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Power Take: Glens Falls will be missed as basketball tourney host

There’s only one thing that stinks about the state boys basketball tournament being in Glens Falls: The long drive.

Unfortunately that won’t be a problem after this weekend.

Greed-is-good thinking once again kicked nostalgia and a good thing below the belt with the state executive committee’s decision last fall to move the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association basketball tournament from its longtime home to Binghamton. The committee did that against the recommendation of the basketball committee, which wanted to keep the status quo – like most of the fans. It’s a shame.

Glens Falls is on the map because of the work the community has done holding the event at the Civic Center since 1981. The local newspaper makes it feel like the NCAA Tournament with its coverage – something fans and athletes always appreciated. The community opened its arms to strangers, making them feel right at home.

For the next three years, it will be Binghamton’s job to do the same. Hopefully, they succeed, but I can’t help but think Glens Falls will be a tough act to follow.

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