Basketball: Whitehall win battle of Aidan's despite Downey's star display
St Aidan's CBS Whitehall came out on top in a terrific boys encounter against St Aidan's Cork in DCU on a 58-52 scoreline despite a Trojan effort from underage international player of the year, Roy Downey, writes Rory Kerr.
The highly rated Neptune underage star, who was a starter for the Irish U16s in August, registered a whopping 30 points in a game that went right down to the wire.
Whitehall had opened up a big lead in the first quarter with two early assists from Mikey Murray setting up consecutive baskets for Ronan Noonan. But a six-point run from Downey was to cut Whitehall's lead to two at the end of the first quarter, 16-14.
The North Dublin team began the second quarter with a three-pointer from Paul Caffrey before a subsequent lay-up from Murray prompting a time out from Aidan's Cork. On their return, the Leesiders rallied well with baskets from Craig Forde and Downey to leave it 20-16 at the break to Aidan's Whitehall.
The third quarter was a very entertaining affair with Caffrey, Aidan's Whitehall's top scorer on 15 points, pitting his wits against Downey and Phil O'Cashman at the other end.
But it was the Leesiders who shaded that period with O'Cashman and Downey hitting two big three-pointers to cut the gap to two points heading into the final quarter.
With five minutes to go it was level pegging before Caffrey sunk some crucial scores from the free throwline with Shayan Yousefizadeh also registering a valuable lay up to see Whitehall through.
Meanwhile, Presentation Bray made an impressive opening against Ard Scoil Rís from Dublin with Neil Curran turning in a power house display while Lorcan Murphy and Andy Bartley impressed in the second half as Bray emerged victorious on a 82--15 scoreline.