Le Cheile celebrate their success. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Subway Under-16C Boys Basketball Schools Final
Le Cheile, Tyrrelstown 50
Mount Saint Michael 47

LE CHEILE, Tyrrelstown won an Under-16 C Boys Subway Schools Cup final thriller at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght as Mount St Michael battled right down to the wire.

In the end, Nabil Miah’s huge three-pointer took the laurels for the Dubliners in dramatic style.

The Cork side got the better of the early exchanges, edging an early 12-18 lead by the end of the first quarter thanks to solid shooting from Peader O’Rourke and Conor Twomey.

Good work at the other end from Le Cheile’s MVP Bryan Valenzuela and Renso Guilalas kept their scoring ticking over as they took a bit longer to settle into the game.

A fast paced second quarter followed with brilliant shooting at both ends of the floor. Again, it was Valenzuela and Guilalas who dominated for Le Cheile and, as the quarter ticked down, Reece-Okic chipped in with some big scores for the Dubliners.

Twomey, O’Rourke and Michael Maguire were on song for Mount St Michael, though, at the other end to see them head into the half time break with a 25-32 point cushion.

The longer the game went on though, the more Tyrrelstown settled, and a thrilling third quarter followed with Miah, Richard Osuagwu, Valenzuela and Guilalas upping the intensity for Le Cheile.

It soon paid off as, with just over two minutes to play, it was back to a two-point game with the Dubliners trailing 36-38.

The closing minute and a half of the quarter was frantic, with Mount St Michael pulling out all the stops to widen the gap once more and vital scores from Maguire, Twomey and O’Rourke.

It saw them into the fourth quarter with the lead stretched out once more, 38-45.

Again, it was the never say die attitude of Le Cheile that had them straight back into the mix by the midway point as, trailing by seven, Miah had other ideas.

He stepped up with a huge three-pointer to close the gap back to four, while MVP Valenzuela pulled off a number of defensive stops and caused turnovers to send Miah to the basket once more for Le Cheile.

The cool head of Valenzuela tied the game up as he slotted home his two free throws in style with just over two minutes to play and despite a massive push from St Michael’s, it was Miah who had the last say.

A big stop by Valenzuela sent Le Cheile on the offensive again, and he linked up with Miah who slotted home a gigantic three-pointer and they held on to win by that margin, 50-47.