Baldoyle Trim St Gerald’s down to size in U-19 final

by Gazette Reporter
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PSN BALDOYLE stormed home to victory in the All-Ireland Schools League Under-19 C boys basketball finals with a convincing 59-48 point win over St Gerald’s DLS College, Castlebar.
Fantastic performances from MVP Jamie McDonagh and Austin Trimmer were the difference between the two sides, with the pair combining for 45 of their side’s overall 59-point tally in a hugely impressive display.
Shane Scollan and Ethan Gibbons were the driving force behind the Castlebar attack meanwhile and although they added 16 and 11 points respectively, it just wasn’t enough in the face of the well-oiled machine that was Baldoyle.
Indeed, Jermaine Turner’s charges took the lead early on, finishing the end of the first quarter five points to the good (18-13) with McDonagh, Paul Shannon and Trimmer all settling early to get the scores on the board.
Quarter two was where they did the most damage, though, outscoring the Mayo side by 20 points to seven, with Trimmer and McDonagh dominating on all areas of the court and proving themselves to be an unstoppable force in the face of pressure.
A stronger second half from Castlebar saw them outscore the Dublin side in both the third and the fourth quarters, with Gibbons really shining through.
However, the damage had already been down and the mountain was just too insurmountable a climb.
McDonagh and Trimmer were determined not to let their lead slide as well and kept the scores raining in to see Baldoyle run out deserving 59-48 point winners.

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