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Thursday 14 December 2017

Lennon in a different league for brilliant Bray

Presentation Bray 59

Templeogue College 35

Bray's Marc Lennon turned in a superb display on Friday as the Wicklow boys retained their Leinster crown in some style at the Oblate Hall.

The side's talented captain sprung to prominence earlier this season with a terrific display for the school's Under 16s in their cup quarter-final triumph over Calasanctius Oranmore.

And on Friday he provided numerous assists and made countless drives to the board as Presentation truly turned on the style.

As for Templeogue, just getting to the final was a terrific achievement in itself.

Their semi-final win over St Fintan's was one of the games of the season and for anyone lucky enough to attend, it was a contest that will live long in the memory.

And Paul Dunne's Templeogue team proved very competitive early on in this clash with Cian McKeown twice making the basket along with Paul Jahani.

Bray, however, showed a terrific team ethic with Jack Westrich and Irish Under-16 international Andy Bartley (top scorer on 16 points) combining to set up Alan Doyle for a terrific score.

The hard working Doyle then scored right on the buzzer to put Bray 11-8 up.



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And the introduction of the ever dependable Craig Dowling and the big inside man Luke Gorman was to see Bray open up a telling lead, the score of the second quarter coming from Dowling who somehow managed to squeeze through a gap before laying up under the Templeogue basket.

Additional scores from Daniel Richardson and Gorman and Dowling combined with a series of one point frees had put Bray up 29-11 at the interval.

The third quarter was all about Lennon who time and time again set up scores from Bartley and Gorman with a selfless display from the base of the court.

Ash O'Callaghan, Doyle and Dowling were also on target as Bray stretched their lead to 50-17 at the end of the third.

But while down, Templeogue were not out and kept plugging away with scores from Flood and McKeown.

But it was Bray who were victorious as the school continues its pursuit of All-Ireland glory with the Under-19s in action against the mighty St Fintan's at the Arena tomorrow.

Presentation Bray: Alan Doyle, Marc Lennon, Andy Bartley, Ash O'Callaghan, Reece O'Callaghan, Daniel Richardson, Jack Westrich, Luke Gorman, Craig Dowling, Lewis Hayes, Thomas McGrath, Billy Kavanagh, David Carville, Evan McKay, Cathal Martin.

Templeogue College: Donal Keating, Daniel Murphy, Sean Flood, Paul Jahani, Jake Rogers, Lee Maher, Dylan Quigley, Aidan Rooney, Brian Lawlor, Matthew Timmons, Cian McKeown.

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