GAMEZONE: Under 18 and Under 20 Cup finals
January 26, 2019
Hula Hoops National Cup Results
Saturday, January 26th
Hula Hoops Under 18 Women’s National Cup Final
WIT Wildcats 64-66 Liffey Celtics
Saturday January 26th
Hula Hoops Under 20 Men’s National Cup Final
Dublin Lions 65-78 Neptune
Sunday, January 27th
Hula Hoops Under 18 Men’s National Cup Final
Belfast Star 59-68 Moycullen
Sunday, January 27th
Hula Hoops Under 20 Women’s National Cup Final
Portlaoise Panthers 52-62 DCU Mercy
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Hula Hoops National Cup Detailed Results
Hula Hoops U20 Women's National Cup Final
Hula Hoops U20 Women’s National Cup Final
Sunday, January 27th, 2019
National Basketball Arena, Tallaght
Portlaoise Panthers 52
DCU Mercy 62
Coming into the game as defending champions DCU Mercy showed some early nerves as Portlaoise settled the better of the two teams. Claire Melia was facilitating early on and some good outside scores saw the Panthers with an early 5-2 lead. Bronagh Power Cassidy was showing her ability from the beginning and was always a threat against the Portlaoise zone defense. At the end of a gritty first quarter Portlaoise led the defending champions 11-9.
In the 2nd quarter the Portlaoise side kept their noses in front for the majority of the quarter. At the midway point of the quarter they led by two 18-16. Despite the lead scores were proving difficult to come by and Rachel Huijsdens was doing an excellent job limiting Claire Melia’s shooting. On the offensive end Huijsdens was also scoring well as she combined with Power Cassidy for 25 of DCU’s 27 first half points. On the other end Sarah Fleming was influential throughout and her nine first half points kept Portlaoise close as they trailed by just two points at the interval 27-25.
As the second half started the two defences remained in control. DCU threatened to open up the game through more good work from Huijsdens and Power Cassidy but Claire Melia and Gillian Wheeler continued to keep Portlaoise close to the defending champions. A 5 minute drought to end the third quarter was ominous for Portlaoise although Mercy only extended their lead by two points as they led 37-32 after three.
The continued threat of Mercy was putting Portlaoise under immense pressure. Nicole Clancy added to the continued scores of Power Cassidy and Huijsdens and Portlaoise suddenly found themselves trailing down by twelve points. Claire Melia was struggling to get easy scores around the basket as Rachel Huijsdens was also doing a great job defensively. Despite a double digit deficit for Portlaoise they continued to fight with Shauna Dooley doing well. Ultimately though it was Mercy’s day as they got their hands on the Hula Hoops U20 National Cup title for the 2nd successive year. MVP of the game was Rachel Huijsdens who contributed an amazing 24 points and 14 rebounds.
After the game, DCU head coach Mark Ingle said, “That’s three in a row now at Under 20 and it’s what we set out to achieve. It was tough game against Portlaoise, they were very determined but we got the win.”
PORTLAOISE PANTHERS: Shauna Dooley (6), Jade Burke, Shauna Mulhall, Ciara Byrne (5), Amy Byrne, Gillian Wheeler (9), Jasmine Burke (2), Hannah Collins, Claire Melia (11), Lisa Blaney (2), Caoimhe Foynes, Sarah Fleming (17)
DCU MERCY: Deborah Sealy, Nicole Clancy (4), Niamh Hickey, Sarah Browne (4), Kim Clarke, Niamh Kenny, Maeve O’Seaghdha (2), Ali Donohoe, Bronagh Power Cassidy (26), Rachel Huijsdens (24), Rachel Brennan, Ciara Phillips
MVP: Rachel Huijsdens (DCU Mercy)
Hula Hoops U18 Men's National Cup Final
Hula Hoops U18 Men’s National Cup Final
Sunday, 27th January, 2019
National Basketball Arena, Tallaght
Belfast Star 59
Moycullen have claimed their first ever Hula Hoops U18 Men’s National Cup after a huge, 59-68 victory over Belfast Star. Star pulled ahead at the beginning of the game but it was a superb third quarter performance from Moycullen and MVP Paul Kelly that led them to victory.
Star started at a quicker pace than their Galway counterparts, with CJ Fulton picking up nine early points for his side. Moycullen fought back at Star’s lead and were able to get within a point before Star built a small lead, once again. Fulton was on the mark in the first, only missing one shot, as his team led 18-14 going in to the second.
Moycullen were instantly boosted when Iarlaith O’Sullivan made a dagger of a three to take the lead in the second and once James Connaire made a tough contested shot, Star coach Ger Ryan called a time out to gather his team. Fulton and Moycullen’s Paul Kelly were the stars of their team in the second, as they controlled the pace of the game while on offence, Moycullen leading 29-34 at the half.
Moycullen started the second half with the upper-hand as Kelly drove to the basket, every opportunity he had. Daniel Arimoro was impressive on the boards for the Galway side and the fast break was working a charm, with Kelly and Connaire leading the way. Despite Star’s effort, the third quarter was dominated by Moycullen, as they led heading in to the fourth, 43-56.
The fourth quarter saw scores traded between the teams, with Kelly and Connaire on the mark for Moycullen, while Fulton and Adam Ryan hit shots for Star. While Star made their best efforts to claw back at the lead, it was Moycullen that came away with the win, 59-68, and the Hula Hoops U18 Men’s National Cup
“It’s been a long year of preparation but we’ve reached our goal of what we wanted. The lads won Under 14, Under 16 and Under 17 All-Irelands so it’s been gearing up to this.”, said Moycullen head coach Dylan Cunningham after the game.
BELFAST STAR: Christopher Fulton (24), Denis Price, Ryan Scott (2), Jack Summersgill (10), Conn Doherty (4), Conor Ryan (7), Cormac O’Rourke (5), Conor McDonnell (6), Niall Hurson, Conor Cooke (1)
MOYCULLEN: Paul Kelly (18), Iarlaith O’Sullivan (3), James Cummins (5), James Wall, Daniel Arimoro (10), James Connaire (15), Cormac Croke, Eoin O Reilly, Aaron Kiernan (6), Gerard Davoren (6), Tommy McNeela (5), Mairtin O’ Conghaile
MVP: Paul Kelly (Moycullen)
Hula Hoops U20 Men’s National Cup final
Saturday, January 26th, 2019
Dublin Lions: 65
Neptune were crowned Hula Hoops Under 20 Men’s National Cup champions this afternoon after a dominating display from MVP Scott Hannigan, coupled with the experience and talent of Darragh O’Sullivan, David Murray and Cian Heaphy, saw them home to glory.
Neptune had the better of the early exchanges, opening up a lead thanks to good scoring from Scott Hannigan, Cian Heaphy and David Murray. Lions settled though, and Tiernan Howe, Rian Caverly and Jack Maguire began to assert their authority on the game, to close the gap back, and at the end of the first, Neptune held a 21-16 point lead.
A fast-paced, high intensity second quarter followed. Heaphy burst up the court for a huge dunk, while Jake Collins, Hannigan and Murray chipped in, but Lions upped the defensive pressure in style and it soon began to pay dividens, as with just under four minutes to go they had forced turnovers and reaped rewards courtesy of Finn Hughes, Howe and Caverly, and a massive score from Hughes saw it back to just one point at half time, Neptune leading 37-36.
A brilliant showcase of basketball continued in the third quarter, with huge work by Murray, Heaphy and O’Sullivan for Neptune seeing them driving at Lions at every turn and by the midway point, they had stretched the lead back out to five. Lions were not giving up though, and Hughes and Howe continued to shine bright for them, with Hughes netting some massive scores to bring the game right back into the melting pot. A big push at the end of the quarter from the Cork side though saw them push back out in front though at the end of the third, leading 56-49.
The Hannigans took over the early exchanges of the fourth, with two dagger three pointers from Scott shooting Neptune further into the lead. Huge defense once more from the stand out, David Murray, continued to keep the threat of a slick Lions offense at bay. Hughes continued to dominate for Lions, finishing the game out with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds, but Neptune’s superiority in transition, coupled with 26 points from turnovers, was the difference on the day, and they were crowned champions on a final score of 78-65.
DUBLIN LIONS: Jack Maguire (5), Tiernan Howe (18), Toms Luzbarzs, Sean Langan, Finn Hughes (22), Cian Daly (2), Neill Kavanagh (2), Harvey Killeen, Oisin Rice (2), Samuel Mohamed (2), Adam Mullally, Rian Caverly (12).
NEPTUNE: Kelvin O’Donoghue, Scott Hannigan (19), Cian Heaphy (13), Jake Collilns (6), Eli Lenihan, David Murray (16), James Hannigan (8), Darragh O’Sullivan (16), Sean McCarthy, David Aluko, Jack Field, David Varma.
MVP: Scott Hannignan (Neptune)
Hula Hoops U18 Women’s National Cup Final
Saturday, January 26th, 2019
National Basketball Arena, Tallaght
WIT Wildcats 64
Liffey Celtics 66
Liffey Celtics were crowned Hula Hoops U18 Women’s National Cup champions on Saturday morning after a nail-biting 64-66 victory over WIT Wildcats. The game changed leads multiple times throughout but it was game MVP, Katie Williamson, who finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds, that made the decisive score for Celtics to bag her club's first ever National Cup title.
Both teams started off at a ferocious pace, attacking the boards and flying up the court on fast breaks. Abby Flynn was the standout star once more for Wildcats, involved in every single thing that happened on the floor, and producing some super steals and scores at both end of the floor.
Wildcats’ Debbie Ogayemi made herself known as an inside presence early, as she powered her way through for some well-taken scores, but she was matched at the other end by Williamson. At the end of the first, Wildcats held the lead 15-11. Wildcats built a ten-point lead early in the second quarter but Liffey Celtics showed great determination to fight back. Led by Irish international, Fatimah Akorede, they were able to draw level and eventually, take the lead. Towards the end of the half, offensive slip-ups from Celtics allowed Wildcats to steal the ball multiple times and score, to them into a slender half time lead, 33-31.
The teams stayed neck-and-neck for the majority of the third quarter, trading the lead multiple times. Katie Williamson dominated on the boards for Liffey as she picked up a double-double of points and rebounds. Meanwhile Abby Flynn was dazzling the opposition on both ends of the court to see her side into a four-point lead (49-45) at the end of the third.
Flynn acted as a floor general in the fourth, guiding her team to the basket, while also making great defensive plays. Liffey took the lead again midway through the quarter, forcing Wildcats’ coach Tommy O’Mahony to call a time out. The game came right down to the wire and it looked certain to be headed for overtime, but for a late Williamson lay-up, which would be winning basket with fifty seconds remaining to see Liffey Celtics win out, 64-66.
“It’s a bit surreal at the moment,” said Celtics’ coach Erin Bracken. “It was an absolute battle from the beginning, I don’t think either team deserved to lose to be honest, but it was a great reflection for women’s basketball with the two best teams in the country playing each other.”
WIT WILDCATS: Kate Hickey (7), Grainne Browne, Abby Flynn (28), Robyn Morrissey (6), Anna Grogan (4), Rachel Fitzgerald, Bami Olukayode (3), Megan Waring, Eva Daniels (3), Ciara Butler, Grace O’Brien, Debbie Ogayemi (13)
LIFFEY CELTICS: Caoimhe Masterson (8), Eimear Harrington, Mia Doherty, Ada Bowler, Karyl Martir, Shauna Russell (7), Sarah Dillon (3), Ciara Bracken (16), Fatimah Akorede (9), Ciara Mulleady (4), Katie Williamson (19), Kate Rochford
MVP: Katie Williamson (Liffey Celtics)