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NBA star sends mes­sage to wish young­sters luck BAS­KET­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HILLING­DON AC made the best pos­si­ble start to 2015 by win­ning the Mid­dle­sex Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships at Alexan­dra Palace.

The se­nior men were vic­to­ri­ous over the 7.5-mile course de­spite atro­cious con­di­tions un­der­foot.

James Laing (fourth), Rob Thomp­son (eighth), Daniel Dalmedo (11th), Daniel Thomp­son (14th), Martin Bate­man (18th) and Ed Camp­bell (27th), notched HARE­FIELD Academy are one of four London school teams head­ing to the Univer­sity of East London to­day (Wed­nes­day) in a bat­tle to be crowned the in­au­gu­ral Jr NBA Bas­ket­ball Eng­land League Cham­pi­ons.

The North­wood Way school will be rep­re­sent­ing the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers on the day and will be fight­ing for the ti­tle with Pla­tanos Bas­ket­ball Academy (Dal­las Mav­er­icks) from the Western Con­fer­ence and St Bon­aven­ture’s RC School (Cleve­land Cava­liers) and Eve­lyn Grace Academy (Mi­ami Heat), from the East­ern Con­fer­ence.

“I would like to wish the team from Hare­field Academy the very best of luck in the semi 82 points. The to­tal nar­rowly beat High­gate Har­ri­ers, who scored 87, and Vic­to­ria Park & Tower Ham­lets AC, with 67.

It com­pletes a Mid­dle­sex dou­ble for the se­niors in 2014/2015 fol­low­ing their win in the Mid­dle­sex 10K in Septem­ber. It was also the sec­ond time the club has won the Mid­dle­sex Cross Coun­try in three years, hav­ing se­cured vic­tory in the 2013 event.

A to­tal of 14 Hilling­don AC fi­nals of the Jr NBA Bas­ket­ball Eng­land League,” said Port­land Trail­blaz­ers and GB player Joel Free­land.

“As mem­bers of the Port­land Trail­blaz­ers, do your best, work as a team and may the best school win.”

The Jr NBA Bas­ket­ball Eng­land League be­gan with 30 youth teams across London who played an eight-game sea­son fol­lowed by sin­gle-elim­i­na­tion play-offs to de­ter­mine the league cham­pion.

Each of the sec­ondary schools rep­re­sented one of the 30 NBA teams and re­ceived cor­re­spond­ing NBA t-shirts for their games.

And now, the four teams will pair off ahead of the NBA Global Games London 2015, an NBA reg­u­lar-sea­son game fea­tur­ing the Mil­wau­kee Bucks and New York Knicks at The O2 on Thurs­day.

The win­ning team will be hosted at an of­fi­cial din­ner with NBA leg­ends be­fore the game. men com­pleted the race and there were 154 fin­ish­ers in to­tal.

The se­nior women fin­ished fourth over 5 miles, thanks to Jen­nifer Har­vey (10th), Steph Wi­gram (12th), Han­nah Wells (19th) and An­drea Tay­lor (38th).

A fourth scorer in the top 20 would have seen them fin­ish in the medals, with six Hilling­don fin- ish­ers in to­tal out of a field of 70 run­ners.

Iit was a sim­i­lar story for the U20 men, with Ruben Vos ninth and Do­minic Speight 12th.

A third scorer would have seen them se­cure team medals.

And for the U17 Men, Liam Hol­brook took 10th and Joseph Doyle got 15th, although a third scorer would have also seen the U17s in con­tention for team hon­ours.

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