RECAP: Ireland U16 men lose out to Finland
August 16, 2019
In Montenegro, Ireland U16 men lost out to Finland 64-83 in their 12th – 16th classification game of the 2019 U16 Men’s European Championships Division B.
ND Okafor had another near triple double for Ireland finishing with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 7 blocked shots in Ireland’s standout performance but it was not meant to be for this team today.
Ireland got off to a good start, Darragh Ferguson hit a three and then assisted Roneil Oguekwe and Mobi Ikegwuruka to give them a 9-0 start in the opening 4 minutes. Finland got back into it before Ireland pulled away towards the end of the quarter on the back of some fine work by Michael O’Mahony and ND Okafor. It was 23-16 at the end of Q1.
The second saw baskets harder to come by, Okafor and Sean Pollmann-Daamen’s 3 free throws the only Irish scores in the opening five and a half minutes. Ireland were working hard on defense but Finland pulled level at that point, a better finish saw Oguekwe, Okafor and Wede Esajobor get them ahead at the half, 35 -32.
The start of the second half is where Ireland have come undone in previous games and so it proved again today. Finland started to make some shots and their top scorer Eric Chime started to find his touch from outside, he ended up with seven threes in total and his ability to find one every time Ireland started to get back into the game was crucial. Okafor and O’Mahony were keeping Ireland’s scoreboard ticking over but Finland finished strong and were leading 50 – 58 going into the fourth.
Ireland got it back to 6 but couldn’t get any closer than that as Chime would hit a three to open the lead out again. Nelson Fotso and Milo Herbst along with Ikegwuruka and Okafor finished some nice moves, but Ireland will rue the number of turnovers especially in the second half that gave Finland more opportunities to score. It finished Ireland 64 – 83 Finland. This result means Ireland will be fighting for 15th place tomorrow at 10:30am against the loser of Hungry and Iceland.
Ireland: Clinton Efinda, Darragh Ferguson (4), Michael O'Mahony (8), Milo Herbst (2), Mobi Ikegwuruka (12), ND Okafor (19), Nelson Fouto-Toumo (2), Roniel Oguekwe (11), Ryan Djoussa, Sean Pollmann-Daamen (3), Tim Pollmann-Daamen, Wede Esojobar (2).
Ireland U16 Men's Team Result
Friday, August 16th
Classification 12th – 16th
Ireland 64-83 Sweden
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