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A basketball extravaganza drew fans from Central Otago over the weekend.

The Cromwell Charity Basketball Night, organised by Cromwell Miners’ player-coach Alex Moore, raised about $7500 for the South Island branch of Ronald McDonald House.

“My goal was $5000 so I’m stoked to get much more,” he said.

Moore wanted to recreate the festive atmosphere seen at high school and college level basketball games in the United States for the event, which was held at Cromwell College on Saturday night.

“I’m from the States. When I went to college games every game was like this,” he said.

Live music, a barbecue, raffles and auctions added to the action being played out on court.

“What it’s looking like now, was what I envisioned,” Moore said.

For the American expat, the charitable trust has a personal resonance.

In 2017, his daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumour and the Moore family spent six months at Ronald McDonald House in Christchurch while his daughter received treatment.

“Since then the charity has been really close to all of our hearts.”

Saturday’s charity basketball night comprised of three rousing games.

Cromwell College Girls edged Wakatipu High 37-34 in a thrilling encounter.

The Cromwell College Boys defeated Mt Aspiring College Boys 43-34.

In the headline game, Moore’s Cromwell Miners lost narrowly to the Wanaka Ol’ Dirty Ballers 36-33.

ADAM.BURNS

@alliedpress.co.nz