Sure Shot National Cup finals 2022: Recaps, reaction and gallery - Haringey, Islington, CoLA & Manchester victorious

The Sure Shot National Cup finals provided a brilliant spectacle, with four incredible contests spread across Saturday 22 January.

We've got a recap of all four games below, including reactions and a gallery of images at the bottom of the page.

Here's a recap of the day for those that missed it!

11:00am - Sure Shot U16 Girls National Cup Final


GCA Haringey Angels claimed the first final of the day as they came out on top in a roller coaster tie against local favourites Manchester Mystics, 72-70.

Haringey's Felicia Jacobs was a worthy MVP selection, with the forward flirting with a triple-double. She closed on a game-high 24 points, plus 16 rebounds, eight steals and five blocks as well as the game-winning basket with seven seconds to go.

A 24-9 opening period set the London team up in the early going, but despite Manchester's initial struggles they refused to go quietly.

Growing into the contest the longer it wore on, Mystics managed to finally poke their noses ahead 64-63 with 4:42 remaining in the final frame, setting the game up for a stunning finish.

With both teams trading baskets at will down the stretch, it was MVP Jacobs' who struck the decisive blow with a turnaround jumper to push her team ahead one last time, with Manchester's last-gasp effort failing to find the mark.

Ayla Hubbal (15pts, 7ast, 6stl) and Korrey Foster (14pts, 8reb) played well in support of Jacobs, as Maisie Keyes (14pts, 7reb, 7stl) and Rose Piskorska (14pts, 12reb) led the way for the Mystics.


1:15pm - Sure Shot U16 Boys National Cup Final


An MVP worthy performance from Islington's Tyresse Poku Mensah helped the Panthers ease past London rivals Richmond Knights 81-61.

The talented point guard closed with a game-high 32 points plus seven steals, five assists and four rebounds in a do-it-all performance.

Islington forward Manie Joses contributed a huge 28-point, 21-rebound double-double to go with seven assists, two steals and three blocks as the duo combined for 60 of their team's 81 points.

Joses was unstoppable from the get-go, notching up 14 points plus seven rebounds in the opening quarter alone as Islington raced out to a 30-13 lead.

Richmond did stem the flow in the second quarter, but their deficit would never dip below 11 points the rest of the way as Poku Mensah went to work to put the game firmly out of reach.

Ethan Conway led the way for the Knights, he had an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double as one of four Richmond players to make it to double digits.


3:30pm - Sure Shot U18 Women's National Cup Final


CoLA Southwark Pride utilised their trademark defensive strength to limit Ipswich and claim the Sure Shot U18 Women's National Cup, winning 68-41.

MVP honours went to Emily O'Connell who closed with 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal as an integral part of CoLA's team effort.

Ipswich didn't manage to score more than 11 points in any quarter as CoLA caused their opponents problems at both ends of the court, especially on the glass.

That was displayed most prominently by Isi Ozzy-Momodu, who put together a stellar 22 point, 21 rebound double-double as fellow forward Molly Lavin produced a similarly dominant performance to close with 17 points and 17 rebounds.

Those contributions allowed coach Gibbons' side to win the rebounding battle 63-46, with the 30-1 differential in second chance points and 44-28 points in the paint count also proving telling to the final score.

Saruna Gudza top-scored for Ipswich with 11 points, whilst Olivia Forster added 10 points and six rebounds.


5:45pm - Sure Shot U18 Men's National Cup Final


Manchester Magic closed Saturday's action with a narrow 70-66 victory against Sussex Storm.

Zak Moore sealed the MVP award as he led his side with a game-high 22 points to go with five steals, three rebounds and two assists.

More than once, the result appeared a foregone conclusion, with Magic leading by as many as 17 points midway through the third quarter.

Sussex chipped away at their deficit though, eventually reeling off a late 12-0 run to make it a one-point ball game at 67-66 with 97 seconds to go.

That's as close as the Storm would get however, with Magic eventually sealing the game from the line despite some nervy moments.

David Itumo (11pts, 10reb) and Sebastian Muchitsch (15pts, 10reb) both put up double-doubles in defeat.


For a selection of images from the day's games, check out the gallery below.