GAMEZONE: Basketball Intervarsities 2016

GAMEZONE: Basketball Intervarsities 2016

  • Apr 03,2016

GAMEZONE: Basketball Intervarsities 2016

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Men's 'A' Intervarsities Final 2016:
NUI Galway 76, Griffith College Dublin 75
April 3rd, 2016

NUIG edged out Griffith College Dublin in a thrilling final of the Men’s ‘A’ Intervarsities Tournament in Galway. They came through 76-75 to retain their title when the result could have gone either way in the last ten seconds. Griffith had the last shot of the game to snatch the win but were left to rue some missed opportunities in a frenetic final quarter. MVP Corey Starkey claimed the winning point from the free-throw line, even if an attempt to keep the ball in play on the second free-throw didn’t go to plan.  

The first quarter was one of the most even of the finals with the sides reacquainting themselves with each other after contesting the Division One League Final in March. Juan Ferrales looked irresistible with a 10 point quarter for GCD and with Alex Dolenko chipping in from the perimeter, Dave Baker’s side led 22-19 for the first quarter. NUIG weren’t far behind as Starkey had 13 points in the first and Joseph Tummon threatening inside.

GCD started with five players from GCD Swords Thunder’s Men’s Premier League side and Mike Garrow and Kaylim Noel proved lethal in the second quarter. Garrow fed Noel inside for a two-handed dunk and then picked off a three-pointer to put 11 points between the sides. Tomas Mitkus was penetrating well for NUIG but it wasn’t enough to prevent GCD’s 45-32 advantage at the half. 

NUIG started to pick up some momentum in the middle of the third quarter with a sizeable home crowd getting involved. Patrick Lyons punished a foul on his three-point attempt with three successful free-throws to give his side a 56-55 lead with 10 minutes to go. 

GCD’s response at the start of the fourth was a 6-0 run through Ferrales and Dolenko. Dolenko also put in an acrobatic block on Stephen O’Brien but there was little he could do about O’Brien’s back-to-back three-pointers that gave NUIG their biggest lead of the game at four points.

Some cheap turnovers gave GCD parity in the dying seconds but it wasn’t to be against a side with the hunger to match their support. 

“NUIG Coach Paul O’Brien said: “The lads worked so hard to get back in the game after being 12 points down at half time. Once they did, they had the confidence to finish it out and I’m so proud of them. They’re all local lads and they’re all great lads to coach. Hats off to Griffith College as well. We’ve played them in two tough finals this year.” 

NUIG: Stephen O’Brien 10, Joseph Tummon 10, Tomas Mitkus 13, Patrick Lyons 5, Corey Starkey 37. Substitutes: Rory Gilson, Ryan Murray, Joe Henry, Ronan O’Sullivan, Sean Condon, Kyle Cunningham 1, Martin McAndrew.  

GCD: Juan Ferrales 18, Mike Garrow 14, Sergi Marti Guardia 12, Kaylim Noel, Alex Dolenko. Substitutes: Abdul Mikael, Cholo Buenaventura, Wei Hay, Adam Lowell, Josh Behnke, Vilius Korotkovas 3. 

HT: GCD 45, NUIG 32. 
MVP: Corey Starkey (NUIG)

Women's 'A' Intervarsities Final 2016:
Waterford Institute of Technology 68, Trinity College Dublin 44
April 3rd, 2016
WIT completed a remarkable year in winning the Women’s ‘A’ Intervarsities title for the very first time with a 68-44 win over Trinity College Dublin. It was a second trophy in the space of a month for Jim Dudley’s side as they added to the League title won at the National Basketball Arena. Trinity came into the game as defending champions but lost their grip on the game courtesy of a stunning third quarter from the Munster side. 

WIT got off to a flying start through Yvonne Corcoran’s and Marie Micoud’s free-throws to forge a 10-2 lead. Trinity didn’t kick into gear until Emily Leer’s fadeaway over Jazmen Booth but trailed just 16-14 by the end of the first period. 

There was nothing between the sides in the second quarter. Laura Hoffman was the only surviving member from Trinity’s first ever Intervarsity title in 2015 and her basket looked to put the Dubliners ahead at the break but Jazmen Boone’s late steal and layup left it 30-29 for WIT. 

WIT took over in the third quarter. Hoffman picked off a couple of baskets but Trinity were kept to just eight points in the period with WIT running up 24 points and a double digit lead. Jazmen Boone was at the heart of it with 13 points in the quarter while Cliona Mairtin hit her second three-pointer. It gave Trinity too much of a mountain to climb and ensured a new name would be engraved on the Intervarsities trophy in 2016. 

With the result beyond doubt, the game petered out somewhat in the final quarter. Not that it took any of the sheen of WIT’s win. Winning Coach Jim Dudley said: “They were working us really hard so we brought Cliona Mairtin in so that whenever Emily Leer turned, Cliona was there waiting for her. We’re quick in transition and got away with three or four uncontested layups. We play nice basketball and we did the job.”

WIT: Yvonne Corcoran 7, Jazmen Boone 26, Katie Fox 12, Marie Micoud 15, Cliona Mairtin 6. Substitutes: Rachel Taheny, Chloe Morrisey, Jane Crowley, Laura Heffernan, Ciara Twomey 2, Claire Manning, Aoife Brett. Coach: Jim Dudley. Assistant Coach: Helena Rohan

TCD: Aoife Tiernan 3, Meghan McGuinness 8, Ali Thornbury 5, Laura Hoffmann 6, Emily Leer 18. Substitutes: Danielle Kilduff, Rebekah Dempsey 2, Claire McGregor 2. Coach: Andy Gill

HT: WIT 30, TCD 29
MVP: Jazmen Boone (WIT)

Men's 'B' Intervarsities Final 2016:
UCC 68, Maynooth University 56
April 3rd, 2016

UCC took home the Men’s ‘B’ Intervarsities trophy for 2016 with a 68-56 win over Maynooth University in Galway. Francis O’Sullivan’s side recovered from the third quarter slump to  power home in the fourth quarter for the 12 point win. 
Maynooth’s fluidity in the opening exchanges was rewarded by a 10-2 run. Eoghain Kiernan was the main offensive threat as the Kildare side lead 15-14 for the first quarter. UCC were soon in the hunt as Adrian O’Sullivan’s 17 first half points pushed them out to a 26-16 lead after 15 minutes and a 35-22 advantage at half time. 

UCC scored 20 points in the second quarter but conceded 20 in the third as Maynooth drew level. Lawrence Caffrey hit eight points in 10 minutes with the help of UCC’s foul trouble but there was just enough time for O’Sullivan to beat the buzzer and put UCC 44-42 ahead with 10 minutes to go. 

UCC put themselves in control with a 7-0 run early in the fourth but with Pyrobel Killester Coach Brian O’Malley marshalling Maynooth from point guard, the gap was back to three points with two minutes remaining. Daragh Fleming’s three-pointer settled the contest. 

UCC: Adrian O’Sullivan 31, Shane O’Connor 5, Daragh Fleming 6, Jack O’Mahony 12, Luca Fox 2. Substitutes: Shane Crowley, Cian Sayers, Elliot Asemota 7, Mark O’Shea, Gavin Forde, Jordan O’Connell 2. Coach: Francis O’Sullivan. 

Maynooth University: Lawrence Caffrey 14, Gori Afolohan 7, Eoghan Kieran 21, Juan Martinez 8, Brian O’Malley. Substitutes: Liam Greally 2, David Sheehan, Matthew Deerey 4, Conaire O’ Lachtna, Martin Byrne. Coach: Mark O’Leary. Assistant Coach: Conor Vandendrias. 

HT: UCC 35, Maynooth University 22. 
MVP: Adrian O’Sullivan (UCC)

Women’s ‘B’ Intervarsities Final 2016
University of Limerick 59, IT Carlow 56
April 3rd, 2016

UL claimed the Women’s ‘B’ Intervarsities title for 2016 with a 59-56 win over IT Carlow in Galway. In a game where the lead changed hands throughout, the decisive moment came with two minutes left when Sarah Benedetti turned two points into five with an opportunistic three-pointer. Benedetti made a contested layup and earned a trip to the line for the bonus, only to see her free-throw rebound to Orlaith Woods who kicked the ball out to the American for the open three. 

IT Carlow were unable to free up Lilian McCabe for the leveller, after her 32 points had helped the League champions challenge for a first varsities trophy.

The Carlow side led 8-2 early on before UL crept into contention with and took the lead in transition through Benedetti’s first three-pointer. With the sides deadlocked 24-24 at the break, the majority of the third quarter was spent swapping a one-point lead until a block by MVP Orlaith Woods sparked a run to put UL 42-37 clear. 

IT Carlow were determined to atone for losing to UL in the group stages and were back in front midway through the fourth. That left time for Benedetti’s intervention for a side who were disappointed not to be playing at ‘A’ standard in 2016. 

“We played good enough on defence, we weren’t rewarding ourselves offensively but in the end we pulled it through. They had to go out and show they were good enough to play ‘A’ standard and they did. It’s great to see. 

UL: Jayne Marsden 8, Orlaith Woods 11, Kelly Tyner 2, Ciara O’Halloran, Sarah Benedetti 24. Substitutes: Lynsey Parnell, Mary Harte 2, Maebh Barry 8, Fiona O’Connell, Gillian Coombes, Niamh Hannan, Shannon Keane 4. Coach: Andrew Dawson. 

IT Carlow: Sarah Cooper 2, Alana Savage 3, Ciara McCarthy 2, Shannen Holbrook 5, Lillian McCabe 32. Substitutes: Hannah Fitzpatrick, Ann Marie Molyneaux, Nicole Kelly, Rachel Briggs 3, Alienor Raimbault 9, Rosalyn Odujebe. Coach: Martin Conroy. Assistant Coach: Elaine Kennington. 

HT: UL 24, IT Carlow 24
MVP: Orlaith Woods (UL)

Saturday April 2nd, 2016:
Women’s ‘A’ Intervarsities Semi-Finals:
TCD (Pool A Winner) 67, NUIG (Pool B Runner Up) 39
WIT (Pool B Winner) 70 v CIT (Pool A Runner Up) 56
Women’s ‘B’ Intervarsities Semi-Finals:
UL (Pool A Winner) 43, IT Blanchardstown 19 (Pool B Runner Up)
Ulster University (Pool B Winner) 45, IT Carlow (Pool A Runner Up) 66
Men’s ‘A’ Intervarsities Semi-Finals:
NUIG (Pool A Winner) 74, DCU (Pool B Runner Up) 52
GCD (Pool B Winner) 92, ITC (Pool A Runner Up) 91
Men’s ‘B’ Intervarsities Semi-Finals:
Maynooth University (Pool A Winner) 59,  DKIT (Pool B Runner Up) 50
UCC (Pool B Winner ) 81,  IT Tallaght (Pool A Runner Up) 66

Men’s ‘A’ Intervarsities, Pool A:
Friday April 1st:
NUIG 75, IT Carlow 70
DIT 69, UL 64
NUIG 66, DIT 57
IT Carlow 74, UL 73
Saturday April 2nd:
NUIG 66, UL 53
IT Carlow 81, DIT 65

Men’s ‘A’ Intervarsities, Pool B:
Friday April 1st:
GCD 87, UU 59
DCU 72, CIT 59
UU 65, CIT 53
GCD 84, DCU 61
Saturday April 2nd:
GCD 84, CIT 64
DCU 63, IT Tallaght 56

Women’s ‘A’ Intervarsities, Pool A:
Friday April 1st:
DCU 40, TCD 43
CIT 63, UCC 54
DCU 57, UCC 30
CIT 50, TCD 69
Saturday April 2nd:
UCC 32, TCD 61
CIT 45, DCU 41

Women’s ‘A’ Intervarsities, Pool B:
Friday April 1st:
NUIG 41, UCD 32
UCD 42, DIT 22
NUIG 36, WIT 47
WIT 51, DIT 45
Saturday April 2nd:
UCD 32, WIT 54
NUIG 46, DIT 37

Men’s ‘B’ Intervarsities, Pool A: 
Friday April 1st:
NCI 60, UCD 80
Maynooth University 38, IT Tallaght 35
NCI 33, Maynooth University 78
IT Tallaght 73, NCI 24
Saturday April 2nd:
IT Tallaght 62, UCD 51
Maynooth University 55, UCD 44

Men’s ‘B’ Intervarsities, Pool B:
Friday April 1st:
DBS 65, TCD 56
DKIT 61, UCC 70
TCD 43, UCC 68
DKIT 90, DBS 71
Saturday April 2nd:
TCD 45, DKIT 65
DBS 49, UCC 76

Women’s ‘B’ Intervarsities, Pool A:
Friday April 1st:
AIT 17, IT Carlow 52
UL 82, RCSI 20
IT Carlow 70, RCSI 46
UL 62, Athlone IT 8
Saturday April 2nd:
UL 54, IT Carlow 52
Athlone IT 20-0 RCSI

Women’s ‘B’ Intervarsities, Pool B:
Friday April 1st:
IT Tallaght 30, IT Blanchardstown 57
UU 60, Maynooth University 53
IT Tallaght 17, Maynooth University 43
UU 36, IT Blanchardstown 34
Saturday April 2nd:
UU 48, IT Tallaght 22
IT Blanchardstown 28, Maynooth University 26


Men’s ‘A’ Intervarsities: 
Pool A: NUI Galway, DIT, IT Carlow, University Limerick
Pool B: Griffith College Dublin, CIT/UCC, DCU, IT Tallaght/Ulster University
Men’s ‘B’ Intervarsities:
Pool A: Maynooth University, IT Tallaght/UU, NCI/WIT, UCD
Pool B: Dublin Business School, Trinity College Dublin, Dundalk IT, CIT/UCC
Women’s ‘A’ Intervarsities:
Pool B: WIT, NUIG, DIT, IT Carlow/UCD

Women’s ‘B’ Intervarsities:
Pool A: Colaiste Stiofain Naofa/RCSI, IT Carlow/UCD, UL, Athlone IT
Pool B: IT Tallaght, IT Blanchardstown, UU, Maynooth University

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