The Las Cruces tournament has traditionally been one of the largest annual events that Gus Macker stages. But because this year's event was switched from April to June, this year's tournament will have about 100 fewer Nike Hats Tumblr Girls teams. The change in dates happened because the Las Cruces Boys Girls Club, which has organized and run the tournament the past four years, decided it could no longer do that.
summer, but she doesn't expect the literal change in seasons will have too much of an effect.
as many teams, maybe it'll be less crowded," said Ray, as he practiced his dribbling skills Thursday. "I just like to play. It doesn't matter where or when, just as long as I can play."
In this 2011 file photo, Jeremy Lawson of team Skillz takes the ball to the hoop while being guarded by Mark Guerrero of Young Reckless during the Gus Macker 3 on 3 basketball tournament. (Robin Zielinski Sun News Jordan Caps Price
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But Gus Macker officials, knowing full well just how popular Las Cruces' tournament has become, was able to get Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern New Mexico to provide volunteers and logistical support so this year's event could happen.
"But thanks to Big Brothers Big Sisters we were able to keep the tournament going in Las Cruces. Even though there will be fewer teams, the tournament itself won't change too much. Naturally, there will be less courts where games will be played, but otherwise it will still be a family event where people will see good basketball and have a lot of fun," Fuller said.
Fuller said Gus Macker continues its search for a permanent organizer for the Las Cruces tournament.
LAS CRUCES More than 1,200 people will hoop it up this weekend to celebrate the start of summer in Las Cruces when the Gus Macker 3 on 3 tournament returns. Saturday in the east parking lot at the Field of Dreams, 2501 Tashiro Road. "That means we'll have more than 1,200 players and a lot of spectators out there enjoying themselves."
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"The size of the tournament is a bit down this year because the date was changed from April to June," Fuller said. "We lost a lot of the college players who didn't, or couldn't, stick around for the summer.
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"Even in April it can get hot," Delilah said. "We'll just drink more water, more Gatorade, and make sure we find shade when we're not playing. We're kind of used to playing in these conditions anyway."
"We're still talking to, still hoping to find a nonprofit, or maybe two or three nonprofits, that want to put the tournament on," Fuller said. "Hopefully, there's someone out there willing to step up. Maybe there will be an organization that shows up this weekend and wants to talk to us about it. We hope that happens."
The size of the tournament doesn't matter in the least to 12 year old Ray Granado and his 10 year old sister Delilah. They have played in the Gus Macker the past three years on teams in their own age groups. Regardless of what time of year the tournament is being played, they're just glad the event is back in Las Cruces.
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