Lucan CBS obtain A grade

by Staff Reporter

COLAISTE Phadraig’s Lucan Under-16 basketball team last week won the school’s fourth major basketball trophy in the past three years with a 52-41 victory over Malahide CS in the Eastern League A final held in the Oblate Hall in Inchicore.
Phadraig’s entered the final on the back of 10 straight wins since September, so confidence was high as they took on their much fancied opponents from North Dublin.
Malahide started the brighter and pushed ahead early on with some fine baskets, but a three pointer from Brian Monaghan put the Lucan side 5-4 in front after a frantic start, before Lucan took control, pushing on to gain a 15-7 first quarter advantage.
Malahide found their rhythm and launched a second quarter come-back, closing to within two points by the end of the quarter, thanks to some clinical scoring from their impressive point guard.
Lucan’s only scores in the second quarter came from Max Amadasun and a three pointer from Sam Mohamed as Lucan led 22-20 by halftime, with Joy Chen’s defensive work critical in keeping a surging Malahide in check.
The introduction of Kabir Akanbi boosted the Lucan attack after halftime, and the team spread out the score in this quarter with all five players lodging baskets as Malahide’s comeback was quenched, slightly, with Lucan ending a competitive quarter 39-34 ahead.
Two excellent baskets from Akanbi at the start of the final quarter extended Lucan’s lead while another Max Amadasun rebound stretched the gap to eleven points.
Malahide battled gamely as they went for broke, choosing to shoot quickly on the break, but this played into the hands of Arcilla, who broke at speed to grab two more baskets and keep the gap in check.
With the clock ticking down, Arcilla was able to draw fouls that slowed the game down and frustrated the Malahide players, with Lucan able to see out the game on a scoreline of 52-41.
The win puts the team through to the All-Ireland quarter finals in January, while they are also set to compete in the National Cup semi-finals. The win was the team’s 11th in a row this campaign, all achieved at A grade.
School mentor Mr Gray said of the win: “We are understandably thrilled to win another major basketball title especially at A level. The team have now won four major titles since first year so they are doing the school very proud.
“The performance today was satisfactory but we know we can play better so that gives us confidence heading into our big matches in the New Year”.

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