UCD celebrated a 19 point victory at the expense of NUI Galway on a final score line of 69-50 in the Intervarsity Men’s A Final.
UCD’s Dan James rightfully earned the MVP honour with a 22 point contribution and was aided by teammate Luke MCrone who added 21 points in the contest.
Both sides were scoreless in the opening minutes until NUIG’s Dylan Cunningham drained a three pointer to put the Galway side on the board. Dan James answered back for UCD with an aggressive power move to the basket and the Dublin side refused to relinquish their lead.
UCD’s sharp shooting caused problems for NUIG as the Galway side searched for a counter to the scoring threats of UCD’s McCrone and James. With a surge on the defensive end in the fourth and NUIG unable to close the scoring gap, the hosts cruised past their opponents to lift the plate in victory.
“I think it all came down to our defense in the first half”, said MVP Dan James,
“We were able to shut them down in the first half, build a comfortable lead and were able to concentrate on offense more in the second half”.
UCC lifted the Plate after defeating host UCD on a final tally of 74-61 in the Intervarsity Women’s A Final.
Team Montenotte SuperLeague star Claire Rockall contributed 24 points in the victory while also grabbing the MVP award for her efforts.
Sarah Woods and Eimear Mairtin led the attack for UCD by combining for 28 points but it was Cork stars Claire Rockall and Aine McKenna who stole the show by contributing 24 and 13 points respectively.
Throughout the game, the Cork side gripped a lead that UDC struggled to close. However, UCD came close in the third quarter with both Alison Maguire and Sarah Woods connecting on baskets to bring the deficit to four points.
UCC could not be deterred as they surged ahead on the defensive end and rendered the Dublin team scoreless during the fourth quarter. Cork took advantage of the laspe with Rockall draining a long three pointer to increase their lead to double digits.
A final basket by UCC’s Emma Sherwood sealed the victory as Head Coach Rachel Vanderwal credited the win to the player’s poise.
“I am delighted for the team as they have really worked hard throughout this tournament and today’s victory really showed just reward”.
Dublin Business School claimed the Men’s Varsities B Plate after defeating Blanchardstown IT with a final score line of 79-50.
Eoin Chubb picked up the MVP hardward with a personal tally of 15 points after showcasing an all-star effort on both ends of the floor.
Blanchardstown IT’s Eanna Rutherford had a solid display with 17 points in the match up but it wasn’t enough to surpass the combo of DBS’s Braden Billbe, Glen Wong and Eoing Chubb who combined for 49 points, respectively.
DBS Head Coach Dave Baker believed the final score wasn’t a true reflection of the game.
“All credit to both teams as Blanchardstown really fought hard”,
“This was a tough final and they really made us work for everything and I am happy we came out wiht the win”.
NUIM edged out DIT in the Intervarsity Women’s B final courtesy of a 56-52 score line.
NUIM’s Sarah Cusack took home the coveted MVP honours as she led her team’s defensive attack to swipe the four point victory.
DIT’s Jodie Black netted 20 points in the contest but it wasn’t enough to overcome the NUIM’s defensive contribution by Cusack and teammate Louise Gray whose scoring prowess connected for 23 points, respectively.
NUIM Head Coach Brian O’Malley expressed his delight with the win and credited the effort on defense as the sole factor.
“This was a fantastic performance by the girls and an all-around great game”, said O’Malley.
“We have worked really hard and there is no doubt that this win was from our effort on defense”,
Basketball Ireland Intervarsity Results
Men’s A Final
UCD 69 (39)(D James 22, L McCrone 21, C Finn 10) NUI Galway 50 (22)(D Cunningham 14, J Loughrane 9, S Tummon 8)
Women’s A Final
UCD 61 (33)(S Woods 15, E Mairtin 13, A Donnelly 7) UCC 74 (38)(C Rockall 24, A McKenna 13, E Sherwood 12)
Men’s B Final
DBS 79 (35)(B Billbe 17, G Wong 16, E Chubb 15) Blanchardstown IT 50 (27)(E Rutherford 17, B De Lange 8, K Ogbomo 8)
Women’s B Final
DIT 52 (26)(J Black 20, L Delaney 8, C Flattery 6) NUIM 56 (23)(L Gray 23, G McGlade 15, K Banko 9)