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Temple' to take shot at 'A' final

Templeogue College 72

St Joseph's the Bish 58

Templeogue College are through to their first All-Ireland 'A' Cup final following an electrifying display of three-point shooting at the National Basketball Arena yesterday.

Philip Rigney's men drained a total of 10 shots on the outside and it certainly proved the difference between the teams on the day.

Templeogue are now just one game away from emulating the feats of Presentation Bray and Colaiste Eanna from 2011 and 2012 respectively.

And while up against the formidable St Malachy's Belfast in next Friday week's decider, Templeogue won't fear anyone after yesterday.

An injury to key player Ben Ntumba curtailed his court time, but overall Joseph's had their work cut out against a Templeogue side that outbustled and hustled them for long stretches in the game.

Admittedly, Templeogue did struggle in the third quarter with The Bish bringing it back to single figures at one stage.

But the singlemindedness of Aidan Rooney was to eventually see Templeogue overcome their slump and as the game began to open up once more, Templeogue assuredness saw them land a hat-trick of outside shots to ultimately put the game to rest.

Early baskets from Stephen O'Brien had kept The Bish in touch in the early stages before Templeogue began to up the tempo with devastating effect.

A terrific three-man move, finished off by Rooney, was to see them open up a 14-point lead with team captain Anton McDonnell also landing a nice basket during that period.



Wrist

Seán Flood, having missed the early parts of their campaign due to an injured wrist, was also showing Bish manager and Irish underage coach, Tom O'Malley, what he could do as Templeogue ended the first quarter 31-12 in front.

And while Moycullen's Superleague star Dylan Costello and Patrick Lyons did some good on the inside after the restart, baskets from Rooney and Baolach Morrison saw Templeogue go in at half-time with a comfortable 43-24 lead.

However, a good start to the second half allowed Bish go on a nine-point run culminating in a basket from Lyons.

And while Rooney was to counter with an important basket for the home side, The Bish continued in their pursuit of their opponents.

Following a basket from Costello, Stephen O'Brien then landed a three-pointer to leave it at 45-38 with a minute of the third quarter to go.

But Templeogue were to show their character with Brian Thiessan landing a terrific three-pointer, a feat Rooney followed up moments later.

A basket on the buzzer from Costello meant that The Bish were still in contention heading into the final quarter, but Templeogue then stretched their opponents with some terrific diversity of play.

SCORERS -- Templeogue College: Seán Flood 17pts, Baolach Morrison 16pts, Aidan Rooney 18pts, Anton McDonnell 16pts. St Joseph's, The Bish: Dylan Costello 22pts, Stephen O'Brien 13pts, Patrick Lyons 10pts

Templeogue College: Erik Stenbery, Jake Rogers, David Nolan, Cian McKeon, Baoloch Morrison, Christopher Straessle, Aidan Rooney, Brian Thiessan, Mark Redmond, Eoin Walsh, Anton McDonnell (Capt), Christopher Bass

St Joseph's, the Bish: Mark Rohan, Seamus Garaty, Stephen O'Brien, Dylan Costello, Zylas Zukauskas, Joseph Tumman, Oisín Carey, Ben Mtumba, Ronan McKeown, Kyle Cunningham, Patrick Lyons