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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Murray the hero as St Kevin's claim the U-16 crown

St.Kevins Finglas celebrate winning at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena.
Pic: Justin Farrelly.
St.Kevins Finglas celebrate winning at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Bradley Owens St.Kevins Finglas celebrates winning at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Darragh Conlon St.Kevins Finglas celebrates winning at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Bradley Owens, Michael Ryan, Kristopher San Diego and Eric Testa St.Kevins Finglas celebrate winning at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
St.Kevins Finglas celebrate winning at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena
Darragh Gilmartin playing at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena
Darragh Gilmartin and Matthew O'Meara St.Peters and Bradley Owens and Kristopher San Diego St.Kevins playing at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Irene O'Mahony St.Kevins coaching at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Bradley Owens gets up for St.Kevins at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Finn Hughes St.Peters playing at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Darragh Gilmartin St.Peters playing at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Finn Hughes St.Peters and Daniel Foy St.Kevins playing at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Jacques Reynolds for St.Kevins playing at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Jacques Reynolds St.Peters playing at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Kristopher San Diego St.Kevins and Finn Hughes St.Peters playing at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Jacques Reynolds St.Peters and Lee Murray St.Kevins playing at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Matthew O'Meara St.Peters and Bradley Owens St.Kevins playing at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Darragh Conlon St.Kevins and Niall Bermingham St.Peters playing at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Darragh Gilmartin for St.Peters playing at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Matthew O'Meara, Jacques Reynolds and Niall Bermingham for St.Peters and Darragh Conlon and Daniel Foy for St.Kevins playing at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Darragh Gilmartin St.Peters playing at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Daniel Foy St.Kevins gets up at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Kristopher San Diego for St.Kevins playing at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Finn Hughes for St.Peters and Eric Testa St.Kevins playing at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
St.Kevins Finglas Back l-r Irene O'Mahony, Michael Ryan, Darragh Conlon, Joseph Gaynor, Eric Testa, Selina McEvoy, Front L-r Bradley Owens, Lee Murray (C), Daniel Foy and Kristopher San Diego at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.
St.Peters Dunboyne back L-r Anita Cody-Kenny, Michael Ajala, Niall Carolan, Finn Hughes, Niall Bermingham, Matthew O'Meara, Jack Donnelly, Cameron Gallagher, Jacques Reynolds, Ciara O'Leary Front L-r Kevin Brogan, Darragh Gilmartin, Alex Hannigan, Martin Courtney, Robert Hyland and Liam Murray at the Basketball U16 All Ireland League Final between St.Kevins Finglas and St.Peters Dunboyne at the National Basketball Arena. Pic: Justin Farrelly.

St Kevin’s College captain Lee Murray led by example as he shot some crucial baskets for his side as Irene O’Mahony’s charges collected the Under 16 C national crown on their first visit to the National Arena.

Murray showed terrific execution from the three-point zone and his contribution will no doubt be long remembered by team-mates and supporters alike.

It was a brave effort from Dunboyne who remained close on Kevin’s tails right until the final minute.

With Matthew O’Meara rebounding strongly on the inside for the Meath men, Dunboyne were within a point of their opponents when Kevin’s landed back-to-back baskets from Daniel Foy and San Diego to open up a five-point lead.

However, a basket from Darragh Gilmartin was to put St Peter’s back in contention at the end of the first quarter as they trailed 11-8 to Kevin’s.

However, Kevin’s were to begin the second period brightly with a clever dribbile by Owens seeing him lay up under the baskets with Murray then intercepting to bring the gap out to seven. Peter’s however were shown plenty of mobility through Niall Carolan and Niall Carolan before Kevin’s hit them for two baskets from opposite sides of the court from Foy and San Diego to regain  the lead at the interval, 22-19.

A three-pointer from Murray saw Kevin’s begin the third quarter in final style with an offload from Owens then setting up Foy for a sidecourt basket.

Peter’s however were to record successive three-point plays from Finn Hughes and O’Meara but crucially a last minute basket from Murray was to see Kevin’s up 33-29 heading into the final period.

The last period began with three-pointers at each end and with 4.30 to go Peter’s had levelled with baskets from O’Meara and Bermingham before MVP Owens picked off two superb baskets. And while Gilmartin would bring Peter’s to within a point of St Kevin’s, they were then knocked back on the seat of their pants following another three pointer from Murray.

And from their Kevins closed the game out with baskets from San Diego and Owens.

Basketball: U16 ‘C’ Boys All Ireland Schools League Final:

St Peter's Dunboyne 41 St Kevin's Finglas 49

St Kevins Finglas: Bradley Owens (10pts), Daniel Foy, Darragh Conlon, Lee Murray (16 pts), Kristopher San Diego  (11 pts), Michael Ryan, Eric Testa, Joseph Gaynor

St Peters College, Dunboyne: Niall Bermingham (9pts), Niall Carolan, Martin Courtney, Jack Donnelly, Cameron Gallagher, Darragh Gilmartin (11 pts), Alex Hannigan, Finn Hughes, Robert Hyland, Liam Murray, Matthew O’Meara (11 pts), Jacques Reynolds.

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