Junior Final Fours 2024: Finals highlights, recaps, gallery & reaction

Finals day at the National Basketball Performance Centre once again brought down the curtain on the season in stunning fashion.

Twelve teams booked their places in the showpiece games on day one of the NBL Junior Final Fours, setting up Sunday's blockbuster action to end the regular season.

Six champions were crowned across the U18, U16 and U14 categories, with third and fourth place games also taking place following Saturday's semi-finals.

There's scores, recaps, and reaction for all the games below, plus a gallery of images at the foot of this article. 

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U14 Finals

Boys' Final: London Elite 105-79 Manchester Magic

London Elite completed a perfect season, beating Manchester Magic 105-79 to claim the U14 Boys' title.

Elite went a perfect 22-0 throughout the regular season before a successful playoff run was capped with a commanding win over Magic.

Trading baskets and evenly matched through the majority of the first half, Elite began to pull away in the second half thanks to the considerable output of MVP Leo Bowman (34pts, 11reb) alongside Daniel Onuoha (37pts, 5reb).

The duo helped the Londoners to eclipse the century mark in one of the best offensive performances of the weekend, leaving Manchester to play catch-up.

Magic were paced by 26 points from David Akhidime.

INTERVIEW - Head Coach Miguel McKelvey on London Elite's big Final win - https://x.com/NBLengland/status/1787157963007783008

3rd/4th place game: London Legends 54-68 London Stars

Girls' Final: Manchester Mystics 78-69 Milton Keynes Breakers

Manchester claimed the U14 Girls' title on a noisy court three, showing great resilience to come through as 78-69 winners.

Mystics led by double digits more than once in the third period but Milton Keynes fought back on every occasion, trailing by just a point early in the fourth.

That sparked Manchester into life as they went on a 14-2 run to break the game open, creating the cushion needed to see the game out.

MVP Aleala Daniel (16pts) provided three baskets during that critical late run, chipping in at just the right time around Mojan Malek's 32-point, 15-rebound double-double.

Alyssia Felton (16pts, 7reb), Faith Deakin (15pts) and Chantelle Okoli (14pts) all played well for MK, though they'd ultimately come up just short.

INTERVIEW - Manchester's head coach Jim Carnegie talks about the win, and about reaching 50 years in coaching - https://twitter.com/NBLengland/status/1787187526039462384 

3rd/4th place game: Kingston Lions 55-54 Sheffield Hatters


U16 Finals

Boys' Final: Manchester Magic 90-73 Newham YoungBloods

A fourth-quarter barrage lifted Manchester Magic to their 13th U16 Boys title, seeing off Newham Youngbloods 90-73.

Neither side could push their lead into double digits across three evenly contested quarters, leaving most to wonder if this would be a classic 'last possession wins' type of finish.

Manchester then reeled off a 30-13 final frame that included five three pointers to erase any lingering doubt as to how the final would end.

Demi Babalola's (19pts, 15reb, 6ast, 3stl, 4blk) do-it-all performance was enough to seal MVP honours as he went to work all over the court.

Tom Richardson (21pts) splashed four triples off the bench as Samy Sidi-Boumedine (9pts) added three more.

Newham went toe-to-toe with the eventual winners for much of the game before falling away late, they were led by 18 points from David Banjoko.

INTERVIEW - Hear from MVP Demi Babalola following the game - https://x.com/NBLengland/status/1787120030980702229

INTERVIEW - Head coach Tom Paraskeva's post-game verdict - https://x.com/NBLengland/status/1787120826484932927

3rd/4th place game: Manchester Giants 89-98 Sussex Storm

Girls' Final : Milton Keynes breakers 90-75 Richmond Knights

Milton Keynes Breakers claimed the first title of the day, beating Richmond Knights 90-75 to take the U16G crown.

MK led from the mid-point of the second onwards, powered by a stunning MVP performance from Athena Thompson (40pts, 9reb, 6stl, 3ast).

Thompson picked up her fourth foul late in the third and was forced to sit, with the difference between the sides hovering at the 10-point mark.

Richmond sensed a chance for a comeback, but with the GB star on the bench, Jovy Chan (22pts, 3/6 3pt), Lauren Tsang (10pts) and the rest of the Breakers' roster stepped up to pick up the slack.

Once Thompson returned in the fourth it was curtains for the Knights, pushing MK out of sight as she put the finishing touches on a truly memorable performance.

Richmond were led by guard Neve Rugette (29pts, 6reb, 3ast).

INTERVIEW - Hear from MVP Athena Thompson following the game - https://twitter.com/NBLengland/status/1787084490528936440

INTERVIEW - Milton Keynes head coach Tony Marmo talks about his team's performance - https://x.com/NBLengland/status/1787085262033477723

3rd/4th place game: CoLA Southwark Pride 30-59 Manchester Mystics


U18 Finals

Men's Final: London United 42-91 Canterbury Academy Crusaders

Canterbury blew out London United to end their season in style, winning 91-42.

Crusaders restricted their opponents to just 20% shooting from the field, having no such problems themselves, draining 51% of their efforts to run away to the win.

Tim Oboh (28pts, 23reb) was the standout choice for MVP. His side dominated down low with 62 points in the paint as the talented forward showed another glimpse of his obvious potential.

Ludlow Hewson (23pts, 9reb, 5ast) and Shem Onadeko (19pts, 6ast) both played their part in the victory as the South East programme won the rebounding battle 66-43 and the assist tally 24-6.

Cesar Sanchez Falette (17pts, 6reb) was London United's top scorer, with Michael Osuji (8pts, 11reb) falling a basket short of a double-double.

INTERVIEW - Head Coach Adam Davies on Canterbury’s big win in the U18 Men’s Playoff Final - https://x.com/NBLengland/status/1787195438849810897 

3rd/4th place game: Islington Panthers 69-44 Manchester Magic

Women's Final: Manchester Mystics 46-62 CoLA Southwark Pride

A 32-5 opening quarter set up CoLA to run away with the U18 Women's Final, winning 62-46.

The success was their sixth overall at this level, using that first quarter burst to build a lead that would peak at 39 points midway through the second.

Manchester kept battling throughout, reducing their deficit after the break but the damage was done throughout a 53-17 first half.

Pride were able to share the love on offence, with MVP Adaora Dioramma (11pts, 13reb) and Felicia Jacobs (11pts, 14reb) both recording useful double-doubles.

Irene Oboavwoduo top-scored for Manchester, she had 15 points.

INTERVIEW - CoLA Head Coach Jackson Gibbons and MVP Adaora Dioramma talk through their winning performance - https://twitter.com/NBLengland/status/1787161460931518889  

3rd/4th place game: Endeavour Ipswich Basketball 64-53 Nottingham Wildcats


See a gallery of finals images below