WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Some of the best Wilmington area basketball players competed over the weekend in the Kris Clark-Tamera Young Kill Cancer 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament at the MLK Center on Saturday. Defense is a necessity in basketball, and no one ever says it’s easy. Veteran pro Kris Clark says defending loved ones from cancer is even harder.”When I was in high school I lost my father to brain and lung cancer,” Clark told us over the weekend. “That is something that continued to push me. I always kinda sat back and thought how can I better myself by losing my father at a young age.” Clark has several years of pro basketball under his belt. The 2003 New Hanover High graduate recently played a pro basketball season in Boliva, South America. The former Utah State standout also played in the NBA D-League recently with the Westchester Knicks.
Tamera Young recently lost her father to cancer as well. Young’s father died this past April. “We wanted to raise awareness and raise money to give to the cancer society for research, Young said. “We didn’t charge people, but we asked if they’d leave donations so we can donate it to the society.” Tamera Young is a Laney High graduate. She played college basketball at James Madison. She’s a WNBA veteran. In 2014 her Chicago Sky team finished as the WNBA runner-up. Young is just a few days away from getting back onto the court. She underwent thumb surgery six weeks ago.
Tamera and Kris have been trying to hold a 3-on-3 basketball fundraiser for quite some time, but they’re rarely in town at the same time due to their pro basketball obligations.
Saturday’s championship game of the 3-on-3 tournament featured some familiar faces. Will Keistler, Tyler Thayer and Jay Frank captured title in the inaugural championship. Thomas Johnson, Jermaine Jones and Reggie Franklin finished as the runner-up.
Thomas Johnson plays college basketball at Central Nebraska. Johnson is a new Hanover grad, along with Jermaine Jones. Jones ran track and played football at St. Augustine’s. Jones also spent time with the New York Jets briefly in 2014. He participated in their rookie mini camp. Reggie Franklin is a South View graduate. Franklin played for the Wilmington Sea Dawgs earlier this year.
Will Keistler, a Hoggard grad, played college basketball at Citadel. Tyler Thayer, a Hoggard grad, is about to begin his first basketball season at Barton after playing at UNC Pembroke. Jay Frank played at the College of New Jersey.