Alas it wasn't to be. After a fantastic game with huge effort by the team in a game described by Basketball Ireland as the highlight of all the school games played all week we were narrowly beaten.On behalf of all the staff ,students and parents we would like to say well done to the team and Ms Nurney on getting so far. We would also like to thank the team and Ms Nurney for all the time and effort they have given to training sessions after school and during all holidays and mid terms. We would also like to wish the team and the u19's the best of luck in the All Ireland league play off's.Please find Basketball Ireland's report on the game below.
St Malachy´s secured the All Ireland U-16 A boys title after a magnificent 50-45 battle with Ard Scoil Ris of Rathangan.
St Malachy´s 50(26) (O Eastwood 11,S Quinn 9,A Ryan 9)
Ard Scoil Rathangan 45(23) (J Byrne 19,C Maher 11,S Maughan 6)
MVP James Byrne (Rathangan)
Paul Morrison got St Malachy´s off the mark with a straightforward lay-up from underneath the basket. Rathangan brought a sizeable crowd along for the occasion but struggled to find their rhythm in the opening exchanges, allowing their opponents into a 6-3. St Malachy´s managed to fashion a 10-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Rathangan took the lead early in the second thanks to some fine work from James Byrne. Shane Maughan increased the lead to three from the line.Byrne was beginning to exert control over proceedings, and extended the Rathangan lead. Rathangan´s support were treated to a terrific second quarter display.21-14.Sean Quinn hit a three pointer which suddenly sparked a Malachy´s fightback.In a blistering minute of play, Quinnn hit nine points while teammate Odhran Eastwood pitched in with four as Malachy´s wiped out the Rathangan lead.It was a scorching response from the Belfast side, who took an unlikely 26-23 lead into the half time interval.
The quality on display in this final was superb, and the third quarter was a high-octane affair which saw Malachy´s hold a six point lead with three minutes remaining. Rathangan were right in contention however,and Conor Jamieson reduced the deficit to three with a superb shot from outside.Ciaran Maher refused to be denied moments later, doggedly retrieving an errant shot and piercing the Malachy´s defense to make it a one point game.
Malachy´s managed to fashion a four point lead heading into the final quarter.Ciaran Maher was having a dynamic impact under the boards for Rathangan and kept his side in touch.James Byrne had the Kildare outfit within a point with four minutes on the clock.Malachy´s just managed to cling on in the end, after a final that was the highlight of the week at the National Basketball Arena.Final score 50-45