I've been a basketball referee for over 30 years and for most of those years, we would have an end of the season basketball tournament. It's the Southern Tier Basketball Officials Annual Stars & Stripes Classic.

This is our chance to give something back to our community and help to promote and showcase our local high school basketball talent. This is also an opportunity for the best Section IV boys and girls to show off their basketball talent in an informal and fun way.

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It's also a way for us as officials to develop a rapport with the players and coaches during this friendly competition. Contrary to what some may think, we are not against you. We've invited 50 college basketball coaches to attend the tournament so that the athletes and coaches can connect for recruiting purposes.

Stars & Stripes Classic Basketball Schedule

The Stars & Stripes Classic is 8 teams, 8 games in 4 nights at Union-Endicott High School,1200 East Main Street in Endicott. It all starts on Tuesday, March 19th with the Boys Pool Play at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Girls Pool Play is Wednesday, March 20th at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The boys consolation game is Thursday, March 21st with tip-off at 6 p.m. followed by the championship game at 7:30 p.m. The girls consolation game is Friday, March 22nd at 6 p.m. with the championship game at 7:30 p.m.

It's a great basketball event that you don't want to miss and it's a chance to see our local athletes in action. Go here to see who is playing and when. Finally here is some basketball advice for fans and coaches from me.

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