It will be Worcester versus England and Ireland against City of Edinburgh in the Haris Memorial Tournament 2016 semi-finals after all advancing on Day 2 at the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Manchester on Wednesday.
Manchester Magic vs Worcester Academy
Despite showing early signs of promise, Manchester Magic fell 51-82 at the hands of Worcester Academy in the opening game of the day.
Magic led after the opening period, but a flurry of threes in the second quarter saw Worcester take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way. They pulled away for good at the end of the third quarter, taking a single digit lead to 21 points in a little over 5 minutes.
Paul Durkee led Worcester with 22, Jack Zimmerman had 17, whilst Jordan McAllister finished with 9.
Michael Anumba top scored for Manchester with 17, Kaiyem Cleary had 14 to join him as the only other player in double figures.
Nova vs City of Edinburgh
City of Edinburgh survived a late charge from Nova to pull out a 65-74 win.
Nova’s late rally saw them get within four with less than 5 minutes to play after knocking down a clutch three, but Edinburgh held their nerve down the stretch, knocking down their free throws.
Ryan Armour and Kyle Jimenez led Edinburgh with 21 each, with Chris Jackson contributing 13.
Javier Fernández Carrilo had 20 for Nova, whilst L.J.J Lehtinen finished with 15.
England Under-18s vs Derby Trailblazers
England Under-18s moved to 2-0 in the tournament with an 81-59 win over Derby Trailblazers in the second set of games on the day.
It was by no means pretty, with a slow start from both teams seeing them combine for just 19 points in the opening period, with England up 12-7. In the second period England began to find their flow, opening up a double digit lead and though Derby fought back in the third to get it back to 5, England pulled out their second win.
Zion Tordoff led England with 18, big man Romario Spence had 14, whilst Joshua Ogundele added 9.
Brian Amabilino-Perez finished with 18 for Derby, Leyton Elliott-Sewell had 12 and Sam Coles 9.
— Basketball England (@bballengland) December 28, 2016
Ireland Under-18s vs Sligo All Stars
Ireland got a 77-60 win over Sligo All Stars in a battle of the two Irish squads in the tournament.
Sean Jenkins led Ireland with 22, Cian Heaphy had 13, whilst Adam Donoghue and Sam Walsh joined them in double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Jamie Callaghan top scored for Sligo with 21, whilst Luke McLoughlin added 18.
Worcester Academy vs Nova
Worcester Academy moved to 3-0 with a 83-57 win over Nova School.
Worcester jumped out to an 18-4 lead in the first five minutes and never looked back to stay undefeated in the group stages.
Worcester had five players in double figures, with Zimmerman finishing with 18, M Doherty 15, J McAllister 13, P Durkee 13 and J Martindale 12 points.
Francisco Ortega Fernández and L.J.J Lehtinen had 10 points each to lead Nova.
Manchester Magic vs City of Edinburgh
City of Edinburgh booked their place in the semi-finals with a 54-72 win over Manchester Magic.
The absence of Kaiyem Cleary for Manchester showed, as they ran out of steam, lacking depth to be able to compete with Edinburgh who converted on multiple occasions from beyond the arc.
Kyle Jimenez led Edinburgh with 20, knocking down five threes, Konrad Kantorski had 14 (including 4 threes), whilst Ryan Armour added 13,
— Manchester Magic (@Mcr_Magic) December 28, 2016
Michael Anumba led Magic with 12, Wesley Oba had 9 pts, whilst Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo finished with 8,
England Under-18s vs Ireland Under-18s
The shock result of the day saw Ireland dominate the second half for a 64-91 win over England.
Ireland led the majority of the contest, but were up just five at halftime, before crushing England with a 29-16 third period to lead by eighteen heading into the final period. A charged up Ireland side dictated the tempo and did not let up the rest of the way to cruise to the upset win.
— Manchester Magic (@Mcr_Magic) December 28, 2016
Adam Drummond led Ireland on his way to 19 points, Cian Heaphy finished with 18, whilst Sean Jenkins had 17 and Donal Ring 10.
Zion Tordoff continued his offensive charge in the tournament, leading England with 17, Micah Savery-Richards had his best outing so far with 14, whilst Eisley Swaine and Kayne Henry-McCalla finished with 8 each.
Derby Trailblazers vs Sligo Allstars
Derby Trailblazers cruised from start to finish with a 100-34 win over Sligo All Stars to round out the day’s action.
It marked the second time in three games Derby reached the century mark, all whilst holding Sligo to just 12 points in the second half, with a three point third quarter.
Callum Singleton led Derby with 23, Leyton Elliott-Sewell had 21 whilst Brian Amabilino-Perez finished with 19 – as he leads all scorers in the tournament so far.
Top #Haris2016 scorers after 3 games
1 B Amabilino Perez (Derby) 24.7 ppg
2 S Jenkins (Ireland) 20.3 ppg
3 L Elliott-Sewell (Derby) 19 ppg
— Haris Tournament (@HarisTournament) December 28, 2016
Luke McLoughlin had 10 to lead Sligo, with Matthew Donnellan adding 9.
1st Worcester (3-0)
2nd City of Edinburgh (2-1)
3rd Manchester Magic (1-2)
4th Nova (0-3)
1st Ireland 2-1 (+12 in three-way head-to-head)
2nd England 2-1 (-5)
3rd Derby 2-1 (-7)
4th Sligo 0-3
Thursday 29th December 2016
10am – Derby vs Nova; Magic vs Sligo (5th-8th)
12pm – Worcester vs England; Ireland vs Edinburgh (semi-finals)
2:00pm – Winner 13 vs Winner 14 (5th/6th); Loser 13 vs Loser 14 (7th/8th)
3:45pm – Loser 15 vs Loser 16 (3rd/4th)
5:30pm – Winner 15 vs Winner 16 (1st/2nd)
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