PREVIEW: Ireland U20 men face Romania in classification game
July 18, 2019
The Ireland Under 20 men face Romania on Friday in their first classification game at 16:15 in the FIBA U20 Men’s European Championship Division B in Portugal. Having finished at the bottom of Group A, Ireland will be competing in the 17th – 21st classification round. A win on Friday means they will be playing for 17th or 18th spot on Sunday. Ireland are looking to bounce back after an inconsistent performance against Belarus on Tuesday. A poor opening quarter on the defensive end left Ireland with a mountain to climb that they just couldn’t overcome.
The U20 men will be looking to produce a more rounded performance on Friday, a focus on reducing turnovers, getting some more points off their good offensive rebounding, getting out in transition and consistently showing the defensive intensity they are capable of. Darragh O’Sullivan, Eoin Nelson and Tadgh Crowley have been the top scorers to-date and they will need to continue this on Friday. Ireland have competed well on the boards in their group games and they will be looking to build on this with Crowley, Conor Liston, Eoin McCann and Finn Hughes all contributing.
Romania will prove to be tough opposition, while also having not won a group game, they have been within ten points in three of their four games. Their backcourt pair of Lucas Tohatan and Dragos Diculescu have been one of the more impressive duos in group games and Ireland will be focused on limiting their opportunities as much as possible.
Looking ahead to the game, head coach Mike Lynch stated: “Today is our second rest day but we have worked hard in our training sessions. We are coming up against a formidable team in Romania who narrowly lost to Finland last night. Our homework has been done on this Romanian team and now it’s up to the players to execute our game plan. They are determined to do well and hopefully we can have a team performance for 40 minutes.”
The game will be live streamed on the Basketball Ireland Facebook page and FIBA YouTube channel at 4.15pm(Irish time) on Friday 19th July. You can also follow live updates on the Basketball Ireland Twitter feed (@bballirl).
Ireland U20 Men – Fixtures
(All times listed are Irish times)
Friday, July 19th
Ireland v Romania, 16:15
EVENT WEBSITE: http://www.fiba.basketball/europe/u20b/2019