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Bray left to pay by Fintan's

Presentation College Bray 38

St Fintan's Sutton 45

This rearranged boys league final saw St Fintan's continue their impressive run on finals day at the arena with Conor McKracken inspiring them to a seven-point victory over Bray last Friday.

An unfortunate injury to Bray's star player Lorcan Murphy in the original fixture last month had seen the game cut short.

Thankfully, Murphy was able to watch the game and, in a nice touch, mounted the steps on crutches to collect his losers' medal.

The talented underage star was undoubtedly a huge loss for Marie O'Toole's team given his considerable presence under the opposition baskets.

That was certainly in evidence in the first game when Murphy had orchestrated a 9-5 lead for Bray before going down injured with 4:27 left on the clock in the first quarter.

The game picked up from there on Friday, but with both teams setting up their defence well, scores were at a premium earlier on.

Nonetheless, it was Bray who finally got the ball rolling with Andy Bartley scoring off a steal before converting two from the free-throw line to leave Bray in front 13-5 at the end of the quarter.



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The hard-working Brendan O'Neill then set up Bartley for an early basket after the resumption, but Fintan's found their game courtesy of some terrific outside shooting from Ciaran Roe and Dean Creagan, allied with some slick combination play on the inside. And although Bray had lost a bit of ground at this stage, they kept plugging away, with scores from the hard-working Jeff McCann and David Mackin seeing them just a point down at the break, 23-22.

Nonetheless, it was Bray who were to regain the initiative on the restart with Fintan's twice pulled up for travelling violations. And with Bartley now wielding his considerable influence under the Fintan's basket, Bray had opened up a seven-point lead at the midway stage.

However, Fintan's then began to turn the screw again with Mickey Deegan and Roe grabbing vital scores to cut Bray's lead to three at the end of the third, 33-30.

But with Roe penetrating the Bray basket with some terrific up-court dribbling, Michael Westbrooks' team were to forge ahead with McKracken hitting two crucial baskets heading down the stretch.

And as Bray struggled to convert their chances in the closing stages, Fintan's closed the game out with Roe converting two free throws as Fintan's made up for the disappointing of last year's cup final defeat.

Presentation College Bray: Jeff McCann, David Mackin (6 pts), Ash O'Callaghan, Nicky Casey, Reece O'Callaghan, Marc Lennon, Peter Conroy, Luke Gorman, Ben Curran, Brendan O'Neill (9pts), Dylan Terry, Andy Bartley (17 pts).

St Fintan's: Gary Barron, Dean Creagon, Mikey Deegan (5 pts), Pascal O'Connor, Kris Van Houte, Karl McGovern, Declan Mulligan, Andrew Colfer, Ciaran Roe (21 pts), Dylan Kessie, Conor McKracken (8pts), Luke McGuinness.

MVP: Conor McKracken (St Fintan's).


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