Fans from all over the Upstate anticipate NCAA tournament in Greenville

Different places, all across the Upstate waiting in anticipation for the NCAA tournament to heat up.

At the GHS YMCA in Simpsonville a group of locals gathers before the sun comes up to play basketball.

“I’m rooting for North Carolina,” said Myquan Martain. He said he’s been playing basketball since he moved to the area to play at J.L. Mann High School.

Now Martin plays an animated game of ball at the Y with all types of fans and friends.

Organizers at the YMCA said the Y is where basketball was invested.

The International World YMCA said a program director and a group of students came up with the game and rules to stay fit during the winter months.

Read more about the birth of basketball here.

Britain Bass also loves basketball, but to be fair, he loves the University of South Carolina Gamecocks and any sport they play.

“I had season tickets for football but I couldn’t go to them because I was diagnosed the day before opening day, ” said he Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor.

He said he’s been dreaming of getting tickets somehow not that his treatments are over and after USC sent him to the SEC women’s final game.

Wayne at the Vault in downtown Greenville said he ordered his shipments of team memorabilia early but never anticipated lucking out with three local teams in the tournament.

Fans can watch the games at the Bon Secours St. Francis Arena this weekend.

Hodgkins Lymphoma is a blood disease in which the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society work to continue to learn more about. The organization raises money for cures and patient and survivor families.

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