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Belvo and Palmerstown take trophy spoils

Belvedere College and Palmerstown CS came away with the silverware in another busy week for schools basketball.

In Inchicore yesterday, Belvedere beat St Paul's College Raheny 28-26 to take the Leinster Boys second year B title.

Paul's led 9-6 at the end of the first quarter, but Belvedere exploded out of the blocks after the resumption as John Kenny and captain Conor Gilligan made a series of baskets to lead 21-11 at the interval.

Alex Bowers and Gilligan put further light between the two as Paul's trailed by 12 points midway through the quarter.

But Alex Taipau's driving, combined with a superb three pointer from Paul's skipper Cian Lynch, saw them cut the deficit to 25-19 by the end of the third quarter.

Further scores from Thomas Casey and Taipau left three points between the sides before Bowers extended Belvo's lead.

Both teams then made scores from the line before Bowers hit another basket to leave four between the sides inside the minute.

Cian O'Farrell made two big plays for his team but Belvedere maintained the gap before Lynch hit two from the line with a second to go. But Belvedere held on to win.

Meanwhile, last Thursday at the National Basketball Arena, Palmerstown beat Jesus and Mary Gortnor Abbey 44-34 to claim the U16C boys All-Ireland league title.

Palmerstown's three-point shooting once more proved to be their trump card, yet Conor Loftus and John O'Brien managed to bring Gortnor to within one point.

But an amazing 40-second spell saw Palmerstown kill off the game via baskets from Neddy Eniafe, Lorcan Glenon and Cyril Kwan.

On Monday in Inchicorem, Colaiste Eanna captured the second years' A boys title as Eric Healy and Robbie Torsney inspired them to a 57-32 win over Pres Bray.