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Roe's show sets Fintan's on way

The disappointment of losing to Ballincollig in the cup has not deflated the St Fintan's team from Sutton.

Killester player Michael Westbrooks has taken over from his father and Basketball Ireland Schools Coach of the Year Jerome, who has taken a step back to look after the younger age groups in the school.

Last Monday, Fintan's defeated St Aidan's of Whitehall 75-59 in the Eastern Region Boys 19A league with Ciaran Roe impressing with 16 points.

Roe hit a solid seven points in the first half as Fintan's opened up a 38-19 lead at the break.

Aidan's, after an impressive win over Malahide a few weeks back, rallied towards the end with big shooter Paul Caffrey hitting 30 for David Baker's team.

But with Mikey Deegan hitting double figures (11 points) and Andrew Colfer notching up eight points, last season's beaten cup finalists never lost their lead with Irish U16 Gary Barron and Dylan Kessie impressing.

Presentation Bray went into today's league game with Marian College in Belfield boasting a 2-0 record. Ahead of their big game with Ballincollig in the U19A Cup tomorrow, they will no doubt be looking for a competitive game.

Marian, who are back up in the 'A' stream, are now under the guidance of Kevin Meaney, but they will have their hands full containing a Pres Bray team who are keen for more silverware having been very strong at U16 for the past two years.

The strong club link with Dublin Raiders has certainly been to their benefit and in the up-and-coming Dylan Terry they have a young star in the making.

Terry was part of the Eastern team that took part in the inter-regional tournament in Tallaght at the weekend.


Irish coach Paul Kelleher has recently drafted him into the U16 development squad.

With Lorcan Murphy and Andy Bartley doing the business on the inside, Bray are going to take some stopping. Appointed team captain is Jeff McCann and his strong running from the base of the court, along with valuable contributions from Brendan O'Neill and Marc Lennon, are yet more reasons for Bray's good start to the season.

In the U19B East League game played on Tuesday, St Paul's defeated Portmarnock CS 61-16.

Top scorers were Alex Talpau (19), Luke Givens (14) and Paddy Sullivan (14). They play St Columba's, Derry away in the cup tomorrow.