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Young players slam-dunk their way in Portsmouth marathon basketball tournament

The under-18's from one of the 'Show and Prove' games. 

Picture: Malcolm Wells (142245-4586)

The under-18's from one of the 'Show and Prove' games. Picture: Malcolm Wells (142245-4586)

 

SCORES of basketballers have sweated it out on court taking part in an action-packed Midday Madness tournament.

The competition took place at the Mountbatten Leisure Centre in Alexandra Park yesterday and attracted more than 130 players from along the south coast.

The tournament was divided into three divisions, with sections for juniors, under-23s and over-23s.

Organiser Jai Amoah said the tournament had been a ‘huge success’.

He said: ‘The energy here has been excellent.’

Mr Amoah said the under-23 players especially had shown a lot of persistence on court, inspiring others to do the same.

He said: ‘For me, one of the real highlights of the day was the under-23s.

‘That’s where we saw a lot of new faces, a lot of great, young, athletes who just wouldn’t quit.

‘They just kept playing, even if they lost their competitions a few times they kept coming back.’

There were also live DJs, gaming zones, coaching clinics, prizes and giveaways.

Andrew Lawrence and Julius Joseph were among the professional basketballers who were at the centre to coach and encourage the players.

Lawrence plays in the Croatian League while Joseph plays for Guildford Heat in the British Basketball League. Both of them have taken to the court for Team GB.

Mr Amoah said he was delighted to see more people taking up basketball.

He said: ‘It’s one of the top sports in the UK and it’s a massive community sport.’

The best players from the event will go on to play in a ‘Midnight Madness’ tournament where they will battle it out for chance to play in the final, to be held at the Copper Box Arena at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

 

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