Knicks legends Larry Johnson and Charles Smith joined Assistant Coach Herb Williams and New York City Basketball legend Kenny Anderson to watch some of New York City's best ballers compete in the championship rounds of the "March to the Garden" 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden on Sunday April 3rd.

The top eight teams remaining from an original field of 184 competitors, from both the "open" and "45-and-over" divisions, had the unique opportunity to play at the Mecca of Basketball following their success in the opening rounds. The games were played at the event partner location - the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers on Saturday April 2nd which featured appearances by the Knicks City Dancers.

"It's like a dream come true for these guys," said Larry Johnson, while watching the action from the Knicks bench. "There's nothing like playing at Madison Square Garden, and these guys are getting the experience of a lifetime."

The participants certainly took advantage of their opportunity, especially former L.I.U. Blackbird guard Mike Campbell of Team Boost Mobile, who knocked down several of the biggest shots of the day to give his squad a 21-20 victory over Team NYDL Ball.com in the open championship game.

This year's Championship games will certainly be remembered for their competitiveness. Even blood was drawn, as Ira Miller of team Dynasty sustained a cut to his temple going up for a rebound in the Open Division Semi-Finals versus team Boost Mobile.

The 45-and-over championship went to team Boost Mobile #2, who defeated team Contenders 21-19 in the finals.

The day consisted of a total of six games for 32 participants who comprised the "Elite 8". In the open division semifinals, team Boost #1 posted a victory over team Dynasty while NYDL Ball held on for the win over Face Painters . Team Storm defeated Contenders and Boost Team #2 beat team Old School in the 45-and-over semis.

The games had 20-minute limits or could be decided by the first team to reach 21 points.

"These guys played some hard fought games!" exclaimed Herb Williams. "It's always great to see the older guys still battling on the court. They did a good job, made me want to get back out there."

Kenny Anderson and Larry Johnson, who coached the teams, handed out trophies after the tournament. The two winning squads will be honored in front of 20,000 Knicks fans during a game at The Garden next season while enjoying fully catered luxury suites with their friends and families. Winning teams also receive Knicks and Boost Mobile deluxe prize bags complimentary memberships to the Chelsea Piers Sports Center and be given the opportunity to continue their basketball participation on complimentary teams in the New York Corporate Athletic League summer division.

MTTG 2011 Champions and Runners up rosters:

21+ Open Division
Champion: Team Boost Mobile #1 (Xmen)
Roster: Mike Campbell, Chris Wehye, Sean Dantzler, Gordon Malone

Runner up: Team NYDLBALL.COM
Roster: Charles Bostic, Alfonso Wilson, Herman Wrice

45+ Division
Champion: Team Boost Mobile #2
Roster: Mercerlino Bryant, James "Speedy" Williams, Vinny Mattos

Runner Up: Team Storm
Roster: Hal Moses, Keith Amerson, Larry Washington, Artie Pidoriano

Click here to view the entire March to the Garden Bracket.

The day consisted of a total of six games for 32 participants who comprised the "Elite 8". In the open division semifinals, team Boost #1 posted a victory over team Dynasty while NYDL Ball held on for the win over Face Painters . Team Storm defeated Contenders and Boost Team #2 beat team Old School in the 45-and-over semis. Boost Team #2 captain James "Speedy" Williams was crowned an MSG champion once again. He previously won the Knicks' Last Man Standing 1on1 tournament at the Garden in 2007.



New York, Tri-State, it's time for YOU to join US, NOW in the ultimate adult 3 on 3 basketball tournament, THE NEW YORK KNICKS "MARCH TO THE GARDEN" in association with Boost Mobile, taking place at The Sport Center at Chelsea Piers and Madison Square Garden!

Here's your chance to play ball AT the World's Most Famous Arena - Madison Square Garden, but first you have to register your team (friends and co-workers) and then declare your skills and make it to the semi-finals.

Does your team have what it takes?

Tournament Format:

The 2011 New York Knicks March to the Garden 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament in association with Boost Mobile, The Sports Center Chelsea Piers and the New York Corporate Athletic League is a two day adult basketball tournament scheduled for April 2nd & 3rd 2011 featuring an "open division" for 21 and older as well as a new "45 and older" division for players.

Opening rounds will be held Saturday April 2nd at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers from 11 am – 5 pm with top teams advancing to play in a "once in a lifetime" experience to play in the finals at Madison Square Garden on Sunday April 3rd immediately following the Knicks vs. Pacers game.

This year's tournament will feature appearances by Knicks players and Legends as team coaches as well as performances by the Knicks City Dancers, with prizes including Boost Mobile phones, air time and head phones, Sports Center Chelsea Piers gym memberships, teams in the New York Corporate Athletic League and a trip to the Garden for the winners to experience a fully catered suite with their friends and families and be honored on center court during the 2012 NBA Season.

Grand Prize Package:
  • Deluxe Knicks gift bags
  • A catered luxury suite at a 2011-12 Knicks home game
  • Rare Opportunity to play on The Garden floor
  • One (1) month membership to Chelsea Piers Sports Center
  • One (1) team comped in the Corporate League Summer Division
  • Winning teams honored at msg during knicks game
  • Boost Mobile prize packages including: Boost phones for all team members, free airtime and new deluxe Boost headphones
Opening Rounds:
Saturday, April 2, 2011
11:00AM - 5:00PM

At THE SPORTS CENTER AT CHELSEA PIERS
Pier 60, 2nd Floor (between 18th and 19th Street and the West Side Highway) New York, NY 10011
Each team will play a minimum of three (3) games
Four (4) teams from each division will qualify for the semi-finals to take place at Madison Square Garden

Semi-Finals & Finals:
Sunday, April 3, 2011
8:30 PM (after the Knicks vs Cavaliers game)
AT Madison Square Garden

For more information, call: (212) 465-4103

April 7, 2010: Knicks legends John Starks, Walt Frazier and Bernard King were on hand to watch some of New York City's best ballers compete in the championship rounds of the "MARCH TO THE GARDEN" 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on April 6.

The top eight teams remaining from an original field of 184 competitors from both the "open" and "40-and-over" divisions had the unique opportunity to play at the Mecca of Basketball following their success in the opening rounds, which were played at the event partner location of the Chelsea Piers Sports Center Pier 60 on March 18.

"It's like a dream come true," said Frazier while watching the action from the sideline. "Guys dream about playing at the Garden. Now, they get their big chance."

The participants certainly took advantage of their opportunity, especially Dee Moore of Team RLD, who knocked down the biggest shot of the day on an NBA-range 3-pointee to give his squad a 21-18 victory over Team JS in the open championship game.

"It was the moment I've been preparing for a long time," said Morris, an entertainer and actor from New York City. "I'm just thankful for the moment. My teammates trusted me and I was fortunate to be able to come through in the clutch for the guys."

The 40-and-over championship went to Lakeland Storm, who defeated 40 Oz. 21-15 in the finals.

"It felt good," said Keith Amerson, a former guard at Kansas State. "We won it last year and kind of felt we had to come back and repeat. Today, the guys played well and that's exactly what we did."

The day consisted of a total of six games for 32 participants. In the open division semifinals, Team RLD posted a 21-13 victory over Wesley Paul 2 while Team JS coasted to a 21-10 win over Wesley Paul 3. Lakeland Storm edged Old Gold 21-15 and 40 Oz. beat Elite Access 21-5 in the 40-and-over semis.

The games had 20-minute limits or could be decided by the first team to reach 21 points.

"There were some good players, man," Frazier said. "The younger players, a lot of them could jump and they had good team-work ethic. I think team work here was essential to be successful, and they were very aware of that. They did a good job."

Frazier and King, who coached the teams, handed out trophies after the tournament. The two winning squads will be honored in front of 20,000 Knicks fans during a game at The Garden next season while enjoying fully catered luxury suites with their friends and families. Winning teams also will receive complimentary memberships to the Chelsea Piers Sports Center and be given the opportunity to continue their basketball participation on complimentary teams in the New York Corporate Athletic League summer division.

March 19, 2010: The New York Knicks, Chelsea Piers and the New York Corporate Athletic League teamed up to produce the opening round of the "MARCH TO THE GARDEN" 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament which provided a unique basketball experience for a 46 team field of 184 adult basketball competitors and spectators on Thursday, March 18th at the Chelsea Piers Fieldhouse.

John Starks appeared as one of the tournament "guest coaches" for the teams, and the Knicks City Dancers and "DJ Pete" provided entertainment.

The opening round featured some hard fought, exciting basketball, with the top 8 teams earning the right to now advance to the MARCH TO THE GARDEN "Tournament Championship" to be held at Madison Square Garden on April 6th at 12 noon. Featuring an appearance by Knicks Legend Bernard King who will be coaching the teams.

Members of the winning teams will receive deluxe Knicks gift bags, memberships to Chelsea Piers and a free team in the New York Corporate Basketball League, as well as catered luxury suite for a 2010-2011 Knicks home game, and of course the "once in a life time" opportunity to play on the Garden floor.