All Ireland Schools Under-19C Boys Final
St.Vincent’s Glasnevin (Dublin) 47 (19) (P Neary 15, M Neary 14, L P Cruz 13) Tallaght Community School (Dublin) 45 (24) (M Dunne 17, K Greene 13, J Busari 6)
MVP; Phillip Neary St.Vincent’s Glasnevin (Dublin)
An exceptional U-19C All Ireland Schools Cup final saw St Vincent’s narrowly defeat Tallaght Community College 47-45 at the National Basketball Arena.
‘MVP’ Phillip Neary brought St Vincent’s to within three at the beginning of the final quarter, as a game which had been captivating throughout, looked destined to go to the wire. With five remaining it was still all to play for, Tallaght holding a four point advantage.
Incredibly Vincents drew level with just 20 seconds remaining on the clock. And with six to go on the clock Phillip Neary went to the line for Vincents. With the Arena erupting in noise around him, Neary showed a level of composure more likely to be seen in the SuperLeague, nonchalantly netting both to secure a famous victory for Vincents’.
All Ireland Schools Under-19B Girls Final
Our Lady’s Castleblayney 53 (50) (24) (N Brennan 27, N Rice 13, O Tavey 5) St Angelas Ursuline Convent Waterford 52 (50) (23) (C Leavey 14, R Leavey 10, N O’Brien 5) OVERTIME
MVP Claire Leavey (St Angelas Ursuline Convent Waterford)
Our Lady’s Castleblayney claimed a thrilling Under-19B Girls title on Wednesday courtesy of a 53-52 overtime win over St Angelas Ursuline Convent Waterford.
The Monaghan school finally edged the win despite the best efforts of Claire Leavey, who put in an excellent display for the losing side.
Niamh Brennan scored the first two points of overtime with thirty seconds on the clock to give Castleblayney a slight advantage. Elaine McKernan’s free throw for Castleblayney would turn out to be the winning shot, final score 53-52.
All Ireland Schools Under-16C Boys Final
St Columbus Glenties 25 (12) (E O’ Donnell 11, C Gallagher 4, S Moore 4) Colaiste Pobail Setanta 23 (12) (V Pagayonan 12, C Pagayonan 4, Z Andrew 2)
MVP Ethan O’Donnell (St Columbus Glenties)
St Columbas Comprehensive School Glenties defeated Colaiste Pobail Setanta in the final of the U-16 B All Ireland Schools Cup on Wednesday, greatly aided by the fine performance of ‘MVP’ Ethan O’Donnell.
Glenties pulled off a remarkable comeback, running out eventual 25-23 winners, at the end of a game in which they had trailed from the outset. It was remarkable turnaround for the Donegal side, who showed incredible strength and determination, snatching victory at the death over a crestfallen CPS side.
All Ireland Schools Under-19C Girls Final
Clonaslee Voactional School 58 (24) (N O’Donovan 34, M Dunne 13, M Hogan 2) Pobalscoil inbhear Sceine Kenmare 27 (15) (C O’ Sullivan 14, A Cooper 7, E Moriarty 2)
MVP Niamh O’Donovan (Clonaslee Vocational School)
Clonaslee Vocational School secured the U-19C National Cup title after a well deserved 58-27 victory over Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine Kenmare.
The Laois school were dominant throughout and had ‘MVP’ Niamh O’Donovan to thank for a truly magnificent display. She contributed a massive 34 points in the win.