RECAP: Ireland 53-60 San Marino
July 03, 2016
Sunday July 3rd, 2016
FIBA European Championships For Small Countries Bronze Medal Match:
Ireland 53-60 San Marino
Irelandâs bid for a third ever medal at the FIBA Menâs European Championships for Small Countries came up just in a 60-53 defeat to San Marino in the bronze medal match.
It was the third time in tournament history that Ireland had lost to a team they had beaten in Group Stages and the microstate celebrated wildly as they ran down the clock. Ireland were having a poor day from the three-point line with just two successes from 26 attempts, making it all the harder to reel in a deficit heading down the stretch.
Ciaran OâSullivan came in for his second start of the tournament and substitute Keelan Cairns hit some early baskets before a 5-0 run gave San Marino a 13-12 lead for the first quarter.
Jordan Blount pulled off some explosive moves to help forge a 21-15 lead midway through the second period. The University of Illinois at Chicago recruit completed his double-double in 16 minutes of the first half while Brian Fitzpatrick took his chances in the paint for seven points.
Fitzpatrick made Irelandâs first three to help build on a 29-21 half-time lead and with Kyle Hosford penetrating well, Ireland were poised to close out the win.
San Marino replied with back-to-back threes and pulled off a spectacular alley-oop to swing momentum firmly in their favour. Irelandâs challenge ultimately faded and they failed to score in the last 3:45 of the game.
Ireland: Kyle Hosford*(6), Kevin Lacey*, Jordan Blount* (16), Ciaran OâSullivan*, Brian Fitzpatrick*(16), Adrian OâSullivan, Paul Dick (4), Lorcan Murphy (1), Stephen James (3), Keelan Cairns (7), Colin OâReilly, Conor Gallagher.
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