- National Teams
England Under 18s head the line-up for the 2017 Haris Memorial Tournament, which will run from 27-29 December at the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Manchester.
They will be joined by CB Novaschool Malaga (Spain), Værløse Basketball Club (Denmark), Elite Academy Antwerp (Belgium), EABL academies Charnwood College Riders and Myerscough College and Manchester Magic’s Under-18 and Under-16 sides.
The eight teams will be split into two groups, with the two top progressing to the semi-finals. This year, the event will also include an exhibition game with past and present Manchester stars and 3×3 community tournament for teams with kids in Years 7-9.
The three-day event, now in its 12th year, is held annually and was founded in 2006 to remember Haris Charalambous, one of the top players to come out of the Magic programme. Haris died suddenly while training with his NCAA Division 1 Toledo University team in October 2006.
“The Haris Charalambous Memorial Basketball Tournament is in its 12th year now and our aim is to make it bigger and better,” Phil Gordos, CEO of Greater Manchester Community Basketball and co-organiser of the tournament said.
“An important date on the junior basketball calendar, we felt it needed a facelift. We’ve created a new logo for the event to help raise its profile and there will be more branding around the venue to give it a more professional look and feel. We hope players, coaches, officials and fans notice the difference.
“Sadly, there are no American teams competing this year but we believe we’ve put together a line-up that will excite spectators and do the tournament justice.”
You can buy a £10 ticket that covers all three days of the tournament. Alternatively, you can pay for each day: £3 (27th), £4 (28th) and £5 (29th). To book Tickets in advance call 0161 881 0090.
Pool A: Manchester Magic U18, Myerscough College, Nova School, Spain and Elite Academy Antwerp, Belgium
Pool B England U18, Charnwood College Riders, Manchester Magic U16 and Værløse, Denmark
Wednesday 27th December
4:00pm Exhibition Game, featuring past and present Manchester stars
C1 Manchester Past vs Manchester Present
C1 G1 Manchester Magic U18 vs Myerscough College
C3 G2 England U18 vs Værløse
C1 G3 Nova School vs Elite Academy Antwerp
C3 G4 Charnwood College Riders vs Manchester Magic U16
Thursday 28th December
C1 G5 Værløse vs Charnwood College Riders
C3 G6 Manchester Magic U18 vs Elite Academy Antwerp
C1 G7 Manchester Magic U16 vs England U18
C3 G8 Myerscough College vs Nova School
2:00pm Community Session
C1 G9 Manchester Magic U18 vs Nova School
C3 G10 Elite Academy Antwerp vs Myerscough College
C1 G11 England U18 vs Charnwood College Riders
C3 G12 Manchester Magic U16 vs Værløse
Friday 29th December
C1 G13 3rd B vs 4th A
C3 G14 3rd A vs 4th B
C1 G15 1st A vs 2nd B
C3 G16 1st B vs 2nd A
C1 G17 5th-6th Winner G13 vs Winner G14
C3 G18 7th-8th Loser G13 vs Loser G14
C1 G19 3rd-4th Loser G15 vs Loser G16
C1 G20 Final Winner G15 vs Winner G16
‘C’ denotes court, ‘G’ denote game number