U16 AICC's 2016 - Recaps

U16 AICC's 2016 - Recaps

  • Apr 20,2016
U16 A Boys Results:


Templeogue            41
Neptune                  35

The biggest shock in Irish basketball this season as Templeogue defeated a highly rated Neptune side in the final of the U16 All Ireland championship at the Parochial Hall yesterday.
Many pundits were forecasting a blow it for Neptune leading up to this decider but all were proved wrong as Templeogue showed their true credentials when the going got tough.
Naturally the scenes at the final whistle were ecstatic in the Templeogue camp as coach Jason Killeen praised his troops battling qualities.
“We are over the moon as we lost to Ballincollig in a pool game and were lucky to see off Blue Demons in the quarter final but the one trait that goes through this club from juvenile to Senior is team spirit,” Jason said.
Going into the final not even the shrewdest pundits gave Templeogue a glimmer of toppling Neptune but in the words of Killeen that suited his team.
“We love being classed as underdogs but we knew if we could hang with them up to the fourth quarter our key players would get us over the line.
“Fair play to Neptune they have an unbelievable squad and I wouldn’t blame anybody for thinking they would win this championship in a canter but we had other ideas and our game plan came off,” added Killeen.
The mood in the Neptune camp was one of sheer disappointment as assistant coach Don O’Sullivan tried to assess his side’s defeat.
“The players know they underachieved but look that’s the beauty of sport and I am sure we will bounce back from this loss and mature into a better team,” Don said.
“We didn’t do ourselves justice out there today but look Templeogue were deserving winners and we have got to take this defeat on the chin.” 
The Cork side got off to a good start when David Murray banked a baseline shot that had their supporters in rapture.
Templeogue after a slow start gradually got grips with their opponents who were intent on shooting silly three pointers. 
Neptune were struggling at both ends of the floor as individualism was hurting them in the offence court.
Luckily for Neptune Templeogue were also struggling in the offence court and amazingly at the end of opening six minute.
No doubt the Neptune fans were hoping to improve on the restart but in their opening possession they turned the ball over.
Finn McKeon responded with a three pointer for Templeogue as the Neptune coaching staff looked under pressure to hatch a plan to stem the tide.
As the quarter matured the play got sloppier and when the Templeogue point guard Kris Arcilla went coast to coast with 1.33 remaining to the interval he stretched the visitors lead to seven points 14-7.
Credit to Templeogue Arcilla produced a stunning three pointer that helped his side lead 19-9 entering the third quarter.
It was amazing that Neptune continued to struggle, as Templeogue’s defence was sheer hustle that restricted their opponent’s key shooters.
The one noticeable aspect was Templeogue’s shrewd coaching duo of premier league players Jason Killeen and Sean Flood who had certainly done their homework on Neptune prior to this final.
To be fair coming down the stretch Neptune made a rally and when Cian Heaphy made a deft move to the hoop with five minutes remaining the deficit was reduced to six points.
Two minutes later Neptune looked to be in ascendancy following a neat jump shot from James Hannigan as the lead was reduced to three points 34-31.
That’s as good as it got for the championship favorites as the class of the Templeogue point guard Kris Arcilla ensured the Dublin side recovered their composure.
Another player to shine for the winners was Aslan Kisuka who was awesome at the post coming down the stretch.
In the end Neptune can have few complaints as when you are reduced to six minute quarters you have to alert from tip off, as their opponents will to win eventually wore them down.   
Neptune: J Hannigan, S Hannigan, D Murray, C Heaphy, D O’Sullivan, J Collins, R O’Driscoll, J McGrath, J Kanada, C Fitzgerald.
D Murray 7, J Hannigan 6, S Hannigan 5.

Templeogue: E Keane, T Phelan, C Flood, I McKeon, K Robinson, K Arcilla, J Walsh, M Thompson, H Webster, F McKeon, A Kisuka, M Harper.
K Arcilla 12, K Kinihan 8, F McKeon 5.

Referees: Peter James Coughlan, Ger Daly (Cork). 

U16 A Girls Division 1 Final
DCU Mercy 32, Glanmire 27
Mercy Convent, Waterford.
17th April 2016
The Final of the U16 A AICC Girls Final was a very close and tense game.  DCU got off to a dream start leading 7 – 0 before Glanmire opened their account with 2 points from Analise Murphy.  Glanmire worked hard to get score back during the quarter but DCU found scores much easier to come by.  DCU led after the 1s t quarter 13 – 7 with Brona Cassidy Power hitting 6 points for DCU and Analise Murphy replying with 5 points in the opening quarter.

The 2nd quarter was evenly matched with both defences coming out on top. Emily Black scored 5 points for DCU and Meave McCarthy responded with 4 points for Glanmire leaving the half time score 22 – 14 to DCU.

In the 3rd quarter both teams showed the effects of 6 games over the two days and scores were somewhat hard to come by.  DCU kept the pressure on Glanmire throughout this quarter.  Glanmire fought hard for everything and never gave up leaving the score at the end of the 3rd quarter 26 -20.

The final quarter saw Glanmire up the pressure on the DCU team and narrowed the gap to a 3 point game.  This was a game that kept the spectators on the edge of their seats with both teams trading scores.  Glanmire never got the score to level the game as time was against them.  Final score was 32 – 27 in favour of DCU.  This was an excellent game of basketball by both teams.

DCU Mercy: A. Donohue 12, E. Black 10, B. Power Cassidy 6, N. Kenny 4,  F. O’Grady, M.O’Sheaghdha, K. Nolan, M. Kelly, A. Byrne, N. Hickey. Coach: Sean Ingle Asst. Coach:  Damian Sealey

Glanmire: A. Murphy 9, M. McCarthy 7, S. O’Shea 5,  R. Quirke 4, C. Kearney 2, A. Quirke, C.O’Driscoll, K. Griffin, M. Furlong, E. Butterworth, T. Lynch, J. McCarthy. Coach:  Aidan O’Shea

U16 B Girls Results:
U16 B Girls Division 1 Final
Ulster Elks 35, Muckno Lakers 24
17th April 2016
Report: Niall McDermott

The division 1 final was an all Ulster affair with the Muckno Lakers seeking to bring a second all Ireland trophy to Monaghan this season after their senior ladies won the inaugural Intermediate National Cup but the Ulster Elks, led by the impressive Maguire sisters, made sure the trophy would venture further North with an efficient and polished display.

The Elks had squeaked past a tough Ballyshannon side in the semi-final by 2 points and came out in first quarter of the final determined to make a fast start. Enya Magurie set the tone early bombing a deep three to open the scoring before Ciara McCreanor jumped into the passing lane to pick up a steal and convert an easy layup. Before the Lakers could settle into their game they were facing an 8-0 deficit. A Jennifer Duffy basket gave the Lakers some hope before a fantastic McCreanor three-point play closed out the quarter with the Elks firmly in control 11-2.

The Lakers 1-3-1 zone was reasonably effective slowing the tempo and limiting the Elks scoring but it was on the offensive end that the Monaghan side were struggling. Jennifer Duffy was the early exception with strong takes to the basket allowing her to pick up the Lakers first 6 points. However, Enya Maguire was in imperious form, continuing were she left off in the first quarter with another 6 points in the second to give the Elks a 19 to 9 half time lead.

Elks looked to pull away in the third quarter with their full court pressing defense creating turnovers and just when the Lakers thought they might have slowed down Enya Maguire her younger sister Erin came alive with two impressive baskets. The Elks were playing great team basketball quick ball reversals shifting the zone and going inside out for open shots.

Erin Hamill had impressed all weekend for the Lakers, battling on the boards with a soft touch around the rim and accomplished footwork when facing the basket however early in the final luck was not to be on her side with a number of strong moves just lacking the finishing touch. Her touch returned in the second half as she tried to lead a Lakers comeback with 8 second half points, 6 in the fourth, but another 4 points from Erin Maguire ensured the Elks always stayed in control and went on to win on a score line of 35-24.

Ulster Elks: Enya Maguire, Erin Maguire, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Ciara McCreanor, Aoibhean McCarvill Substitutes: Carla Collins, Jenny Collins, Grace Kennedy, Mia Choda, Emma Carlin,  Clare Glackin
Coach: Deordre Brennan
Assistant Coach: James Zuccaro
Top Scorers: Enya Maguire 15, Erin Maguire 10, Ciara McCreanor 8.

Muckno Lakers: Grainne Tibby, Jennifer Duffy, Sally Maloney, Sarah Burns, Erin Hamill
Substitutes: Shaunine Rice, Sally Maloney, Aoife Cullen, Megan McArdle, Emma Reilly, Sadbh Kelly, Aoife Flanagan
Coach: Gerry Smyth
Top Scorers: Erin Hamill 9, Jennifer Duffy 8, Grainne Tibby 3

HT: Ulster Elks 19, Muckno Lakers 9
MVP: Enya Maguire (Ulster Elks)

U16 B Girls Division 2 Final
Longford Falcons 29, Limerick Celtics 58
17th April 2016
Report: Niall McDermott

Limerick Celtics are the 2016 AICC U16B Division 2 champions after an energetic and dynamic display against a determined Longford Falcons side. The Celtics led from the opening tip as their high intensity proved too much for the Falcons to overcome.

MVP Laura Stapleton was in the heart of the action from the opening tip, all weekend she showcased her fantastic shooting and the final was to be no different as she piled in 7 first quarter points. Roisin Leen was the standout for the Falcons in the opening period chasing down an offensive rebound before sinking a deep baseline jumper and following that up with an old fashioned three-point play on a power layup but the Celtics would finish the first quarter in control leading 19 - 7.

Amy McCormack was the leading player for the Falcons displaying a James Harden style game, a tight handle and an array of euro step finishes allowed her to get to the rim time and time again however the full court pressure of the Limerick Celtics was causing havoc and the likes of Eimear Lane and Jemma Duhig were in devastating form converting turnovers into easy two point baskets to give the Celtics a 32-19 lead at the half.

The Longford Falcons just couldn’t get the ball to drop in the second half time and time again the rim proved unfriendly but this was not a problem for the Celtics. The key to the game was the intense Celtics defense, which mirrored the style of coach and legendary Irish player Michelle Aspell, time and time again it created easy scoring opportunities for the Celtics while ensuring the Falcons had to work hard to earn every shot attempt. The Celtics controlled the second half and went on to win by 58 points to 29.

Longford Falcons: Aisling McCormack, Daena McCord, Eimear Branigan, Roisin Leen, Claire Shaw. Substitutes: Amy McLoughlin, Eadaoin Murtagh, Sarah Dillon, Aine Bannon, Orla Nevin, Kara Shannon, Leah Devlin.
Coach: Michael Murphy
Assistant Coach: Mick Murphy
Top Scorers: Amy McCormack 15, Roisin Leen 10, Eadaoin Murtagh 2.

Limerick Celtics: Jemma Duhig, Claire Goggin, Laura Stapleton, Eve Nealon, Eva O’Sullivan. Substitutes: Ailbhe Bromell, Aimee Hickey, Eimear Lane, Ciara McDermott, Sabhbh Edwards-Murphy, Lauren Walsh, Alison Whiston
Coach: Michelle Aspell
Assistant Coach: Michael Murphy
Top Scorers: Eimear Lane 13, Laura Stapleton 11, Jemma Duhig 7

HT: Longford Falcons 19, Limerick Celtics 32
MVP: Laura Stapleton (Limerick Celtics)

U16 B Boys Results:
U16 B Boys Final
Kestrels (Midlands) 41, St Brendan’s (Kerry) 32
Duagh Complex, Duagh, Co Kerry
April 17th 2016
Report: Marie Kennelly

Kestrels proved too strong for their Kerry opponents in the U16 Boys B AICC final. Kestrels got off to a great start with some terrific shooting from Adam Kavanagh and Peter Byrne. Peter Byrne (Kestrels) finished the first quarter with a steal from under the St Brendan's Board and took on a drive to the basket scored and was fouled in the process, awarded the free throw and made it! This finished the first quarter with a score line of Kestrels 16 to St. Brendan's 9.

Although St Brendan’s were down they controlled a lot of the possession, their point guard Lawrence Guardiano (St Brendan’s) was a cool head under the pressure of Kestrels defence. Adam Malley (St Brendan’s) & David McCarthy (St Brendan’s) kept the board ticking while Jason Maloney (St Brendan’s) got some great rebounds. Again Adam Kavanagh (Kestrels) & Peter Byrne (Kestrels) had the shooting boots on as they won the 2nd quarter 10 – 9 and went in at half time with the lead. Kestrels 26 to Brendan’s 18.

Brendan’s started the second half better than the first, some inspiring words from coach Liam Culloty at half time helped. Kestrels put a press on St Brendan’s but this didn't seem to faze them and drove them on. They won this quarter 9 to 3, this meant for a very exciting final quarter with all to play for as only a basket separated the sides Kestrels 29 to St Brendan’s 27
Coach Louise Foster calmed the Kestrels down as they opened the final quarter with a huge 3 pointer from Peter Byrne (Kestrels), this was returned with a reply from David McCarthy (St Brendan’s) with a 3 pointer - 32 to 30 with 2.30 left on the clock! 

Some great displays of defending from both sides and some great interceptions by David McCarthy (St Brendan’s) & Adam Kavanagh (Kestrels) made for a very exciting finish in front of a crowd of a few hundred people. Adam Kavanagh (Kestrels) had a lovely steal with a drive 34-30, Dominic Craig(St Brendan’s) set himself up for a 3 pointer, got fouled and made 2, 34 – 32 1.35 on the clock, the tension in the hall was magnificent. Adam Kavanagh (Kestrels) again hit the board, 36 to 32 with 1.05 left. 

St Brendan’s were now in Foul trouble and Kestrels capitalised on this. Peter Byrne (Kestrels) hit a 3 pointer 39-32 and followed up with 2 free shots to finish the game 41 to 32. This was a highly entertaining game from start to finish with Kestrels winning out. Congratulations to both teams on a wonderful competitive game.

Kestrels: Mark Barry (Captain), Adam Kavanagh, Peter Byrne, Darren Moore, Cian Sheilds, Adam Ryan, Jack Tracy, Conor Montague, Cormac Maughan, Darragh Fullam, Thomas Scully, Jack Ryan. Coach: Louise Foster. Assistant Coach: Tom Ryan
Top Scorers: Peter Byrne 20, Adam Kavanagh 14, Adam Ryan 4

St Brendan’s:Lawrence Guardiano, James Franklin, Dominic Craig, Jack Costello, Adam Manley, David McCarthy, Jason Moloney, Gerard Tansley, Kevin O'Connor
Coach: Liam Culloty
Assistant Coach: John O'Sullivan
Top Scorers: David McCarthy 11, Adam Manley 10, Lawrence Guardiano 6

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