Haris Memorial Tournament 2015 - Day 1 Recap - Hoopsfix.com

Haris Memorial Tournament 2015 – Day 1 Recap

The 2015 Haris Memorial Tournament tipped off on Sunday night, seeing 8 teams from across Europe & the USA take to the floor at the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Manchester

England U18s vs Scotland U18s
England Under-18s got their 2015-16 campaign off to a winning start with a 55-91 win over Scotland Under-18s.

The final score was not reflective of the game however, as Scotland hung around until midway through the third quarter. The final 15 minutes proved to be a blowout, with England extending their 10 point lead to the final deficit of 36.

Wake Forest commit Sam Japhet-Mathias had little trouble against the smaller Scotland side on his way to a game-high 18 points (see big putback dunk below), Myerscough’s Zion Tordoff added 14, while Kent’s Daniel Akin had 11, as Bucknall rotated often throughout.

Sean Nealon-Lino had 16 to lead Scotland, who used their three point shooting to stay in it, Kyle Jimenez had 15 and Konrad Kantorski added 8.

Charnwood vs Olost
It was a similar story for Charnwood against Spanish club side Olost, pulling away in the second half for an 81-55 victory.

With the game tied at 35 at the half, a 25 point third quarter from Charnwood saw them get a 15 point cushion that they would ride the rest of the way.

Thomas Yome had 17 points, while England Under-18 Henri Langton had 10 and former England Under-18 Andre Arissol 9.

For Olost, Xavier Roqueta led with 15 points, Saliou Diop had 10, while Roger Riera finished with 9.

Turkey U17s vs Sligo
It took a while for Turkey to warm up, but when they did it proved no contest, as they got a 110-60 win over a plucky Sligo All Stars squad.

The Turkish side, who feature a number of players who were part of their bronze medal winning side at the Division A U16 Euros this summer, had 7 players in double figures on their way to the 50 point win, but Sligo hung around a lot longer than expected, down just 13 at half time and causing Turkey troubles for the entire first half.

Leon Harun Apaydin had 18 points to lead Turkey, Baris Yeniay added 15, while Ragip Berke Atar and Troy Selim Sav had 13 each.

Oisin O’Reilly led Sligo with 20, while Shane Mooney finished with 12 and Jack Moran 9.

Proctor Academy vs Manchester Magic
Proctor Academy dominated the fourth quarter to get a 57-77 win over Manchester Magic to complete the tournament’s opening day.

Point guard Caleb Green, who is being pursued by handful of Division 1 programmes, had the top scoring outburst of the day, using his speed and quickness to pour in 34 as Proctor held Magic to just 10 points in the final period.

The athletic Tshiefu Ngalakulondi, who also has interest from a number of mid-major Division 1 schools, added 14, with 6’11” Canadian big man Julian Roche having 13.

Joe Parkinson led Manchester with 14, Michael Anumba added 10, while Kaiyem Cleary finished with 8.

Schedule for Day 2

11am: Proctor Academy vs England U18/Manchester Magic U18 vs Scotland U18
1pm: Charnwood vs Turkey U17/Olost vs Sligo
4pm: Manchester Magic vs England U18/Proctor vs Scotland U18
6pm: Turkey U17 vs Olost/Charnwood vs Sligo


  • England U18 starters: Luke Mitchell, Evan Walshe, Zion Tordoff, Dan Akin, Sam Japhet-Mathias
  • From the originally announced squad, England are without big man Ashley Briggs due to prior commitments.
  • England looked a little out of sync, to be expected being their first time on the court together.
  • Turkey are by far the biggest team in the tournament, with incredible size across their roster.
  • More to come – follow @Hoopsfix on Twitter for live updates over the course of the tournament, along with @HarisTournament.

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