Recap: College League Finals 2016

Recap: College League Finals 2016

  • Mar 15,2016


The College League Finals take place on Tuesday, March 15th in the National Basketball Arena. 

College League Finals Schedule

Men's Division 3 Final: IT Sligo 78-63 DIT

Women's Division 2 Final: IT Carlow 75, Tralee IT 43

Men's Division 2 Final: IT Tallaght 75, UCC 65

Women's Division 1 Final: WIT 64, Cork IT 59

Men's Division 1 Final: NUIG 79, Griffith College 76

Men’s Division One Final:

NUIG 79, Griffith College Dublin 76

NUIG claimed their first ever National League title at colleges level in a pulsating Men’s Division One final against Griffith College. Griffith were making their first appearance at this level while NUIG were on the wrong end of a half-court buzzer beater against IT Carlow in 2015. 

The Galway side started with a mix of National League experience from Moycullen and Titans while Griffith’s starting five all played under Dave Baker with GCD Swords Thunder in this season’s Men’s Premier League. 

Griffith’s Kaylim Noel was in rousing form with 31 points before Stephen O’Brien’s back-to-back threes and a huge block from Joe Tummons with gave NUIG a 76-73 lead with two minutes to go. MVP Corey Starkey hit the crucial basket off an inbound play with 35 seconds left but NUIG still had to endure a nervy finish as Griffith had a couple of chances to draw level. It finished 79-76. 

NUIG: Stephen O’Brien 17, Patrick Lyons 8, Joe Tummons 5, Tomas Mitkus 18, Corey Starkey 29. Substitutes: Rory Gilson 2, Binglen ChenEvan Maher, Sean Candon, Joe Tummons, Charlie Crowley, Kyle Cunningham, Martin McAndrew. 
Head Coach: Paul O’Brien
Manager: Jack Costello

Griffith College Dublin: Sergi Guardia 8, Juan Ferrales 17, Mike Garrow 12, Kaylim Noel 31, Alex Dolenko 8. Substitutes: Abdul Mikael, Pocholo Buenaventura, Wei Haau Pang, Vinny Luz, Adam Lowell, Lorenzo Chessari, Vilius Korotkovas
Coach: David Baker
Assistant Coach: Michael Goj

MVP: Corey Starkey (NUIG)

Another great day of colleges action at #NBCC2016. This was the decisive moment between NUIG and GCD in the MD1 final and there's a full recap of all games at

Posted by Basketball Ireland on Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Women’s Division One Final:
WIT 64, Cork IT 59

WIT claimed the National Colleges Women’s Division One League title for the very first time with a 64-59 victory over CIT at the National Basketball Arena. 

The Waterford side’s only previous success was a Division Two title in 2006 but were full value for their win in the top tier, led by American duo Katie Fox and Jazmen Boone. Boone in particular held major sway with the MVP award, 34 points and some pivotal plays down the stretch. She pulled down a rebound and went coast to coast for a three-point play with two minutes left that regained the lead for her side for the last time. 

It was a close affair with UCC a fraction ahead at half time after a 20 point second quarter. Amy Waters finished with 20 points with Lauren Falvey and Eve O’Mahony shooting well from distance and Orla Connolly working hard at the low post.

WIT: Jazmen Boone 34, Katie Fox 7, Aoife Brett 2, Marie Micoud 8, Cliona Martin. Substitutes: Rachel Taheny, Yvonne Corcoran 7,Chloe Morrissey, Jane Crowley, Claire Manning, Ciara Twomey 4, Laura Heffernan. 

Cork IT: Claire O’Brien 3, Amy Waters 20, Eve O’Mahony 11, Lauren Falvey 8, Gemma O’Mahony 6. Substitutes: Sarah Geaney, Claire O’Connell, Orla Connolly 11.

HT: WIT 29, Cork IT 30
MVP: Jazmen Boone (WIT)

Men’s Division Two Final:
UCC 65, IT Tallaght 75

A second half surge from IT Tallaght yielded a first National Colleges League title since 2009 in the Men’s Division Two decider. UCC were chasing a maiden win in Division Two but were eventually beaten 75-65 at the National Basketball Arena. 

The Cork side held the edge in the opening quarters. Jack O’Mahony was to finish with 25 points while Adrian O’Sullivan in his sixth appearance at the Arena this season showed his remarkable ability to switch gears. 

IT Tallaght took over in the second half. They outscored 22-7 in the third Graham Brannelly and Aidan Dunne leading the way. Liam Guinan also had a big say, coming off the bench for 12 points and the MVP award. 

IT Tallaght had a 14 point lead brought back to seven points in the final quarter, but UCC weren’t connecting well enough from the perimeter to further narrow the gap.

UCC: Adrian O’Sullivan 12, Shane O’Connor 3, Ryan Murphy 11, Jack O’Mahony 25, Luca Fox 3. Substitutes: Shane Crowley, Daragh Flemming 6, Cian Sayers, Elliot Asemota 5, Mark O’Shea, Michael O’Donnell, Jordan O’Connell.
Head Coach: Francis O’Sullivan

IT Tallaght: Omar Arcilla 10, Graham Brannelly 14, Aidan Dunne 25, Ben Arulogun 6, Tom Swiatowy 6. Substitutes: Eoin Phelan, Liam Guinan 12, Shane Walsh, Jason Singson, , Toby Navickas, Tima Ogan, Colm O’Meara 2
Head Coach: Ciaran MacEvilly

HT: IT Tallaght 34, UCC 37
MVP: Liam Guinan (IT Tallaght)


Women’s Division Two Final:
IT Carlow 75, IT Tralee

IT Carlow are the 2016 Women’s Division Two League Champions in college basketball after a 75-43 win over IT Tralee at the National Basketball Arena. It’s a third national league trophy in ten year’s for Martin Conroy’s side which featured a number of National League players in the win including MVP Ciara McCarthy.

IT Tralee had Denise Dunlea to call on from Team Denjoes American Style, but the day belonged to the Carlow side with a solid performance throughout all four quarters.  They did the real damage in the first quarter, racking up 27 points from McCarthy, Shannon Holbrook and Lilian McCabe. 

The Kerry women put on their strongest showing in the second quarter with fine baskets from Laura Griffin and Megan. It’s a second runners up medal in the space of two years for Vinnie Murphy’s squad who were beaten by a strong DIT side in 2015. 

IT Carlow: Sarah Cooper 4, Alana Savage, Ciara McCarthy 22, Shannen Holbrook 12, Lillian McCabe 17. Substitutes: Hannah Fitzpatrick 4, Ann Marie Molyneaux, Nicola Gannon 3, Niki Kelly 4, Rachel Briggs 2, Alienor Raimbult 5, Roz Odujebe 2.
Coach: Martin Conroy
Manager: Claire McCarthy

IT Tralee: Megan Buckley 8, Aoife Daly 7, Annie Cooper 2, Denise Dunlea 8, Laura Griffin 12. Substitutes: Sinead O’Hanlon, Elena Lozano Punet 2, Samantha Ahern 2, Orlaith Gillespie 2, Aoife Nolan, Amanda O’Donnell
Coach: Vinnie Murphy

Men’s Division Three Final:
IT Sligo 78-63 DIT
IT Sligo are National League champions in basketball for 2016. Brian McHugh’s side beat DIT 78-63 in today’s Men’s Division Three final at the National Basketball Arena. 

DIT got off to a hot start with three baskets from their first three possessions including triples from Ciaran Hollywood and James Twamley. Sligo were back on par by the end of the first quarter and went on a game changing run in the second. Dillon Muldoon and Genesis Malonda went on to combine for 50 points by the end of the game while superior rebounding prevented DIT from staging a comeback. 

IT Sligo: D Muldoon 23, G Malonda 27, O Bockmann 1, B Monaghan 9, F Murphy 10. Substitutes: M Kelly, A Savage, I Milch 2, S Oloyede, J Octavo, R Balogun 6
Coach: Brian McHugh

DIT: A Ilori 2, R Chan 4, C Hollywood 20, J Twamley 9, T Vaughan 2. Substitutes: A Zubrikas 11, E Durias 4, M Benabese, B Suzanne 10,M Ayibiowy 3.
Coach: Randall Mounts

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