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Birmingham A's through to basketball national cup final

Callum Lawson shoots for 3 points... Credit: ITV News Central

The Birmingham A's under 18s basketball team are through to the Sureshot National Cup final, after they beat Lewisham Thunder by eight points.

... and the ball drops straight through the hoop Credit: ITV News Central

Callum Lawson, who is also in the England under 18s national team, netted a number of three-pointers to help the A's to a 75 - 67 win.

The competition is the basketball equivalent of the FA Youth Cup, and they will take on a team from Newham (NASSA), in London, in the final in two weeks time.

The Birmingham A's on the attack Credit: ITV News Central

BBL Cup final - Riders v Eagles: Match report

Defending BBL Cup champions Leicester Riders knew what to expect against Newcastle Eagles, having beaten the same opposition by a five-point margin in the same fixture last season.

Their arch rivals will feel hard done by this time, after making a fist of it from the tip-off.

Veteran forward Charles Smith was a constant threat throughout - topping the score-chart with 27 points - to fire the Eagles into a 64 - 69 point lead with less than three minutes remaining on the clock.

But the Riders rallied as a team, snatching the cup from the Eagles grasp - a collective effort saw forwards Andy Sullivan and Jay Couisnard notch 19 and 18 points respectively - and in the final seconds, Couisnard scored two free-throws, to tip the scales in the Riders' favour and retain the cup.

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