The Under 13 Regional Development Tournament (RDT) has drawn to a close for another year after a productive weekend of competition in Manchester. Despite the lure of the current hot weather, parents and fans alike flocked to the National Basketball Performance Centre to watch London Boys and East Girls claim the spoils as overall winners.
“Winning is always a good feeling, but to get the boys playing as a team, as a unit, I’m just speechless. Winning is just a by-product of that unity, this is really well deserved,” said London Boys’ Head Coach Sterling Muschett. “Getting national recognition, meeting new friends, picking up life values, and everything this group has learned off the court, that’s what has made it a fantastic weekend,” added Assistant Kelson Dickson.
East Girls’ Head Coach Hayley Rigby was delighted with her team’s success, but also the journey for her players, “We really developed over the course of the whole tournament. Every game we just got better and settled down more and more. Some of these girls haven’t been playing that long but they gelled so well, it was really awesome to see.”
Both London Boys and East Girls were able go through the weekend unbeaten, confirming the pedigree of their winning efforts. Both had to overcome dogged opposition on Sunday though, with London beating Yorkshire and then East to claim glory, whilst East found a way past the South East and North West.
The British Shooting Tests Finals were also held on Sunday, with both boys and girls Finals in the middle of the afternoon’s schedule. The results were as follows:
Final – South’s Tarun Takhar def. West Midlands’s Samuel Kettle.
Final – South East’s Amba Thomson def. Yorkshire’s Steph Oliver.
With classification games going on throughout the day as well as the all-important Semi-Finals and Finals, the tournament standings finished as follows:
|6||South East||6||East Midlands|
|9||North East||9||North East|
Basketball England's Programme & Pathway Integration Manager Charlie Ford said, "This weekend has been really productive and I want to thank all involved for making it happen. The teams, players and coaches have all come together to create a fantastic two days of basketball, which in turn has provided the England coaches watching with plenty to consider."
A full list of results as well as the tables from the pool stage on Saturday can be seen by clicking HERE.
A selection of photographs from this weekend’s tournament are available by clicking HERE.