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Macker on the move; 716ers to host 3-on-3 tournament

There will be a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at City Hall to announce that the Gus Macker, in all likelihood, is moving to Darien Lake this summer.

According to a press release, officials from the Buffalo Police Athletic League, Scott McNeal of Gus Macker Basketball and Darien Lake will be on hand for the presser. Last week, various television stations reported the Macker was moving to Darien Lake although at the time all the parties involved said no contracts had been signed.

With McNeal expected to be in attendance, it could be safe to assume now that the tournament is moving to the country and that somehow PAL will be involved with it even though the tournament is outside the city limits.

However all isn't lost for those in the city who may not be willing to make the trip to Genesee County. The Buffalo 716ers basketball team plans to hold a 3 on 3 basketball tournament June 28-29 at Tapestry Charter School in north Buffalo. The tournament will have adult and youth divisions with the adult division champion earning $1,000 prize, second place $300 and third $100.

Unlike the Macker, though, the 716ers event, called the Street Ball Remix, will take place in the school, not outside. That means the tourney isn't at the mercy of Mother Nature. If it rains, so be it, because there will be a roof over the participants' heads unlike at past Gus Mackers where players some times had to deal with the elements.

More to come

---Miguel Rodriguez
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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.