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'Hoop It Up' attracts 90 teams from around region

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- Hundreds of basketball players, coaches and their families have flocked to Louisville this weekend for the annual "Hoop it Up" tournament.

The three-on-three tourney draws 90 teams from around the region, along with numerous local vendors. Among those tasked with helping keep the stats and scores was 14-year old E'moni Washington.

"It's just exciting to see basketball from different parts of town. How they come together and stuff," said Washington.

Ninety teams make up the "Hoop It Up" tournament, which has been running for several years in Louisville and elsewhere.

The event draws, players coaches, their families and vendors from around the region. It even creates jobs for those like Washington.

"One of the refs was like do you want to come help and I was like 'yeah,'" said Washington.

For players, it's a chance to cut loose and compete in the summer heat.

"I get to play with my friends like we did a long time ago, and we get to win a trophy at the end and that's why we're in it," said Antonio Beasley, who has played in the tournament for years.

Another player, Cedric Irvin: "It gives you a chance to play other people. When you play with your friends and family you don't get a chance to get out and do other things. You get to socialize. Meet new people," he said. 

Saturday's round of wins or losses sets up teams for Sunday's tournament.

"We are way better than last year and it feels good to win, 3 and 0," said Gary Johnson, another player excited about playing in the winner's bracket on Sunday.

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