Junior Final Fours 2024: Day One winners, recaps & gallery

Twelve teams have booked their place in Sunday's Finals on day one of the Junior Final Fours.

Six champions will be crowned tomorrow, with Saturday containing some hard fought semi-final action at Manchester's National Basketball Performance Centre.

In the U14s, London Elite will face Manchester Magic in the boys' competition (2:30pm) and Manchester Mystics will play Milton Keynes Breakers in the girls' (4:45pm)

In the U16s, the boys' final will be between Manchester Magic and Newham Youngbloods (12:15pm) and the girls' game will feature Milton Keynes Breakers and Richmond Knights (10:00am).

And in the U18s section, the men's final will be between London United and Canterbury (4:45pm) and the women's game will see Manchester Mystics and CoLA Southwark Pride (2:30pm).

Scores, recaps and stats for all today's games are below, plus there's a gallery of images at the foot of this article. Click each game to view Live Stats.

10am games - U16 Girls and U14 Boys

U16 Girls semi-final 1 - Milton Keynes Breakers 64-55 CoLA Southwark Pride

Milton Keynes booked their place in tomorrow's U16 Girls' final with a 64-55 victory over CoLA Southwark Pride.

After a relatively even opening quarter, MK broke the game open with a 17-6 second frame, never looking back from there.

CoLA refused to go quietly and got the difference down to five points in both the third and fourth quarters but the last few baskets needed to draw level would prove elusive.

Athena Thompson (30pts, 12reb, 13stl) put up a triple-double for the Breakers, with Rose Sarr (14pts, 6reb) the leading scorer for Pride.

U16 Girls semi-final 2 - Richmond Knights 53-50 Manchester Mystics

In an early contender for game of the weekend, Richmond outlasted Manchester to advance to tomorrow's U14G final 53-50.

A back-and-forth contest where neither team led by more than eight across the opening three quarters, Richmond then moved out to an 11-point lead early in the fourth.

That advantage would be far from secure, with the Mystics charging back to get within a single basket. Their final possession triple wouldn't fall, however, leaving Richmond to survive and advance.

Chloe Vella (18pts, 12reb) and Precious Goodwin (16pts, 6reb, 5ast) were the standouts for the Knights, with Irene Oboavwoduo (15pts, 13reb, 8stl) leading the way for Manchester.

U14 Boys semi-final 1 - London Elite 80-68 London Legends

A Daniel Onuoha masterclass helped push London Elite into tomorrow's final as they beat cross-town rivals London Legends 80-68.

Onuoha dropped a stunning 42 points to go with seven boards as the Legends were swept aside, trailing from the mid-point of the first quarter onwards.

Herman Ruddock Williams (24pts) was the main point of resistance for coach Simon's side, but Onuoha and co. were too much to handle.

The difference between the sides did dip to just four points in the third frame, but that was as close as the two teams would get the rest of the way.

12pm games - U16 Boys and U14 Girls

U16 Boys semi-final 1 - Manchester magic 88-55 Manchester Giants

The all-Manchester battle on court one went the way of Manchester Magic as they prevailed 88-55.

Magic moved the ball with ease throughout the contest, using it well to find the open man to win the assist battle 22-14.

That led to a balanced offence from the winners, with six Manchester players scoring eight or more points. Nathan Brown and Sami Sidi-Boumedine (13pts each) both top scored, closely followed by Oluwademilade Babalola (12pts, 14reb).

Giants must now settle for a 3rd/4th place contest tomorrow, they were led by Jayden Evora Gomes (16pts, 11reb).

U16 Boys semi-final 2 - Newham Youngbloods 85-77 Sussex Storm

Newham overcame an early 15-point deficit to beat Sussex Storm 85-77.

Storm flew out of the blocks to lead 15-0 after just under four minutes of action, but Youngbloods regrouped and slowly clawed their way back into the contest.

They were back on level terms by the midway point of the second quarter before using a 27-18 third to build a double-digit lead of their own.

Sussex fought back in the final 10 minutes but 4 points was as close as the teams would get before the buzzer.

Newham's Dainel Banjoko (22pts, 8reb) and Storm's Rudy Buckingham (22pts) were the top scorers.

U14 Girls semi-final 1 - Manchester Mystics 89-64 Kingston Lions

Manchester Mystics shot a commanding 48% from the floor as they eased past Kingston Lions 89-64.

The North West side put together a polished performance to lead from almost tip to buzzer, gradually building their advantage the longer the game wore on.

Manchester were powered by an impressive 31-point, 19-rebound double-double from Mojan Malak, with Anya Williams (16pts, 11reb, 7ast) and Tiana Walker (13pts, 5reb, 5stl) also doing their bit.

Nikita Cornford (26pts, 8reb) was the standout for the Lions.

2pm games - U18 Women and U14 Boys

U18 Women semi-final 1 - Manchester Mystics 70-62 Endeavour Ipswich Basketball

Ipswich mounted a late fightback against Manchester but it wouldn't be enough as they fell to a 70-62 defeat.

Entering the fourth down 56-38, the Suffolk side took the final quarter 24-14 before running out of time.

Manchester played some tough defence to force their opponents into 41 turnovers, turning them into 33 points at the other end.

The main instigator was Mystics' Elizandra Costa (22pts, 10stl) as she got it done at both ends, with Isobel Robinson (17pts) continuing her return from a lengthy injury.

Louisa Gibbins had a big 27-point, 16-rebound double-double for Ipswich.

U18 Women semi-final 2 - CoLA Southwark Pride 62-36 Nottingham Wildcats

CoLA limited Nottingham to just 12 first-half points as they moved onto tomorrow's final, winning 62-36.

The Londoners claimed the opening frame 27-6 to set the tone for the contest, easing through the remaining 30 minutes as they kept the Wildcats largely under wraps, shooting 21% from the floor.

Only two of the CoLA roster played more than 22 minutes as Pride shared the load, led by 15 points from Shay Oyewole.

Samantha Mullock (10pts) was the only Nottingham player to make it to double digits scoring.

U14 Boys semi-final 2 - London Stars 54-73 Manchester Magic

Manchester Basketball Club sent another team into tomorrow's finals at the U14 Boys beat London Stars 73-54.

Limiting the Stars to just six points in the final quarter put a one-sided slant on what had been a more even battle earlier in the contest, but Magic fans won't have minded that as their side is now just one win away from the title.

Camran Hanson (22pts, 15reb), David Akhidime (22pts, 7reb, 6stl) and Ege Cakmakkaya (12pts, 15reb) formed a three-way Manchester charge, also helping Magic win the rebounding battle 65-36.

Domas Martinkus (19pts, 6reb) was the top scorer for Stars.

4pm games - U18 Men and U14 Girls

U18 Men semi-final 1 - London United 74-60 Islington Panthers

London United came through their clash with Islington Panthers, winning 74-60.

London rarely looked troubled against the National Cup winners despite an even first half, eventually opening up a 16 point lead in the third.

That cushion would be enough to see United home, ending Panthers' hopes of playoff success in the process.

All five of United's starters had productive outings, with Markus Heymer Legg's well-rounded 16 point, six rebound, five steal, three assist effort the pick of the bunch.

Islington's Tyrese Poku Mensah (20pts, 13reb), Devontae Da Costa (16pts, 10reb, 6ast) and Jaiden Dawes (13pts, 10reb) all had double-doubles, but it wouldn't be enough.

U18 Men semi-final 2 - Manchester Magic 44-77 Canterbury Academy Crusaders

Canterbury rolled past Manchester Magic 77-44, booking a spot in the U18 final in the process.

The Crusaders' lead hit 20 shortly before half time but no Manchester fight back was forthcoming as the final 20 minutes contained more of the same for the North West side.

That meant the Canterbury party could get started early as they look forward to tomorrow, with Tim Oboh (30pts, 23reb) putting together a sizable double-double performance.

Ronney Ani (10pts, 8reb) was the lone Magic player to make it to double digits.

U14 Girls semi-final 2 - Milton Keynes Breakers 84-61 Sheffield Hatters

Milton Keynes gained some revenge for last season's 3rd/4th place loss to the Hatters in the U14 Girls competition, winning 84-61 to book a place in tomorrow's final.

MK claimed all four quarters on the way to victory, with Faith Deakin (27pts, 4ast, 9stl) and Chantelle Okoli (27pts, 4reb, 10stl) doing the bulk of the damage.

The duo and their team mates forced the Hatters into 59 turnovers, stifling any potential comeback attempt.

Millie Lowe was the top scorer for Sheffield, she had 17 points to go with 12 boards.