Neary holds his nerve for Vins
Glasnevin boys edge Tallaght for title
ST VINCENT'S GLASNEVIN 47, TALLAGHT CS 45
St Vincent's CBS, it seems, are fated to produce heroes. Last September, Stephen Cluxton, a teacher in the school, non-chalantly stroked over the free that handed Dublin the All-Ireland title that had eluded them for 16 years.
And likewise at the National Basketball Arena yesterday, Vincent's captain, Philip Neary, showed nerves of steel to land the two winning free throws for Emmet Donnelly's side.
This clash raised the curtain for three days of action with 24 teams are competing for silverware.
And such was the interest for this opening day of fixtures that the hard-working Basketball Ireland staff were struggling to find seats for the many spectators that thronged into the hall in the morning.
And those who witnessed this affair were treated to a right belter of a contest, which until the final six seconds was still very much hanging in the balance. Tallaght Community School, who are located just a stone's throw away from the famed sporting arena, looked to be in control here with Kristopher Greene turning in a most impressive display from the base of the court.
The powerfully built forward led a series of charges from under his basket throughout the game with Mark Dunne the main scoring threat for Tallaght on the day.
It took some excellent defence from Martin Neary to keep Vincent's in touch and approaching the second quarter the situation was starting to look a bit serious for the North Dublin outfit.
Baskets from Greene and Dunne formed part of a 10-0 run that opened up a double digits lead for the Tallaght boys approaching half-time.
Vincent's, however, refused to panic and baskets from guard Eamon Dixon and Lauro Pavlo Cruz left them in a much healthier position at the interval, 24-19 to Tallaght CS.
The third quarter was a bit of a scrappy affair, but it opened up a bit towards the end with successive baskets from Dunne opening up a seven-point lead for Tallaght with two minutes remaining.
Vincent's battling qualities were again to the fore with Philip Neary (two frees) and Martin Neary scoring each side of a Jibola Busari effort to put just five between the sides, 36-31 to Tallaght Community School.
And so to the final quarter which had seen Vincent's finally level proceedings with 12 seconds remaining through Philip Neary. A time-out was called and then, with the clock running down, Vincent's were awarded two frees throws which captain Neary expertly converted to seal a famous victory for his side.
TOP SCORERS - St Vincent's Glasnevin (Dublin) 47 (19) (P Neary 15, M Neary 14, L P Cruz 13) Tallaght CS (Dublin) 45 (24) (M Dunne 17, K Greene 13, J Busari 6). MVP: Phillip Neary St Vincent's Glasnevin (Dublin).
St Vincent's: Eamon Dixon, Thomas Reyes, Bilguum Nemekhbaatar, Miguel Rio Beloso, Igor Mercado, Juan Paul Fernandez, Philip Neary, Lauro David Cruz, Killian Scully, Brandon Egan, Martin Neary, George Maragay.
Tallaght Community School: Gavin Murray, Raymond Toner, Jibola Busari, Kristopher Greene, Conor Stewart, Samual Awe, Mark Dunne, Damien Grudzien, Paul Dunne, Craig Gough, Kanwadyo Pinho.