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Basketball: Randolph takes over to drive Bray into the last four of the league

Last week's quarter-final tournament at the Shoreline club in Greystones saw Marie O'Toole's team kick off their two-game programme with a 35-point win against opponents who featured two Irish under-18s in David Connolly and Jack Murphy.

The fast-breaking Bray team had opened well, with three baskets from Jeff McCann with a Neil Doyle lay-up ensuring a 12-10 lead at the end of the first period.

With All-Ireland winning under-16 captain Brendan O'Neill taking to the court for the second period, Bray drove on, O'Neill combining twice with Neil Randolph to increase the host team's lead.

Randolph was now picking off Tramore with some excellent outside shooting.

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This opened up the play for Bray's post players Emmet O'Toole and Neil Doyle as they finished the half 32-21 in front.

This year's cup semi-finalists pressed home their advantage, with Kieran Slocum and under-16 cup final MVP Lorcan Murphy coming off the bench as Bray blitzed their opponents 23-9 in the third.

With a 25-point lead heading into the final period, Bray were able to rest their starters and showed their strength in depth with baskets from Kieran Slocum, Kevin O'Neill, Sean Rooney and Emil Grochowski as they closed the game out.

Top Scorers: Neil Randolph 22, Jeff McCann 12, Neil Doyle 9, Emmet O'Toole 7.

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Neil Randolph's 20 points in the first quarter effectively ended this game, allowing coach O'Toole to give her bench valuable game time ahead of the cup semi-finals in March.

And they duly stepped up to the mark, with both Kevin O'Neill and Murphy impressing in the second quarter with 10 points combined to put Bray 51-15 up at the interval. The second half saw Bray keep their foot on the gas, as Sean Rooney put in some excellent steals.

That, allied to some excellent jump shooting from Randolph and some terrific assist play from O'Toole, meant that Bray were 67-19 at the end of the third. Neil Doyle scored a couple of inside baskets to complete the Presentation scoring and secure another top four spot for the Seasiders.

Top Scorers: Neil Randolph 28, Emmet O'Toole 9, Neil Doyle 8


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