- National Teams
The 14th annual Haris Charalambous Memorial Basketball Tournament will welcome teams from Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, USA and England when it tips off for another three days of action on Friday 27th December.
EABL champions Charnwood College Riders are seeking a third straight title at the Manchester Basketball Centre and have been drawn in Pool B alongside Manchester Magic, Global Squad (US) and Elite Academy (Belgium).
Myerscough College, who lost out to Charnwood in last year’s gripping final, are in Pool A with Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain), Harlemlakers (Netherlands) and North Atlantic Basketball Academy (Ireland).
Backed by Manchester City Council and supported by Basketball England, the tournament has become one of the showpiece events in the British basketball calendar and continues to honour Haris Charalambous, one of the best young players to come out of Manchester, who, after winning a scholarship to the University of Toledo, tragically passed during a practice session in the US in October 2006. He was just 21.
The tournament will also feature a three-pointing shooting competition for the best sharp-shooters from each participating team.
“It’s set up to be another action-packed three days and we’re really looking forward to welcoming coaches and players from across Europe and the US,” said co-tournament organiser Phil Gordos.
“Haris continues to be an inspiration for us as a club, so we’re delighted the tournament continues to generate a lot of interest.
“A number of top players have competed here, including Terance Mann, who is now in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers. It just shows you the pulling power of the event.
“The tournament wouldn’t be possible without the support of Manchester City Council and Basketball England, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their backing.”
Friday 27th December
Canarias Basketball Academy v Harlemlakers Amsterdam/Myerscough College v North Atlantic Basketball Academy
Global Squad v Manchester Magic/Charnwood College Riders v Elite Academy Antwerp
Saturday 28th December
Canarias Basketball Academy v North Atlantic Basketball Academy/Myerscough College v Harlemlakers Amsterdam
Charnwood College Riders v Manchester Magic/Global Squad v Elite Academy Antwerp
3 Point Shooting Contest
Canarias Basketball Academy v Myerscough College/Harlemlakers Amsterdam v North Atlantic Basketball Academy
Elite Academy Antwerp v Manchester Magic/Global Squad v Charnwood College Riders
Sunday 29th December
A3 v B4/B3 v A4
A1 v B2/B1 v A2
5th Place Playoff/7th Place Playoff
3rd Place Playoff
Pool games begin at 6pm on Friday (27th) with the final taking place at 5.30pm on Sunday (29th). Tickets cost £3 (27th), £4 (28th) and £5 (29th). Alternatively, a three-day pass will cost £10. Tickets are available to buy on the door.