It's March Madness as the best college basketball teams compete for the national championship and this weekend 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 for them to make it to Glens Falls for the High School Boys Basketball Championships.

Here's some great news, we don't need to make the trip to Glens Falls because the games are in our own backyard. I've been a basketball official for over 25 years and I know what a big deal it is to officiate the big games, it's something that we all strive to do.

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. This year New York's Mr. Basketball and Syracuse recruit, Joe Girard III is coming to town.

Five classes will try to win the championship. After 36 years in Glens Falls, we are hosting this three-day event for the third straight time. Games begin Friday morning (3/15) at 9:30 a.m. and conclude on Sunday with the 2 p.m. with the  Class D Finals.

Day #1 is on Friday beginning with the Class B semis at 9:30 a.m. It kicks off with your chance to see Joe Girard III and Glens Falls when they take on Olean. The second Class B semi is at 11:15 a.m.

The A semis tip off at 1:15 and 3 p.m. with the day ending with the AA semis at 5 and 6:45 p.m.

Day #2 is Saturday morning with the Class C semis at 9 and 10:45 a.m. and the Class D Semifinals at 12:45 and 2:30 p.m.

Saturday night is the Class B Final and it's your final chance to see Joe Girard III and Glens Falls at 5:15 p.m. Class A final is at 7 p.m. with the Class AA final at 9 p.m.

Day #3 is Sunday with the Class C final starting at Noon with the D Final scheduled for 2 pm. Get your tickets at the Floyd L Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

This is the third of 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.

To see the entire schedule for this weekend including Marathon's Class D semi game on Saturday, go here. Good luck to all the teams....and the officials as well because you have all earned it.

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