O'Callaghan on fire as Bray annex Eanna
BASKETBALL: Pres Bray set up a semi-final with Leinster rivals St Fintan's High School in the new year.
Presentation Bray 101
Coláiste éanna 75
Ash O'Callaghan turned in a man-of-the-match display at the Bray's home gym last Friday.
O'Callaghan, who was his team's second top scorer on 21 points behind Andy Bartley (30), did a fine man-marking job on Divin Matabisi, who was Éanna's main scoring threat on the day.
éanna stayed in contention early on courtesy of some well-taken lay-ups and accurate long shooting from Robbie Torsney and Conor White. And with Reece O'Callaghan picking up three quick fouls, Bray had to readjust, with Shane Davidson (19pts) coming off the bench. He made a quick impact, shooting two from the free-throw line as well as converting an open jump shot.
That left Bray 28-25 up at the end of the opening quarter and the introduction of Marcus Nolan provided physical presence inside.
His six points, combined with two big three-pointers from Marc Lennon and Davidson, was to ensure a 49-45 lead for Bray at the interval.
Mindful of their slender advantage, Bray upped their intensity in the third quarter and continually drew the foul as they drove to the basket.
This yielded 11 points from the free-throw line, with Davidson converting most of these. The key man, however, was O'Callaghan who grabbed several defensive rebounds.
And a basket from O'Callaghan combined with a three-point play from Bartley left Bray up by 74-63 heading into the final period.
O'Callaghan and Bartley continued to drive Bray, with a deep three from Davidson pushing their lead out to 20 points.
Irish under-15 development squad members Donal Ring and Nigel Magno were then sprung from the bench with the duo both registering baskets to push Bray over the 100 mark for the third time this season.