Knockout Record Attempt!

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No world record was set, but close to 200 people made their way out to the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday morning.

The MassMutual Center and the Basketball Hall of Fame put on what they had hoped would be the world record for the largest game of knockout.

They would have needed 572 participants to make that happen.

Organizers said the event was still a success as they got to spread the word about next year’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament in Springfield.

The winner of Saturday’s game of knockout was Michael VanderZwaag, 16, from Pittsford, NY.

He happened to be visiting his grandmother in Amherst and they decided to take a trip to the Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday morning.

VanderZwaag won a gift pack valued at $500.

Springfield Attempts Breaking Guinness World Record at Hall of Fame ABC 40

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — It may be difficult to get kids out of bed for school in the morning.

However, early Saturday, they were lined up at Springfield’s Basketball Hall of Fame, waiting for their turn at history. “It’s a lot of pressure because if you miss, you’re pretty much out,” said Ethan Chan.

“I thought me and my friends could get through a couple of rounds, but not as far as I thought,” Emily Letendre admitted.

People of all ages were trying to knock down the current Guinness World Record for the largest game of Knockout. The record was set in April at Iowa State University with 571 players.

The game’s objective is to make buckets not only to avoid elimination, but to get rid of other players, “I could’ve done better, I normally do. But that’s ok. I’m kind of bad at basketball, said Lilly-Beth Linnell.

While just under 200 players showed up at the Hall of Fame, Knockout wasn’t only an attempt to break a record, but to get people excited about one of the city’s biggest events. “The D1 MAAC Men’s and Women’s Championships come to town. The winners advance to March Madness. Our overall goal is to bring attention to the MAAC Championships in March,” Matt Hollander, General Manager of the MassMutual Center said.

Even though Springfield fell short, some folks already had ideas of what records they’d want to break.

“Probably for soccer, but basketball is still really good,” Chan chimed.

“I’d want to be in it for making the most 3 pointers,” Letendre added.

This isn’t the only attempt there will be several more tries at the Knockout record before the MAAC hits the city in March.

Today’s Knockout winner got a gift basket worth $500, including tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters, and a Pizzeria Uno Gift card.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Visitors at the Basketball Hall of Fame took a chance at breaking a world record.

Back in April, 571 people at Iowa State University set the record for the world’s largest game of “Knockout”.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno took the first shot in the attempt to break that record.

The sixteen year old who eventually won the “Knockout” game spoke with 22News after his victory.

Michael Vanderzwaag says, “I’m actually visiting my grandmother in Amherst. We decided to come to Basketball Hall of Fame just for the day. I got in line with the other hundreds of people and after a little over an hour I was the champion. “

Marketing director for the MassMutual Center Marissa Skibbe told 22News they had just fewer than 200 participants so they didn’t break any records.

But they’ll give it another shot at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Basketball Championships.

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