It's March Madness as the best college basketball teams compete for the national championship. Now the madness comes to Binghamton as the best boys basketball teams in New York compete.

I grew up and played basketball in Pennsylvania but I had friends that lived and played B-ball in New York. It was a huge deal to make it to Glens Fall for the High School Boys Basketball Championships.

I've been a basketball official for over 20 years and I know what a big deal it is to officiate those games as well. It's something that we all strive to do. Here's some great news, now we don't need to make the trip to Glens Falls because the games are in our own backyard.

It's the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Boys Basketball Championships with 20 of the best boys basketball teams from around New York State coming to the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

Five classes will try to win the championship. After 36 years in Glens Falls, we are hosting this three-day event for the first time. I'm sure Glens Falls isn't real happy about us having it here.

Games begin this morning (3/17) at 10 AM with the Class D Semifinals and conclude on Sunday with the 2 PM Class AA Finals.  Friday features the Class D,C and B semifinals. Day two begins Play begins at 9 am with the Class A semifinals and includes the Class AA Semifinals starting at 12:45 PM along with the Class D,C and B finals.

On Sunday, the Class A Final starts at Noon with the AA Final scheduled for 2 pm. Get your tickets at the Floyd L Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. There will be 15 games played here this weekend.

We will host the event for the next three years so come out and enjoy some great basketball action from around the state and support this event. Let's show the committee that they made the right decision by bringing it to Binghamton.

Good luck to all the teams....and the officials as well. You have all earned it. See the entire schedule here.

[via NYSPHSAA]