HUDSON — Former Hudson High student-athlete Caleb Canty will host the first For the Culture Basketball Tournament on Saturday at the Oakdale Beach courts on North Sixth Street in Hudson.
The double elimination tournament is sponsored by Jon Mabb’s Primal Movements Gym and will bring together some of the best local and regional basketball talent for a double elimination tournament. The games begin at 2 p.m.
Canty explained what motivated him to put the tournament together.
“I was just walking down the street one day looking around and I was just thinking, things aren’t the same around here,” Canty said. “No one is outside, there’s nothing going on anymore and I wanted to change that.”
Canty, who was named an All-Region III second-team selection after averaging 21 points and five assists per game for Hudson Valley Community College this past season, hopes to bring area fans out to watch the competition.
“There’s going to be seven teams and it’s a double elimination tournament,” Canty said. “We are going to have a dj and a cookout. All the food was donated.”
There will be plenty of recognizable names on hand competing.
“We have Keiland Cross and Isiah Heard playing for “The Lot,” Canty said. “We will also have Trahshon Burrell and Jamil Hood playing for Team Rush.”
Other local standouts expected to play include Barry King Jr., Shane Morris, Chris Kidd, Matt Dallas and Robert Piano.
The games will be two 16-minute halves with a running clock. The first round matchups are Team 518 vs. 1 Level at 2 p.m., Team ATK vs. Get Buckets at 2:45 p.m. and Team Rush vs. 518 Elite at 3:30 p.m. Each team will play at least two games.
Canty hopes to make the tournament an annual summer event.
“I feel like year one was rushed so we will see how it goes, but I’m already looking forward for year 2,” Canty said. “I have some big plans for it!”
Having graduated from Hudson Valley this past May, Canty is looking forward to the next step in his academic and athletic career at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica.
“I’m looking forward to get to SUNY Poly and seeing what me and my team can make happen over there,” Canty said. “They were one game away from the tournament last year so hopefully we can win that one game this year and make a pretty good run!”