Ocean City Today

‘That basketball thing in March’ this Sunday

By Kara Hallissey | Mar 08, 2018

(March 9, 2018) Free-throw shooters representing local restaurants and bars will compete during Seacrets’ annual “That basketball thing in March” contest this Sunday, March 11, at the 49th Street venue.

The doors will open at 5 p.m. for the ninth annual event, with tip-off at 6 p.m. inside Morley Hall. The event is expected to finish around 9:30 p.m.

During the single-elimination tournament, pairs will go head-to-head with each person shooting 10 free throws. The winner will advance to the next round until one person has out-shot all of the competition.

“We will be playing the NCAA basketball tournament and there will be food and drink specials,” said Ray Jackson Jr., assistant general manager of Seacrets and co-organizer of the tournament. “It is a fun event with local people getting together. It gets busy [in Ocean City] after St. Patrick’s Day [and] this is a good event to meet people in the industry. We are looking forward to another great year.”

Security manager Steve Coley is also a co-organizer.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 14 free-throw shooters had signed up and organizers are slated to cut the competition off at 20 participants, Jackson said.

Brass Balls, Burley Oak, Bull on the Beach, Mother’s Cantina, Micky Fins, Ropewalk, Kirby’s Pub, Ember’s and last year’s champion, Seacrets, are just some of the businesses that will be represented on Sunday.

Those interested in competing must register in advance by emailing steve.coley@seacrets.com.

“We are always looking for new restaurants and bars to be represented,” Jackson said.

The winner of the tournament will be presented with a trophy to be displayed in their place of business for the entire year.

The best free-throw shooter will receive a prize basket filled with a Seacrets gold card and products and apparel, in addition to gifts from other local restaurants including Burley Oak, Bull on the Beach, and Ember’s.

Although admission is free, attendees are asked to bring canned food donations for Diakonia in West Ocean City, which provides food and housing to those in need. There will also be a 50/50 raffle to benefit the local nonprofit.

“This is a way for employees and managers to meet other people in the same field,” Jackson said. “It is hard to get everyone at the same place at the same time. You can meet new people and get to know what they do and where they work.”

The contest began in 2010 when two managers at Seacrets wanted to start an event that brought all the bars in Ocean City together.

There will be “full-court” food and drinks specials offered throughout the event.

For more information, call Seacrets at 410-524-4900.

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