Eleutheramania International 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

Training hard .....

This week saw the very first Eleutheramania International 3 on 3 International basketball Tournament right here in Governors Harbour.  This was the idea of Bob’s elder son Joel Colman who organized it in conjunction with Demetrius Johnson – the same Demetrius who is involved with Junior Junkanoo.

Joel Colman with Sherwin Major.
Joel Colman with Sherwin Major.

Joel lives in London and is involved in basketball as some of his family play – he trained to coaching level 2 in order to be able to help young Elhadji improve his game. The 14 year old showed much promise and became involved on a good team level – so Joel’s own involvement grew.

'Force' team - from l-r Jordan Spencer, Mike Cusack, Blayne Frecilliton.
‘Force’ team – from l-r Jordan Spencer, Mike Cusack, Blayne Frecilliton.

When he was here visiting in December last year he and Demetrius hatched a plan to start this 3 on 3 tournament and now here we are with around 60 local youngsters participating. Joel brought 3 older players with him – two from the University of South Dakota – one English-  Jordan Spencer 21 , on a scholarship there, and a friend of his from Minnesota-  Mike Busack 22,  …… The other young man, Blayne Freckleton 22 , is at the University of East London.

Training hard .....
Training hard …..

Check out what Wikipedia has to say about 3 on 3 Basketball – it lends itself very well to a tournament here and the kids can play themselves without needing to have a full team of five players ……

The camp started on Tuesday afternoon and all three of the visiting players ran a coaching session with the help of Mr Sherwin Major- physical education coach at Central Eleuthera High School, also present was Lucas Armbrister who is the coach for Preston Albury High School.

In the score box from l-r Wesley George, Sherwin Major and Jerry Seymour- chairman of the EBA
In the score box from l-r Wesley George, Sherwin Major and Jerry Seymour- chairman of the EBA

The youngsters really enjoyed the coaching – especially as it came from young men not that much older than themselves – and playing at a college level. They could see themselves in that position in a few years – something to really aspire to ! That is something that is important to all of us – aspirations and dreams …….

Signing up with Angela Prescott - Joel's wife
Signing up with Angela Prescott – Joel’s wife

All the participating players received a free logoed strip – and somehow we managed to find one for Kevin as well.

Yes - Kevin in his strip - not playing but definitely a lucky mascot !
Yes – Kevin in his strip – not playing but definitely a good luck charm !

Wednesday was a coaching camp again from 4pm – 6pm followed by the seniors tournament – and Thursday is also coaching camp with tournaments for the juniors……

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Lookout on Facebook for more pictures to follow…..

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It was a well supported turnout and we hope that this is the first of the Eleutheramania 3 on 3 Tournaments. Thanks to Joel Colman and Demetrius Johnson and everyone who took part……

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