U18 Men's RECAP: Ireland 81, Romania 87

U18 Men's RECAP: Ireland 81, Romania 87

  • Aug 05,2016
Friday August 5th

FIBA U18 European Championship - Division B Classification.
Ireland 81, Romania 87
Skopje, MKD

A promising Ireland performance ultimately ended in defeat as Romania, galvanized by the hospitalization of one of their squad mid-game, pulled off a stunning fourth quarter to win 87-81 at the FIBA European Championships. 

Conor Curran helped Ireland to an explosive start which was soon matched by a 10-0 Romanian run. The response was seven points from Tariq Guebaili as well as three-pointers from Robert Sullivan and Matt Treacy.  Ireland were shooting well and playing at a searing pace as almost half of their first quarter tally came on the fast-break. They led 26-21 after 10 minutes. 

The advantage was out to 11 points approaching the mid-point in the second quarter as Eoin Rockall’s put-back followed up some fine shooting from Adam Drummond and some nerveless free-throws from Daniel Heaney. Romania coughed up 20 points from turnovers in the first half but kept in touch with some second-chance points and an edge on the boards. It needed a big three from Oisin O’Reilly to fend them off and ensure a 51-44 lead at half time. 

Romania’s big guns went after Ireland early in the third as three players went to double digits. A couple of fast-break layups from Rockall and Treacy restored the lead, but it was a reminder to Ireland that they couldn’t let the pace drop. 

Romania were shooting at 59% as they took the lead with 11 minutes left. Joey Boylan’s time out prompted a 6-0 run to restore the lead to 67-62 with a quarter left but there was more to come. 

Ireland’s lead was erased with a 13-0 streak in four minutes of the final quarter. Adam Drummond eventually snapped the run and finishing on 25 points but the momentum was with Romania. Joey Boylan’s last minute time-out helped to yield Matt Treacy’s fourth triple and Eoin Rockall’s 10th point. 

Ireland: E. Rockall* (10), C. Curran* (7), A. Drummond* (25), T. Guebaili* (7), D. Ring*, B. Ashton, M. Treacy (20), R. Sullivan (3), S. Commins, O. O’Reilly (5), A. Heaphy, D. Heaney (4). 

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