Sunday 15 September 2019

Fab Fulton has St Malachy's flying high

High-scoring CJ Fulton caught the eye for St Malachy’s Belfast in their win over Tralee CBS (stock image)
High-scoring CJ Fulton caught the eye for St Malachy’s Belfast in their win over Tralee CBS (stock image)

Sensational scoring from CJ Fulton had the crowd on their feet at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght as the Irish underage international led the way for St Malachy's Belfast by landing a whopping 47 of his side's 62 points in their win over Tralee CBS in the Subway All-Ireland Schools U-16 'A' Boys Cup final.

It was a shooting exhibition from Fulton with 45 of those points coming from a massive tally of 15 three-pointers - an incredible feat.

Despite the best efforts of Tralee's Rapolas Buivydas, the first half belonged to Fulton who notched 33 points - from 11 three-pointers - to see his side ahead 43-23 going into the third quarter.

With Warriors hero Kieran Donaghy cheering on the Tralee side, a much closer affair ensued in the third, but the Belfast school still had a big margin going into the last 57-35 to the good.

In the end Malachy's stormed to a 62-46 point win over the Tralee side, who just had no answer for the fire of Fulton.

In the corresponding girls final, Scoil Chríost Rí Portlaoise were crowned champions for the second year in a row with a 68-36 win over Limerick's Crescent Comprehensive.

An MVP display from Shauna Dooley was the driving force, and she, along with Sarah Fleming, Gráinne O'Reilly and Ciara Byrne proved to be too much for Crescent.

It was the third quarter when Portlaoise really stamped their authority on the game, with O'Reilly and Fleming dominating the scoring. Jasmine Burke hit her stride, too, and soon the margin had opened up to 52-20.

Coláiste Chiaráin Leixlip took the U-19 'A' Girls crown after a dazzling display which earned them a 93-62 victory over Christ the King, Cork.

At the end of the first quarter, Coláiste Chiaráin led 21-11. The second quarter started positively for the Leesiders as Ciara Kelly got them off the mark. Leixlip had a response as Irish international Ciara Bracken struck from long range, but with Liffey Celtics star Sorcha Tiernan in foul trouble, the game was in the balance at half-time (38-29).

Five three-pointers from MVP Bracken and another from Sorcha Tiernan saw Coláiste Chiaráin open a decisive lead in the third quarter.

Despite the best efforts of áine Fitzgerald and Alanna Braham for Christ the King, scores proved much more difficult for the Cork girls.

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