Sunday 25 February 2018

Basketball: Granard spoil party for Spillane

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

HIS father rarely left Dublin without the All-Ireland in the bag, but there was disappointment for Patrick Spillane Jnr whose Pobalscoil Inbhear Kenmare side lost out on the U-16 'B' title to Cnoc Mhuire, Granard.

But it wasn't all bad news for the Kerry school, whose girls had the bragging rights on the way home after claiming the U-16 'C' All-Ireland at the National Basketball Arena.

Longford's Cnoc Mhuire proved too strong for the young men from the Kingdom in a 46-30 victory based on speed and intensity.

Granard led 20-17 at the half-time break, but their high pressing game reaped rewards as, led by MVP Cian Brady, they claimed the win.

The Kenmare girls claimed their crown in a 32-27 win over Monaghan's Colaiste Oiriall.

Roisin Lehane was the star of the show, scoring the Kerry side's opening two baskets as they raced into a 12-4 lead after the first quarter.

Ellen Ni Bhriain responded for the Ulster side, with Amy Ni hAmiall chipping in with vital scores as they led 16-14 at the half.

Lehane and Laura Hallissey helped Kenmare back into the lead, before an epic final quarter saw the sides level at 25-25, before Hallissey scored three crucial points to help Kenmare on their way to a deserved win.

Palmerstown Community College were celebrating senior success as they claimed the U-19 'B' title with victory over Colaiste Colm, Tullamore.

The Dubliners came out on top of an excellent match 62-58, led by MVP Cyril Kwan, who scored 20 points.

Palmerstown started strongly and led 34-26 at half-time, but Tullamore stormed back with backing from their 400-strong support, and John Kavanagh's three-pointer got them back in the game before James Lalor reduced the deficit to seven going into the final quarter.

But, having almost gotten back level, Kwan helped keep Palmerstown out in front and narrowly take the title.

Meanwhile, Christ the King, Cork claimed the U-16 'A' final with a 35-21 win over Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee. Heather Lynch was the match winner in a 35-21 victory, scoring 11 points in a strong display.

The Kerry girls put up a strong resistance, but wilted in the closing stages as they extended their four-point lead through Niamh Lynch in the final quarter and managed to take the title back to Cork.

Irish Independent

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