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Mac Maoláin puts on show


THERE was high drama at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght yesterday as MVP Liam Mac Maoláin steered Scoil Chaitríona to a terrific three-point victory.

Scoil Chaitríona 43 Rockwell College 40


Mac Maoláin brought his 'A' game to the court as he shot an incredible five shots from the outside on what was a tension-filled morning.

The Arena has seen some outstanding three-point shooting this season and certainly Mac Maoláin's performance was up there with the best as he produced the goods when it mattered for the Dublin 9 outfit.


His 18-point haul was undoubtedly the difference between the two sides but special mention also to Adam Mac Aogáin, who was tasked with a number of important free throws as the clock wound down.

And while nerves may have gotten the better of him in those pulsating final minutes, a reassuring tap on the shoulder from his captain, Cathal ó Bearáin, was to see Mac Aogáin convert two from two in the final seconds to seal a famous win.

However, Rockwell College's contribution can not be understated and throughout they refused to cave at a time when it seemed Mac Maoláin might sink them on his own.

Luca Fox was particularly strong in defence for Rockwell while Tristian Fogarty gave the Tipperary outfit a scoring edge up front.

In a very competitive first quarter, the lead was exchanged on a number of occasions and although Mac Aogáin was to put Chaitríona back in front with a second attempt, Fox responded on the buzzer to hand Rockwell a 12-11 lead.


The second quarter was to see Rockwell open up a four-point lead but good shooting from the line from Aaron Ó Bróin cut their lead down to the bare minimum. And while Ó Maoláin was to put his team back in front, Rockwell popped up with another timely basket, this time through Fogarty, to lead 19-18 at the interval.

The second half got off to a cracking start with Ó Maoláin hitting two threes an while a long two from Fogarty was to open a five-point lead for Rockwell, Chaitríona countered with late baskets from Ó Bearáin and Mac Aogáin to trail by just two heading into the final quarter, 32-30.

And a terrific scoring run from Scoil Chaitríona, which included another pair of three pointers from MacMaoláin, was to open up a crucial five-point lead with 3:16 left.

A three-point play from Seamus Beary, however, was to see Rockwell turn up the heat once more before Mac Aogáin delivered the crucial frees to land the title for his side.

Scoil Chaitríona: Liam Mac Maoláin (18 pts), Cathal Ó Bearáin (6pts), Jack Ó Ruairc, Darragh Ó Leanáin, Alasdar Mac Gearailt, Adam Mac Aogáin (15 pts), Seán ó Riain, Aaron Ó Broin, Ben Ó Laighleis, Brian Mac Gearailt, Séan Ó Rodaigh, Evan Ardiff, Oisín Ó Donnchú.

Rockwell College: Ben Bai, Seamus Beary (8pts), Mateo Bores, Joseph Clud, Liam Fahy, Declan Farrell, Tristian Fogarty (18 pts), Luca Fox (8pts) , Andrew Maguire, Eire McCarthy, Biran O Leary, Alex Yau.