Team Garveys, St Mary’s 41 Titans 25

THE curtain came down on another basketball extravaganza in Castleisland last night, their 42nd consecutive blitz, at a packed Castleisland Community Centre.

Garveys St Mary’s proved too strong — 41-25 — for an out of sorts Titans in the Premier Men’s final, with Declan Wall shooting the lights out as the locals raced 12-0 in front inside the opening four minutes, Wall shot eight points and was backed up by a basket each from Andrew Fitzgerald Declan Cahill.

Paul Freeman got Titans up and running from the free throw line and despite some excellent rebounding by Gerald Echefu and Freeman, Titans trailed 18-6 with 2.44 left in the half. Garveys introduced Saulius Marcinkevicious and he began to hurt Titans inside.

However, it was the perimeter shooting of Garveys that proved the difference with late threes from Seamus Brosnan and Paudie Fleming as Garveys looked home and hosed at half-time, leading 25-11.

Saulius and Wall continued to punish Titans from outside the paint and despite the hard work of Freeman and Sedebskis, it proved a lost cause as Garveys St Mary’s cruised to a facile 41-25 win.

Top scorers: Team Garveys St Mary’s: D Wall 15, Saulius Marcinkevicious 10, A Fitzgerald 4

Titans: Gintarus Sedebskis 9, P Freeman 8, T Fabriciuss 5

St Mary’s paraded a number of ex-National League players when winning the Division 1 Men’s final 32-25, including John Teahan, Brian Clernon and Maurice Casey, as they had too much experience for a youthful Euro All-Stars led by Killarney’s Padraig Lucey.

Tom Regan drained two early threes and with Donal McCarthy shooting four baskets before Tom Fleming with another three left St Mary's leading 21-11 at half time with Sean McCarthy scoring six for the youngsters.

However, Superleague legend John Teahan rolled back the years, pouring three quick baskets on the trot early in the second-half and that settled the contest despite some excellent baskets from Lucey and Martin Flavin as St Mary's cruised to a 32-25 win.

In the Ladies senior final, St Paul’s took on a talented Blue Flu team that contained ex Wildcat Catriona White and Michelle Fahy (UL) and went under 29-24.

Despite trailing at half time 16-13, the Blue Flu had a decided height advantage under the boards.

The second-half was a rip roaring affair with a contrast between the perimeter shooting of St Paul’s and the strong inside driving of the Blue Flu.

The Blue Flu looked in trouble as poor shooting saw them fall 24-17 adrift with only 3.40 left on the clock.

However, the European Police champions staged a tremendous fight back with Catherine Canty levelling the contest at 24-24 with 1.40 left in the contest. In the end it was Michele Fahy, producing two match buckets in the final minute, who edged the Garda ladies to a 29-24 win after a high quality game with Michele Fahy getting the MVP award.

Cougars beat St Mary's in the Men’s Division 2 final 17-15 while in one of then most exciting finals of the night UL beat St Mary's in the Division 2 Ladies Final in overtime on a 27-24 scoreline.

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