Thursday 22 March 2018

Paul's put on a show to claim league title glory

St PAUL'S College Raheny toasted a famous victory at the National Arena on Tuesday as they lifted the All-Ireland Schools U19B League title after a 56-44 win over St Columb's from Derry.

Paul's, who had been knocked out by St Columb's in the cup, had their work cut out early on as Jordan McLelland was already in double figures by the end of the first quarter.

However, with MVP Paddy Sullivan (21 points) penetrating the Columb's basket to good effect following some terrific up-court dribbling, Paul's had crucially etched out a four-point lead by the end of that same quarter.

And, while Nathan Brown was to make further inroads into the Paul's lead shortly after the restart, Paul's were never headed after that as Alex Talpau (15 points) showed strong defence.

And with Greg Campion (12 points) dropping in a crucial three-pointer at the end of the third, Paul's were never troubled after that as captain Shane McMahon was also to the fore.

Elsewhere, St Malachy's Belfast added another trophy to the cabinet as they edged out Douglas Community College Cork 55-54 yesterday.

Odhran Eastwood's 13-point haul was an important factor in Malachy's win but when it looked as if they might run away with the game, Jack O'Mahony hit an outside basket to put Douglas right back in the game.


And then, with just seconds to go, O'Mahony launched another ambitious effort only to see his effort rattle out of the basket.

The second day's proceedings finished on a disappointing note as the U19A final between Presentation Bray and St Fintan's was abandoned after just four minutes.

Bray's Lorcan Murphy had come down awkwardly as he attempted a lay-up and needed lengthy treatment from the dedicated medical staff at the Arena.

Fintan's sportingly agreed to defer the tie until next week.

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