U18 Men's RECAP: Ireland 79 Poland 88
August 03, 2016
Wednesday August 3rd, 2016
FIBA U18 European Championships - Division B (Group A)
Ireland 79, Poland 88
Sports Centre Jane Sandanski, Skopje, MKD
Ireland can go into the classification stages of the FIBA U18 European Championships with renewed vigour after a fine display against Poland in Group A. Joey Boylan's side ultimately lost the game 88-79 but showed that better days lie ahead in a game where they led in all four quarters against a very strong side.
"We've gotten stronger in every game and there were 17 lead changes out there tonight," said Coach Boylan. "They just a little run on us with four minutes left and we just couldn't peg it back."
Ireland took huge confidence from their positive start as Eoin Rockall, Donal Ring and Tariq Guebaili put together a 6-0 run for a 13-6 lead. The lead was out to nine points before Poland showed why they were the top three-point shooters in the competition to lead 23-21 for the first quarter.
Matt Treacy's three-pointer gave his side the lead six minutes into the second and Adam Drummond's scoring streak ensured the sides were level 42-42 at the break.
Drummond hit the 20 point mark late in the third quarter, before a 7-0 from the tournamentâs fourth ranked points scorers. Adam Heaphyâs block made it's way to Eoin Rockall with three seconds to the buzzer to make it 59-58 with a quarter left.
Stephen Commins landed a three with Ireland's first possession of the fourth and Donal Ring got into double digits but Poland had a clear edge on rebounds and ultimately the consistency of their shooting and their high scoring bench saw them home. Eoin Rockall's 16th point and Daniel Heaney's late two weren't enough to reverse the result.
"If we can come out with that kind of intensity again and play offence to the level we played at tonight, we'll be a match for anyone in this competition," said an optimistic Head Coach.
Ireland: E. Rockall* (16), C. Curran* (6), A. Drummond* (27), T. Guebaili* (8), D. Ring* (10), B. Ashton, M. Treacy (7), R. Sullivan, S. Commins (3), O. OâReilly, A. Heaphy, D. Heaney (2).