Recent Basketball Wins
Boys Senior Basketball vs Marist Athlone
We got off to a great start with us making the first basket. It was a very tough first two quarters, basket for basket. Athlone’s number four, played with both senior and cadets and was a fantastic shooter, scoring a wide range of shots, including a number of three pointers, but our lads in St Paul’s stepped up their defence and slowly took a grip of the game. The shooting was outstanding by both teams.
The second two quarters started strong with St Paul’s on top and as St Paul’s increased their score, Marist College weren’t far behind. St Paul’s started to pick up the pace and increase the pressure in both offence and defence and it started to pay off as Marist College began to slow down. St Paul’s came out on top, much to the delight of Miss Dempsey. All the hard early morning and afternoon trainings paid off. Onwards and upwards to hopefully see more great wins as we go further on in the season.
Well done lads on a great win. Final Score: St Paul’s 83 Marist College Athlone 65
Cadet Boys Basketball vs Scoil Einde, Galway
On Thursday October 1st, St Paul’s Cadette boys basketball team made the long journey to the Kingfisher Sports Complex in NUIG (National University of Ireland Galway).Departing at 8am this was the schools first venture into the All Ireland Cup series. After narrowly losing out on the All Ireland 2nd year final last year hopes were high that the lads would be competitive at this level.
St. Paul’s pacers had a slow start on their first cup game away to Scoil Éinde ending their first quarter 14-10 to the home team. The second quarter was kicked off by a much needed three pointer from Adam Kavanagh. Good, aggressive defence from Stephen Colgan and Michael babalola helped the team keep their lead at half time 31-22 to St. Paul’s.
The third quarter Paul’s fell apart reducing their lead to only two points at the end of the 8 minutes. The thriller was the final quarter where scoil Éidne got a lead of 6 points with less than two minutes to go. A well taken lay up by Darren Pendergast lifted their heads and flawless free throws from Adam Kavanagh got St. Paul’s back to a draw. Jack treacy was fouled and received two free throws, he kept his cool and scored both. Kavanagh again scored another two free throws finished off by the last two free throws of the game by jack treacy. Adam Kavanagh scored a total of 53 points (22 free throws) jack treacy 5 points (all free throws) Stephen Colgan 4 Darren prendergast 2 and Michael babalola 1.
A great team performance for their first cup match. Next game is against Colaiste Ciaran, Leixlip.