THE Lancashire Spinners continued their perfect start to the new basketball season and did their bit for a good cause on the same night.

The Whitefield-based outfit have won seven out of seven in National League Division Three North, the fourth tier of the British basketball pyramid.

That run continued with a 67-48 win over Tameside on at Phillips High School on Saturday.

Around the game, veteran player Conor Porter asked those involved with the Spinners to support Coffee4Craig, a charity which supports homeless people in and around Manchester.

People coming to the game were asked to donate items with many spectators bringing gloves, clothes, milk, canned food, tea and coffee.

"I work in a leaving care industry and some young people end up on the street and I know it's a big problem,” said Porter, who has just graduated with a degree in social work and is set to embark on a new career.

“I wanted to help them through what is going to be a tough winter.

"I never imagined we’d get that much stuff but when you put your mind to something it's great how people come together."

More than 30 bags of items were collected with local businessman Andy Humby, the director of Cocklestorm Fencing, and a basketball coach for one of the Spinners’ junior teams, helped collect the items and then take them to Manchester city centre.

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The Lancashire Spinners’ next home game is at 6.30pm Saturday, December 7 at Philips High School when they take on Liverpool II.

They first head to the North East to face the Tees Valley Mohawks, who have lost just one of their six matches, at Middlesbrough College on Saturday afternoon.