1:15 p.m.

Rage vs. Dragons, aux gym, 1:15 p.m.

Wildhawks vs. CWNY, main gym, 2:20 p.m.

Rage vs. Sonics, main gym, 3:25 p.m.

Saturday’s single elimination

Main gym, 4:30 p.m.

Aux gym, 4:30 p.m.

Main gym, 5:35 p.m.

Aux gym, 5:35 p.m.

Sunday’s schedule

Semifinals, 10 a.m.

Semifinal, 11:05 a.m.

Championship, 12:20 p.m.

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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