Day 2 Recap: 2016 All Ireland Schools League Finals

Day 2 Recap: 2016 All Ireland Schools League Finals

  • Feb 23,2016
February 23rd, 2016

U16C Boys All Ireland Schools League Final
CBS Thurles 52, Colaiste Dún Iascaigh, Cahir 40
National Basketball Arena

CBS Thurles were winners of an all Tipperary decider against Colaiste Dun Iascaigh of Cahir in the U16C Boys All Ireland Schools League Final.

It was a first final appearance for the Cahir side but they looked right at home with Dragosh Marginean leading the way and Dominik Mlynczak chipping in. Patryk Kowalewski followed with a run of eight points including a fine three-pointer for a 15-11 lead for the first quarter. 

CBS Thurles’ Cup final experience had taught them not to hit the panic button. They kept in touch with three pointers from Kenny and Mockler and took over soon after. Mockler let a roar out after a huge block on one end and was soon making a fast-break layup at the other. Killian Ryan forced a turnover and slung it to Jack Hehir for a leading basket at 19-17. 

Colaiste Dun Iascaigh were second best on the boards until they upped the work rate late in the second quarter. That created a chance for Lukas Kairys to hit one on the spin but there was still time for Liam Kenny to make it 28-19 with a deep three just before half time. 

The novelty of two Tipperary sides contesting an All-Ireland final wasn’t lost on the crowds who were both cheering on their boys in blue throughout. Marginean looked like a player who’d never give up. He drove hard until he got enough room to float in a two-pointer off the glass. 

There were still 15 points between the sides at that stage and Mockler got back to execute another block just when the Cahir boys threatened a run on their own fast break. 

Cahir ate into lead and brought it back to single digits in the fourth but Thurles were showing their depth with 20 points off the bench including five from Jack Ryan.

CBS Coach Maureen Gallagher said: “Most of the lads play with their clubs with the likes of Thurles Knights as well, so it’s great to get that level of exposure and experience. It really stood to us.”

CBS Thurles: Sean Mockler 16, Liam Kenny 15, Arthur Geronimo 1, Patrick O’Gorman, Killian Ryan. Substitutes: Patrick Tobin, Jack Ryan 5, Ciaran Kirwan, Jack Hehir 8, Victor Hemon, Killian Ryan 7
Colaiste Dún Iascaigh, Cahir: Lukas Kairys 1, Dominik Mlynczak 12, Dragosh Marginean 17, Jack Conway, Patryk Kowalewski 8. Substitutes: Ciaran Power, Daniel Moga, David Richards, Ian Halpin, Patryk Goluszka, Dawid Merta, Mohammad Ismail 1.
HT: CBS Thurles 28, Colaiste Dún Iascaigh 19
MVP: Sean Mockler

U16A Boys All Ireland Schools League Final
St. Malachy’s College Belfast 50-37 Intermediate School Killorglin
National Basketball Arena

St. Malachy’s College put together a stunning final quarter en route to 50-37 win over Intermediate School Killorglin in the U16A Boys All-Ireland League Final at the National Basketball Arena. The Belfast school endured a one-point defeat in the Subway Schools final just a month previous, but were unstoppable down the stretch. Head Coach Philip Molloy admitted the cup heartache helped with motivation. 

“We’ve been in this kind of situation before,” he said. “It builds character and at the end of the day there’s more than basketball going on in these players’ lives. Collectively though, all these young guys stepped up today.” 

IS Killorglin had their own point to prove. They were promoted to ‘A’ standard having reached the U16B League decider in 2015. Eoin O’Sullivan and Liam Croagh were two of the stars last year and looked comfortable at All-Ireland intensity the second time around. 

Croagh sped to the basket for a wrap around layup and the opening basket of the game. St. Mal’s got into it with some slick passing. Niall McGinnity helped himself to a ten-point quarter with good assists coming from Peter Henvey and CJ Fulton. Matthew Mulholland was also on the score sheet but ISK were 17-14 in front when Darragh O’Connor put back a rebound for the last basket of the quarter. 

There was never more than a basket between the sides in the middle quarters and with Eoin Evans and Conor Ryan trading baskets, they were tied at 32-32 heading into the final period. 

The Kerry side were struggling to make head way in the final quarter while St. Malachy’s were hitting their stride. Mathew Mulholland popped up for a baseline three and when he reappeared for another attempt on the other side, ISK fouled him in desperation. The ball still went in and the young guard knocked in the extra for a four-point play. That was either side of McGinnity jumping into the passing lane for an intercept and knocking down the bonus from the foul. 

It was a 12-0 run to swing the game in their favour. Daire Cleary showed the urgency required to snap the run and duly did so from the top of the key. With two minutes to haul back a 10-point deficit, desperation crept in leading to turnovers and fouls. 
 
St. Malachy’s had the composure with Niall McGinnity wrapping up the MPV award. 

St Malachy’s Belfast: CJ Fulton 4, Matthew Mulholland 11, Niall McGinnity 19, Peter Henvey, Conor Cooke. Substitutes: Diarmuid Maguire, Jack Summersgill 5, Conor Ryan 7, Cormac O’Rourke 2, Michael Lavery, Aidan McGeown.
IS Killorglin: Eoin O’Sullivan 7, Eoin Evans 2, Liam Croagh 7, Dara Casey 9, Darragh O’Connor 4. Substitutes: Roan Moriarty, Gearoid Griffin, Tim Moskal, Eoin O’Hagan, Daire Cleary 5, Ronan Fitzpatrick, Kevin Fitzpatrick 3.
HT: IS Killorgan 25, St Malachy’s 25
MVP: Niall McGinnity
U16B Girls All Ireland Schools League Final
Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon 31, Dominican College, Galway 29
National Basketball Arena

Colaiste Cholmcille Ballyshannon completed their league and cup double in dramatic style as a fast break and some nerveless free throw shooting gave them a 31-29 win over Dominican College of Galway in the U16B Girls All Ireland League decider. 

On their last trip to the National Basketball Arena, they were nine-point winners of the Subway Schools All-Ireland Cup, but this was an altogether closer affair. 

Coach Stephen Carty credited the effectiveness of their fast break: “We like to move the ball quick and take it to the basket as soon as possible. It’s the most simple way to do it and a great way to win it. It’s a tough way to lose it though and after all the hard work we’d put in we just didn’t want to see that happen.“

Dominican College set up as a well drilled crew with the speed of Emi O’Connor in the back-court and Melissa Wiazowska bringing her experience from the Ireland International Underage Programme to bear.  They were the ones on the scoreboard in the first quarter with O’Connor hitting a shot on the buzzer for a 6-4 lead. 

Colaiste Choilmcille had an equally disciplined defence and mindful of another buzzer beater in the second quarter, they put their bodies on the line stop Dominican College on the stroke of half time. By then the Donegal side had build up a 16-11 lead – Emma Rooney and Tara Duffy with half the tally and Alannah Heatley-Ryan impressing off the bench. 

Some big three pointers lit up the third quarter. First Wiazowska drained a monster three-pointer off the glass before Ballyshannon produced the perfect response on the very next possession. It was Sarah Robinson’s triple that put them 19-18 ahead heading into the final quarter. 

Dominican College were penetrating better to the low post and living with the step up in intensity. Wiazowska rose high to pull off a block but came down hard on her right leg and suddenly the Taylor’s Hill School were without their go-to player when they needed her most. 

Andrea McGlynn pulled down a big rebound and hit the outlet pass for Duffy to make a layup on the fast break. The shrieks of the crowd were bouncing off the roof of the National Basketball Arena as the MVP nailed the free-throws to claim the win with 20 seconds left. 

Dominican College, Galway: Melissa Wiazowska 14, Emi O’Connor 8, Roisin Sweeney 2, Elena Santocanale 4, Naomi Villaruel 1. Substitutes:  Emily Browne, Fiona Barron, Cleo Burke, Dilsouz Barden, Bronwyn Varette, Aissata Thiam
Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon: Emma Rooney 6, Andrea McGlynn 8, Katie Slevin,  Saoirse McDevitt 3, Tara Duffy 6. Substitutes: Katherine McClay, Alannah Heatley Ryan 5, Valerie Harley, Megan Davitt, Sarah Drummond, Sarah Robinson 3, Rionach Sheerin.
HT: Dominican College 11, Dominican College 16
MVP: Andrea McGlynn

U19B Girls All Ireland Schools League Final
St. Paul’s Oughterard 37, Colaiste na Sceilge 34
National Basketball Arena

St. Paul’s Oughterard waited until the final quarter to reveal their cup winning pedigree as they came from behind to beat Colaiste na Sceilge in the U19B Girls All Ireland Schools League Final. 

The Galway side were down six points with eight minutes left before a mix of determination and outside shooting brought them back into contention. It finished 37-34 to the newly crowned double champions. 

“I think our Cup experiences really stood to us in the final quarter,” said winning Coach Diarmuid Lee. 

“We were down the whole game and only got ahead with a couple of minutes left. It was the experience of the whole year really. Their character shone through to pull out the win. You could see how much it meant to them too because they really wanted that double and they got it in the end.”

Seosaimhin Casey book ended the final quarter with nerveless free-throws and great rebounding to nail down the MVP award while Orlaith Walsh’s shooting touch was crucial in hauling back the Kerry side. 

Colaiste Na Sceilge were full value for their 29-23 lead. Caoimhe Teehan helped her get side up and running and they looked well settled when Grace O’Connor and Ester Suarez joined her on the score sheet. They took full advantage of the free-throws earned against an uncompromising defence 

The pressure was building though and with a basket between the sides and 1:30 on the clock, the next basket from play was going to be crucial. It came to Walsh to make the layup before Casey’s defensive grit left Colaiste na Sceilge little option but to foul her and give up the winning free-throws. 

St Paul’s Oughterard: Seosaimhin Casey 15, Emer Harte, Orlaith Walsh 11, Caoimhe Walsh 2, Sinead Heffernan 7. Substitutes: Caoimhe Fleming, Caoimhe Keogh, Siobhan Casey 2, Aisling Hanley, Martina McDonagh, Louise Kinnevey.
Colaiste na Sceilge: Julie O’Connell 9, Grace O’Connor 4, Ester Saurez 9, Fiona O’Mahony, Caoimhe Teahan 12. Substitutes: Saidbh Fitzgerald, Ali O’Sullivan, Ellen O’Sullivan, Shaunagh Cournane, Fionuir O’Connor, Johanna Vogel.
HT: Colaiste na Sceilge 19, St Paul’s Oughterard 15
MVP: Seosaimhin Casey

U19B Boys All Ireland Schools League Final
De La Salle Waterford 54, St. Malachy’s Belfast 29
National Basketball Arena

De La Salle Waterford put in a strong performance to claim the U19B Boys All-Ireland Schools League trophy at the National Basketball Arena. The team had been through the heartache of four semi-finals prior to this game, but having made the break through they looked odds on to clinch the win from the first quarter. It also gave the school the chance to bounce back from defeat in the U16 final the day beforehand. 

“Four of these guys leave school this year, so it’s nice for them to go out as All-Ireland Champions,” said De La Salle Coach Eamonn Sheehan. “For us it’s about making the extra pass and good team basketball. It can take a while for guys to buy into it, especially against a defence like the one we faced today but it was a good performance in the end.”

The Waterford side threatened to shut out St. Malachy’s completely in the opening period until John Moran got a shot away on the buzzer. De La Salle weren’t fully in the groove either but were still good enough for a 6-2 lead. 

The second quarter proved to be the most decisive. Jay Kavanagh, Daniel Sheehan and Zac Dunphy all connected with three-pointers as they raced into a 26-7 lead at half time. 

St. Malachy’s had little choice but switch into a full court press. Ethan Gibson was scoring well and De La Salle were struggling to break the press until Ryan Pepper created space for some eyecatching jump shots. That swung the game back in their favour with Pepper and Sheehan finishing on 15 points each. 

St. Malachy’s Head Coach Adrian Fulton said: “These guys beat some decent teams and it was important for us to give more guys competitive games at this age level. When they reflect they can be really proud of what they’ve achieved this year.”

DLS Waterford: Brian Horan 2, Zac Dunphy 10, Ryan Pepper 15, Daniel Sheehan 15, Cian O’Rourke 2. Substitutes: Shane Roche, Jay Kavanagh 5, Kieran Rooney, Seaghan Walsh, Alex Fitzgerald, Scott Dunphy 4.
St Malachy’s Belfast: Ethan Gibson 11, Eamon McKeown 2, Brendan Stewart 2, Michael McWilliams 4, Ruari McGinn. Substitutes: Dara McGinn, Paul Owens 4, Hans Abrahams 2, John Moran 4.
HT: St Malachy’s 7, DLS Waterford 26
MVP: Ryan Pepper

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