CDETB SCC BASKETBALL FINALS
By Louise Browne
Larkin Community College’s boys claimed the treble with victories in the minor, junior and intermediate finals. Larkin girls tasted double success in capturing the minor and junior titles with Presentation College, Terenure winning the intermediate. In the senior competition Coláiste Ide and Coláiste Dhuláigh won the boys and girls shields respectively at last Wednesday’s SCC Basketball finals at the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght.
Larkin Boys make it a clean sweep of wins and Coláiste Ide win the senior title.
In the opening boys decider of the day Larkin’s minor team overcame Coláiste Dhuláigh 19-12. Tinashe Nyuade, Mark Szeder and Aleks Balcewicz were key to Larkin’s success with Coláiste Dhuláigh’s Josh Adamson taking the MVP accolade.
The reigning champions held a 10-6 half time lead with Balcewicz, Nyuade and Szeder on target. A Sean Michael Hogan score followed by a brace of baskets from Dhuláigh’s captain Adamson kept the Coolock school in touch.
Another double from Adamson left three points, 13-10, between the sides going into the fourth quarter. Despite another basket from Adamson it was the holders who held out, Nyuade making sure with back to back scores to seal the win for Larkin.
Larkin’s junior boys retained their title with a strong performance in their 15-4 win over Marino College. MVP Russell Roldan, their captain Cyrian Banguis, James Foley and Erdene Manlai all played vital roles in capturing their second shield of the day.
Larkin led by double figures, 8-4, thanks to baskets from Roldan, Asif Iqbal and Foley. A brace from Manlai extended Larkin’s lead 12-4 leaving Marino with it all to do in the last quarter. However further scores from Foley and Roldan handed Larkin their second title of the day.
Larkin made it a clean sweep of wins when they powered their way to a 38-16 win over Coláiste Dhuláigh. Larkin’s captain Kaiwen Yang topped scored with 10 points, his colleague Thomas Murphy was awarded the MVP with Jaihui Ren also playing his part in securing a hat-trick of wins for the North Inner City school.
Larkin raced into a 13-0 advantage, Murphy landed a massive three pointer along with baskets from Yang, another basket from Murphy and a double from Jaihui Ren. Coláiste Dhuláigh best player Sean Nolan, who finished with a personal tally of 10 points, opened the scoring for the Coolock school.
The north inner city school were simply unstoppable taking a 22-2 advantage into the break. Yang, Honiss Shamlol and brothers Jiahuang and Jiahui Ren all contributed to Larkin’s score line. Marino got further scores from Nolan and back to back baskets from Darren Byrne. However it was Larkin’s squad of Yang, the Ren brothers Jiahui and Jiahuang, Murphy, Shamlol, Akilesh Mangona, Paul Heffernen and Kamil Gorka who walked away with the third piece of silverware on the day.
Coláiste Ide and Rathmines College went head to head in the senior boys finals with Coláiste Ide returning to Finglas with the senior shield in hand after winning 18-12. Ide’s Jonathan Kank scored a super three pointer followed by another basket to give Ide a 5-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
A brace from Rathmines College’s Jake Long got the southside college to within one point of their oppponents before Kank responded for Ide. Both sides cancelled out each other in an entertaining third, baskets from Rathmines Adrien Quedec and Long got them back in touch however a huge three pointer from Conor Young swung it again for Ide. Young and Kank sealed the victory with a basket apiece in the fourth for Coláiste Ide.
Larkin, Pres’ and Coláiste Dhuláigh Girls all claim titles
In the girls competition Larkin Community College won their first title by overcoming Coláiste Dhuláigh 19-12 in the minor final. The holders were made to work hard throughout by a determined Dhuláigh team led by Brook Campbell, who was voted MVP.
Larkin’s top player Alicia Jadia and Mercy Kamara and Trinity Moore all scored vital baskets in Larkin’s win. Campbell, who accounted for eight of Dhuláigh’s final points tally, opened the scoring early in the first for the Coolock school.
Larkin responded with three unanswered baskets courtesy of Moore, Kamara and Jadia. Campbell added her second of the day before Jadia doubled Larkin’s advantage to lead 8-4 at the break.
Two baskets from Campbell, either side of her team mate Tirin Hand’s score, saw the Coolock school lead their opponents 10-8, prior to Jadia levelling up the match 10-10 going into the deciding quarter. Kamara steadied Larkin nerves with an early basket before clinical finishing from Jadia secured the minor girls shield for Larkin Community College.
In the junior decider Larkin got the better of Presentation College, Terenure 18-12 to win their second shield. Larkin’s Amraan Maxamaad played extremely well alongside Maja Miedziejo and Jessica Zui. Pres’ Aoife Cullen took home the MVP award.
Back to back baskets from Maxamaad gave Larkin the perfect start before Pres’ Rhasidat Adeleke replied for the Southside school. A super brace from Maja Miedziejo and Maxamaad’s second of the day pushed out Larkin’s lead to 10-4.
Larkin further extended their advantage thanks to subsequent scores from Miedziejo and Maxamaad to go into the break 16-4 ahead. Pres’ Orla Hannon hit the target in the third. Pres’ upped the tempo in the final quarter with a brace of baskets from MVP Cullen either side of Adeleke’s score prior to Larkin’s captain Jessica Ziu seeing out the game for the Champions Ave school.
Presentation College, Terenure had an impressive 24-10 win over Marino College in the intermediate final. Pres’ Niamh Deans received the MVP, for the second year running, Elizabeth Manning and twin sisters Amanda and Amy Fitzgerald all played key roles in Pres’ success.
Pres’ led 8-2 at the end of the first with Amanda and Amy Fitzgerald and Mariana Pirtac leading the charge, Sanjana Kishto scored for Marino. Kishto’s colleague Dihksha Ramsurn cut the deficit to 8-4 for Marino College.
Pres’ then powered their way to a 22-6 with the Fitzgerald sisters Amanda and Amy, Deans, and Manning all excelling under the basket. Irene Ekpechue Ogwumike and Kishto added further scores for Marino but it was Pres’ who were worthy winners retaining their intermediate title in the process.
Coláiste Dhuláigh and Crumlin College contested the senior girls decider with Dhuláigh seeing off their southside opponents 28-6. The Coolock college led from start to finish, Louise Katie Sherlock, Rachel Douglas and Niamh Curtis found the target early in the game, Lauren Richardson responded for Crumlin College.
Dhuláigh put further daylight between the sides with baskets from Douglas, Sherlock, Meaghan Kavanagh and Aoife Cullen. Crumlin’s Caoimhe Rooney and Roisin Tolan hit baskets for the southside college prior to Dhuláigh lifting the senior girls shield.
CDETB SCC BASKETBALL FINALS RESULTS
MINOR BOYS FINAL
Larkin Community College 19
Coláiste Dhuláigh 12
Josh Adamson, Coláiste Dhuláigh
JUNIOR BOYS SHIELD
Larkin Community College 15
Kylemore College 4
Russell Roldan, Larkin Community College
INTERMEDIATE BOYS SHIELD
Larkin Community College 38
Colaiste Dhulaigh 16
Thomas Murphy, Larkin Community College
SENIOR BOYS SHIELD
Coláiste Ide 18
Rathmines College 12
MINOR GIRLS SHIELD
Larkin Community College 16
Coláiste Dhuláigh 10
Brook Campbell, Coláiste Dhuláigh
JUNIOR GIRLS SHIELD
Larkin Community College 18
Presentation College, Terenure 12
Amraan Maxamaad, Larkin Community College
INTERMEDIATE GIRLS SHIELD
Presentation College, Terenure 24
Marino College 10
Niamh Deans, Presentation College, Terenure
SENIOR GIRLS SHIELD
Coláiste Dhuláigh 28
Crumlin College 6