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Glens Falls retains state boys' basketball championships

Glens Falls retains state boys' basketball championships

Beats out Albany, Binghamton

Glens Falls beat out Albany and Binghamton after bids were presented Friday to host the New York State Public High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball championships.

The NYSPHSAA Boys’ Basketball Committee voted 8-3 to again stage the event at the Glens Falls Civic Center from 2017-19. The Civic Center has hosted the event since 1981.

“The committee felt things were going so well in Glens Falls,” said NYSPHSAA Boys’ Basketball Coordinator Bill Higgins. “They felt with the job they’ve done, they deserve another three years.”

Boys’ basketball coordinators from each of the state’s 11 sections had a vote, with Will Ferguson representing Section II. Higgins said Albany (Times Union Center) received no votes and Binghamtom (Broome County Arena) received three, from Section III (Syracuse), Section IV (Binghamton) and Section V (Rochester).

“Binghamton made a great presentation,” Higgins said. “Albany’s was good, but they could not guarantee a third year. That hurt them.”

Higgins said there were some concerns with the Glens Falls Civic Center, including the small locker rooms that are used for the competing teams.

“They promised to do a lot of things,” Higgins said. “The locker rooms have never been that good, and we’ve been told they are going to be remodeled.

“They’re going to have a new scoreboard. A new sign out front. Better parking for the media. They’ve already built a new garage that’s within walking distance.”

The NYSPHSAA Executive Committee will make a final vote concerning the approval of the Glens Falls Civic Center on Oct. 22. Higgins said before that, the NYSPHSAA officers and the NYSPHSAA Championship Advisory Committee must also approve.

“I would say Glens Falls is just about assured,” Higgins said.

The Glens Falls Civic Center will host the tournament in March of 2016, marking the last stage of its current three-year run that was previously approved by the NYSPHSAA.

According to documents in NYSPHSAA’s Statement of Activities, the 2015 State Boys’ Basketball Tournament made $160,400, the largest money-maker of all state tournaments. Tournament director Doug Kenyon said it helped the bottom line that Section II schools Lake George, Scotia and Shenendehowa all won state titles at last year’s event.

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