Myerscough readies for third appearance at Haris Tournament


PRESTON – Myerscough readies to make its third-straight appearance at the annual Haris Tournament, which runs Dec. 27-29 at the Manchester Basketball Centre.

The tournament has taken place annually at the end of the calendar year since 2006 and is held in remembrance of Haris Charlambous, who was part of the Manchester Magic’s junior programme before his sudden death while at Toledo University in the United States.

“Keeping Haris’ legacy alive through this tournament is very important because it has impacted so many British basketball players over the years and will undoubtedly continue to do so,” said Myerscough Under-18s coach Lewis Scott. “The British basketball community will always owe their gratitude to his family for their contributions to the game in his memory.”

Myerscough is joined by tournament hosts Manchester Magic and last year’s champions Charnwood College, as well as Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain), Harlem Lakers Amsterdam (Netherlands), North Atlantic Basketball Academy (Ireland), Global Squad (USA) and Elite Academy Antwerp (Belgium).

The Preston-based has been drawn into Group A alongside Canarias, Harlem Lakers and NABA.

“It is a great honour to be allowed to coach this Myerscough team,” said Scott. “The competition itself is fantastic for the boys and will give them a strong test against different styles of basketball during a break from domestic competitions.”

Just four players — Ben Nailer, Amari Williams, Joe Heyes and Louis Sullivan — return from the Myerscough team that finished runners-up at the 2018 edition. 

For tickets, which start at £3 for the opening day and rise to £10 for all three days, and more information call 0161 881 0090 or click here.

Myerscough Haris Tournament roster:
4 — Zeki Cavli
5 — Ben Nailer
6 — Emeka Udema
7 — Joseph Bankole
8 — Louis Sullivan
9 — Tiernan Clarke
10 — Joe Heyes
11 — Great Osobor
12 — Pedro Ellery
13 — Ridley Shema
14 — Dan Gargan
15 — Franklin Agu
21 — Amari Williams
23 — Bryan Akanmu

Myerscough Haris Tournament Schedule:
Fri., Dec. 27 – Myerscough vs. NABA (6 p.m.)
Sat., Dec. 28 – Myerscough vs. Harlem Lakers (10:30 a.m.)
Sat., Dec. 28 – Myerscough vs. Canarias (4 p.m.)
Sun., Dec. 29 – A3 vs. B4 / B3 vs. A4 (10 a.m.)
Sun., Dec. 29 – A1 vs. B2 / B1 vs. A2 (12 p.m.)
Sun., Dec. 29 – Classification 5th-6th / 7th-8th (2 p.m.)
Sun., Dec. 29 – Consolation Game (3:45 p.m.)
Sun., Dec. 29 – Championship Game (5:30 p.m.)

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