1st YEAR BASKETBALLWell done to the Pres Bray Basketball 1st Yr team who had a great win over a St. Brendan’s 2nd Yr team in the Pres Bray Gym on Tuesday afternoon. The final score of the match was 52-30 to Pres Bray with Ciaran McKay (20pts) & Conor Mulvaney (10pts) leading the way on offence for Pres Bray. Daragh Rochford & Conor Dowling controlled the play for the 1st yr team with some excellent guard play. Two players who were making their competitive debuts for the 1st yr basketball team, Davy Maloney & Ronan Dobra also contributed on both ends of the floor.The 1st Yr friendly matches are coming thick & fast now as the Leinster/East Region League & South Dublin League are due to get going in the New Year. Next up are friendly matches against Marian College in the Pres Bray Gym tomorrow afternoon (Wed 26th). The match details are as follows:- 1st Yr A Team vs Marian College 2nd Yrs @ 1.10pm- 1st Yr Dev Team vs Marian College 1st Yrs @ 2.15pm
PRES BRAY –V- ARD SCOIL RIS
LEINSTER/EAST REGION QUARTER FINAL
Pres Bray 78
Ard Scoil Ris 50
The Pres Bray Basketball U19 team had a comfortable win over Ard Scoil Ris in the Leinster/East Region League Quarter-Final on Friday 22nd November in the Pres Bray Gym.. Pres Bray will now play either St. Fintan’s or Templeogue in the Semi-Finals.
The home side started the match well with 6th yr players Luke Gorman, Andy Bartley & Ash O’Callaghan all getting on the scoresheet early. Fellow 6th yr, Marc Lennon was controlling the tempo of the game from the point guard position & his pin point passing was an important part of Pres Bray’s play in the opening quarter. Baskets from Marcus Nolan & Peter Conroy completed the 1st quarter scoring & Pres Bray had established a 20-12 lead in the match.
In the 2nd quarter there were some excellent scores from Shane Davidson including two 3pt scores in a row to extend the Pres Bray lead to 20pts. U16 player, Donal Ring came off the Pres Bray bench to pick up two great blocks mid-way through the quarter to deny Ard Scoil Ris scores & trigger fast break opportunities for his team. Ash O’Callaghan & Andy Bartley were playing well on offence & the pair combined for 14pts in the quarter to give Pres Bray a 44-26 halftime lead in the match.
Ard Scoil Ris put together their best period in the match at the start of the 3rd quarter, but Pres Bray coach, Marie O’Toole quickly called a timeout to re-focus her players & Pres Bray restored their advantage with a score from Marc Lennon & 14pts from Andy Bartley with a mix of good shooting & clever finishing around the basket. Donal Ring also chipped in with a basket to re-establish Pres Brays 20pt lead. The score going into the final quarter stood at 62-41.
In the final quarter Pres Bray continued to play excellent team basketball & good interior passing led to easy scores for Luke Gorman & Ash O’Callaghan. Another of Pres Brays U16 players, Nigel Magno came off the bench & instantly made an impact with a well taken score & an assist for a Marcus Nolan basket. 5th yr players, Sam Friel & Edward Kearns were on the floor for Pres Bray as the clock wound down. Sam played some excellent defence against the dangerous Ard Scoil Ris guards, whereas Edward displayed some great finishing around the basket to register the final two scores in the match & give Pres Bray the 78-50 win. Pres Bray now move onto the Leinster/East Region League Semi-Finals where they await the winner of the St. Fintan’s & Templeogue quarter-final match-up.
Pres Bray Scorers:
Andy Bartley 30pts,
Ash O’Callaghan 12pts,
Luke Gorman 10pts,
Shane Davidson 8pts,
Donal Ring 6pts,
Marcus Nolan & Edward Kearns both 4pts each,
Marc Lennon, Peter Conroy & Nigel Magno all 2pts each
U16 Leinster/East Region Quarter-Final – Pres Bray vs Coolmine CS
The Pres Bray Basketball U16 team put together a big 3rd quarter to win their Leinster/East Region League Quarter-Final against Coolmine Community School on Tuesday afternoon in the Pres Bray Gym. The final score of the match was 70-43, but Pres Bray were not playing very well in the 1st half & were only up 8pts at the half.
The match started with Robert Wilson & Donal Ring combining well for the score to give Pres Bray the lead. Further scores from Jake Cullen & Nigel Magno helped Pres Bray to settle into the match. Some defensive lapses however allowed the visiting team, Coolmine CS to stay in touch & this aligned with some poor free throw shooting from Pres Bray left the score at 16-13 in favour of Pres Bray at the end of the 1st quarter.
It was a similar pattern in the 2nd quarter, with Pres Bray struggling to convert their free throws. Donal Ring was doing well on the offensive boards, scoring 11pts in the quarter, but too often Pres Bray players would over complicate things & miss out on easy scoring opportunities. Robert Wilson added another 4pts to his points total with decisive drives to the basket, but the lack of Pres Bray defence was allowing Coolmine to match Pres Bray score for score as the quarter continued. At the half, it was 35-26 to the home side, Pres Bray and the match was still very much in the balance.
It was in the 3rd quarter that a switch seemed to be flipped within the minds of the Pres Bray players. Their defensive intensity went up several notches & they were repeatedly able to intercept wayward Coolmine passing & turn their steals into baskets. Nigel Magno’s speed & quickness were a feature of the quarter, as was Donal Rings finishing around the basket. The Pres Bray bench also made a significant contribution with Alex Houlden & Aaron Walsh combining for 6pts and also some good rebounds and assists. Pres Bray kept up their defensive pressure throughout the 3rd quarter & came away with a 26pt lead in the match, 57-31 with one quarter left to play.
In the final quarter, Colin Fitzpatrick & Robert Wilson combined for 10pts to ensure that there was no chance of a Coolmine comeback. A Ronan Browne offensive rebound and basket completed the Pres Bray scoring in the match. The final score was 70-43 to Pres Bray. They now await the results of other matches before they know who their semi-final opponents will be, but their Leinster/League form overall has ensured that it will be a home Semi-Final no matter what.
Pres Bray Scorers:
Donal Ring 23pts
Nigel Magno 14pts
Robert Wilson 10pts
Colin Fitzpatrick 7pts
Jake Cullen 8pts
Aaron Walsh 4pts
Alex Houlden & Ronan Browne both 2pts each
U19 All-Ireland Cup Quarter-Final Match Report:
Pres Bray 101
Coláiste Eanna 75
The Pres Bray Basketball U19 team came through a tough match in the Pres Bray gym vs a dogged Col Eanna team to secure a place in the All-Ireland Cup Semi-Finals in the New Year. The Pres Bray team were under immense pressure to win the match after previously defeating their opponents by over 20pts in their Leinster/East Region League encounter back in early October. The Col Eanna team that showed up for today’s match was a different team altogether, with a couple of players returning from injury & a fresh, determined attitude.
Pres Bray got off to a fast start & looked as if they might run away with the match thanks to scores from Reece O’Callaghan & Luke Gorman. The Pres Bray team were running the floor well & fast break baskets from Andy Bartley & Ash O’Callaghan gave the home side an 8pt lead in the match. Col Eanna remained calm & hit back with some well taken layups & accurate long range shooting from Robbie Torsney & Conor White. Marc Lennon drove hard to the basket to keep Pres Bray in front, but 3 quick fouls from Reece O’Callaghan meant Pres Bray had to adjust their lineup early in the 1st quarter with Shane Davidson coming into the match. Shane made an immediate impact by scoring 2 free throws & also converting an open jump-shot. Col Eanna matched Pres Bray basket for basket as the 1st quarter continued & a packed Pres Bray gym was treated to an excellent display of attacking basketball from both teams. The score at the end of the 1st quarter was 28-25 to Pres Bray, but Col Eanna had withstood everything that the home side had thrown at them & were the happier of the 2 teams going into the 2nd quarter.
The 2nd quarter saw both teams continue to match each other, score for score. Pres Bray had brought on Marcus Nolan to secure rebounds & provide height inside. Marcus scored 6pts in the quarter with some composed free throw shooting & also quick moves to the basket. A couple of 3pt scores from Marc Lennon & Shane Davidson were vital in ensuring the home side remained in front. Andy Bartley came more into the match in the 2nd quarter, scoring 7pts to give Pres Bray a 49-45 lead at the half time break.
Pres Bray knew they needed to up their intensity at the start of the 2nd half or risk allowing Col Eanna to remain within a couple of scores, which would be risky as the match moved closer to the final buzzer. The Pres Bray team began to force Col Eanna players into silly fouls with their willingness to attack the basket. Pres Bray hit 11pts from the free throw line in the 3rd quarter with Shane Davidson being the main beneficiary of the poor Col Eanna defence & their propensity to foul. Ash O’Callaghan’s defence was also a feature of the 3rd quarter. Ash showed tremendous athleticism & desire to grab several big rebounds & make some huge defensive plays for his team. An Ash O’Callaghan scored & was quickly followed by a 3pt score from Andy Bartley to put a bit of daylight between Pres Bray & Col Eanna at the end of the 3rd quarter. The score was 74-63 going into the final quarter & although the home side had pushed their lead to double digits, Col Eanna were still not giving up & Pres Bray knew they would have to remain focused in the final quarter in order to secure victory.
In the final quarter, man of the match, Ash O’Callaghan continued to impress, scoring 8pts & man marking Col Eanna’s main threat, Divin Matabisi on defence. Andy Bartley also added 8pts to his own personal scoring total & a deep 3pt score from Shane Davidson helped Pres Bray push their lead to 20pts. Pres Bray Basketball U16 players & Irish U15 development Squad members, Nigel Magno & Donal Ring both came off the bench for Pres Bray in the 4th quarter & made an immediate impact on the match, Nigel by stealing the ball off a sloppy inbounds from a tired Col Eanna team & Donal by scoring 4pts in the final 2 mins of the match including the score which allowed the Pres Bray U19 team hit the 100pt mark for the 3rd time this season. The match finished 101-75 to a jubilant Pres Bray U19 squad who can now look forward to an All-Ireland Cup Semi-Final against Leinster/East Region rivals, St. Fintans Sutton in January. The Pres Bray U19′s will now switch their focus back to the Leinster/East Region League, where they have home advantage in the upcoming League playoffs, which start next Fri (22nd Nov) with a home Quarter-Final vs Ard Scoil Ris, Marino
Pres Bray Scorers:
Andy Bartley 30pts,
Ash O’Callaghan 21pts,
Shane Davidson 19pts,
Marc Lennon 10pts,
Marcus Nolan 8pts,
Luke Gorman 7pts,
Donal Ring 4pts,
Reece O’Callaghan 2pts
Pres Bray Basketball U19 Squad 2013-14 Back Row (L to R)
Sam Friel, Donal Ring, Robert Wilson, arcus Nolan, Edward Kearns, Thomas McGrath, Luke Gorman, Dylan Terry & Andy Bartley
Front Row (L to R)
Adam Mullery, Reece O’Callaghan, Nigel Magno, Peter Conroy, Marc Lennon, Ash O’Callaghan, Shane Davidson & Colin Fitzpatrick.
(Missing from photo – Dylan Brady)
U16 Leinster/East Region League Match: Pres Bray vs Marian CollegeThe Pres Bray Basketball U16 team showed no mercy to their Marian College opponents in their latest Leinster/East Region League match, which took place in the UCD Sports Centre on Thursday 7th Nov. The Pres Bray team dominated the match from start to finish & ended up winning 106-48.
The match began with the Pres Bray team in a celebratory mood after three of the teams players, Donal Ring, Nigel Magno & Robert Wilson, had gotten word that they had been selected for the Irish U15 Development Squad. Donal, Nigel & Robert were the driving force behind the Pres Bray teams dominance & combined for 60pts in the match. Marian College were totally outclassed in the match & the entire Pres Bray squad were able to contribute with Luke Whelan, Jake Cullen & Ronan Browne playing particularly well in the opening 2 quarters of the match. The 1st half ended with Pres Bray leading 50-32.
In the 2nd half, Pres Bray 4th yr student Alex Houlden secured several vital rebounds & also scored 12pts to extend the Pres Bray lead. Colin Fitzpatrick’s decisive play helped create scoring chances for his teammates, as well as scoring 4pts of his own. Pres Bray 2nd yr student, Ryan Keane-O’Callaghan scored 6pts in the match including the score which saw Pres Bray hit the 100pt mark. The match finished 106-48 to Pres Bray & the team will now go into their final Leinster/East Region league match vs Rathcoole next week knowing that a win will secure them home advantage in the knockout stages of the league that will begin at the end of November.Pres Bray Scorers:
Donal Ring 27pts,
Robert Wilson 21pts,
Alex Houlden & Nigel Magno both 12pts each,
Jake Cullen 10pts,
Ronan Browne 8pts,
Ryan Keane O’Callaghan 6pts,
Luke Whelan & Colin Fitzpatrick both 4pts each,
Harry Waters 2pts.
U19 Leinster/East Region League Match: Pres Bray vs Marian College
The Pres Bray Basketball U19 team continue to dominate their Leinster/East Region League opponents with Marian College being the latest team to come up against a Pres Bray team that is starting to look like they are unbeatable this season. In a one sided match, which was played in the UCD Sports Centre gym on Thursday 7th November, Pres Bray defeated Marian College 96-38 to earn their 6th league win of the season so far. The match may have been one sided, but it was good preparation for the upcoming All-Ireland Cup Quarter-Final match vs Col Eanna.
Pres Bray started the match slowly & allowed Marian College too many easy chances to score under the basket. Some harsh words from Pres Bray coach, Marie O’Toole helped focus her players & an offensive burst from Luke Gorman & Marcus Nolan helped Pres Bray take a 5pt lead into the 2nd quarter. Further scores from Luke Gorman, Andy Bartley & Ash O’Callaghan allowed Pres Bray to push their lead out to 26pts by halftime.
In the 2nd half Pres Bray pounded the ball inside to Marcus Nolan, who notched up 12pts in the half with a variety of strong post moves & scores from offensive rebounds. Pres Bray guards, Shane Davidson & Peter Conroy were also in fine form, combining for 14pts & setting the play for their teammates throughout the 2nd half. Edward Kearns & Sam Friel were impact subs for Pres Bray & played some excellent defence in the 4th quarter. Pres Bray were pushing hard to match the 100pt score put up by their U16 counterparts in the previous match, but it wasn’t to be & the final score was 96-38 to a dominant Pres Bray team.
Pres Bray Scorers:
Marcus Nolan 18pts,
Andy Bartley 17pts,
Luke Gorman & Shane Davidson both 16pts each,
Ash O’Callaghan 12pts,
Edward Kearns 5pts,
Marc Lennon & Peter Conroy both 4pts each,
Reece O’Callaghan & Sam Friel both 2pts each.
U15′s Irish Development Squad
The mid-term break is a great opportunity for all involved with Pres Bray Basketball to get a bit of a rest, however for three Pres Bray Basketball players the mid-term break will involve a trip to the University of Limerick on Fri 1st Nov to attend trials for the Irish U15 Development Squad. Pres Bray 3rd Yr students, Donal Ring, Nigel Magno & Robert Wilson will join 50 of the best U15 basketball players in the country at the Irish trials following their excellent play for the Leinster/East Region team at the U15 Inter-Regional Tournament that took place in Galway at the end of October.
The Leinster/East Region team won all 3 of their Tournament pool matches vs the North East Region (57-37), the North Region (55-35) & the North West Region (47-31) with all three Pres Bray Players playing significant roles in the victories. In the tournament semi-finals, the Leinster/East Region team defeated a fancied South West Region team, 50-36 to set up a final against the South Region. In the Tournament Final, the Pres Bray students were heavily involved in a lot of the good play for the Leinster/East Region team, however the South team proved too strong in the end & they won the final, 52-45. The disappointment of losing the final for the three Pres Bray Basketball players was short lived however, as they heard the news that their excellent play throughout the tournament had earned all three of them spots at the Irish U15 Development Squad Trials.
Pres Bray Basketball has a proud tradition of providing players for Irish International squads over the years. Former Pres Bray Basketball players, Darren Randolph (2002- U16), Emmet O’Toole (2008-U16), Lorcan Murphy & David Mackin (2010-U16) & current Pres Bray Basketball U19 player, Andy Bartley (2010-U16, 2013-U18) have all represented Ireland on the International stage & hopefully Donal, Nigel & Robert will all have the opportunity to follow in their footsteps & wear the green jersey with pride.
(See Student section for photograph)U16 Leinster/East Region League Match – Pres Bray vs Oatlands CollegePres Bray 47Oatlands College 39Pres Bray Basketball hosted Oatlands College yesterday (Tue 22nd Oct) in the Leinster/East Region League. The U16′s were first up & Pres Bray knew that a win was a must in order to get their season back on track after close losses to Gael Colaiste Mhuire in the All-Ireland Cup & Moyle Park in the Leinster/East Region League.The match got off to a fast paced start with both teams looking to play a running fast break style. Donal Ring & Robert Wilson combined for 6pts in the 1st quarter for Pres Bray & a further 2 free throws from Colin Fitzpatrick completed the Pres Bray scoring in the quarter. Oatlands had gotten the better of the opening quarter & they lead 12-8 at the end of the 1st quarter.Pres Bray upped their intensity at the start of the 2nd quarter & there were some excellent scores from Donal Ring & Nigel Magno. Robert Wilson & Colin Fitzpatrick also combined well to bring their team to within 1pt of their opponents. Donal Ring was proving unstoppable inside for Pres Bray & another couple of baskets from him at the end of the quarter left the score at 23-22 in favour of Oatlands, but Pres Bray were the team in the ascendency.The 2nd half saw the Pres Bray guards push the ball up the floor at every opportunity. Colin Fitzpatrick & Nigel Magno both scored on the fast break after some strong defensive rebounding from Alex Houlden. Donal Ring added to his personal tally with two strong moves to the basket. Nigel Magno & Robert Wilson also got in on the scoring act with a couple of well taken baskets to give Pres Bray a 36-32 lead going into the final quarter.Colin Fitzpatrick got the final quarter off to a great start for Pres Bray with a decisive drive & score. A couple of free throws from Robert Wilson helped Pres Bray extend their lead in the match. Some superb offensive rebounding & scores from Donal Ring kept Pres Bray in pole position in the match & stifled any comeback attempts from Oatlands. Jake Cullen got a vital score in the final minute to keep the Pres Bray lead at 7pts. Some excellent defence from the Pres Bray team caused an Oatlands turnover in the final 30 seconds, which then forced them to foul Robert Wilson. Robert scored one out of two if his free throws & Pres Bray closed out the match to win 47-39 & give their season the kick start that it needed.
Pres Bray Scorers:Donal Ring 19ptsRobert Wilson 10ptsColin Fitzpatrick & Nigel Magno both 8pts eachJake Cullen 2ptsU19 Leinster/East Region League Match – Pres Bray vs Oatlands CollegePres Bray 102Oatlands College 58The Pres Bray Basketball U19 team celebrated qualifying for the All-Ireland Cup Quarter-Finals with a demolition of Leinster/East Region rivals, Oatlands College. The entire Pres Bray squad contributed to the win & the team will now have a well earned rest over the mid-term break.The 1st quarter of the match was all about the offences with both teams looking to play an up tempo style. Andy Bartley was the dominant scorer for Pres Bray, pouring in 16pts in the quarter. Shane Davidson added 7pts of his own with a mix of accurate outside shooting & strong drives to the basket. Luke Gorman, Marcus Nolan & Ash O’Callaghan also got on the scoresheet to give the home side a 29-12 1st quarter lead in the match.The 2nd quarter followed a similar pattern to the 1st, with Pres Bray continually looking to get out in transition & convert easy scores. Reece O’Callaghan came off the Pres Bray bench to score 4pts & Shane Davidson continued his hot shooting form, scoring another 5pts. Andy Bartley added 12pts to his personal total with some acrobatic drives to the basket. A free throw from Sam Friel & a basket from Edward Kearns pushed the Pres Bray lead to 25pts. Marc Lennon reacted quickest to a loose ball that came off the ref as the quarter ended to score a neat basket & leave the half-time score at 56-26 in favour of Pres Bray.The 2nd half began with scores from Shane Davidson & Sam Friel. An Andy Bartley 3pt score pushed his personal tally beyond the 30pt mark & further baskets followed for Peter Conroy & Edward Kearns. The Pres Bray team were relentless in their attacks with the Pres Bray bench relishing the opportunity to show Head Coach, Marie O’Toole what they could bring to the team going forward this season. The quarter ended with another 3pt score from Peter Conroy & the Pres Bray lead was now 36pts, 76-40.In the final quarter, Adam Mullery scored two excellent jump shots to drive Pres Bray towards the 100pt mark. Marcus Nolan & Luke Gorman combined well inside to create easy scoring chances, which were duly converted. Another 3pt score from Shane Davidson, gave him 22pts in the match. Reece & Ash O’Callaghan showed that defence was still something that Pres Bray cared about as they combined to block an Oatlands shot attempt. Their defensive enthusiasm was infectious as Andy Bartley also got a great defensive block about a minute later. Scores from Reece O’Callaghan & Luke Gorman got Pres Bray to within 3pts of the 100pt mark & fittingly it was a 3pt score from Andy Bartley that gave Pres Bray the 100pts that they were looking for. Sam Friel completed the scoring in the match & the final score was 102-58 to a dominant Pres Bray U19 team.Pres Bray Scorers:Andy Bartley 38ptsShane Davidson 22ptsReece O’Callaghan 8ptsLuke Gorman & Sam Friel both 6pts eachPeter Conroy & Edward Kearns both 5pts eachMarcus Nolan & Adam Mullery both 4pts eachAsh O’Callaghan & Marc Lennon both 2pts each
U16 All-Ireland Schools Cup 1st Rd Match – Pres Bray vs Gael Colaiste Mhuire AG
Pres Bray 63
Gael Colaiste Mhuire AG Cork 65
The Pres Bray Basketball U16 Team nearly caused a major upset in this seasons U16 All-Ireland Schools Cup Tournament by taking a highly rated Gael Colaiste Mhuire team to overtime & losing out to a last second buzzer beater.
Pres Bray started the match well & created a couple of great chances to score from offensive rebounds, but the tension of the occasion meant these chances were spurned. Robert Wilson showed tremendous maturity to score the first 5pts for Pres Bray & settle the nerves of his team-mates. Nigel Magno was running the point for Pres Bray & his quickness to the basket allowed him to get on the scoresheet with 2 decisive drives to the basket. A Donal Ring offensive rebound & well taken basket completed the 1st quarter scoring for Pres Bray & the home team found themselves down 16-13 at the end of the quarter, but still very much in the match.
Robert Wilson kept up his excellent offensive play in the 2nd quarter, but also got into foul trouble while playing help defence. Donal Ring contributed 8pts in the quarter with some very strong offensive rebounding & aggressive play. The Gael Colaiste Mhuire players were really struggling to box out the Pres Bray rebounders & Pres Brays willingness to crash the offensive boards lead to both scores & 2nd chance offences. Jake Cullen converted one of these 2nd chance opportunities to help Pres Bray peg back their Cork opponents. A big 3pt score from Nigel Magno got Pres Bray to within 1pt of their opponents, but Gael Colaiste Mhuire answered right back with a score of their own to leave the half-time score at 33-31 in favour of the visiting school from Cork.
The 2nd half began well for Pres Bray, with Donal Ring converting 2 scores from close range. Nigel Magno also scored with a nice left handed drive to the basket to put Pres Bray in front briefly, unfortunately Pres Bray’s most decisive player in the 1st half, Robert Wilson got fouled out mid-way through the 3rd quarter & Gael Colaiste Mhuire stormed back into the match with a couple of nice outside shots. Harry Waters came off the Pres Bray bench to score with a driving layup & this combined with a Jake Cullen basket left the scoreboard reading 44-43 to Gael Colaiste Mhuire with only the final quarter to play.
In the final quarter, Pres Bray lost influential point guard, Nigel Magno after he was fouled out. Colin Fitzpatrick stepped up to fill the void left by Nigel & he combined well with Luke Whelan to create scoring chances for Donal Ring who converted the chances he was given to keep the scoreboard ticking over for Pres Bray. A Jake Cullen basket was followed by an excellent jump shot from Colin Fitzpatrick to give Pres Bray a 2pt lead with under 3 mins left on the game clock. Gael Colaiste Mhuire hit some big free throws to level the scores, but Pres Bray kept pounding the ball inside to Donal Ring who was proving unstoppable in the low post. Donal scored a total of 10pts in the final quarter utilising a variety of post moves & also hitting some important free throws. As the match reached the final minute, there was nothing between the teams. A Gael Colaiste Mhuire score put them up by 1pt with 30 seconds to go. Pres Bray went inside to Donal Ring again & Donal converted another huge score to give Pres Bray the 1pt advantage. The Gael Colaiste Mhuire coach, Paul Kelleher who was also this seasons Irish U16 International coach hastily called a timeout to work a play for the last shot. His team got the ball to their best player, Adam Drummond under the basket, but he was fouled & went to the free throw line knowing that if he scored both free throws he’d win the match. Fortunately for Pres Bray he could only convert one of his free throws & levelled the match at 57 all. Suddenly it was the Pres Bray coach, Marie O’Toole’s turn to call a timeout & run a play for the last shot. Pres Bray got the ball to their primary scorer, Donal Ring in the final seconds, but he could not get off a quality shot & the match went to overtime.
In the overtime period, Pres Bray & Gael Cholaiste Mhuire matched one another score for score. Donal Ring & Jake Cullen combined for all 6pts that Pres Bray got in the overtime period, including a strong inside move from Donal that levelled the match at 63pts with under 16 seconds to play. Another timeout was called by the Cork coach & he again drew up a play to try & win the match & avoid a 2nd overtime period. The Pres Bray defence worked hard to deny an easy score for Gael Colaiste Mhuire. As the seconds ticked by, it looked like the match was destined to go to a 2nd overtime, but with only 3 seconds left on the clock, Gael Colaiste Mhuire guard, Adam Lordan stepped up to shoot a jump shot from the top of the key. Time seemed to stand still, as the ball arced towards the basket & swished through the net to win the match for the visiting team as the buzzer sounded. The Gael Colaiste Mhuire players stormed the court in celebration & a dejected Pres Bray team dropped to their knees in disappointment. The final score of the match was 65-63 to a deserving Gael Colaiste Mhuire team that were delighted to be travelling home to Cork with the win.
The Pres Bray U16′s can be very proud of their efforts in today’s match & with 9 of the squad eligible to play at U16 level next season, Pres Bray will definitely be a force in next years All-Ireland & should be strong enough to challenge for this seasons Leinster League title. Thanks to today’s referees & the older Pres Bray Basketball players who carried out the table officiating for the match.
Pres Bray Scorers
D Ring 30pts
R Wilson 12pts
N Magno 9pts
J Cullen 8pts
C Fitzpatrick & H Waters both 2pts each
U19 All-Ireland Schools Cup 1st Rd Match – Pres Bray vs St. Brendan’s Killarney
Pres Bray 103
St. Brendan’s Killarney 42
The Pres Bray Basketball U19 team easily defeated St. Brendan’s Killarney in their 1st Rd All-Ireland Schools Cup match that took place in the Pres Bray Gym today. All of the Pres Bray squad contributed to the victory & the final score of 103-42 highlighted the dominance that the home side enjoyed throughout the match.
In the opening quarter, Pres Bray raced to an early lead thanks to good interior passing against the St. Brendan’s zone, which lead to easy scores for Luke Gorman & Marc Lennon. The full court man-to-man defence deployed by Pres Bray was also causing silly turnovers from the shell shocked Kerry players. Andy Bartley & Luke Gorman made the visitors pay by converting these turnovers into pts on the scoreboard. Shane Davidson came off the bench for Pres Bray & found his shooting range very quickly, hitting three 3pt shots & also driving to the basket for 2 layups to give him a personal tally of 13pts in the 1st quarter. The Pres Bray onslaught left the St. Brendan’s players dazed & confused at the end of the 1st quarter, with the home side leading 23-9 on the scoreboard.
St. Brendan’s began to settle as the 2nd quarter began, but the Pres Bray bench players were eager to impress in the match & U16 player, Robert Wilson scored from beyond the 3pt line to extend Pres Brays lead. There were further scores from the O’Callaghan brothers, Ash & Reece, as well as Luke Gorman & Shane Davidson adding to their personal pts totals. The score at halftime was 42-20 to Pres Bray & with match effectively over as a contest, Pres Bray coach Marie O’Toole was determined to use the 2nd half as an opportunity to get as much playing time as possible for the extended Pres Bray U19 squad.
The start of the 3rd quarter saw Robert Wilson power to the basket for a score good & 1. Robert hit his bonus free throw to push the Pres lead to 25pts. Andy Bartley ran the floor well throughout the 3rd quarter & scored 8pts in a row on the fast break. Luke Gorman, Marc Lennon & Shane Davidson also scored on the fast break, as the running style of the home side was proving unstoppable. Mid-way through the 3rd quarter, U16 player Donal Ring pulled down a strong offensive rebound & got in on the scoring act with a well taken basket. The 3rd quarter scoring was completed by the O’Callaghan twins, who combined for 7pts to leave the score at 72-33 in Pres Brays favour.
The final quarter saw Pres Bray pushing the ball up the court to try & break the 100pt barrier. Adam Mullery & Andy Bartley combined well to score a couple of easy baskets for Pres Bray. Reece O’Callaghan scored 3 baskets in a row with a variety of acrobatic moves to the basket to get Pres Bray close to the 100pt mark. Further scores from Shane Davidson, Ash O’Callaghan & Andy Bartley got Pres Bray to the 99pt mark on the scoreboard, but it was left to Edward Kearns to score from on offensive rebound to push the Pres Bray total to 101pts. A Marcus Nolan basket completed the scoring in the match & the final score of 103-42 was a true reflection of the difference between the two teams.
Pres Bray will now advance to the 2nd Rd of the U19 All-Ireland Schools Cup where they will play away to Belvedere College. The deadline for the match is Fri 25th November, so keep an eye out for updates. Thanks to the great support during the match, our table officials & the referees.
Pres Bray Scorers:
Shane Davidson 24pts
Andy Bartley 22pts
Luke Gorman 17pts
Reece O’Callaghan 10pts
Ash O’Callaghan 9pts
Robert Wilson 8pts
Marc Lennon 4pts
Donal Ring 3pts
Marcus Nolan, Edward Kearns & Adam Mullery all 2pts each
U19 Leinster/East Region League Match – Pres Bray vs Templeogue
U19 Leinster/East Region League Match – Pres Bray vs Colaiste Eanna
Leinster/East Region U19 League Match:
U19′S REACH FINALS OF ALL IRELAND LEAGUE. THEY WILL MEET ST. MALACHY’S (BELFAST IN THE FINAL)
U19 All-Ireland League Semi-Final Tournament: