Recap: Ireland u20m 35-90 Russia

Recap: Ireland u20m 35-90 Russia

  • Jul 23,2016
Saturday, July 23

 Ireland 35, Russia 90

Great faking and efficient footwork in the paint by Kiernan gave Ireland an early lead but Russia's Somegubov replied with similar nifty plays inside to keep the score tight. 

Positivity grew when Neary nailed a three and Blount drew an offensive foul but Russia replied aggressively with a steal and dunk by Makeev, followed by a Tukmakov block and Karpnekov lay up. Maleyko then hit a huge three to extend the lead to 13-7.

Smooth plays, steals and fast breaks by Russia dominated the end of the quarter to give them a 20-7 lead. 

A series of easy baskets for Russia open the quarter but a resilient Tumann drew a foul to hit both free throws. Blount then mesmerised with an around the back lay up to force a Russia time-out.

Despite their best efforts, Ireland conceded easy baskets to give a reorganised Russia a 20-point lead. 

Perhaps the tournament and the roasting 34 degree heat took its toll on Ireland as solid defence by Russia had Ireland forcing both shots and passes, rendering them unable to establish their game. All the while an efficient team Russia pounded in effortless baskets.

40-13 to Russia at the half. 

With a fresh outlook at the half-time huddle, Blount opens the quarter with 4 points and the Irish defence forces two shot clock violations on Russia.

Blount, catching fire, knocks down a three to set the tone but team Russia react instantly with water-tight defence and execute with excellence on offence, solidifying a 37-point lead. 59-22. 

Throughout the fourth, a courageous O'Hanlon drew fouls, adding eight points; however, fatigued Irish bodies and minds opened the game on the fast break.

Russia took advantage, demonstrating their ruthlessness at this late stage with impressive ball movement, alley-oop baskets, and surgical shooting to end the game 90-35. 

“It was a very disappointing result for us today.  We played a very good, very polished Russian team who just had too much for us. I think seven games in nine days took its toll on us but the boys will pick themselves up for the game tomorrow against Portugal and we'll try and put this one out of sight”, said Darren O'Neill.

J. Blount (11), E.Kiernan (9), S. O'Hanlon (9), M. Neary (3), J. Tummon (2), G. Brannelly (1)

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