Basketball team gets one of four top seeds

From Mirror reports

The Sideline Cancer basketball team earned a top seed in one of four regionals for this summer’s eighth annual “The Basketball Tournament.”

The team, with ties to the Hollidaysburg area, will be one of 64 competing for the winner-take-all $1 million prize in the single-elimination tournament. Sideline Cancer finished runner-up to the Golden Eagles, a Marquette alumni team, in last year’s tourney and also lost to the Golden Eagles in the Wichita Regional final in 2019.

The tourney tips off on July 16, but Sideline’s opening game will be against Founding Fathers, a James Madison alumni team, at 5 p.m. on July 18 in Charleston, W.Va. Sideline Cancer is the top seed in the West Virginia regional, and Founding Fathers is No. 16. Other teams in the West Virginia regional include alumni teams from West Virginia University, Marshall and Auburn.

Central Michigan alumnus Marcus Keene leads the Sideline team, which will be the only squad to have competed in all eight tournaments.

Sideline Cancer is the creation of the Griffith Family Foundation in memory of Greg Griffith, a former Hollidaysburg Area High School and local basketball player who succumbed to pancreatic cancer at age 50 in 2011. His widow, Cathy, is the foundation president, and his son, Jordan, is an assistant coach on the team. Hollidaysburg product and former Penn State Altoona men’s basketball coach (2009-15) Billy Clapper serves as the team’s general manager.

The tournament will be spread across four separate regions for the early rounds and will conclude with the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals in Dayton, Ohio, starting on July 31 and concluding on Aug. 3.

In addition to West Virginia, other regionals are Columbus, with 2019 champ Carmen’s Crew, an Ohio State alumni team, the top seed; Wichita, with Eberlein Drive as the top seed; and Illinios, with Golden Eagles as the No. 1 squad.


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