A 3 on 3 tournament was held at the Cox Basketball Court in honour of Rodney Bodden recently.
It coincided with Bodden’s death on 25 September 1996. He died of heart failure.
Cory Thompson, who grew up and played basketball with Rodney, came up with the 3 on 3 idea in honour of his friend.
They both played together locally and represented the island in international competitions.
Thompson who currently plays professional basketball for the Southampton Trailblazers in Europe has shown great interest to organize the 3 on 3 Tournament.
There were 11 teams in the competition, family members and friends of Rodney Bodden were also in attendance.
The day featured three point shoot out, dunk competition and members from the audience winning prizes from 345 collection and Papa John’s Pizza.
Ovaine Montieth won the three pointer shoot out, and the $75 prize and Cory Thompson won the Dunk Out competition to grab $75.
Team Shot Blocker with Kevin Maxwell, Morgan Bodden, Redver Ebanks and Deandre Simpson vs. DHL Wolves with Gary ‘The Butcher’ McLaughlin, Andres Kirchman, Barbosa Allen and Shawn Smith reached the finals.
The DHL Wolves won the tournament 19-9. McLaughlin also walked away with the MVP prize, a $150 gift certificate from Winner’s Circle.
The first prize winners walked away with $600, second prize $400 and third place team, the Spartans, of Omar Clarke, Jonathan Mitchell and Eckerd McField got $300. Rodney’s mother Alicia Ebanks was there to present the winning cheque.
Shawn Pitterson helped Thompson organise the event. Pitterson said: ‘I am very grateful to be a part of organising the tournament and would like to thank all the sponsors: Bodden Graphics, Cayman Screen Print, Little Tokyo, DHL, Bodden and Bodden Attorneys at Law, Burger King, RT Construction, Islands Companies, Professional Waste Management, AI Rentals, Champion Assesories, VIBE98.9, King’s Sports Centre, Styles with a Difference, Winners Circle, Rip It Energy Fuel, Express Window Tint, Esso Blazers Basketball Club and Cory Thompson.
‘Proceeds from the tournament went to Nicola McCoy-Snell who also played a big part in the basketball scene throughout the years. Nicola gave birth to a premature baby earlier in the year and she is still in Miami with him.
‘I would also like to thank coach Victor O’Garro, coach Redver Ebanks, Theresa Hamil and Jessica Ebanks.’