GLENS FALLS — Twenty-three teams will converge on Glens Falls this coming weekend as the Federation Tournament of Champions returns to the Civic Center.
Defending champions Staten Island Academy and Albany Academy are among the basketball teams that will be at the Civic Center Friday, Saturday and Sunday to play for overall state championships. The Federation tourney is returning to Glens Falls after spending six years in Albany.
The Federation tournament brings together the champions of four state organizations — the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, the Public Schools Athletic League of New York City, the Catholic High School Athletic Association and the Association of Independent Schools. Both boys and girls champions will be decided in Classes AA, A and B.
Many of the schools hail from the New York City area, and that includes Abraham Lincoln of Brooklyn, which won Federation boys titles at the Civic Center in 2008 and 2009. Also in the Double-A boys bracket are Mount Vernon, Cardinal Hayes and Long Island Lutheran, which have all played at the Civic Center in past tournaments.
The girls Class AA schools include PSAL winner South Shore, Long Island Lutheran of the AIS, Mary Louis Academy of the CHSAA and public schools state champ Baldwin.
The Albany Academy boys return to the Federation after winning the event in 2016. The other defending champion is Staten Island Academy in the girls Class A competition.
The tournament will feature up to 14 hours of basketball on Friday and Saturday, with seven games at starting times from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Two championship games are scheduled for Saturday night and three more for Sunday afternoon.
Glens Falls is transitioning from one tournament to another this year — it lost the NYSPHSAA boys basketball tournament, which went to Binghamton, but gained back the Federation.