Never mind those couple weeks of autumn remaining, the STOP-DWI Winter Classic boys basketball tournament is to be played Friday and Saturday at Binghamton High and Seton Catholic Central.
Eight teams divided into two divisions will participate in a scaled-down version of the defunct STOP-DWI Holiday Classic, which staged its 23rd and final edition last December. The Winter Classic has retained the educational component created by its forerunner, the aim being to combat substance abuse as well as impaired, distracted and aggressive driving.
The respective divisions are named in honor of Charlie Howland, former Binghamton North basketball coach who was killed by a drunk driver, and Charlie Tarricone, former Seton Catholic and Union-Endicott coach who was the STOP-DWI Holiday Classic’s first director.
Friday play in the Howland Division at Binghamton High begins at 6 p.m. with Cortland taking on Schalmont High of Schenectady, with Binghamton High opposing Kennedy Catholic of Somers in Westchester County.
Saturday’s consolation and championship games will be played at 4 and 6 p.m., respectively.
Tarricone Division competition at Seton CC starts with Chenango Valley meeting Laurens at 6 p.m. Friday. The host Saints will take on Dryden at 8. On Saturday, the third-place game will be at 3 p.m. and the championship at 7.
In between the Day 2 tournament games at Seton CC will be the Officer Aldo Rossi Jr. Memorial Game pitting local law enforcement officers against one another.
Admission fee is $3 for each two-game session (65 & older and 10-and-under accompanied by an adult free).