The 3x3 basketball team of twin brothers Ahkeel and Ahkeem Boyd, Moriba De Freitas and Chike Augustine, won T&T’s first medal, a bronze, at Santiago 2023 Pan American Games in Chile, yesterday.

At a packed house in the Spanish Stadium in the Las Condes region, the quartet met the 45th-ranked Venezuela in the third-place match and to chants of “TTO, TTO”, the 82nd-ranked T&T team won 21-20 thanks to a two-point buzzer shot from Ahkeel. It sent the T&T supporters into frantic celebration to cheer on the bronze medallists.

“It feels amazing,” said an emotional Ahkeel ‘Smally” Boyd, soon after the match, with tears of joy in his eyes. “This is actually T&T’s first medal in 3x3 basketball. Plenty of people didn’t know who we were are, so we had to let...

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Author: Rachel Thompson-King