RESULTS: Ireland U16 men and women at Dussmann

RESULTS: Ireland U16 men and women at Dussmann

  • Jul 13,2018

The Ireland Under 16 men and women’s teams were in Luxembourg at the weekend to take part in the prestigious Dussmann tournament.

A huge weekend for the boys in green saw them finish in second place with wins over Luxembourg and Denmark, while CJ Fulton was named as the tournament MVP after a superb display throughout the three games. 

The Ireland U16 girls team may not have come away with a win over the three days, but some huge performances and fantastic shooting and defense were definitely the highlights for the squad and will give them confidence ahead of their European Championships in the coming weeks. 

Full reports below.

Results - Ireland Under 16 Men’s and Women’s teams at Dussmann Trophy 

Friday, July 13th 

Luxembourg 59-53 Ireland U16 Women

Luxembourg 48-91 Ireland U16 Men

Saturday, July 14th 

Netherlands 61-43 Ireland U16 Women

Poland 65-63 Ireland U16 Men 

Sunday, July 15th 

Ireland U16 Women 53-75 Denmark 

Ireland U16 Men 62-53 Denmark 


Detailed Results - Ireland Under 16 men and women at Dussmann Trophy 2018 

Ireland U16 Women

Game 1

Friday, July 13th

Luxembourg: 59 

Ireland: 53


The first game of the 2018 Dussmann Trophy proved to be a tough and gruelling test for the Ireland Under 16 women, as they lost out in nail-biting fashion 59-53 to Luxembourg. 

The home side started the brightest, but Ireland kept in reaching distance, with two excellent moves by captain Shauna Dooley. However, some big three-pointers at the end of the first period from Luxembourg saw them take a 20-16 lead at the end of the first. 

A slow start to the second quarter for the girls in green saw the hosts capitalise on some early mistakes which led to some costly turnovers. Great attacking play from Ireland's Kate Hickey and great execution from the out-of-bounds sets continued to keep Ireland within 10 points heading into half time, and the start of the third was much better for the Irish. 

Tough work by the guards early on in the third helped to pull back some of the lead, with Ireland going on an 11-4 run, to put some pressure back on Luxembourg. However, some passing errors and some good execution from Luxembourg saw them push their lead back out and stretch it to 14 points by the end of the third. 

The final quarter was Ireland’s best of the match, as a sense of urgency emerged after some encouraging words from Head Coach Karl Kilbride. The Irish produced an excellent quarter defensively, causing Luxembourg to turn the ball over nine times in the period. The fast break scores and converting off Luxembourg's turnovers suddenly started to close the lead on the scoreboard in the last few minutes, with Ireland going on a 12-point run to bring the game to within six points within only a minute to go. Unfortunately, though, some costly turnovers saw the Irish fall short down the final stretch, and Luxembourg held on to win 59-53 in the end.  

Ireland Top Scorers: Erin Maguire (12), Shauna Dooley (9), Kate Hickey (6), Abigail Rafferty (6), Lisa Blaney (6)

Ireland U16 Men 

Game 1

Friday, July 13th

Luxembourg: 48

Ireland: 91


The Ireland Under 16 men’s team got their Dussmann Trophy campaign off to a great start on Friday evening with a 91-48 point win against the hosts, Luxembourg. 

The Irish team dictated the pace of the game from the tip off, with great team defense central to this. Point guard Liam Keating put on a great defensive display, setting the pace and intensity required from this Irish team with his full court pressure on the Luxembourg point guard. The duo of Keating and CJ Fulton worked well causing Luxembourg to have nine turn overs in the first quarter. This allowed for some great scores in transition by Fulton who finished the quarter on seven points. Collins and Buivydas dominated in the paint, each having six points in the first quarter, with Buivydas notching up seven offensive rebounds, which saw Ireland lead at the end of the first quarter 26–8.

The second quarter began with the same defensive intensity and Ireland ran their sets and dictated the tempo of the game. Ebose came off the bench scoring eight points, while Collins and Buivydas - once again towers of strength around the basket - chipped in with a further 10 and seven points respectively in the paint. Ireland continued to punish the hosts, executing their sets well, and their defensive intensity once again gave them some fast break converted scores off Luxembourg’s turn overs. Lenihan and Walsh were instrumental in this quarter as well with six points each, and by the end of the quarter, the boys in green led comfortably, 71-36.

Ireland went into the fourth quarter keeping up the momentum. Captain, Conor Mc Donnell led by example both ends of the floor. Doyle contributed with two fast breaks and a big three-pointer while O'Donoghue chipped in with four points on the break also. Ireland finished the game on a convincing 91-48 scoreline. 

Detailed results - Day 2 

Ireland U16 Women

Game 2

Saturday, July 14th

Netherlands:  61

Ireland: 43

The Netherlands proved too strong for the Ireland under 16 women on Saturday afternoon, as they outscored the girls in green to ensure they came away with the win.
In the opening quarter, the defensive pressure from Ireland caused the Netherlands to turn over the ball nine times leading to some great baskets in transition. Hazel Finn scored four points for her team, to see Ireland trailing by just one point at the end of the first.  

The second quarter saw the Netherlands begin to really mount the pressure, causing big problems for Ireland under the glass.

Ireland’s aggressiveness to attack the basket, however, caused some foul problems for the Netherlands and this helped Ireland to stay in touch as they reduced the margin to 12 points at the end of the half, executing well from the free-throw line.

Ireland started the third with some extended pressure thanks to two great steals from Erin Maguire. However, poor finishing allowed the Netherlands to stretch the lead back out to 19 points going into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter would be the best quarter from an Irish perspective. The defensive pressure caused some major problems for the Dutch, but the lack of finishing for the Irish proved to be their downfall. Even though they won the last quarter, the gap was too large to overcome, and the Netherlands ran out 61-43 point winners in the end. 

Ireland Top Scorers: Hazel Finn (13), Abigail Rafferty ( 6), Sabhbh Edwards Murphy ( 6) 

Ireland U16 Men 

Game 2

Saturday, July 14th

Poland : 65

Ireland : 63 

Ireland Under 16 men’s team came up just short in today’s second game of this year’s Dussmann tournament as Poland, the favorites to win out the competition. Ireland entered the game with a strong belief that they could cause an upset if they could stuck to their system, executed their plays and took their opportunities in transition.
The first quarter saw Ireland bring their excellent defensive pressure which forced Poland to call an early time out to regroup. Ronan Collins dominated in the paint with 8 points while Lenihan, with some great outside shooting added 10 points. Ireland finished the quarter, leading 22-15.
In the second quarter, Ireland lost their momentum, as poor execution led to 11 turnovers, which Poland capitalised on. Poland held Ireland to nine points while scoring 18 themselves, which changed the complexion at half time as Ireland went to the dressing room down by two points (31-33).
The third quarter was a better quarter for Ireland and their defense again paid dividends holding Poland to six points. Fulton on the point brought the Irish offence under control, with his previous European experience becoming evident in this quarter.
Walsh came off the bench scoring six points, while Buivydas battled against the physicality of the Polish forwards pulling down three offensive boards and scoring off all three. Lenihan chipped in another six points bringing the quarter to a close with Ireland going into the last quarter with a nine-point lead (48-39).
In the fourth quarter Fulton was superb making some big shots at a crucial stage of the game. With everything still to play for, the Irish dug deep and battled hard on both ends of the floor.  

In the latter part of the quarter, Ireland struggled to keep up the intensity on defense.  Ulcynski, who had been kept quiet for the first three quarters, hit three from three from the 3-point line. Ireland had an opportunity to level the game with 14 seconds left on the clock. Coach Lynch called a time out to draw up a play, Ireland managed to get a shot off but unfortunately it wasn’t to be this time. Poland ran out winners on a final scoreline of 65-63. The team will regroup now and focus on their game against Denmark tomorrow.

Detailed Results - Day 3

Under 16 Women

Game 3

Sunday, July 15th

Denmark: 75

Ireland: 53

Ireland Under 16 women lost out to Denmark 53-75 in their final game of this year’s Dussmann Trophy in Luxembourg on Sunday morning.

Denmark started the strongest putting Ireland under big pressure from the off. Some big scores from the Danes saw them edge in front, but some excellent fast break play by Fatimah Akorede and Siofra O’Shea allowed Ireland to pull back and tie the game at 16 apiece at the end of the first.

The second quarter was another tough battle offensively for the Irish, and big pressure from the Danish caused six Irish turnovers. Good shooting from Lisa Blaney kept Ireland within 10 points going in at the half time break.

A big push from Ireland in the third quarter saw some impressive finishes from Ciara Byrne in transition, and she bagged eight points for her team in the quarter. After some great play from Denmark, Gillian Wheeler fought back on defense and made some difficult shots to keep Denmark within reaching distance heading into the fourth. However, Ireland’s struggles returned in the final quarter when Denmark began to increase their defensive pressure. Ireland continued to attack the rim and got to the free-throw line, but Denmark’s outside shooting ended up being the difference, and they ran out 75-53 point winners in the end.

Ireland top scorers: Ciara Byrne (15), Gillian Wheeler  (13), Siofra O’Shea (8), Lisa Blaney (7)

Ireland Under 16 Men

Game 3

Sunday, July 15th

Ireland: 62

Denmark: 53

The Ireland Under 16 men’s team finished their Dussmann Trophy campaign on a high on Sunday morning as they ran out convincing 62-53 point winners over Denmark in their final game of the tournament.

The result was enough to see the Irish lads finish in second place over the weekend, while Ireland’s CJ Fulton was also named as the tournament MVP much to the delight of the team and supporters.

The lads in green came into today’s game off the back of a big opening game win over Luxembourg on Friday and a tough two-point loss against Poland on Saturday afternoon.

In the first quarter, the Irish found it difficult to find their rhythm on both ends of the floor, while both teams found themselves on team fouls early on. Some poor decision-making caused unforced errors and turnovers, which Denmark quickly punished Ireland for. Coach Lynch called a time out to settle the team, and the Irish bounced back well after the short break, with Buivydas and Fulton putting nine and four points on the board respectively to see them lead 18-11 at the end of the first.

The second quarter saw some nice scores from O’Donoghue and Ebose, with a big three from the former, while Ebose showed his athleticism going to the basket chipping in with five points. Malik Thaim came on the rotation and worked hard on containing Denmark’s forward Gron and had some nice inside plays. This quarter though, saw Denmark begin to dominate the boards, and they got some easy put backs from offensive rebounds, to see the game tied at 32-32 at half time.

The Irish came out fighting in the third quarter, and it was clear from the start that they were not going to let this game slide. The defensive intensity of Doyle and Walsh disrupted the Denmark offence forcing turnovers and good transition scores for Ireland. Ireland dominated on the boards, with Buivydas and Collins scored six and eight points each in the paint. Fulton had some great assists and showed leadership in this quarter, whilst Lenihan hit some big shots finishing the quarter on a personal tally of six points, and Ireland went in with a ten-point lead going into the final quarter (50–40).

The final quarter saw Denmark come out with guns blazing: Viehweg - Denmark’s guard - hit nine early points. Coach Lynch made some changes to contain Viehweg, and O’Lideadha immediately made an impact with a shot from the baseline.  Keating and captain McDonnell stepped up with some great pressure defence. The team held their nerve, and with a huge basket from Keating sealed the win.

Speaking afterwards, Coach Lynch said: “This weekend has been a great learning experience for both the players and the management team. The boys have played with great determination and believe in the system we are playing."

“We now have one more weekend’s training back in Ireland and then we will fly out to the Czech Republic for our last series of warm up games before the Euros. Our hosts Luxembourg once again have put on a great tournament and we thank you for your hospitality as always.”

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