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Black stars but Paul's sneak win

St Paul's College, Raheny 48, Ardscoil Rís 47 - Pride of place on the Ardscoil Rís notice board as one enters the sports hall is a picture of Vincent's duo Tomas Quinn and Diarmuid Connolly holding the Sam Maguire when they visited the school in 2011.

The Griffith Avenue college is situated just behind the Marino club, and the famed blue and white flags were out once more following Vincent's win over Ballymun a week ago in the Dublin SFC final replay.

Vincent's owed their victory to one Cameron Diamond and, in Marcus Black, Ardscoil Rís have also uncovered a gem of a player.

Marcus is the brother of Travis, who starred for Ardscoil Rís in their 2008 Cup final against St Malachy's of Belfast.

And he came within a whisker of claiming victory for the school in this league affair, with his late effort just failing to drop in the basket.

The Mercy clubman certainly showed his class on the day with some terrific shooting from both inside and the three-point zone.

However, Paul's just about deserved to shade the contest, with Alex Talpau leading the way with 19 points.

Nonetheless, Conor Gordon's team had been forced to play catch up early on, with Black sinking a three inside the first minutes.

The home side added two more baskets after that, but, with Cian Lynch now keeping closer tabs on Black, Paul's found their way back, with Talpau rebounding well under the Ardscoil Rís baskets.

With Greg Campion orchestrating things from the base of court, Paul's remained in contention, but still trailed 23-19 at the break, with Caleb Long shooting some good baskets for Ardscoil Rís. Paul's, however, were to draw level early in the third, with Ryan Donegan coming in from the wing to sink a basket for the visitors.

Paul's shooting from the wings was particularly good in that period and, when Rob O'Meara made a three-point play to put Paul's up, 42-33, the visitors seemed to be on course for a comfortable victory.



However, a terrific three-pointer from David Quirke brought Ardscoil Rís right back into the game and, with Black then laying up under the baskets, Paul's called a time-out.

Talpau then popped up with a crucial three-point play, only for Black to respond with a terrific shot from the edge of the key.

Paul's then sunk two crucial frees from Cian Lynch to put three points between the sides, but Rís kept battling until the final seconds, with both Sean Kevin Mulvaney and Black just failing to make the winning basket for the home side.

St Paul's College, Raheny: Alex Talpau (19pts), Greg Campion (11pts), Cian Lynch, George Adebusi, Rob O'Meara (11pts), Brian Dunlea, Adam Lambert, Ryan Donegan

Ardscoil Rís: Ciaran O'Dea, Matthew Eustace, Barry Maguire, Caleb Long (8pts), David Quirke, Marcus Black (20pts), Eoin McLoughlin, Matthew McGrath, Seán Kevin Mulvaney