THE PRESENTATION BRAY U-16 basketball team enjoyed a very successful trip to the west of Ireland today.
The Presentation lads were matched up against St. Mary's of Galway in the second round of the U-16 All-Ireland Schools Cup.
The match started with Pres Bray dominating inside against an undersized St. Mary's team.
Dylan Terry was proving unstoppable and his 10pt haul in the first quarter gave Pres Bray an 18-8 lead.
Gavin Dowling and Josh Ekada's excellent defence was also a feature of the first quarter and the Bray squad looked the hungrier of the two sides.
As the second quarter began, Marcus Nolan's presence under the boards extended the Pres Bray advantage. Further scores from Shane Davidson and Dylan Terry maintained the visitor's lead. The introduction of Ryan Tuffy and Dylan Brady kept the lads' defensive intensity high and the score at halftime was 32-20 in favour of Presentation Bray.
The second half of the match saw the Pres Bray second year players all get a chance to contribute. Donal Ring, Mark Kenny, Robert Wilson and Colin Fitzpatrick all saw significant court time and kept providing scoring opportunities to both Marcus Nolan and Dylan Terry who combined for 12pts in the third quarter to effectively end the match as a contest.
The scoreboard read 47-28 to Presentation Bray going into the final quarter and the Bray lads could relax and start looking forward to the U-16 All-Ireland Schools Cup quarter-finals.
The fourth quarter saw Shane Davidson hit some nice outside shots. Josh Ekada also connected from long range. Adam Mullery and Tyrone Kennedy were excellent in pushing the ball up the court for Presentation Bray and their passing created easy baskets for Ryan Tuffy and Gavin Dowling.
The final score was 63-33 to Bray who now move onto the U-16 All-Ireland Schools Cup quarter-finals where they await the winner of the second round match between St. Joseph's 'The Bish' Galway (last season's U-16 All-Ireland Schools League champions) and St. Malachy's Belfast (last season's U-16 All-Ireland Schools Cup champions), which will be played later this week.
The Presentation Bray U-16s also have a vital Leinster/East Region League match against Col Eanna in Rathfarnham tomorrow, which will be important in determining home court advantage for the Leinster/East Region League semi-finals.
If the team can improve on their performances from today's match, they are in an excellent position to succeed in both Leinster/East Regional and All-Ireland competitions this season.
The entire squad wish to thank Mr. Fleming for organising the bus and accompanying them to Galway.
Pres scorers: Dylan Terry 27pts; Marcus Nolan 12pts; Shane Davidson 11pts; Josh Ekada, Ryan Tuffy and Gavin Dowling all 4pts each and Colin Fitzpatrick 1pt.
Last weekend was also a big weekend for Presentation Bray basketball secondnd year and U16 squad player, Mark Kenny as he represented Leinster in the U-15 inter-regional tournament.
The Leinster team defeated the northeast and southeast regional teams, but lost out to the North during the group stages on Saturday to set up semi-final against the west on Sunday afternoon in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght.
Mark Kenny was a key part of the Leinster team with his defence and rebounding being a vital component of the Leinster team's success.
In the semi-final, the west region proved too strong and went on to the defeat the north in the tournament final.
The attached photo shows Mark with his bronze medal and the Leinster coach, Presentation Bray past pupil, Gavin Holmes.