The MM All-Stars Team matched up against the MM Futures Team in a pre-summer exhibition game in celebration of one of British Basketball’s all-time greats, Michael Martin.
The event was pulled together by the amazing fan-base of supporters from the Surrey Heat Basketball Club, the BBL franchise for whom Martin (aka ‘Captain Fantastic’) led to multiple championships during his prime, to show their appreciation for one of the best to ever do it.
As a certified Midnight Madness legend, players from all-eras came out to show their support for ‘Iron Mike’ both in the MM exhibition game and then after in a ‘legends’ game that featured some of the best ever British ballers (Ronnie Baker, Yorick Williams, Julius Joseph, Shaun Jamison, Robert Youngblood, Dean Williams), including Mike himself – who was in typically dominating form (17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 dunks).
The MM game featured a selection of former winners and MM finalists, some of whom will feature in the 2015 edition of the Quai 54 tournament in Paris in June:
Matthew Bryan-Amaning – 6’9 – PF – GB International/Mexico Pro A MVP
Ashley Hamilton – 6’8 – SF – GB International/Ukraine Pro A Player Of The Month
Mike Ocherobia – 6’8 – PF – France Pro B
AJ Roberts – 6’4 – SG – US College/MM Finalist
Albert Margai – 6’1 – PG – BBL Pro/MM Winner
Caylin Raftapoulos – 6’0 – PG – BBL Pro/MM Finalist
Denzel Ubiaro – 6’2 – G – England International/MM Finalist
Samuel Toluwase – 6’1 – G/F – Nigerian International/BBL Pro/MM Winner
Courtney Van-Beest – 6’6 – F – BBL Pro/MM Winner
Darryl Bethune – 6’4 – SG – BBL Pro/MM Finalist
Joel Henry – 6’1 – PG – BBL Pro/MM Winner
Leome Francis – 6’5 – F – MM Winner
David Olorogun – 6’2 – G – MM Winner
Laurie Lewis – 6’9 – F – BUCS Winner
The MM All-Stars ran out comfortable winners 109-84, led by 24 points from Bryan-Amaning, supported by 22 points from Hamilton. Futures were led in scoring by Toluwase with 17 points.
MM Founder Nhamo Shire: “Mike is my brother and I’m proud to say I brought him into professional basketball all those years ago, knowing he had the talent, heart and temperament of a champion. He’s also been one of the founding pillars in establishing Midnight Madness at home and abroad over the years so it was a no-brainer for us to come out and support this fantastic event put on by the great fans from the Heat franchise. It was an honour and a pleasure to also catch up with many old friends and great coaching minds such as Laszlo (Nemeth), Pete (Scantlebury), Mick (Bett) and Creon (Raftapoulos) – all of us coming out to show our appreciation and respect for Mike. Couldn’t have been better and I hope others take notice in how the game should honour its stars”.