Haris Memorial Tournament Day 3 Recap - Hoopsfix.com

Haris Memorial Tournament Day 3 Recap

England Under-18s were crowned 2013 Haris Memorial Tournament champions after defeating Manchester Magic, 58-47, in the final on Sunday afternoon at the Amaechi Basketball Centre.

Josh Steel was named MVP, leading all scorers with 17 points, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter as he held off the Manchester surge, along with 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 steals.

“It feels great (to win the tournament),” said Head Coach Karl Brown after the game. “The main thing I’m happy with is how the guys played on the defensive end, and they played every game from the first minute to the fortieth minute. There were a lot of impressive performances, but we’ve still got a long way to go before the European Championships next year.”

Deane Williams, who was impressive throughout the final, finishing with 14 points and 12 rebounds, hit a basket at the end of the opening quarter to give England the lead that they would not give up for the remainder of the game, despite multiple Magic rallies.

Josh-Steel-Haris-MVPSteel (pictured, right) took over in the final period to seal the title, adding 4 rebounds, 3 steals and an assist over the 10 minutes.

“He’s a multi-talented young man,” said Brown of Steel. “He’s a ’97 and he just does everything. He handles the ball, he’s a leader on the floor, plays great defence; is long, and he attacks the rim and can hit the jumpshot.

“There’s still more that he can give – he’s had a bad foot so we had to sit him out in the semi-finals, so he came back and led us from the front today.”

Overrall, Brown is feeling good about the England u18 squad that is being assembled for next summer.

“There are some more players to come, obviously there’s some players on the Manchester team, some players in Slovenia (Jules Christian Dang Akodo) and the States (Rex Pfleuger), but with what we have we’re hoping we can stay in Division A. We’ve got a competitive team, we’ve got a lot of work to do, but hopefully we can stay in Division A.”

Dwayne Lautier Ogunleye, who along with Deane Williams was named to the All-Tournament team, added 8 points.

Manchester were led by 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals from their All Tournament team member, Pharroh Gordon.

Box score.

Haris Memorial Tournament 2013 Final Standings

1st England U18
2nd Magic U18
3rd Akademie Weser
4th CB Cornella
5th England U17
6th Sligo All-Stars
7th Magic U16
8th CBSZ Basketball Academy Zurich Wildcats

All-Tournament Team

Haris-Memorial-Tournament-All-Star-TeamLeft to right: Damia Paez (CB Cornella, Keno Pape (Akademie Weser), Pharroh Gordon (Manchester Magic), Deane Williams (England, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye (England).

Other Games

England U18 vs CB Cornella (semi-final)
England Under-18 responded well to an early challenge from Cornella, coming out 68-54 victors to book their place in the final.

Cornella jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but England responded with a 23-4 run of their own and held the lead for the remainder of the game.

Joe Junior Mvuezolo led England with an 18 point, 13 rebound double double, with Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye the only other player in double figures with 14.

Marti Sanchez had 13 for Cornella, as they dropped into the third place playoff.

Box score.

Magic U18 vs Akademie Weser (semi-final)
In the game of the tournament, Manchester Magic came back from 14 points down with just over 6 and a half minutes remaining to beat Akademie Weser, 70-58.

Magic looked dead in the water as Ponfick hit a shot to give the German team a 55-41 lead with 6:33 remaining, but Pharroh Gordon took over, scoring 16 points over the remainder of the game to send the home crowd into a frenzy and book his team’s place in the final.

Gordon finished with 23 points to lead Magic, whilst Erwin Nkemazon had 15 to lead Weser.

Box score.

Akademie Weser vs CB Cornella (third place playoff)
Akademi Weser secured third place in the tournament, with a 77-62 win over Spaniards, CB Cornella.

Leonard Ponfick had 13 points to lead the German side, whilst Keno Pape added 11 points and 15 rebounds.

Cornella were led by 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists from Damia Paez.

Box score.

England U17s vs Sligo (5th/6th Place playoff)
England Under-17s wrapped up fifth place as they cruised past Sligo, 69-45.

Kyle Carey had 16 points for the English, with Alex Roberts, Denzel Ubiaro and Brad Wood adding 11 each.

Korolis Gunka had 22 to lead Sligo.

Box score.

Zurich Wildcats vs Magic U16s (7th/8th Place playoff)
Manchester Magic Under-16s finished seventh after beating Zurich, 100-62.

The team from Switzerland were held winless throughout the tournament, as Manchester’s two wins came against them.

Moses Silweya had 25 points on 10/13 shooting to lead Magic, whilst Zurich were led by Jan Sedlacek’s 22 point, 13 rebound double double.

Box score.

England U17 vs Zurich
England Under-17s had little trouble dispatching of Zurich, winning 114-31.

Kyle Carey and Alex Roberts had 22 points each to lead England, who had 35 steals, as Zurich turned the ball over 44 times.

David Jezerkic had 8 points to lead Zurich.

Box score.

Magic U16 vs Sligo
Sligo All-Stars came away with a 65-56 win over Manchester Magic Under-16s.

Cian Lally had 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Irish side, with Manchester being led by Ayo Nuwe’s 13.

Box score.


  • Karl Brown said after the game that next lot of cuts for U18s won’t be made until Easter time (cuts were made after their initial camp, but haven’t been announced). The players next meet at a skills camp in February.
  • Brown, who has been an assistant for 5 years with the England programme, added the transition to Head Coach is difficult but going well, with a lot still to learn but is “up for the challenge”.
  • England U17s’ Kyle Carey finished as the tournament leading scorer, at 15.2ppg, Steel was in second at 14ppg, shooting 59% from the field.
  • View stats leaders from the tournament here, but note it’s split in two for the group stages and finals; see an individual’s career stats for their full tournament statistics.
  • More video footage from the tournament coming over the next week or so.
  • Huge thanks to Joe Forber, Mike Whelan, Richard Hill and the Manchester Magic programme for their hospitality over the course of the tournament.

Thoughts? Did you make it to the tournament?


  1. Roy

    January 1, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Anybody who watched the Harris tournament may well have asked themselves a number of questions. For example, why were there so few people watching, especially members of the proverbial “general public” as most spectators were players or parents.

    How many members of the Executive Committee were in full attendance? Was the new C.E.O. there, having a great opportunity to talk to people and gain invaluable views and opinions, and see a junior tournament in action?

    The tournament was won, fortunately, by the England U18 team, but it was obvious how much work has to be done if this team is to compete successfully in the FIBA Division A tournament.

    That is no reflection on the England coaches, none whatsoever. It is a reflection of the present structure, administration and organization of English junior basketball.

    Are these U18 players the very best we have in England? Everyman man and his dog will have an opinion as to who should and who should not be in the team.

    One has to remember that the coaching staff are, to all intent and purposes, volunteers. The Head Coach of the England NATIONAL team is a volunteer!!!!!!

    As such he is not able to go round to all the junior clubs in the country and scout his players. Instead he has to rely on coaches, and so-called coaches to send who they consider to be their best players to English selections trials. It is then the responsibility of the Head Coach to mould his players into a team that is able to compete with the very best of other top European teams.

    The fact that the individual players are not fit and have not been taught the necessary skills to play centre, power forward, point guard etc., is just one of a myriad of problems the Head Coach has to deal with – on a volunteer basis.

    In August a new C.E.O. was appointed. It is now the New Year. Has anybody seen anything of this person, or heard anything from him re the future of the game? To date there seems to have been a deathly silence.

    The person who should be appointed is a person who, basically, does not give a damm for what other people may or may not think. He needs to be a person who has a good sympathy with the sport, an acute businessman and, above all, a person with a distinct and objective outlook for the future development of the game.

    Instead it would seem that the Executive Committee has decided to appoint a person who has almost no idea about basketball and is more a commercial minded person rather than a business minded C.E.O.

    Surely it would have been far wiser to have appointed a C.E.O. as I have suggested and then let that C.E.O. appoint a commercial Director. Not the other way round as seems to have been the case.

    There are a number of people within the EB who, although they may well be really nice people, need to be retired because they have done very little for the development of the sport while they have been in office.

    As was mentioned to me, because of the Industrial Relations Act it is difficult to retire anybody if they have not been given particular objectives to achieve, and this is one problem in replacing various professional offices.

    I had hoped that the appointment of a new C.E.O. in August would have shown some signs of improvement taking place and a published programme of development for the future. I hope I am wrong, but unfortunately it would seem that this will not happen.

    If this is the case, then surely one must question the judgement of the Executive Committee members who decided upon making a commercial appointment.

    • Saša Đorđević's Round Baldy Heed

      January 3, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      Most spectators would have been players or parents because thats who goes to youth tournaments the world over, that and scouts/agents but I doubt there would have been that many as there weren’t any real prospects on show.

  2. Steve

    January 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Roy – just want to correct you on one point, trials for national teams selection is long gone. Players are selected through the RPC structure, through the Regional tournaments, through the New Horizons programme.

    • Roy

      January 2, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks Steve, point taken. Hopefully this ensures that the head coach, rather than other selectors, gets to see the very best players?

      Of course my underlying argument is that the whole structure of junior ball needs to be changed so that the best teams play in the best division with the best competitive standard. This would allow the head coach to regularly assess players in competition.

  3. Ola

    January 2, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Please , I like to know if Jonathan Alogba player for England u14 ,u16 or jr team ??? Thanks

  4. Steve

    January 3, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    The whole structure has changed. No longer does the Head Coach appoint his best mate as his assistant and then pick the players of the clubs that shout the loudest. There is now a county, regional and national selection process in place… It’s in the early stages but it needs to be given a chance.

    Sam: how did the two England teams look?

  5. JohnB

    January 5, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    It is quite a slur to suggest that a Head Coach appoints his mate. Also I suggest it is a somewhat cynical comment that players from the clubs that shout the loudest get picked.

    Perhaps you would care to give an example, of both?

    There may well be a selection process in place, and I agree it should be given a chance, but it should, quite obviously, always be the Head Coach who makes the final selection of the players he wants, and no one else (although advice can always be given of course).

    Roy was quite right when he implies that the U18 team has to improve if it is to compete internationally. It has to be remembered that this team was playing against club teams not international teams.

    There is a long time to go, so let’s hope they perform as well, if not better, than the previous U18 team and remain in Division A.

  6. Rob S

    January 5, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    It’s also unrealistic to expect every generation to be Division A standard at this point. The 95s are good, the 96s not so much. It’s going to be tough for them to stay in Div A, but if they don’t, it won’t necessarily be because of some over-arching problem with the entire structure of basketball in this country. Just because many things have gone wrong in the past and things could be a lot better, doesn’t mean every single thing is a symptom of the same huge problem.

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