BUFFALO (WKBW) It is game off for the Gus Macker Tournament in downtown Buffalo. The second largest Gus Macker in the nation was shut down Sunday because of bad weather and safety concerns for the participants.
"I can't afford anybody, obviously thousands of possible people down here, so we made the decision with the Police Athletic League, that for safety precautions we had to cancel today. It's unfortunate," Gus Macker Event Manager Bill Gorman said.
"We can't control mother nature. The good Lord said this isn't the day to play basketball but we will be back again alive and well," Buffalo Police Athletic League Athletic Director Orv Cott said.
Mother nature left many players inconvenienced and obviously upset.
"I'm just mad about it because we had a chance to win and now we don't," competitor Bryce Little said.
Vito Dunson and his team drove all the way from Detroit to play in this years tournament.
"It's sour because there is a lot of talent out here, but we can't make anybody make the rules," he said.
While some got one last game in anyways, workers were already taking down courts and backboards. moving on to the next city. And for one of the biggest Gus Macker tournaments in the nation, a rainout like this is rare.
"For the most part we have been very lucky in Buffalo. This is the first time that we have had to cancel one day, and everybody will understand, they should," Orv Cott said.
But organizers are not leaving players high and dry, instead are planning on sending out discount vouchers to team captains for next years tournament.