Glory for basketball quartet

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A QUARTET of young basketball starlets who play for a Hucknall club provided the backbone of an East Midlands side that scooped victory in a national tournament.

Luke Mitchell, Liam Burton, Hakim Williams and Keagan Allen, who are all 13, are on the books of Hucknall Junior Basketball Club.

But they switched to represent the East Midlands at the under-13s’ Regional Development Tournament at the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall in Shropshire.

With Luke, of Addison Drive, Hucknall, skippering the side, they beat London — winners for the last four years — 45-28 in the final.

Liam, of Long Lane, Watnall, Hakim, of Beckhampton Road, Bestwood Park, and Keagan, of Madrian Walk, Bestwood Park, all got game time.

Luke also top-scored in the showpiece with 15 points and went on to win an individual shootout competition.

England scouts were at the event and now Luke and Hakim have been added to a list of 26 players for the national under-15 development squad, which is working towards the European Under-16 Championships in 2013.

n OUR PHOTO shows (from left) three of the basketball starlets, Liam, Hakim and Luke.