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Basketball: Hansberry's heroics cap a fine double for unstoppable Calasanctius

GALWAY school Calasanctius Oranmore were the big winners on the second day of the All-Ireland schools championship at the Basketball Arena in Tallaght as they collected a brace of national 'A' titles.

Early in the afternoon, the schools' U-16 girls side saw off Mercy Mount Hawk, Tralee, with Ailish O'Reilly in outstanding form for the winners.

Aura Hoffman led the Kerry school in admirable fashion but O'Reilly, Catriona Finn and Sarah Reynolds steadied the ship to see the Connacht school home on a final scoreline of 57-41.

There was to be more joy later in the day as the boy's U-19 side, led by the excellent Kenneth Hansberry, also collected national honours when they beat Dublin outfit Benildus College.

Hansberry finished with a staggering 43 points for Oranmore while Irish U-18 Brendan O'Riain carried the fight for Benildus, finishing a fine performance with 23 points.

And it could get even better for Oranmore, who are also due to contest the U-19 Girls 'A' final against St Joseph's of Abbeyfeale at a date yet to be confirmed.

The other major title of the day was collected by Presentation Bray as they had just four points to spare when beating St Fintan's in the U-16 Boys 'A' final.

Lorcan Murphy turned in an MVP display with 19 points while Bray's defence held firm late on despite a St Fintan's rally.

The action in Tallaght continues today with four more All-Ireland titles down for decision, with the first game throwing in at 10.30.

Irish Independent