GREENVILLE – The Greenville boys basketball program held its first 3v3 Basketball Tournament, the brainchild of GHS alum, Peter Pandey with all proceeds going to the boys program.
“It turned out a lot better than I expected,” said Pandey, a former GHS varsity starting basketball player. “The funds did very well. I didn’t think we would get to this number but we did pretty well for the first time and having less than a month to put it together.”
Thirteen four-man teams took to the Greenville High School gymnasium courts in a double elimination 3-on-3 tournament that opened with two pool play games by each team
“It was really nice to see some of the alumni came back,” said GHS head varsity boys basketball coach, Matt Hamilton, “guys that played before.”
The Green Wave varsity boys basketball team officiated the games under the watchful eye of Coach Hamilton. “It was good to get them involved with the current guys and have a lot of fun,” he said.
A nice crowd of fans turned out to watch the event filling one side of the high school gym.
“I’m impressed with the number of teams and people that came out to watch,” Hamilton stated.
Former Arcanum Lady Trojans standout and four year starter for the NCAA DII Cedarville University Lady Yellow Jackets basketball team, Stevie Johnting was the lone female player competing and made her presence known hitting three consecutive treys in a game to bring her team from behind to pull out a win.
“I really enjoyed the competition,” said Johnting. “Colton asked me to come and play and I was up for the challenge. I just love basketball no matter who it is, no matter if it’s boys, girls or what age, I’m always down to play. I try to keep up with some of my game from back in the day – I do love it.”
GHS alum, Aaron Rich, a Bluffton University four-year starter and two time team captain had several of his former teammates playing including, 6’3” guard and 3-point specialist, Andrew Renner. Runner led Bluffton University in scoring several seasons.
“They are good players,” said Coach Hamilton. “It was good for our guys to watch them compete. For the first time having this tournament it went very well.”