13th Annual Hoophall Classic Kicks off at Springfield College
SPRINGFIELD(WGGB)—The Hoophall Classic kicked off last night at Blake Arena in Springfield College. For the thirteenth year in a row, the best high school basketball players in the country descend upon Western Mass to show off what they’ve got.
“This is a great collaboration with the Basketball Hall of Fame and Springfield College,” said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. “It’s the birthplace of basketball! As you can see there is a lot of comradery here and it’s outstanding not only for basketball but also for economic development in the city of Springfield.
The tournament has featured the likes of NBA superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. More recently, notable college stars Andrew Wiggins and Jabari PArker shined at last years’s event. The tournament does however like to showcase local talent as well. They kicked off Thursday night with an all western mass slate
“The kids are really excited about being on this plateau here and it is a wonderful crowd,” admitted William Shepard, head coach of Putnam’s boy’s basketball team. “It’s a joy to see the city of =Springfield come out and suupport. The kids have really earned this and they are ready for this stage.”
Springfield came out in full support of their teams, filling all 2,000 seats in Blake Arena. The evening was highlighted with a matchup between Central and Putnam, who have accounted for the last two division one boys state championships.
“I’m very proud of all of our high school teams, but these two are two of the best teams in the state,” said Sarno. “Especially Putnam, the defending state champs.”
Not to be outdone, West Springfield’s Andy McNulty came away with the play of the night, something you have to see to believe.
Western Mass teams will still be in action tonight and tomorrow as they take on other teams from around the country. Click here for a look at game schedules.