Ireland 3x3 Basketball side too strong for Slovakia in Baku
Ireland secured third place in Group C of the Women’s 3x3 Basketball Competition of the Baku 2015 European Games with a dominant 20-12 win over Slovakia.
The result means Ireland will avoid a top seed in Thursday’s Round of 16 in the Azeri capital. The draw is to be confirmed later this evening.
Chasing their first win of the games after a disappointing outing against Spain earlier, Team Ireland’s aggressive defence kept the Slovaks in check while 11 points from Grainne Dwyer sealed the victory. “Getting the win is huge,” said team captain Suzanne Maguire.
“[We have] Great confidence going into tomorrow now playing so so well. It’s a pity that game wasn’t shown today and the Spanish game was because that was a lot more fun and a lot more of the basketball that we are playing."
Maguire believes they’ve set a standard for themselves for the remainder of the competition.
“Super performance by the girls. Everyone’s feeling like that’s how we’re supposed to play. If we play like that tomorrow I think we can give anybody a good shot,” she said.
The European Games mark Irish basketball’s first participation under an Olympic banner since 1948. Ireland qualified for the 3x3 event through last September’s European Championships.