Royal Photography to host basketball tournament

Published 10:24 am Thursday, May 21, 2009

IRONTON — For basketball enthusiasts, this weekend offers a chance for some hoop action and maybe a prize.

The Royal Photography 5 on 5 Basketball Classic will be Saturday and Sunday at the Ninth Street Park.

Basketball and Memorial Day weekend used to be a popular combination in Ironton but over the years the tournament organization changed hands and attendance dwindled. Then Royal Photography picked up the ball, so to speak, last year.

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“We used to have this years ago and I remember seeing teams drive from Charleston,” Bruce Royal said. “This year we have two teams coming from Portsmouth and one from Charleston.”

Local players will get a chance to rub elbows with athletes from Marshall University and the University of Cincinnati as well as Ohio State football standout Marcus Williams. One new event this year: girls’ 3 on 3 basketball.

The hours will be 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at 1 p.m. until the games are over (probably by 6 p.m.) Sunday. There will be giveaways and raffles. A 12-foot basketball hoop, a LeBron James Nike Basketball will be given away as well, along with various craft baskets.

From noon to 2 p.m. Sunday kids will be treated to free hot dogs, chips and soft drinks. There will also be inflatables for younger children.