Ireland U16 Men and Women's teams to contest Dussmann Trophy
July 13, 2017
All roads lead to Luxembourg this weekend as the Ireland Under 16 Men and Women’s teams will fly to Luxembourg to contest the Dussmann Trophy.
Games tip off on Friday, July 14th and will run through the weekend.
The men’s squad will face the Netherlands, hosts Luxembourg and Denmark in their group, while the women’s team will go head-to-head with the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Slovakia.
The tournament comes just a few weeks before both squads fly out for their respective FIBA Under 16 European Championship Division B.
Speaking ahead of the upcoming weekend, Under 16 Men’s Head Coach, Pat Price said: ‘We are looking forward to getting a few more games under our belt. There is no substitute for preparation for Europeans than live international games.’
Also looking forward to the challenge was Under 16 Women’s Head Coach Andy Gill who added: 'This is the third year that we are returning to Luxembourg and the Dussmann Trophy event, where the organisation and competition is always excellent. This year, we face the hosts Luxembourg, Netherlands, who are in the A Division and recently demoted Slovak Republic, who played A last year. They will all test our playing ability and we hope to be a better team after it.”
Ireland Under 16 Results:
Friday, July 14th
The Netherlands 70 - 55 Ireland U16 Women
Ireland Under 16 Women began their Dussman tournament with a disappoint 55-70 loss to the Netherlands. A slow start in the first quarter was the root cause of their problems.
From the onset the Netherlands employed a full court 1-2-2 press that Ireland had encountered in their previous game in Rezé. Ireland struggled with the press more in this game and it resulted in a high number of turnovers. Katie Williamson and Ciara White were amongst the scoters as Ireland trailed 26-8 at the end of the first.
The second quarter saw Ireland begin the recovery with a 9-0 scoring burst with and a much better period of play against Netherlands press. Ireland shot an excellent 38% from the 3 point line and at the end of the quarter Abby Flynn, Ciara Bracken, Lauren Darcy and Katie Walshe were all now on the score sheet Ireland had narrowly lost the quarter by 2 and were now 40-20 down.
The start of the third quarter saw Ireland narrow the gap to 9 forcing a Netherlands time out with a period of superb full court pressure. Abby Flynn with 12, Ciara Bracken with 9 ( 2 back to back 3's) and some timely scores from Anna Lynch and Mia Furlong assisted the come back. Erin Maguire , Niamh Kenny and Lainey Nolan had all played their part in Ireland's defensive endeavours. Unfortunately as the quarter progressed the Netherlands superior height advantage meant they were getting too many offensive rebounds and second chance opportunities. At the end of the third The Netherlands led 56-41.
The 15 point difference meant that the fourth quarter was a back and forth affair that suited the Netherlands who just had to match Ireland's scoring. Mia Furlong , Abby Flynn and Katie Walshe all contributed points and Lainey Nolan grabbed 5 offensive rebounds but it wasn't enough as Ireland lost out 55-70.
Ireland U 16 Women: Abby Flynn (18), Ciara Bracken (9), Katie Walshe (8), Mia Furlong (8), Lauren Darcy (5), Katie Williamson (3), Ciara White (2), Anna lynch (2), Erin Maguire, Niamh Kenny, Lainey Nolan
Head coach Andy Gill commented - ' We lost the first quarter 26-8 and won the rest of the game 47-44 which is testament to the players character but also disappointing in how we reacted to a press we had seen before. We shot a best ever 37% from the 3 point line and 33 % overall. We committed 30 turnovers but forced 25 from Netherlands. We had lost by 27 points to them in France so we should consider the positives. However, we must learn quickly to play against pressure better and use our defensive aggression for the full 40 minutes because that is our strength. We move on to the next test v Luxembourg '
Saturday, July 15th
Ireland U16 Women 57-42 Luxembourg
Ireland secured their first win of the tournament against the hosts Luxembourg.
In a close first quarter, 6 players managed to get on the score sheet for Ireland with 4 each from Ciara Bracken and Katie Williamson, a 3 from Anna lynch and baskets from Abby Flynn, Lainey Nolan and Lauren Darcy. Overall though It was a scrappy affair with Ireland unable to impose their full court defence as much as they would have liked to.
The second quarter began in the same vein but a greater level of degree of intensity and some technical adjustments sparked a 7-0 Ireland run to enter half-time 33-22 up. A 3 from Erin Maguire and further scores from Katie Williamson , Anna Lynch and Ciara Bracken contributed to Ireland's 11 point lead.
In the third quarter Ireland were able to maintain a 12 point lead with 40% shooting from the field , parity in rebounding and constant full court pressure . Lainey Nolan was having her best game for Ireland with 6 points and 6 boards , Niamh Kenny continued her defensive presence and added in 3 points and Ireland led 44-32 going into the fourth.
With a minute to go Ireland were 20 points up 57-37 and 5 points conceded in the last minute had no affect on the game but put a slight dent in the scoreline. Mia Furlong and Katie Walshe continued to compete on the boards and on defence with Katie Williamson leading the scorers with 14.
Katie Williamson (14), Ciara Bracken (12), Abby Flynn (9), Lainey Nolan (6), Anna Lynch (5), Erin Maguire (3), Ciara White (3), Niamh Kenny (3), Lauren Darcy (2), Katie Walshe , Mia Furlong
Coach Andy Gill stated ' Both the coaching staff and players knew that this game was very winnable as it proved. Our defence was the key and once we improved in the second quarter we were able to pull away. We play Luxembourg U23 who beat Netherlands so they will be a stern test . We have to execute on the offensive end much much better if we are to compete with them '
Sunday, July 16th
Ireland U16 Women 53 -59 Luxembourg U23
'After leading until the middle of the fourth quarter we were extremely disappointed to lose by such a narrow margin. Ciara White hit a 3 to get us within 3 with 35 seconds to go but we conceded a foul and the 2 free throws they made ended the game . It was a great effort considering the near 5 year age gap. However, these are games that we can and should win. With the exception of a really poor first quarter against the Netherlands we were able to impose our defence on teams so the tournament has really helped us build for the Europeans'
Katie Walshe (22), Katie Williamson (11), Ciara Bracken (5), Niamh Kenny (4), Anna Lynch (3), Ciara White (3), Abby Flynn (3), Lauren Darcy (2), Mia Furlong , Erin Maguire, Lainey Nolan
Friday, July 14th
The Netherlands 73 - 41 Ireland U16 Men
Coach Pat Price: "I thought that the Netherlands were a really good team but we didn't play up to our own expectation. We have another opportunity to improve tomorrow night against Luxembourg and we need to show exactly what we can do as a group."
Saturday, July 15th
Ireland U16 Men 68-59 Luxembourg
Coach Pat Price: "I was delighted with our physical effort tonight. Our defence came up big time and time again and our interior play was terrific. We're looking forward to the challenge of playing a very physical Denmark team tomorrow."
Sunday, July 16th
Ireland U16 Men 76-84 Denmark
Denmark improved as the tournament went on and unfortunately Ireland weren't able to capitalise on a very strong first half.
After impressively holding Denmark to 30 points in the first half (38-30) Ireland lost their way in the third and by halfway through the fourth quarter they trailed by as many as 18 points. A furious late comeback fueled by Daniel Arimoro (23 points, 11 rebounds) Sanmi Fajana (11 points, 6 rebounds), two big three pointers from David Lehane and a huge defensive effort from Tiernan Howe, Ireland managed to cut the lead to just five points with two minutes remaining. Unfortunately Denmark closed out the game with some late free throws and ran out 84-76 winners.
Coach Pat Price "We would find it very difficult to win any international matches while conceding 84 points so we will certainly look to improve and grow as a team during our upcoming games against Portugal and Poland this weekend".