BABC to host George 'Trigger' Burke Tipoff

Boston Amateur Basketball Club Director of Operations Jay Demings passes along information regarding this weekend's Trigger Burke Tipoff Tournament, this weekend in Boston.

BOSTON -- The Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) is set to host the 2012 George “Trigger” Burke Tipoff Tournament this Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 in Boston. The tournament will feature 43 teams competing across 6 age divisions for players in grades 7 through 12.

“We feel that we have compiled some of the best local AAU and travel teams to take part in our Tip-off,” said Jay Demings, BABC’s Operations and Tournament Director. “For such an early season tournament we think this is going to be a highly competitive event because of the quality of teams and their coaches.”

The Tipoff is named after George “Trigger” Burke, a former standout basketball player at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the mid-1950s. A 1956 second-team All-America selection, Burke was also named first team All-East, first team All-New England, first team All-Yankee Conference, and first team All-Boston Garden. Burke was the first player ever to lead UMass in both scoring and assists in the same season. He remains one of only three former Minutemen to have his jersey number retired, and his #32, shared with fellow UMass legend Julius Erving, hangs from the rafters of the Mullins Center. A former acting mayor of the City of Quincy and District Attorney of Norfolk County, Burke enjoyed a successful law career after his playing days at UMass and as a professional player with the Boston Celtics.

BABC will have its Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior teams in action all weekend. Their schedule is as follows:


Saturday 4:35 p.m., Saturday 6:45 p.m. and Sunday at 4:20 or 5:25, all at the Tobin Gym


Saturday 5:40 at the Kroc Center, Saturday 8:00 p.m. at Vine Street Community Cntr & Sunday 2:10 p.m. at the Kroc Center


Sunday 12 p.m. and 1:05 p.m., both at the Kroc Center