RECAP: 2016 Wheelchair Basketball National Cup Final

RECAP: 2016 Wheelchair Basketball National Cup Final

  • Jan 30,2016
Friday 29th January, 2016
Wheelchair Basketball National Cup Final
Limerick Scorpions 70, Ballybrack Bulls 36

Limerick Scorpions overpowered Ballybrack Bulls to claim the Wheelchair Basketball National Cup with a 70-36 win at the National Basketball Arena. 

Scorpions earned their win with a performance of aggression and big power plays in the first and third quarters. 

“This is what we train for week in week out, four hours a week,” said Player Coach Joe Hargrow. “We matched their intensity and brought it today.” 

The Limerick side took an early lead as Hargrow combined with Aisling Duhig for an early run. Tiarnan O’Donnell took over the scoring as Scorpions exploited their height advantage to keep control of the boards.

Bulls got a better handle on the game in the second quarter. Mark Barry’s speed and the rebounding of Valeen McMullen was creating opportunities for Jonathan Hayes inside.  

Foul trouble for the free-scoring O’Donnell allowed Hargrow to spring Stephen Heffernan from the bench. The substitute chipped in eight points in 10 minutes before Duhig’s reintroduction maintained the intensity and stretched out the lead. 

When Ballybrack Bulls clicked they were a joy to watch. Jason Ryan scythed through the defence to feed McMullen for an easy layup while Jack Shannon-Cole was matching Scorpions for vigour. It lead to more foul trouble as the game progressed but there was no slack in tempo as the clock ran down. 

Hargrow finished with 17 points, 15 assists and 9 rebounds while Aisling Duhig had the game high with 20 points. Ballybrack’s Jonathan Hayes completed a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.  

Scorpions now plan on turned their attention to completing a league and cup double. 

“We’re still unbeaten so far. My goal every time we go out on the court is to win,” said Hargrow.

Ballybrack Bulls: Mark Barry 6, Emer McTeggart 2, Jonathan Hayes 13, Jack Shannon-Cole 9, Jason Ryan 4. Substitutes: Valene McMullen 2, Graham Merrigan, Tadhg De Freine, Bruno Gabriel, , Steve Gunn, Darren Healy
Limerick Scorpions: Ashling Duhig 20, John Enright, Joseph Hargrow 19, James McCarthy 4, Tiernan O’Donnell 16. Substitutes: Patrick Heffernan 8, Anthony Murphy, Stephen Heffernan, Seamus Long, Seamus Riordan 3, Luke Riordan, John Byrne.

MVP: Joseph Hargrow
HT: Ballybrack Bulls 21, Limerick Scorpions 35

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