Manchester Magic and Manchester Mystics will be well represented this weekend when the inaugural U13 Aspire Tournament takes place at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Belle Vue.
Five Magic players – Luca Lara-Sanchez, Robbie Wild, Dom Goodwin, Nathan Brown and Daniel Laycock – have all been selected by North West for the boys’ event.
They have been drawn in Pool A with London, Yorkshire, East Midlands and North East.
Nine Mystics players – Maria Bianco, Carina Costa, Elizandra Costa, Dominique Feurtado, Alex Escriva Gay, Molly Finn, Maisie Keyes, Holly Stones and Isobel Thompson – have been called up by North West for the girls’ campaign.
They are in Pool B with South West, East Midlands, Yorkshire and West Midlands.
The pool games run on Saturday from 10am, with the classification games on Sunday.
The U15s will take centre stage the following weekend.
The Aspire Tournaments will bring together 480 players, 120 coaches and 90 officials from across the country.
U13 Aspire Tournament Schedule/Results:
10:00am North West Boys vs East Midlands – NW Win
11:00am North West Girls vs South West – NW Win
1:00pm West Midlands vs North West Girls – NW Win
2:00pm North East vs North West Boys – NW Win
3:00pm Yorkshire vs North West Girls – Yorkshire Win
4:00pm London vs North West Boys – London Win
5:00pm North West Girls vs East Midlands – East Midlands Win
6:00pm Yorkshire vs North West Boys -NW Win
10:00am South West vs North West Boys Semi Final – South West Win
10:00am North East vs North West Girls – NW Win
12:00noon South vs North West Girls – South Win
1:00-1:30pm Shooting Test Finals (Boys and Girls)
1:30pm 3rd/4th Place South vs North West Boys – NW Win
2:30pm South East vs North West Girls – NW Win
North West Boys finished 3rd, Girls 5th.