Paper Chase to defend title

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune

Amin Stevens charges to the basket during Oberlin’s 2014 summer tournament.

Aaron Gibbs collects the ball in the paint and looks to the hoop.

Eleven teams are expected to compete this weekend in the 33rd Annual Outdoor Basketball Festival.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at Oberlin High School with a “legends game” featuring the players of the past squaring off against each other.

Double-elimination tournament games begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Park Street Park and continues through Sunday.

City recreation director Ian Yarber said 10 teams competed in last year’s championship and he hopes to have 12 to 14 teams sign up this year.

Paper Chase, which won the 2014 championship, is returning to defend its title and will take on teams from across Ohio and one team from New York.

Yarber said if a team loses a game it has the opportunity to come back and win the whole tournament — a scenario that’s played out in the past.

Games will be moved inside if it starts to rain and will be played Langston Middle School and Oberlin High School.

“We’d like to be outside so kids can play on the playground and run around,” Yarber said.

The festival will also feature food vendors at the park.

Now in its 33rd year, Yarber said the tournament is thriving: “It’s almost like a family reunion but as a community.”

The two best teams will face off Sunday. The winners will receive a team trophy, individual trophies, and T-shirts.

A trophy will go to the most valuable player of the championship game and the top two scorers will each get a plaque.

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.