Pobail Setanta lead quartet of new champions
The opening day of the Subway All-Ireland Schools basketball finals saw four new sets of champions crowned yesterday in Dublin's National Basketball Arena.
Colaiste Pobail Setanta, Loreto Crumlin, St Vincent's Castleknock and Cross and Passion College Kilcullen all emerged victorious from their respective finals throughout a full day of competition.
The closest-fought contest of the four was the Boys' U-16 C clash between St Vincent's Castleknock and Galway's Colaiste na Coiribe, with the former winning by just a single point (51-50).
Castleknock's Roland Onuoha proved the standout performer, and racked up a personal haul of 25 points, though the Dublin school were forced to defend valiantly to the end.
Loreto College Crumlin gave an offensive masterclass in their 57-38 victory over Galway's Gort Community School in the Girls U-19 B showcase. Loreto's Clare Quinn Nelson starred as the game's MVP as her side added more silverware to last year's U-19 C league.
In the opening contest, the Boy's U-16 B final, Sammi Fajana chipped in with 24 points as Colaiste Pobail Setanta defeated Our Lady's Castleblayney 67-41.
The last game was another back-and-forth encounter as Cross and Passion College Kilcullen prevailed against Colaiste Oiriall in the Girls' U-16 B showcase.
Spearheaded by MVP Gillian Wheeler's 25-points, Kilcullen were pushed to their limits but managed the 56-45 win.
The All-Ireland Schools basketball finals will continue today and tomorrow.