Hundreds came out Sunday for the fourth annual Alex Bennett Memorial Tournament. Although it was about having fun on the court, for some it was a time to remember a young man who loved basketball.
Alex Bennett, a Grand Junction High School basketball player, was tragically killed in a car accident four years ago.
"He was a great kid," said Doug Bennett, Alex's older brother. "He was a great student athlete, and he was going very big places."
Sunday, fifty 3-on-3 teams came and played in the basketball tournament named for him.
"Alex is probably the biggest fan of basketball," said Bennett. "We do the tournament because he loved basketball and he loved just being associated with it."
The tournament raises money for two $2,000 scholarships that go to Mesa State basketball players, and two $1000 scholarships that go to local high school players.
"It just means the world to our family that Alex is still remembered," said Charlotte Bennett, Alex's sister. "We get to throw a great basketball tournament and give back to the community who supported us through this."
Teams from across the Grand Valley competed in several different brackets based on age and gender. Even though only a handful of teams could call themselves champs at the end of the day, players say it was a winning situation for everyone.
"We just wanted to support the foundation," said Griffin Woolsey, a Central High School basketball player. "It's for a good cause and we were also trying to get prepped for the season."
Scholarships will be presented to Mesa State players later this month during the college's holiday tournament.