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Delaney has the final say

Plunket College .7

Kylemore College .6

Plunket College retained their Intermediate Boys crown when Wesley Delaney calmly sunk his free throw with two seconds left on the clock, breaking Kylemore hearts in the process at basketball headquarters in Tallaght. With the game level at six apiece and with over-time on the cards, Delaney, having missed his first effort, composed himself before sinking the all-important winning score to start the celebrations among the team and supporters alike.

Led by Jordan Lawlor (the Plunket student also walked away with the MVP award), Daniel Howard and Delaney, Plunket's had got the better of their opponents in a very tight game, one that could have gone either way, with little between the sides.

An early lay-up from Rob Quinn opened the scoring for Kylemore before Delaney's effort squared the game. Both sides' fine defensive play came to the fore and kept the scoreboard somewhat redundant.

That changed, however, with Howard lighting up the game with a sublime shot for Plunket's prior to coolly doubling his points tally moments later. A clinical finish from Kylemore's Scott Cashin cut Plunket's advantage to 6-4 at the break.

Following the restart Plunket's failed to extend their lead with Howard, Delaney, Keith Doherty and Michael Bowes' attempts from the free-throw line falling short of the target.

With 50 seconds left on the clock Quinn punished the Whitehall college's earlier misses, squaring up the game with a fine shot, but it was Delaney who had the final say for the eventual winners.


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