Keane edges Castlerea to title as Lardner leads 'Rock
With six seconds on the clock in regular time, Sandra Keane scored the equalising points for Castlerea Community School before the driving her team to a 45-40 extra-time victory over Holy Child Killiney in yesterday's thrilling U-16 'C' Girls final at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.
In one of the four Subway Schools All-Ireland Cup finals played yesterday, MVP Keane scored a number of crucial scores in a final that had nothing between the teams. Just one point separated them at half-time, it was level going into the fourth quarter and a draw game at the last buzzer, but Keane and Lisa O'Rourke showed their composure and held on to win in overtime.
MVP Seán Lardner was the spark behind an energetic Blackrock College display in their 49-45 win over Larkin Community College in their U-19 'C' Boys final.
Blackrock trailed 11-4 at the end of the first quarter but they found their stride in the second with Lardner and Rob Somers leading the scoring. Lardner and Karl Conroy netted some crucial scores in the fourth and, despite the best efforts of Jiahui Ren and Jiahung Ren for Larkin, Blackrock managed to hold firm.
St Joseph's Charlestown stormed home to an 11-point victory in the U-19 'C' Girls final against Coláiste íde an Daingean (36-25). MVP Kellee Crean netted 16 points and had numerous assists to ensure that her team were crowned winners.
In the U19 'B' Boys final, Padraig McGroggan was the star of the show as St Mary's Drogheda defeated Coláiste an Phiarsaigh Glanmire 64-45. McGroggan picked off some superb three-pointers to bag himself 29 points, one short of tally of Cian Heaphy, who fought valiantly to keep Glanmire in the match.