ROUND-UP: Ireland Senior Men v Luxembourg
June 22, 2018
Ireland Senior Men Results
Game 1 (Friday, June 22nd)
Ireland 82-67 Luxembourg
Game 2 (Saturday, June 23rd)
Ireland 93-97 Luxembourg (after overtime - full time 91-91)
Ireland Senior Men - Detailed Results
Luxembourg pips Ireland in overtime thriller at the Mardyke Arena
Game 2 - Saturday, June 23rd
Luxembourg bounced back in style from their opening game loss to Ireland on Friday night, to win out by four points in an overtime thriller at the Mardyke Arena UCC, Cork this evening.
Nothing separated the teams from the very off, as Luxembourg had their homework well done on Ireland’s main threats ahead of this evening’s clash and used that knowledge well to limit Ireland’s opportunities.
Superb displays from Taiwo Badmus and Lorcan Murphy were the big talking points for the Irish once more, while Belfast Star’s Keelan Cairns stepped up to the mark in style with some big scores throughout the game – most importantly, a huge three-pointer to send the game to overtime.
Indeed, it was a much tighter affair all round, with the sides neck-in-neck in the opening quarter, with Badmus once more the stand-out scorer for the Irish, bagging 10 of his side’s opening period points, while good scores from Aidan Quinn, Lorcan Murphy and Cairns saw Ireland ahead by the minimum, 25-24 at the end of the quarter.
The second quarter continued in the same vein, with Luxembourg matching the hosts score for score. Again, it was the athleticism of Lorcan Murphy and super work from Travis Black and Badmus that stood out for the Irish, to keep the scoring ticking over. Luxembourg was up to the challenge though, and Oliver Vujakovic and Alex Laurent stepped up strong to edge them into a 51-53 point lead at half time.
Again, nothing separated the sides in the third quarter. Black, Murphy and Badmus continued to find the target and cause trouble for the Luxembourg defence, and Ireland trailed by just one point (70-71) going into the last. The game remained in the balance throughout the fourth quarter, as neither team could get a cushion on the scoreboard. Paddy Lyons impressed stepping up with another big score when it was badly needed and with the clock ticking down, it was kicked out to Cairns on the wing, who hit a big three to tie the game at 91 points apiece and sent the game to overtime.
The visitors started off overtime the strongest, adding two baskets early to open up a gap on the scoring. Scores from Black and Badmus brought Ireland back into it, but Luxembourg were determined not to leave Cork without a win, and powered on through to win out 93-97 in the end.
IRELAND: Adrian O’Sullivan, Aidan Quinn (6), Lorcan Murphy (20), Paddy Lyons (3), Travis Black (14), Ciaran Roe (c) (3), Matt Kelly, Taiwo Badmus (28), Jordan Blount (4), Keelan Cairns (15), Eoghain Kiernan, Paul Freeman.
Solid Irish display sees them home to victory against Luxembourg
Game 1 - Friday, June 22nd
A solid display from the Ireland senior men’s team this evening saw them win out 82-67 over Luxembourg in Game One of the two-game international friendly series at the Mardyke Arena UCC.
Ireland’s Taiwo Badmus was the talking point for many as he had the crowd on their feet throughout the game with some superb moves, including two big dunks much to the delight of the crowd.
Indeed, Badmus, Jordan Blount and Lorcan Murphy put on a showcase of athleticism, working hard under the boards at either end to try and stifle a tall and physical Luxembourg team, while Adrian O’Sullivan impressed on his club’s home court, finishing the game with 12 points after a number of driving moves to the basket.
Indeed, things got off to a great start for the Irish, as they drove into an early 24-18 first quarter lead, with Travis Black impressing with some well-taken scores.
It wasn’t long before Luxembourg clawed back into the game though, and by the midway point of the second quarter, had brought the lead back to just two, before tying the game shortly after. Scores from Blount and Black nosed Ireland back in front, while hard work on defence from Aidan Quinn, Matt Kelly and Ciaran Roe tried to keep the Luxembourg pressure at bay. A well-taken jump shot from Keelan Cairns rounded off the scoring for the quarter and Ireland held a 37-34 lead at the break.
The third quarter was neck-in-neck, and big scores from the hugely impressive Lorcan Murphy, Adrian O’Sullivan and Ciaran Roe kept the scoring ticking over for Ireland. A period of intensity from Luxembourg followed, but Ireland kept their cool and held a 58-53 lead going into the last.
The last quarter was certainly one that will be remembered by the crowd, with dunks galore from Badmus, super scores from O’Sullivan and a fantastic score from Patrick Lyons to finish off an overall solid performance from the team on the night to win out 82-67.
Game 2 tips off at the Mardyke Arena UCC on Saturday, June 23rd, at 4pm.
IRELAND: Adrian O’Sullivan (12), Aidan Quinn (3), Lorcan Murphy (14), Paddy Lyons (5), Travis Black (8), Ciaran Roe (c) (10), Matt Kelly, Taiwo Badmus (18), Jordan Blount (10), Keelan Cairns (2), Eoghain Kiernan, Paul Freeman