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April tournament will draw military teams to Colorado Springs for hoops crown

U.S. Marines compete in a basketball tournament at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 29, 2019.

SCARLET A. SHARP/U.S. MARINE CORPS

By TOM ROEDER | The Gazette | Published: April 3, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Tribune News Service) — The military’s March Madness comes in April, and it will be on display in Colorado Springs.

The Military Basketball Association will bring more than two dozen teams from U.S. bases to compete for men’s and women’s crowns during a tournament next month set for Clune Arena at the Air Force Academy.

Sponsored by the local chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army, the three days of basketball starting April 12 will include teams from across the armed services in a tradition that dates back decade, but withered during 17 years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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