Basketball

WBFO's Michael Mroziak

Basketball brought thousands of visitors to Buffalo during the NCAA tournament, but what impressions of the Queen City will they take home with them? WBFO hit the streets to get a line on how visitors enjoyed March Madness in Buffalo.

College basketball fans — the choice is yours. Fill out your bracket now if you haven't already. Or experience angst until Thursday, when the first round of the men's NCAA tournament starts. On Sunday, the selection committee set the field for the annual descent into March Madness.

While the tournament officially starts Tuesday with the First Four in Dayton, Ohio, the first round — and where ballots start counting — is Thursday.

The four No. 1 seeds are defending champion Villanova, North Carolina, Kansas and Gonzaga.

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For the second consecutive year, the Town of Grand Island is ready to play host to a popular 3-on-3 basketball tournament. This year, organizers of the Gus Macker Tournament are adding more events that they believe will make the weekend even more family-friendly.


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On Thursday, UB's men's basketball team makes its second straight appearance in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, playing Miami in Providence.


Courtesy Gus Macker Tournament

The Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament’s debut on Grand Island was a success.

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Upgrades are on the way for 22 parks across the City of Buffalo. Mayor Byron Brown says the city is spending an additional $4 million this year in improving parks and playgrounds.

Gus Macker tournament moving to Darien Lake

May 15, 2014
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The 2014 Gus Macker tournament is moving to a new location. The 3-on-3 basketball event will be held at Darien Lake this year.

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Thousands of college basketball fans are in downtown Buffalo today for the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament games at First Niagara Center.

Former Williamsville South basketball coach Al Monaco is facing the first specific harassment allegation against him.

Buffalo Police officer Marvin Sanford claims that Monaco made repeated and demeaning statements about his son's weight. Monaco claims he doesn't recall ever making those remarks and that a meeting with Sanford was solely focused on the boy's playing time.

Another parent identified the younger Sanford as a team bully.

Monaco was recently removed from his post, though he is receiving strong public support.
 

Williamsville South High School has removed award-winning athletics coach Al Monaco.

Monaco led the school's basketball and golf teams. The News reports that public discontent over apparent favoritism by the coach for players he was  partial to led to public outcry. Supporters for Monaco are hoping the coach can be reinstated, though arguments might not be heard until next month.

Monaco will remain  on staff as a Health teacher.