Success for Haringey Hawks as all four sides reach national basketball play-offs

Haringey Hawks are celebrating a hugely successful league campaign after all four of their sides qualified for the national basketball play-offs.

The Under-15s were second in their league – South Division One – and they have already made strong progress through the play-offs.

Haringey beat Eastside Eagles 73-35 in the first round and then overcame Hertfordshire Warriors 90-73 before beating last year’s national champions Manchester Magic 58-56 in a thrilling quarter-final on Sunday.

Arbnor Haliti was the top scorer with 15 points, followed by Courtney Grant-Allen (12) as the Hawks reached the semi-finals on April 6.

Three of Haringey’s other age groups will be hoping to emulate that feat after booking their places in the first round of their respective play-off competitions, which will be played on April 6.

The Under-18s are a new team this year but they finished third in the South Two Conference.

Meanwhile, the Under-16s have been playing their first campaign in the South Premier Division, and they earned the runners-up spot.

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The Under-14s have finished second in South One, and they will be in play-off action on April 13.

Club secretary Nikki Distras said: “We are really proud of the boys this year – particularly our new Under-18 team, who have qualified for the play-offs in their first season, fielding a very young squad.”

“Last season we secured third place in the national finals at both Under-14 and Under-15 level. This year the boys have worked so hard all season we are hoping for first place – they deserve it!”