RECAP: Ireland U16 Men 83 - 78 Bosnia & Herzegovina
August 19, 2017
FIBA U16 Men's European Championship Division B
Bosnisa and Herzegovina: 73
(August 11th, 2017)
Ireland Under 16 men’s basketball team wrote their own piece of history this afternoon as they stormed home to an 83-78 point win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 11-12th place classification game.
In what has already been a superb summer for Irish international basketball, the under 16 men continued the trend today, securing a massive 11th place finish in the European Championships.
Ireland not only finished their Europeans campaign in style, but did so over a team who – just five days ago – beat them in the Group stages 71-97.
An even first quarter saw the teams trading baskets, with Sanmi Fajana, David Lehane and Tiernan Howe the stand out shooters to send Ireland into a 21-18 point lead at the end of the first. A superb second quarter from Cian Daly, which saw him get in some vital assists and steals served to enhance and already strong defensive display from the boys in green. Fajana continued to clock the scores for the Irish, and they held a five-point lead at the break, 40-35.
The third quarter is where things got a little shaky for Ireland as Bosnia & Herzegovina hustled to close the gap and managed to take their first lead in the game. Ireland regrouped quickly though, with Paul Kelly leading the charge with a perfectly placed pace to Oisin Rice who hit the long three, and Ireland were back in control by the buzzer. It certainly wasn’t over though, and the final quarter was a battle of will and determination. Strong defence kept Ireland on top, and Nathan Moore showed his cool head from the free throw line to send Ireland home to a memorable and historic victory, 83-78.
Coach Pat Price reflected on the game, "It was what we thought it would be, last game, last day, let’s find out what we have left in the tank. Two weeks ago Joey Boylan came in and had a chat with the team. Joey has so much experience at Europeans so we asked him what are some of the tips you could give to the guys. He said ‘when it gets down to that absolute last day, it normally comes down to who wants it more’. We reminded the team about that last night and again today in the third quarter, that we needed to want this more than Bosnia. A lot of the team made a couple of great plays and did a lot of defensive stops at critical times, so I’m very proud of them and proud that they could rally after such a tough game last night. They said they wanted to end this thing in the right way and they really did.”
Result – FIBA U16 Men’s European Championship Division B
August 19th - Classification Game 11-12th place
Ireland 83 - 78 Bosnia & Herzegovina
IRELAND U16 MEN: Paul Kelly (10), CJ Fulton, Nathan Moore (3), Andrew O’Connor, Cian Daly (5), David Lehane (13), Daire Kennelly, Oisin Rice (6), Tiernan Howe(10), Sanmi Fajana (26), Daniel Arimoro (10), Ronan Cregan.
WATCH BACK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n00tDHBpVog