Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Finals Give Youngsters Chance to Soar; Basketball

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Finals Give Youngsters Chance to Soar; Basketball

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THIS weekend basketball fans will be gathering in Teesside for an annual get-together.

Eston Sports Academy will open its doors to a feast of basketball which was set to start at 10am today and feature an incredible 14 semi-finals and finals.

Tomorrow's action will again begin at 10am and support is encouraged after such a successful event last season.

The event, run by Game Time and Ravenwood Roofing with support from Tees Valley Leisure, will be topped off with a charity basketball game between Middlesbrough Lions and Newcastle Eagles All stars.

Looking back to last year's finale, James Thomson of Game Time said: "Nunthorpe School brought more than 70 people to support their teams and helped to generate a carnival atmosphere last year.

"More than 250 people watched the Year 11 final last season and it is hoped that a large crowd will attend to help make the day memorable for the players." All the players attending will experience the life of a professional basketball player as the teams will run out to a special intro with lights, music and an announcer.

James added: "We are looking to create a magical atmosphere so that the players who have done so well to reach the finals will be rewarded with an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives." Macmillan Magic finished third in the league this season and have shown they are worthy opponents.

Umair Ghafoor has led the Magic well this season and is hoping his team can beat Manor.

"I hope we can reach the final. If we play well we can make us and the school proud," said Umair.

Macmillan will have to go past the unbeaten Manor in doing so, and with the high-scoring Dylan Fisher and Chris Cousins to contend with, Macmillan will definitely need some Magic.

With the season not yet over, Fisher is already a leading contender for the most valuable player award and if he can continue his heroics for Manor, they will have one hand on the trophy before the game begins.

There will be plenty of entertainment, including cheerleaders and music as well as high profile VIP guests in attendance.

During the charity game there will be a number of competitions and youngsters will have the chance to compete in the 'Kit Dash' and one lucky adult will have a chance to win pounds 100 with a half court shot. …

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