RECAP: IRELAND U16 MEN 77-63 Portugal
August 17, 2017
FIBA U16 Men's European Championship Division B
(August 17th, 2017)
Irish eyes were smiling after Ireland U16 men took victory over Portugal in their first round of classification games in Bulgaria this evening. This is a huge achievement for the side that qualified in the top 16 of the FIBA Under 16 European Championship Division B.
Diogo Gomes for Portugal was the first to score in the game but it was quickly matched with a two-point shot from David Lehane, which he then followed with a superb three. Lehane was a standout player for Ireland from the get go, racking in an impressive 18 points in the first half. Ireland’s impenetrable defence made it difficult for Portugal to gain scores, which opened up opportunities for Cian Daly and captain Paul Kelly also adding to the score board. Ireland ended the first quarter with a cushy lead of 24 to Portugal’s 9.
The second quarter however saw a more determined and driven Portugal come out, that really put the pressure on Ireland. A few misplaced passes saw Portugal begin to close the gap, however Lehane was having none of it with some slick shooting and sharp assists. An end of the quarter foul saw Oisin Rice make two free throws to close the half on a sweet note for Ireland leading 45-28.
It was Daniel Arimoro that opened up the scoring for the second half, teaming up well with Sanmi Fajana on rebounds and defence. Again another solid performance from the number 14, keeping the Portuguese at bay with some great blocks, drives, and of course his ritual dunk. Paul Kelly continued his selfless play with superb passing and assists, ending the game 77-63
Coach Pat Price reflected on the game: ‘The boys made a great effort, they came out really focused and wanted to finish to the best of their ability. They enjoy playing together so they don’t want this to end. I’m really proud of them and of tonight’s performance. Everything started with our defence, which was outstanding and created so many opportunities for us.’
Result – FIBA U16 Men’s European Championship Division B
August 19th - Classification Game 9 -16th place
Ireland 77 - 63 Portugal
IRELAND U16 MEN: Paul Kelly (8), CJ Fulton (1), Nathan Moore (7), Andrew O’Connor, Cian Daly (2), David Lehane (22), Daire Kennelly, Oisin Rice (9), Tiernan Howe (4), Sanmi Fajana (20), Daniel Arimoro (4), Ronan Cregan.
WATCH BACK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S5EiMEPAwQ