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Arby's Classic tournament fans ready for basketball; tickets sold out

VIDEO" Arby's Classic tournament fans ready for basketball; tickets sold out

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Fans are excited for the 35th Arby's Classic High School Basketball tournament. Some have been attending for years.BRISTOL, Tenn. -

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"Five years we've been here and enjoyed it,” Johnathan Walden said. “We sit in the same seats. We’re best friends, and we bring our sons."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}They were ready for some basketball.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"It's pretty crazy, they're all good,” Johnathan Walden, Jr. said. “Half of the kids out here can just slam dunk, and I just like watching them."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"I love it, especially when it is really packed,” Aaron Leonard said. “It's great, it's just loud. I love when it gets loud.”

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}For other fans, it's their first time.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"We came out to support our team, the East Side Spartans,” East Side High teacher Allyson Sutherland said. “They're playing, and this is their first time in the tournament, so we're excited to watch them play."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Organizers said some of the players are of college or NBA caliber.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"There's a lot of college coaches that come in,” former coach and tournament organizer Richard Ensor said. “A lot of the really good seniors are already signed. But the kids that are sophomores and juniors, a lot of coaches come to watch them and see what kind of talent they have."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}Teams are attending from 10 different states and the Bahamas. The tournament brings in more than $1.5 million to the local economy, and the tournament is one of the largest of its kind.

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"Our gym seats more than any other gym in the United States where they have a high school tournament,” Ensor said. “So as far as crowds are concerned, we have the largest crowd. We have people who have been here all 35 years; they just come back and back."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}"I think it's going to be great,” Kevin Sutherland said. “There are a lot of people here so far; looks like there's going to be a great turnout, and I think there will be a lot of good basketball. So we're excited to see it."

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}The tournament is going to move into bracket play on Thursday and will wrap up on Saturday evening.

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