Recap: Ireland U20m 64 - 58 Netherlands
July 17, 2016
U20 Ireland vs Netherlands â 17-07-16
Neither team could establish any rhythm until a beautiful delivery from Neary and equally pretty cut by Tummon set the tone.
A number of fouls allowed the Dutch back into the game but Blount's two drives and three slick assists left the defence at a loss.
The Netherlands stayed close with free throws but marvellous ball movement left Neary open to nail the three point shot and with 25 seconds left on the game clock and 5 on the shot clock, an O'Hanlon drive and dish left Neary open in the corner pocket to make the buzzer-beating three to finish 9-17 to Ireland.
The second quarter was choppy in a way that favoured The Netherlands.
With no field goals, defensive discrepancies continuously put the Dutch on the line and a mid-quarter rally of steals resulted in easy fast break buckets, bringing them within 3.
In the final seconds a blocking foul is called on Neary allowing Driessen to bring the Netherlands to within two at the close of the first half. (23-25)
An opening De Pree three started a Dutch surge, forcing two Irish time outs and establishing a lead of 39-32, but an aggressive O'Hanlon lay-up and a Tummon put-back forced a The Netherlands to take a time out of their own.
Great composure saw Ireland convert a 7-point deficit to a 7-point lead with Flood's 3-point bomb closing the quarter at 39-46 to Ireland.
The fourth quarter was neck and neck due to Ireland managing only 3 points.
With two minutes to go Kiernan sank two cool shots to extend the stale lead but in the penalty, Stolk tied the game at the line, 51-51, forcing overtime.
In the end, impressive mettle from Flood and O'Hanlon provided the bulk of the OT points to secure an Irish victory.
Final score: 58-64.
S. Flood (17), S. O'Hanlon (15), M. Neary (11), J.Tummon (8), J. Blount (6), E. Kiernan (4), C. Coomes (3).
Box Score: http://www.fiba.com/europe/u20b/2016/1707/Netherlands-Ireland#|tab=boxscore_statistics
FIBA European Championships Game Zone: http://www.basketballireland.ie/news-detail/10005841/