Saturday 20 January 2018

Cullen at the heart of Munchin's double glory

St Munchin's celebrate after beating Portmarnock CC in the All-Ireland Schools U-16C boys final.
St Munchin's celebrate after beating Portmarnock CC in the All-Ireland Schools U-16C boys final.
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

ST MUNCHIN'S claimed a double on the opening day of action at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.

Red-hot Munchin's first earned a 61-56 victory over Ashbourne CS in the U-19 boys' 'C' final.

MVP Diarmuid O'Shea was outstanding throughout, both in attack and in defence, scoring 33 of his side's points.

Conor Cullen, who would go on to win his second medal of the day with the U-16s, also put in a terrific defensive shift as his side battled to a five-point win.

In the U-16 boys' 'C' final, Munchin's overturned a seven-point deficit against Portmarnock at the end of the first quarter to take the honours 40-37.

They led 24-11 at half-time and were inspired by the excellent Cian Collins, who converted a number of baskets to increase St Munchin's lead in the third quarter.

IMPRESSIVE

The Dublin school fought back well and with their captain Oisin O'Reilly impressive, they tied the game at 37-37.

But with only seconds remaining on the clock, Munchin's pushed forward and scored a well-worked basket before Collins converted from a free throw to hand his side a three-point victory.

MVP Stephen O'Hanlon and Sean Marron blitzed St Colmcille's Knocklyon in the opening quarter to set Patrician HS Carrickmacross on their way to a 59-47 victory in the U-19 boys' 'B' final.

Between them they scored 21 of 23 Patrician points to leave their opponents shellshocked.

Whitney Moia produced a superb performance as Castleknock CC beat Cross and Passion Kilcullen 52-25 in the U-19 girls' 'B' decider.

Moia scored an eye-catching 22 points and also ended the game with the highest number of rebounds and blocks, which earned her the game's MVP award.

Irish Independent

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