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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Dubs out of luck at Arena

BASKETBALL: There was no joy for the Dublin schools in last week's All-Ireland Schools Cup finals at the National Basketball Arena which saw Cork schools very much on top.

Thursday saw Marie O'Toole's Coláiste íosagáin take on St Angela's Cork in the 19A decider with the Stillorgan girls aiming to go one better after losing the league last year.

With older sister and assistant coach Eimear watching from the court, Cliona Máirtín put it up to Ger Noonan's team in the early stages with some impressive solo runs from the base of the court.

And along with experienced hands like Karen Ní Mhaonaigh and Rachel Toland de Burca, íosagáin's quick passing game proved effective as they opened up an 18-16 lead at the break.

But the game began to turn against them in the second half as Angela's began to find their mark with MVP Kelly Diggins (14 points) and Michelle Dilworth (12) opening up the íosagáin defence with a series of exceptional scores.

Diggins, as well as proving lethal from the free throw line, also dropped in a terrific three-pointer and with íosagáin struggling to make their outside shots, Angela's pulled away to win comfortably on a 46-29 scoreline.

Following that, Cork outfit Coláiste an Phiarsaigh took on Malahide Community School with Lesley Ann Nic Uilcin the outstanding performer on the day as she guided her team to a 57-29 win over the Malahide.



Rally

Nic Uilcin (19 points) set the ball rolling and with Sarah Ní Chionnaith registering six points in the second quarter, Phiarsaigh were well ahead, 26-6, at the interval.

And while Malahide's Lisa Murphy did her best to rally her team, Malahide were left with too much to do with Phiarsaigh taking an uncatchable 23-point lead into the final quarter.

Friday's 19B final, meanwhile, saw David Durkan (40 points) turn in an outstanding display for St Mary's as they defeated St Conleth's Ballsbridge 82-67. Mark Ryan and team captain Scott Butler gave Conleth's some hope, but the Belfast boys were always able to keep them at bay.

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