Myerscough misses out on Haris Tournament semifinals

MANCHESTER -- Myerscough finished Pool A with a 2-1 record, but failed to advance to the semifinal round at the Haris Memorial Tournament after finishing third in a three-way tie.

The Manchester Magic Under-18s and CB Nova School (Spain) each ended the round robin format with 2-1 marks, but had better point differentials than Myerscough. The Magic topped the group.

“We made really hard work of today and ultimately paid for our poor performance against Nova,” said Myerscough head coach Neal Hopkins. “We have to take this opportunity to learn -- we threw ourselves into a lot of unfamiliarity and it’ll certainly provide us with some key lessons to look back on.”

Myerscough rebounded from a defeat to CB Nova School earlier in the day and throttled winless Elite Academy Antwerp (Belgium) behind Daniel Chima’s 20 points.

Myerscough will face Værløse Basketball (Denmark) at 10 a.m. on Friday in the first classification game, with fifth place the best possible finish.

Game 1: Myerscough defeated the Manchester Magic Under-18s 81-75 to open the 2017 Haris Memorial Tournament on Wednesday night.

Tyrell Brown scored 24 points to go with a packed stat line, which included eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals for Myerscough.

Harrison Bell hit 6-of-8 3-point attempts for 18 points and Demi Adenuga added 16. Myerscough shot 46 percent from behind the arc and finished with 13 total threes.

Myerscough, which had led 45-40 at halftime, fought back from a nine-point deficit at the end of the third quarter.

Myerscough then vaulted ahead 73-68 with 2:03 left to play before Bell’s late sixth 3-pointer of the game sealed an opening win in the tournament.

Arinze Emeka-Anayakwo scored a game-high 28 points in the loss.

Game 2: CB Nova School steamed past Myerscough 75-49 on Thursday morning.

Demi Adenuga had 18 points to lead Myerscough in the loss and Lewis McGlasson added nine.

Nova got ahead early and stayed in front leading 43-21 and Myerscough mustered little comeback.

A Ortiz finished with 19 points and D Garzon had 15 for Nova. Villanueva added 10.

Game 3: Daniel Chima scored 20 points to lead Myerscough past Elite Academy Antwerp 90-62 on Thursday afternoon.

Tyrell Brown and Demi Adenuga combined for 22 points in the rout, which improved Myerscough to 2-1 in Pool A.

Antwerp, which was without a win in pool play, put up a fight and held a slim 37-36 halftime lead. But Myerscough pushed ahead by four with 4:22 left in the third quarter and never looked back following a 15-2 run.

M Gysbrechts scored 26 points for Antwerp in the loss.

Allen Gunn

Allen Gunn is a graduate of the University of Salford with a Masters degree in Journalism.