GRONINGEN, Netherlands - The Myerscough Under-19 Men’s Select team reached the Holland Nordic Basketball Tournament (HNBT) semifinals for a second-straight year before finishing fourth.
Myerscough’s comeback bid, which had erased an 11-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter, fell short against BMS Herlev (Denmark) in a 62-60 defeat in the consolation game on Monday.
The fourth place finish was the second highest for Myerscough at the tournament following last year’s bronze trophy run, led by Konrad Kantorski, Edoardo Del Cadia and Mate Okros.
Okros returned to Holland for a second consecutive time and had a tremendous 25-point performance in a 55-45 win over BC Zalgiris (Lithuania) -- he scored 23 after halftime.
The hometown team Donar (Netherlands) tripped up Myerscough to open the tournament, but victories over Zalgiris and Fjolnir Basket (Iceland) ensured passage to the semifinals where it met the Under-20 Dutch National Team.
Hubert Ignatowicz, meanwhile, showcased his athleticism in the dunk contest where he came in second place. Myerscough coach Neal Hopkins was selected to lead a clinic for the Dutch Federation on team defence.
For more information about the HNBT, visit: www.hnbt.com.
Myerscough 2019 HNBT Results:
Game 1 vs. Donar Groningen, L 59-68
Game 2 vs. BC Zalgiris, W 55-45
Game 3 vs. Fjolnir Basket, W 63-49
Semifinals vs. U20 Dutch National Team, L 46-73
3rd/4th Game vs. BMS Herlev, L 60-62
2019 HNBT Classification Results:
First Place - Donar Groningen
Second Place - U20 Dutch National Team
Third Place - BMS Herlev
Fourth Place - Myerscough
Fifth Place - Fjolnir Basket
Sixth Place - BC Zalgiris
Seventh Place - Team North (Groningen)
Eighth Place - BC Oostende
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