U16 Men's Recap: Ireland 76, Scotland 59
August 12, 2016
Friday 12th August, 2016
FIBA U16 Menâs European Championship - Division B (Group B)
Ireland 76, Scotland 59
Universiada Hall, Sofia, BUL
Ireland are off the mark in the FIBA U16 European Championships courtesy of a 76-59 over Scotland. It was a remarkable performance from a squad who have endured a torrid time with injuries. With only 11 fit players making the trip to Bulgaria, Jack Moran suffered concussion in the opening day defeat to England and was ruled out of the rest of the tournament. Kris Arcilla picked up a knock in that game, leaving just nine players to take on the Scots in Group B.
âWe just went out, played hard and gave it all we got,â said captain Darragh OâSullivan. âWe were playing with nine players but we just played all four quarters like they were our last.â
Ireland may have taken the foot of the gas down the stretch, but they were 32 points clear at the three-quarter mark with all nine players on the score sheet. James Beckom led the scoring on 19 points with David Murray on ten points and Cian Heaphy contributing 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists. On the defensive end, Max Amadasunâs five blocks ranks him second in the tournament.
Beckomâs energy was once again a feature of the first quarter as Ireland put up a 17-9 lead in 10 minutes. The winning of the game was a 14-0 into the second quarter with good defensive work making life hard for the Scottish.
The lead topped out at 38 points after 27 minutes before Scotland gave a better account of themselves in the final period. Next up for Nabil Murad's young charges are Hungary in a game which is sure to provide a much stiffer test.
Ireland: P. Kelly* (2), C. Heaphy* (12), R. Cahill* (9), J. Beckom* (19), K. Arcilla DNP, S. Hannigan (9), D. OâSullivan (3), M. Convery* (6), J. Moran DNP, D. Murray* (10), M. Amadasun* (6).
Box Score: http://live.fibaeurope.com/www/Game.aspx?acc=0&gameID=97486&lng=en