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)

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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.

BASKETBALL     (SA)       MRW     10/8/2014 

It was Midday - Madness as part of the 'Midnight-Madness' series of Basketball at The Mountbatten Centre on Sunday with 'Show and Prove' games before the chosen few entered the Elite game late in the day

CEO and Founder of 'Reach & Teach' - Nhamo Shire (42) with (in his left hand) one of the much sough ' Gold Winner' cards 

Picture: Malcolm Wells (142245-4610) PPP-141008-181621003

BASKETBALL (SA) MRW 10/8/2014 It was Midday - Madness as part of the 'Midnight-Madness' series of Basketball at The Mountbatten Centre on Sunday with 'Show and Prove' games before the chosen few entered the Elite game late in the day CEO and Founder of 'Reach & Teach' - Nhamo Shire (42) with (in his left hand) one of the much sough ' Gold Winner' cards Picture: Malcolm Wells (142245-4610) PPP-141008-181621003

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.

BASKETBALL     (SA)       MRW     10/8/2014 

It was Midday - Madness as part of the 'Midnight-Madness' series of Basketball at The Mountbatten Centre on Sunday with 'Show and Prove' games before the chosen few entered the Elite game late in the day

Local lads ! (left to right) Ethan Churchill (16) from Lee-on-The Solent, Bakar Dauda (18) studying Law at The University of Portsmouth and Mbaya Kanyinda (18) from Portsea 

Picture: Malcolm Wells (142245-4589) PPP-141008-181644003

BASKETBALL (SA) MRW 10/8/2014 It was Midday - Madness as part of the 'Midnight-Madness' series of Basketball at The Mountbatten Centre on Sunday with 'Show and Prove' games before the chosen few entered the Elite game late in the day Local lads ! (left to right) Ethan Churchill (16) from Lee-on-The Solent, Bakar Dauda (18) studying Law at The University of Portsmouth and Mbaya Kanyinda (18) from Portsea Picture: Malcolm Wells (142245-4589) PPP-141008-181644003

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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