Richmond Knights 54 v 64 London Youngblood Lions
Newham Youngblood were able to make use of a fast start as they ended Richmond Knight’s Final Fours in Manchester. After an even opening at 6-6, the Lions went on a 14-2 run to break the game open and stamp their authority on the contest.
Baskets from Lauryn Masawi (12 points, 14 boards, four steals) helped Richmond back into the game and a 6-2 streak to end the 2nd left the Knights down by just 8 at the interval. That lead was cut further during a well contested 3rd frame and at 51-46 Newham with 10 minutes to go, the game was up for grabs.
The Knights couldn’t find the key plays down the stretch though and that allowed the Lions to pull away. Leia Edwards (20 points, 13 rebounds, four steals) was the top scorer for London and Tinu Fakule (19 points and 22 rebounds) helped control the glass as the Youngbloods move on to tomorrow’s Final.
City of Sheffield Hatters 58 v 82 Oaklands College Wolves
28 points from Onyi Okoye and 24 more from Daisy Porter were more than enough for Oaklands College Wolves to see off City of Sheffield Hatters. The pair rarely looked troubled as they shot a combined 22/30 from the field to nearly outscore Sheffield on their own.
Porter (24 points, four rebounds, four assists, 10 steals) filled up the stat sheet throughout, with Okoye also sealing a double-double performance as she pulled down 11 boards. The Hatters only briefly got their deficit below 10 in the second half as the Wolves pulled away late. Abbey Whitehouse (26 points) impressed for the Hatters despite the final score.
City of Birmingham 63 v 85 Team Solent Kestrels
Solent were able to confidently seal their place in tomorrow’s Final with a solid performance over COB. A close game going into the half time break, the Kestrels pulled away during the 3rd and never looked back.
The raucous crowd at the National Basketball Performance Centre were treated to a great duel between Birmingham’s Tyrese Lacey (35 points, four rebounds, four assists) and Solent’s George Clarke (31 points, 20 rebounds, six steals, four assists) as the pair traded basket after basket to showcase their talents. Midway through the 3rd it was Solent who were in the ascendancy after an 11-1 run to start the period, and taking the final frame 22-9 put the result firmly beyond doubt.
Brentwood Fire 51 v 50 Manchester Magic
After racing out to an early lead, Brentwood were just able to hold off a charging Manchester side in a game that went down to the very last possession. A three pointer by Brentwood’s Reuben Potter (15 points, five rebounds, three steals) with 1:09 left proved to be the game’s final basket as both sides desperately tried to put the result beyond doubt. Amari Stewart-Rhoomes’ (four points, eight rebounds) last second lay-up couldn’t find the net for Manchester, sending Brentwood through to tomorrow’s Final.
Everything in the early going went the way of Brentwood, who had built a 14-point lead early in the second quarter. From there though, Manchester fought hard to find a way back into the game and were eventually rewarded midways through the 4th. Finally in front with 5:23 to play, the momentum was with Manchester and the win looked to be theirs for the taking. Brentwood wouldn’t be denied though, regrouping and digging deep to claim the W.
GCA Haringey Angels 54 v 45 City of Sheffield Hatters
Outscoring their opponents 19-6 in the game’s final frame, GCA Haringey Angels were able to pull off a come from behind victory and advance to Sunday’s Playoff Final. Captain Simona Henshaw (14 points, 20 rebounds, three assists) led the charge for the Angels, with Ava Patchesa (18 points, 10 rebounds, three steals, three assists) the main contributor for Sheffield.
Despite starting the game slowly, the Londoners grew into the contest as it progressed. Trailing 17-9 after 1, Coach Hayfield’s side did manage to close to gap in the 2nd but would remain behind 25-21 at the main change. From there the Angels grabbed control of the contest early in the 3rd, only for the Hatters to once again pull away and lead by 4 going into the last. The game's final quarter would spell the end for the Hatters though as they fell away down the stretch.
Sevenoaks Suns 68 v 58 Ipswich
A rollercoaster of a game would finally swing Sevenoaks’ way as they held on for a nail biting win. Despite claiming the contest by 10, the teams were separated by just a single point with seven minutes to go.
Ester Little (22 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, four steals, three blocks) put in a dominant performance for Ipswich, but her efforts couldn’t get the Suffolk side over the line. Early points from Susannah Rafiu (12 points, five rebounds) and Ella Pearson (10 points, 11 rebounds, five steals) allowed the Under 16 National Cup winners to jump out to an early 14-6 lead before Sevenoaks took over. A 24-9 second frame moved the game in the Suns’ favour thanks to Asha Andrew (21 points, four rebounds) and Charlotte Redhead (18 points, seven rebounds, four assists), allowing Sevenoaks to head to the break up by 10.
Ipswich weren’t done though and battled throughout the second half to close the gap. Little and Rafiu combined for 7 points early in the 4th to trim their opponents' lead to one, but an 11-2 run to end the game sealed this one for Sevenoaks.
Live Stats - Ipswich 59 v 84 Haringey Hawks
Manchester Magic 78 v 56 London Greenhouse Pioneers
In a game where they were comfortable victors, Manchester entertained a partisan crowd as they booked a place in tomorrow’s Playoff Final.
Leading 18-8 by the first change, Manchester really found their offensive rhythm in the second quarter to pour in 24 points and take control of the game. Greg Wild (14 points, three rebounds, four assists), Dan Gargan (13 points, 3/5 3pt, four assists) and Joshua Grant (10 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks) all made it to double digits for the Magic as they led from start to finish.
London did manage to cut into the Magic advantage to begin the 3rd quarter, but Manchester quickly regained their composure to push on further. Shooting 2/20 from range hurt the London side, who were led by Luca Bastoni (14 points, four rebounds, three steals) and Louis Grant-Halliday (10 points).
Ipswich 59 v 84 Haringey Hawks
Haringey were able to move through the gears against Ipswich as they took control of this contest the longer it went on. Leading by 12, 16 and 23 at the game’s 3 changes, the Hawks were comfortably the better side and produced a final score that reflected it.
Moyo Adekeye (22 points, nine rebounds, three assists) was the pick of the bunch for Haringey, with Alex Distras (16 points, 4 steals) and Tashan Gray (16 points, 19 rebounds, three blocks) both providing support. Gray’s performance was key in helping his side dominate the glass, winning that battle 65-48 on the way to 25 second chance points for the Hawks.
Ipswich did manage to slow their opponents down in the 4th but never looked likely to reel them in, with Jacob Morgan (21 points, four rebounds) the pick of the bunch for the Suffolk side.
GCA Haringey Hawks 45 v 58 Southwark Pride
Maya Hyacienth and Megan Haines were responsible for 36 of Southwark’s 58 points as the talented duo helped their side into tomorrow’s Final. Hyacienth (19 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals) and Haines (17 points, two assists, three steals) were able to find the gaps in the Haringey defence time and again on their way to productive performances.
The Angels fell behind early and were never really able to find a way back into the game. With the deficit lingering around the ten-point mark for most of the contest, that allowed Southwark to keep their opponents at a comfortable distance and see this one out. Haringey did put together a late rally in the fourth to get the difference down to six, but they couldn’t find the key basket to really put the pressure on. Teresa Da Silva was the standout for the Angels, she had a team-high 17 points.
Manchester Mystics 32 v 53 Charnwood College Riders
Charnwood were able to restrict Manchester to just 10 points in the first half, providing the platform for a comfortable victory. Shooting 2/35 from the floor across the first two quarters doomed the Mystics and created an insurmountable deficit to overcome.
Despite getting no player into double digits, Lauren France (nine points, seven boards) and Rebecca Morrison (nine points, eight rebounds, four blocks) both did more than enough to compliment Charnwood’s stingy defensive performance. Even 31 Charnwood turnovers couldn’t open the door for the Mystics as Lina Asobirionwu and Fiona Connolly joint top scored with six each.
Team Birmingham Elite 67 v 81 Manchester Magic
A 14-3 Manchester run over the final 5 minutes of the 3rd quarter propelled the Magic to a win over Birmingham. With the game evenly poised at 41-39 to the Elite, the Magic broke the contest open with a telling run thanks to seven points from Simon Anumba and eight from Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo.
Anumba (26 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, two steals) was the standout for Manchester as he consistently drove to the basket with ease, and Emeka-Anyakwo (12 points, five boards, three assists) provided timely baskets during that third quarter stretch. Magic’s Sanmi Fajana’s shooting performance was also worthy of note, going 6/7 from the floor including 4/5 from beyond the arc for 16 points total.
After Manchester’s 3rd quarter run, Birmingham never really recovered. Zack Powell (21 points, four rebounds and five steals) and Conroy Hayden (10 points, 16 rebounds) were the standouts for the Elite, but their efforts would be in vain.
London Thunder-Lewisham 53 v 54 Myerscough College
In a see-saw battle that kept fans entertained throughout, London Thunder-Lewisham couldn’t get their final shot to drop as they lost out to Myerscough by the narrowest of margins.
With the Thunder enjoying an eight-point lead in the 3rd and Myerscough up by five midways through the 4th, the scores would eventually level up with 44 seconds remaining. Daniel Chima (seven points, seven rebounds) would hit his 2nd free throw though, putting Myerscough up by 1 at 54-53, and that would be the last score of the contest. Lewisham had three chances to win it but each time the Myerscough defence held firm, leading to a memorable win.
Callan Low (17 points, five rebounds) led all scorers for Myerscough, with Michael Adebayo and Josh Adeniyi both scoring 10 for the Thunder.