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Schools jump for All-Ireland hoops

BASKETBALL: IT WAS a busy two weekends of action for the Dublin and Leinster schools in the penultimate round of All-Ireland schools First and Second Year qualifiers.

Through to the First Year B semis in Limerick (they play St Joseph's from Limerick on Friday week) are St Declan's CBS with point guard Adam Keating leading them to a terrific 17-16 win in their pivotal game against Coláiste An Spioraid Naoimh in Clonmel last Sunday week.

The Cabra boys were also victorious against Rathmore Kerry with their captain Bartek Wojcik (11 pts) inspiring them to a 26-19 win before making it three wins from three with a 40-22 win over Clonmel with Darragh Caulwell in fine form.

Meanwhile, Mark Ingle's Loreto Foxrock girls suffered two agonising reversals in their Second Year A tournament down in Rathangan. Rachel Mahon, their tall inside guard who had pulled off some amazing shots in the final minute to hand them the Leinster title, was again to the fore as was Fiona Grady.

But with host team and group winners Rathangan converting four from four from the free-throw line, Foxrock were condemned to an agonising 29-28 defeat.

And while winning well against Castletroy, Foxrock had more misfortune poured on them when Abbeyfeale snatched victory at the death to win 32-21.

In the Boys Second Year A tournament, played at the KUBS gym in Greendale, St Paul's after winning their opening game took on St Joseph's 'The Bish'.

But despite two lay-ups from Jeffrey Meneses which brought them to within six points of their opponents in the third quarter, the Galway boys prevailed in the end.

St Paul's would lose their third game to eventual winners St Patrick's Castleisland but, with Ryan Donegan, Seán O'Shea and Adam Lambert all doing well, the future looks bright for Conor Gordon's men.

In the Second Year A qualifier, Presentation Bray lost out to eventual pool winners Calasanctius College Oranmore 44-32 for the semi-final spot, with Donal Ring top scoring for Bray on 12 points.