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Annual free-throw contest between bar and restaurant reps

(March 8, 2013) Representatives from Ocean City and surrounding area bars and restaurants will go head-to-head this Sunday during Seacrets’ annual “That basketball thing in March” free-throw shooting contest.

“It’s a fun day of activities. It’s a great chance for everyone to get together and say ‘goodbye’ to winter and have a good time before the busy summer season kicks in,” said Brian McDermott, who organizes the event with Seacrets co-worker Steve Coley.

A number of businesses were invited to participate in the tournament. Last year, 23 establishments were represented. McDermott hopes to max out the 32-team bracket this year.

Some of the bars and restaurants that have committed to compete include Burley Oak Brewery, Bull on the Beach, Harborside, Kirby’s Pub, Mother’s Cantina, Crab Alley, Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon and Seacrets, of course. Both males and females will take the shooting challenge at the 49th Street hotspot.

The bracket will be separated into downtown and uptown businesses. West Ocean City and Berlin bars/restaurants will be placed with the uptown businesses on the bracket in the single-elimination tournament. Each team will have one representative shoot. Pairs will go head-to-head, each shooting 10 free throws. The winner will advance to the next round.

The champion of the Seacrets’ competition will take home the tournament trophy to display in his or her restaurant. The first-place participant will also receive prizes.

Pickles Pub on Eighth Street swept the inaugural event in 2010. Pit & Pub, on 28th Street, won in 2011 and Hooters, with locations on 123rd Street, on the Boardwalk at Fifth Street, and in West Ocean City, took the trophy last year.

The contest is free to attend and open to the public. Raffles and prizes, including a Seacrets gold card, will be given away.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the fourth annual contest will get under way around 6 p.m. in Morley Hall.

Seacrets will offer food and drink specials throughout the day. For additional information about the event, call Seacrets at 410-524-4900.

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