Rain Doesn’t Stop Gus Macker

by Emily Baird on June 5, 2010 at 9:25 am

Players may be going home a little soaked tonight.

Despite the weather, the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament continued in downtown Zanesville.

"This is the most sustained bad weather we’ve had. We’ve had lightning and had to clear the court, but to come in here and have rain for the opening ceremony, lightning, and then clearing…we survived it, and we’re ready for another day, " says Downtown Association Manager, Dana Matz.

Games were suspended for about an hour early in the morning because of lightning and again in the afternoon because of a heavy downpour, but Matz says organizers and volunteers were able to get things back-on-track rather quickly. He says without the help of local residents, the event may not have happened today. People were showing up at 6 a.m. this morning to get equipment and courts ready after last night’s storms.

"Baskets were turned. Actually top court is a plastic square configuration, and it had shifted because of the rain, six feet, " says Matz.

Games will continue tomorrow as scheduled, but the Shoot-Out, which takes place on the top court, was moved from 6 p.m. tonight to 12 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.