Newham Youngbloods was able to make use of a fast start as they brought Richmond Knight’s Final Fours dreams to an end 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 and will play against Oaklands Wolves on Sunday.