LARKIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE inspired by a class showing from their star players Kaiwen Yang and Jiahui Ren were unstoppable in retaining the Junior Boys Basketball Perpetual Shield at the CDETB SCC Basketball finals at Sportslinks, Santry.
Yang was voted ‘Most Valuable Player’ not only for his overall 15 points tally but for his excellent contribution alongside his captain Ren in their play around the boards, not just in the final but throughout the whole competition.
The junior final had initially offered up a closer affair but with Dhúlaigh missing some key players it was left to Yang and Chen to take a firm grip of the game, one that they and the rest of the team had no intention of letting go.
Larkin courtesy of Yang and Ren and Dhúlaigh’s Sean Nolan and Dylan Fox traded early points before Yang hit four scores on the bounce to lead 14-4. The holders took a 20-4 advantage into the half time break thanks to fine efforts from John La Morte, Ren, Yang and Gerrard Black.
Dhúlaigh, with their best player Nolan covering every inch of the court, added a deserved score through Fox. Larkin was relentless in both their attacking and defensive roles with Thomas Murphy landing some terrific points while Yang and Ren displayed some dazzling skills throughout the final.
In the final quarter the Champions Avenue school simply wore down their opponents, who despite their best efforts, came up against a team in Larkin that were never going to hand over their title to their closest rivals.
Larkin walked away with three more titles beating Presentation Terenure 14-4 in the Minor Girls final before claiming the double in the Intermediate Boys and Girls against Kylemore College.
Coláiste Dhúlaigh had celebrated winning the Minor Shield earlier
in the day by getting the better of
Larkin to win by the narrowest of margins 16-14. Dhulaigh also won the Senior Girls Shield while Rathmines College took home the Senior Boys