DUSSMANN 2019: Ireland U18M win out event as U16W finish second
July 14, 2019
It was a hugely successful Dussmann Tournament 2019 for the Ireland Under 18 men and Under 16 women in Luxembourg at the weekend, with the U18 men winning the tournament out, and the Under 16 women taking second place.
Check out the recap of the weekend below.
IRELAND RESULTS - 2019 DUSSMANN TOURNAMENT
Friday, July 12th
Ireland U16 women 46 - 71 Slovenia
Ireland U18 men 60 - 54 Portugal
Saturday, July 13th
Ireland U16 women 81 - 68 Luxembourg
Ireland U18 men 74 - 58 Luxembourg
Sunday, July 14th
Ireland U16 women 68 - 63 Croatia
Ireland U18 men 68-56 Denmark
DETAILED RESULTS - IRELAND U18 MEN
Ireland U18 men crowned 2019 Dussmann Tournament champions
Sunday, July 14th
Ireland maintained their 100% record at the Dussmann tournament on Sunday morning with a 68-56 point win over Denmark in the final game of the weekend to see them crowned 2019 Dussmann Tournament trophy champions.
As with previous games, Ireland got off to a good start with some excellent shooting from Tiernan Howe from the arc and Rapolas Buivydas inside the paint to see them command a 21-10 lead at the end of the first.
The ten-point lead was maintained throughout the second quarter with great defence from Sanmi Fajana and James Connaire as offensive and defensive discipline learned in the first two games came to fruition,, it was 36 - 26 going into the half.
A much closer third quarter followed and there was very little to separate the sides. Howe was sharp outside the arc while Buivydas and Fajana were strong under the boards and Ireland kept a ten point cushion going into the last, 52-42.
The final quarter saw both teams in early foul trouble but again, the work rate was incredible by all players, and they managed to hold their nerve down the stretch to seal the win in style, 68-56, scoop the trophy and earn two tournament All Star fives for Paul Kelly and Rapoblas Buivydas.
"It was a really, really tough game," said assistant coach Ciaran O'Sullivan. "The two teams were tired. We built up a ten-point lead early, and maintained it. They came out pressing hard and fouling, so it was good learning for us down the stretch and a great weekend. Any weekend you take care of Denmark, Luxembourg and Portugal is a great weekend. We learned a lot."
The Ireland U18 men will play a final preparation tournament before European Championships in Dublin next weekend. They host Norway at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght for a three-game international friendly series. The games will take place on Friday, July 19th at 8pm, Saturday, July 20th at 3pm and Sunday, July 21st at 10am. All support is welcome.
IRELAND: Ronan Cregan, Matthew Harper, Nate Moore, Paul Kelly (5), CJ Fulton (11), Tiernan Howe (14), James Connaire (1), David Lehane (8), Daire Kennelly (2), Rapolas Buivydas (15), Sanmi Fajana (12), Leeroy Odiahi.
Saturday, July 13
Ireland U18 Men overcame the hosts Luxembourg 74-58 in their second game of the tournament. Ireland started very strongly with tremendous defence and a strong offence to command a 23-4 lead. Shots from Paul Kelly, CJ Fulton and David Lehane kept the momentum going to the end of the first.
Luxembourg came out very strongly in the second and went on a scoring spree to reel the lead in. While Ireland still managed to score 21, again Kelly, Nathan Moore and Tiernan Howe grabbing baskets, Luxembourg racked up 27 from outside the arc and it was a 44 - 31 lead to Ireland at the half.
Half time gave Coach Kelleher the chance to settle his squad and the third quarter saw both teams score 13 each. Again defence was slack at times. Leeroy Odiahi had some nice scores and was strong in defence, Ireland maintained there 13 point lead and it was 57 - 44.
The fourth quarter saw Ireland pull away to command a ten point lead which again Luxembourg punished from outside the arc but shots from Connaire, Lehane and Kelly set Ireland up to take the win. Ireland take on Denmark at noon Irish time on Sunday.
IRELAND: Ronan Cregan, Matthew Harper, Nathan Moore (8), Paul Kelly (19), CJ Fulton (5), Tiernan Howe (8), James Connaire (5), David Lehane (12), Daire Kennelly (2), Rapolas Buivydas, Sanmi Fajana (6), Leeroy Odiahi (9)
Friday, July 12th
DETAILED RESULTS - IRELAND U16 WOMEN
Ireland U16 women finish Dussmann tournament in second place
Sunday, July 14th
Ireland under 16 women put in a fantastic display of basketball to defeat Croatia in the final day of the 2019 Dussmann Trophy in Luxembourg and finish the event in second place.
It was always going to be a tough game for the Irish against a strong basketball nation and, with an early 9am tip after defeating Luxembourg Saturday evening in a late finishing game, fatigue was always going to be an issue. However, every player contributed for the third game in a row and Ireland’s strength and depth was key to securing a hard fought victory.
Ireland started the game brightest and jumped into an early lead with Kara McCleane leading the charge from the outset showing her ability to put the ball on the floor, get to the rim, hit the outside shot and play intense yet controlled defense. Ireland missed Michelle Ugwah’s size and physical presence as she could only play limited minutes due to a niggling ankle injury and Croatia’s size was causing issues that led to early foul trouble allowing them to keep within striking distance. Kate Kelly was superb on the offensive end for Ireland, hitting an outside shot and a driving layup and, with the introduction of Tania Salvado, Ireland started to match the Croatians on the boards. In fact, match is an understatement as Salvado has been a revelation on the glass in this tournament with nine rebounds today (six offensive) following on from 16 in yesterday’s game which were vital to Irish victory. McCleane continued to score and Casey Mulvey got in on the act with a three of her own to leave Ireland up 23-14 at the end of the first.
Croatia came storming back in the second quarter and started to eat into the Irish lead using their height advantage and some sharp shooting from the outside. Ireland managed to hold them off for most of the quarter with superb but very different baskets from the elegant Ella O’Donnell and her precise post footwork and the whirling dervish that is Hazel Finn driving to the basket with reckless abandon. However just when it looked like Ireland would maintain their lead into the break, Croatia found their scoring touch to sink three baskets in the last 90 seconds of the period to take a slim 35-33 lead into the half, their first lead of the game.
Rather than looking dejected from losing their lead, Ireland emerged from the half time break looking energised, refreshed and hungrier that their opponents and it was only a few possessions before they would regain their lead. McCleane was putting in an outstanding performance and the Croatians didn’t seem to have an answer for her multi-faceted game. The second half followed a similar pattern with Ireland stretching a lead out to 8 or 9 points before Croatia would close it by a few but each time the Irish girls seemed to have an answer, huge three pointers from Paris McCarthy, Sarah Hickey and Miah Ryan ensured the Croatians never got any closer than 4 points. A smooth assist from Sinead Keane found McCleane for yet another basket and the team spirit was there for all to see in the Luxembourg gym as the girls on the bench loudly cheered on their team mates on court, even the not so quiet instructions being barked by head coach Andy Gill from the sideline were hard to hear over the “DEFENSE, HUSTLE” chants from the Irish bench. By the end of the fourth quarter, Croatia looked dejected as the relentless Irish pressure had broken their spirit and Ireland held on to win 68-63 and secure second place honours in the 2019 Dussmann Trophy and a tournament All Star five for Hazel Finn.
Speaking afterwards, head coach Andy Gill stated: “It’s not often you get the opportunity to beat a big team like Croatia. We proved what kind of team we can be. The biggest thing we’ll take away from this is we’ve proved that we are capable to beat these higher ranked nations and we’ll use this as a foundation for our next games. It was a magnificent effort from the team.”
IRELAND: Kara McCleane (17), Hazel Finn (16), Kate Kelly (7), Ella O’Donnell (6), Sarah Hickey (5), Miah Ryan (5), Casey Mulvey (5), Paris McCarthy (3), Tania Salvado (2), Sophie Moore (2), Sinead Keane, Michelle Ugwah,
Saturday, July 13th
Ireland U16 girls put in an impressive display to claim victory over hosts Luxembourg in the Dussmann tournament tonight in a pulsating game of end to end basketball.
11 players featured on the score sheet in what was a great display of team basketball. The first half was played at a breakneck speed with both teams pushing the ball in transition and shooting the outside shot well. Captain Hazel Finn was in the centre of the action as usual and had a huge performance with 24 points and 11 rebounds. She set the tone early attacking the rim while Sarah Hickey showed her versatility scoring on the inside and stepping out to hit a three also. Hickey was another stand out performer finishing with 14 points, 8 rebounds and an incredible 5 first half steals. Luxembourg recovered from a slow start to hit a few threes and the first quarter ended in a shootout with Ireland having a 25-21 lead.
Kara McCleane was outstanding on defense, applying constant pressure to the Luxembourg guards and also a force on offense with 12 points in the game. Ireland were on fire in the second with Sohie Moore and Sinead Keane also hitting three point shots but couldn’t get the stops they required to build a lead as Luxembourg used the three point shot to stay close, 49-43 at the half to the girls in green.
Ireland’s game plan to play with pace seemed to pay dividends in the third quarter as Luxembourg looked tired and Ireland pushed their lead to double digits. Tania Salvado and Casey Mulvey were dominant on the boards, 25 in total between them including 12 offensive to gain the Irish vital extra possessions. Miah Ryan had one of the highlights of the game doing her best James Harden impression, finishing an audacious euro step layup through contact but Luxembourg had managed to close the gap to 8 points before a Kate Kelly three ensured Ireland maintained an 11 point lead going into the fourth, 68-57.
Ireland’s press was causing Luxembourg problems and Paris McCarthy and Ella O’Donnell converted turnovers into transition points to push the lead to 15 points and force a Luxembourg time out. Ireland were firmly in control at the stage and controlled the clock to run out winners 81-68 with a tough test vs Croatia tomorrow. The only downside was limited minutes for Micelle Ugwah after tweaking her ankle but hopefully she will be back in game shape for the next game.
IRELAND: Hazel Finn (24), Sarah Hickey (14), Kara McCleane (12), Ella O’Donnell (7), Miah Ryan (6), Sophie Moore (5), Sinead Keane (5), Kate Kelly (3), Paris McCarthy (2), Casey Mulvey (2), Tania Salvado (1), Michelle Ugwah
Friday, July 12th
Ireland U16 girls lost out to a talented Slovenian side today in their first game of the 2019 Dussmann Trophy on a scoreline of 71-46. It was a close contest through three quarters before Slovenia had a dominant fourth quarter and closed the game on a 20-2 run. Despite this Ireland can take a lot of positives from their performance through the first three three quarters.
Ireland got off to a quick start with the dynamic and relentless Hazel Finn attacking the basket for a driving score and Ella 0’Donnell showed her finesse and immaculate post footwork to create some space in the post and finish with a silky smooth jump hook. Slovenia were undeterred and the games MVP Mcunovic opened the scoring for the Eastern Europeans driving left before drop stepping right and hitting a turnaround fade away jump shot, a move that wouldn’t look out of place in a pro game. Both sides battled for control in a closely contested first quarter, Tania Savado came off the Irish bench and made an immediate impact on the offensive glass pulling down multiple rebounds and finishing inside but the Slovenian captain Garic kept them in front with a driving lay-up and a deep step back jump shot. Ireland’s best success in the first came through grabbing rebounds and turning defense into offense at pace with Casey Mulvey and Kara McCleane both taking the ball off the defensive glass and going coast to coast creating scoring opportunities to keep Ireland in touch but it would be Slovenia with the slender lead at the end of the first 18-14.
Finn again was the antagonist for Ireland in the second quarter missing a floater but getting her own rebound and making an audacious scoop layup before earning more points at the free throw line. However Slovenia were showing their class and Mcunovic continued to shine as Ireland couldn’t cut into the four point lead as both sides traded baskets for the most of the quarter. Michelle Ugwah was a defensive force for Ireland blocking two shots and initiating the Irish fast break. Sinead Keane and Sophie Moore were unlucky with a pair of three point attempts that missed by the closest of margins and Slovenia punished Ireland in transition to increase their lead to 38-27 at the half.
Ireland started the third looking like a team with something to prove and went straight to work with Sarah Hickey opening the scoring within 15 seconds with a text book post move, sealing her defender low and using a subtle fake over her left shoulder to drag her defender out of position before drop stepping and finishing with a kiss off the glass. Hickey then added to her total with a three from the wing followed by a spectacular score by Finn, leaving her defender in the dust with a vicious crossover before completing the play with a tough left hand finish and McCleane scored a baseline floater to cap off a 9-0 Irish run to start the period and force the Slovenians into an early time out. Slovenia regrouped after the time out with back to back scores before Ireland came roaring back with consecutive three pointers. The first was created expectedly by a crafty dribble move by Miah Ryan who drew the help defense and pitched the ball to Kate Kelly who was ready for the catch and shoot and in the next possession Kelly turned provider driving and finding McCleane for the three as Ireland cut the score to only 4 points once again. Slovenia managed to hit a three of their own and increase the lead back to 7 points going into the fourth, Ireland 44 - 51 Slovenia.
The fourth was were things fell apart for Ireland, Slovenia increased their intensity level on both ends and some easy missed chances for Ireland were quickly converted to transition scores by Slovenia. Ireland looked tired and even when they managed to get into the paint on offense the 6’4” Jelenc was altering and blocking shots to make inside scoring incredibly difficult. Slovenia would dominate the quarter and run out winners 71-46 with another tough test up next for Ireland vs the hosts, Luxembourg.
IRELAND: Hazel Finn (13), Sarah Hickey (8), Kara McCleane (7), Ella O’Donnell (6), Kate Kelly (5), Casey Mulvey (3), Tania Salvado (2), Miah Ryan (2), Sophie Moore, Sinead Keane, Michelle Ugwah, Paris McCarthy