Murphy on fire to make it Bray's day
Presentation Bray 60, St Malachy's Belfast 51
Presentation Bray recorded a historic victory over St Malachy's College Belfast last Thursday with Lorcan Murphy coming of age with an MVP display against one of the top schools in the country.
Murphy was certainly in the 'zone' on the day and his shooting, allied with some terrific running from the base of the court, made him a standout candidate for the coveted Golden Ball award.
Bray certainly did not panic against a Malachy's team who possessed some terrific three-point shooters.
This was particularly in evidence in the first quarter, but Bray were able to counteract this with some terrific fast breaks.
And Malachy's, despite having plenty of height under the basket, found their path blocked inside where David Mackin excelled for Bray.
The first quarter saw the teams match each other basket for basket before the game opened up to see Malachy's finish 24-17 ahead.
Conor Quinn - twin brother to Aiden - was very much to the fore for Malachy's, but Bray had levelled at the five-minute mark following some excellent inside work from Andy Bartley.
A six-point run from Murphy helped them into a 35-33 lead at the interval.
On their return, Bray hit a purple patch with more magic from Murphy guiding them to a 52-41 lead entering the final quarter. While Aiden Quinn was to keep Malachy's in touch, Bray's sharpness around the baskets saw them maintain the gap and seal a fine win.
SCORERS - St. Malachy's: 51 (33) (A Quinn 15, C Quinn 11, L Pettigrew 6). Presentation Bray: 60 (35) (L Murphy 27, A Bartley 19, B O'Neill 11)
MVP: L Murphy (Presentation Bray)
Presentation College, Bray: J McCann, D Mackin, A O'Callaghan, N Casey, R O'Callaghan, M Lennon, P Conroy, L Gorman, B Curran, L Murphy, B O'Neill, D Terry, T McGrath, A Bartley.
St Malachy's, Belfast: T Dougherty, O Duffy, J O'Boyle, J Smyth, C McHugh, A Quinn, M Gorman, D Lyttle, L Pettigrew, C Quinn, P Kelly, SJ Rooney.