Basketball: Capital tests awaits for Junior Saints squads

Jacob Cauthorn scores for Junior Saints under 16s. Pic: Andy Chubb Photography.

Jacob Cauthorn scores for Junior Saints under 16s. Pic: Andy Chubb Photography.

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Sheffield Junior Saints hope to dish out some capital punishment on Sunday and book two places in the national Final Fours.

Saints unders 14s and under 16s both were victorious in their first match of the play-offs last weekend to set up quarter-final clashes against London opponents.

The under 14s will face London Greenhouse Pioneers at All Saints Sports Centre in Norfolk Park (12.30pm) after beating Liverpool 90-69.

And the under 16s will take to the court at 2.30pm in their ‘Elite Eight’ tie against London Lewisham Thunder again at All Saints.

Victory for either team will see them progress through to the Final Fours at the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe over the May Bank Holiday weekend (May 2-3).

Despite a slow start, the U14 Saints eventually overcame a well-organised Liverpool team. Sheffield found themselves 15 points down at the end of the first quarter but battled back to trail by just six points at half time.

Sheffield Junior Saints under 16s. Pic: Andy Chubb Photography.

Sheffield Junior Saints under 16s. Pic: Andy Chubb Photography.

The match turned in the third quarter with Saints taking a three point lead into the final period where the home team restricted Liverpool to just 13 points to seal victory.

Tom Morey led the way with 34 points while Greg Durand weighed in with 24.

The under 14s are still undefeated this season but will face a tough test against the Pioneers.

By contrast the Junior Saints U16 team eased into the national quarter final with a comfortable 97-55 victory over Cheshire Wire.

Sheffield Junior Saints under 14s. Pic: Andy Chubb Photography.

Sheffield Junior Saints under 14s. Pic: Andy Chubb Photography.

After establishing a convincing double-digit lead in the first quarter, the game was never in doubt and featured a highlight ‘and-one’ dunk by Jacob Cauthorn.

The young Saints will hope to make their third consecutive Final Four, but it will certainly be a high quality battle, featuring the best of youth basketball in the UK in this age group.

Jacob Cauthorn led the way with 33 points while Adam Higginbottom 19 and Sol Hagan 13 had vital contributions.