March Madness invaded the Westlake Recreation Center! Thursday March 23rd & Saturday March 25th saw over 100 teams in grades 3-8 participate in the annual basketball event. Teams from all over the area came to showcase their talents on the hardwood court. Teams such as the Hot Shots, Beastly Ballers, Ninja Ballers & Storm Squad took over the courts on Thursday night as 38 girls teams caught the March Madness Fever. The winners of the 2017 Girls Division were: 3rd/4th Graders – Crazy Cavs, 5th & 6th Graders – 4K, 7th & 8th Graders – The Older 4K team.
Meanwhile, on Saturday over 60 boys teams stormed the hardwood. Teams like: The Lane, C-Town Swish and Shamrock Shake started things off for the 3rd & 4th Grade Boys at 8:30 AM. Other teams like Legit Ballers, West Side Savages and Dunkin Demons followed suit. The winners of the day long tournament were as follows: Boys 3rd & 4th Grade: Just Ballers, 5th & 6th Grader Champs: Dunkin Demons and finally the 7th & 8th Grade champs was the Swat Team.
The tournament was held over 2 days and 14 hours of basketball produced several OT games as well as sudden death finishes. In the end 3 boys teams and 3 girls teams walked away with the t-shirts and bragging rights for the year.
The tournament is open to any and all players from around the area. Each roster may have up to 4 players on it with any 3 playing at a given time. Each game is played to 15 or a 15 minute time limit. At any given time there are as many as 8 games going on at once inside the Westlake Recreation Center’s gym. Each year the tournament tries to play as close to St. Patrick’s Day as possible so mark down that date and start thinking up those cool team names!