Haringey Hawks 82 v 47 Manchester Magic
Haringey overpowered a helpless Manchester as they stormed to a place in tomorrow’s Playoff Final. Leading coast to coast in this one, their lead passed the 20-point mark early in the 3rd quarter and from there the Hawks wouldn’t be caught.
Haringey restricted Manchester to just 23% (18/77) from the floor, whilst finding consistent looks of their own to score on 47% of their efforts. Franklin Agu was once again a highlight reel for Haringey, scoring 20 points and pulling down 13 boards. Jason Ani was the lone source of resistance for the Magic, he top scored in the game with 22 points.
U18 Men Playoff Final – Myerscough College 52 v 50 Haringey Hawks
The closing game of the Junior Final Fours contained high tension and fine margins as Myerscough avenged last season’s defeat in the U18 Men’s Playoff Final to go one better this time round.
Leading 44-36 going into the last, Myerscough were enjoying their biggest lead of the contest but it wasn’t to last as the Hawks came flying back. In a low scoring, defensive battle, every basket really was beginning to build in its importance and a 6-0 run to start the 4th almost put the teams back on level terms. All three baskets were scored by Ndwedo Newbury (21 points, 15 rebounds) as he was beginning to heat up.
Bradley Kaboza (eight points, five rebounds) scored 3 of his points in the final frame and his timely baskets coupled with Mate Okros’ (six points, seven rebounds, four assists) efforts kept Myerscough in touch and it would be Okros would be at the centre of one of the game’s biggest moments.
With Myerscough up by 2 with 12 seconds remaining, Haringey’s Alex Distras lost the ball and Okros recovered it. Jubilant at the turnover, Okros took off and was immediately called for a travel, handing the ball back to the Hawks. Elation turned to despair as the London club still had one more shot at a win, but a three-point attempt by Owen Young was blocked from behind by Myerscough’s Callan Low, securing the win and sending the U18 Playoff title to the North West.
Lewis McGlasson was selected as the game MVP as he enjoyed a team high 16 points in a game where none of his team mates made it into double digits.
Myerscough College MVP Lewis McGlasson: “We were just trying to calm everybody down [at the end of the game]. Execute some plays for the stretch to win the game. That’s what we did.”
Myerscough College Coach Troy Culley: “Sometimes you just gotta win ugly. We had a game plan coming in and we knew if we stuck to what we said it’d make things difficult for Haringey and put us in a position to compete. The guys saw it through, and in games like today you just have to find a way.”
Recap: Basketball England
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