All Stars have the edge in exciting Shield final
SLIGO All Stars U18 Boys won the All Ireland Shield Final against Moycullen, Galway, in the Mercy College
As is the case in all sports, nerves can dictate the flow of a game especially a final. This game was no different as Sligo were made earn their win the hard way by a determined Moycullen team.
The first quarter finished with Sligo up by one point 14-13. The stand out plays came from Conor Byrne as he shot seven of the first 9 points with a mix of layups and open shots.
Sligo went into the second quarter looking to up their intensity and through dogged defence capitalised on forced errors by Moycullen to take a lead of 38-31 into the second half.
Tobi Brockman had a big say in the third quarter as he kept Sligo ticking over with a mix of three pointers and layups.
The score at the end of the third quarter was 54-47 in Sligo's favour.
Sligo were on the front foot all through the final quarter as Ryan Tansey, Julian Jarmolowicz and Mark Chambers made important scores.
Sligo's consistency through the panel really came to the fore as Moycullen were left open as they tried to contain Sligo's Cian Lally, Tobi Brockman and Philip Hamilton. The final score of 70-66 in Sligo favour was another step up for this team.
Coach Brendan Barile commented after the game that the team has more potential and can play even better if they continue to train with commitment and hard work.
Assistant Coach Shane O Meara was delighted with the win and is determined to keep the team playing at this level of intensity.
Top scorers for the All Stars were Tobi Brockman 23 and Philip Hamilton 14.
The Shield was presented to team captain Mark Chambers by Joe Naughton of Basketball Ireland.