Recap: Ireland U18W 59-63 Greece

Recap: Ireland U18W 59-63 Greece

  • Jul 24,2016
Sunday 24th July
Ireland 59 - 63 Greece

Two big 3-pointers from Melia opened the scoring account to cheers from the Irish support.

Melia, catching fire, completes a two-point catch-and-shoot to force a Greece time-out, 8-6 Ireland.

Maguire sinks a two after the time-out and McDonagh drops two at the line. Greece tip away but Melia gets another bucket in the post to maintain the 13-10 advantage.

The Greeks prove robust but after Maguire hits both free throws, Ireland link a full-court play to set up Huijsdens on the other end to finish the quarter strong, 21-16.

Neither team could establish a rhythm early on in the second quarter but a 3-pointer from Tsineke broke the spell and brought Greece to within one with another score.

After much back-and-forth Tsinike put her stamp on the quarter, pushing Greece in front.

With seconds to go, Maguire hits a monumental 3-point effort to beat the buzzer, making it Ireland's half, 32-31.

The second half starts out neck-and-neck but Greece carve out a 7-point margin.

In the fourth, Melia knocks down a much-needed basket, as does O'Connor, but Kollatou makes a three to maintain the 51-54 lead.

Macheta replies with a three and Melia drops her third 3-pointer to bring Ireland within two with six minutes to go, 51-53.

On the five-minute mark, Melia calmly sinks two free throws to tie it at 53-53 and both Macheta and McDonagh each drop another to give Ireland the lead with four minutes left.

More lead changes ensue and McDonagh makes a basket to put Ireland ahead with three minutes to go. Kollatou makes two free throws to knot the game again, 57-57, with 2:25 left.

With a free throw and emotional Dandoulaki basket, Greece take a 57-60 lead with 1:25 remaining.

With the advantage, Greece frustrate Ireland with aimless possessions, keeping them at bay until the final buzzer.

Final score, 59-63 to Greece.

C. Melia (25), McDonagh (8), R. Huijsdens (6), A. Maguire [14] (6), A. Maguire [9] (5), A. Macheta (4), S. Power Cassidy (2), V. O'Connor (2), L. Scannell (1).

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