HORNELL — The 21st Annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament may have just been the best one yet.
The sun was shining all weekend long, the streets were packed and more than a few trophies were handed out to worthy players Sunday afternoon on Main Street in Hornell.
Of course, the biggest beneficiary was the host of the tournament, the Hornell YMCA.
“The one thing that I overlook almost every time is that the Gus Macker is a great fundraiser for the YMCA. I neglect to say that a lot, but it’s a key thing. That’s obviously why we do this,” said Dan Galatio. “And I was thinking about it, over 21 years with an average of $15,000 or $16,000 a year that is almost $340,000 that Gus Macker has brought in to just the YMCA, let alone the local economy.”
That money has been used on anything and everything over the years, but Galatio stated that the money has always been very key in allowing the youth sports programs that the YMCA hosts to continue.
“We function based off the generosity of the community. Gus Macker provides great sponsorship and support, and to get that money from just one event helps a lot,” said Galatio. “And it certainly helps our youth sports to continue year after year. Some of that also helps pay the bills so that we can have the beautiful facilities that we have here. Every penny counts like that.”
The sight of seeing the streets of Hornell closed down each Macker weekend must be a very strange view to those who have never participated in the annual event. And even for seasoned veterans like Galatio, it’s still a sight to behold each year.
“I still remember the first time I proposed it to the board, one reaction was, ‘you want to shut down Main St. and do what?’ Well we want to have a basketball tournament I said because I had been to other places and I thought we could do it in Hornell,” said Galatio. “But we couldn’t do it without the support that we get, from our sponsors and maybe more importantly the City of Hornell from the Mayor’s Office right down to the DPW guys, everyone is involved.
“A lot of places you go, they shut down parking lots. But we still get to shut down Main Street and have a wonderful event for the weekend because of that.”
Here are the top teams from each court, including toilet bowl champions (TB):
Top Men’s: 1. Just Trash, 2. Himmool, 3. UShots, TB. AState.
Court A: 1. Chris Fox, 2. Team Virginia, 3. Mighty Mites, TB. Houghton Connection
Court B: 1. 2026 Rising, 2. DIVC Hoopers, 3. The Maple City Dodge, TB. The Storm.
Court C: 1. Select Elik, 2. Go Roc, 3. No Re-Class 202, TB. WNY Panthers.
Court D: 1. Jamo, 2. Canisteo American Legion, 3. Sweet Cake, TB. Shooting Stars.
Court E: 1. Select Squad, 2. United All Stars, 3. Bucket Squad, TB. Maple City.
Court F: 1. Mustangs, 2. CEB, 3. St. Pride, TB. Fab 4.
Court G: 1. Border Ballers, 2. Way Z Fly, 3. Select, TB. Splash Bros.
Court H: 1. SMBC, 2. Ballers, 3. Hot Shots, TB. H-Town Ballers
Court I: 1. Triple B’s, 2. Jim Town, 3. YTF, TB. The Stodie Happens.
Court J: 1. Power Rangers, 2. Hoop there it is, 3. GOTG, TB. YAK.
Court K: 1. Tyler Hooker’s Team, 2. Shake and Bake, 3. Wilson Eagles Nest, TB. Europe 72s.
Court L: 1. Who’s Next, 2. Uncle Jim’s Army, 3. Team Rocket, TB. Horseheads Army.
Court M: 1. Elaura Salon, 2. 150 Dream Team, 3. 28.5
Court N: 1. Another One, 2. Pizza King, 3. Party Animals, TB. No Fear.
Court O: 1. Who Got Next, 2. Frank Devosa
Court, 3. Canisteo, TB. Space Jamz.
Court P: 1. Giovanni’s Pizza, 2. Top Gun, 3. The Pale Shade of Cheddar, TB. H Peish.
Court Q: 1. Bysiek, 2. Old Heads, 3. McCarthy’s, TB. Garcia’s.
Court R: 1. The Ryan Agencies, 2. Ball Busters, 3. Yo Mama, TB. Fab 4.
Court S: 1. Big Smooth, 2. Swish Kebobs, 3. SG, TB. Hickory.