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Gus Macker tournament rescheduled for Saturday

Gus Macker is taking another shot at Clovis.

A 3-on-3 basketball tournament originally set for June is scheduled to tip off 8 a.m. Saturday in the east parking lots of Clovis Community College, adjacent to the Health and Fitness Center.

“We’re all set, ready to come,” said Patty Donovan, a marketing manager for the Michigan-based tournament. “We’re all excited about it.”

Gus Macker has not held a basketball tournament in Clovis since 2001, Donovan said.

A tournament was scheduled for June 19-20, also at CCC, but organizers postponed due to numerous other events. The Curry County Events Center held the second annual Stars and Stripes American Kennel Club dog agility trial, the Clovis Rotary Club held its ninth annual soapbox derby competition and the annual Juneteenth celebration drew thousands to Potter Park. In addition, Clovis High School hosted a semi-pro football game at Leon Williams Stadium.

Donovan said about 70 to 75 teams are registered for the two-day tournament. Previously, the tournament had about 100 teams.

“A majority of teams we had for our tournament pulled out on us,” tournament organizer Gene Martin said. “They wanted to stay in Roswell and wait three more weeks (for a Sept. 24-25 tournament in Roswell) so they wouldn’t be paying for hotels.”

Martin said he got with Gus Macker to bring the tournament back because he always had fun when played in high school, and said he hates the feeling when kids “don’t really know what Gus Macker is” until they see the cartoon character.

“We’re still going to do it with what we’ve got,” Martin said. “We appreciate everybody’s support.”