BASKETBALL: Vikings make a Big Splash to claim over 40s Trophy

by Aaron Dunne
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Dublin Vikings have won the inaugural Masters Over 40’s Men’s National Cup, beating Midlands Masters 64-51. 

Paddy Kelly showed his class once more, hitting 21 points, along with his 14 rebounds, to help him claim the MVP.

The sides were level at 36 apiece at half-time, but the Vikings soon opened up an eight-point lead, a Kelly layup was followed by a Peder Madsen three point jump shot and they were ahead 48-40, with three and a half minutes to go in the third.  

1 April 2022; Albert Carrigan of UCD Lions in action against Eugene Bowler of Killarney Cougars during the Masters Over 50’s Men National Cup Final match between Killarney Cougars and UCD Lions at the National Basketball Arena in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Back-to-back three point jump shots by Sommersgill at the start of the quarter handed Dublin Vikings a 12 point advantage. Paddy Kelly, who converted 11 of his 16 free throws, kept the scoreboard ticking over for Vikings and they ran out 64-51 winners.

MVP, Paddy Kelly, said: “It’s great to be back playing with these guys. I played with some of these guys many, many years ago, so it was really good fun to get up and down. They gave us a good game today, it was tough in the last quarter, but we held out and we’re just delighted to get the win.

Elsewhere, UCD Lions beat Killarney Cougars 69-58 to win Over-50’s. 

Dublin Vikings celebrate their Over-40s national title win over Midlands Masters on Friday. Photo: Sportsfile

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