Twenty-eight teams set for RJ Demps memorial tournament


Twenty-eight teams have signed up for the R.J. Demps Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Saturday at the Boys Division gym at Regis Jesuit High School.

The tournament — which had a $100 entry fee per team — was set up to help raise funds for tuition assistance at the school in the name of Demps, a former standout point guard at the school, who died in a car accident in December.

One of two senior starters on the Regis Jesuit team that won the Class 5A boys state basketball championship in the 2008-09 season, the well-liked Demps helped launched what turned out to be a three-peat for the Raiders and coach Ken Shaw, who Demps followed to Regis Jesuit from Smoky Hill.

On Dec. 21, 2011, midway through his sophomore year at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., the 20-year-old Demps and a teammate were in a one-car crash on MO Highway 45 near Weston.

Demps was killed in the accident police believe was caused by slick roads, while his teammate survived. The pair were on their way to the Kansas City International Airport to return home for the Christmas holiday. Three days later, Demps’ family, friends and former teammates packed the Regis Jesuit gymnasium to remember him and the basketball team room was renamed in his honor.

According to organizers, the memorial tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. with pool play, followed by bracket play. Games are first to 15 or 21.

Tournament champions will get prizes and raffles will be held throughout the day.

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