Heartbreak on two fronts for Coláiste na Sceilge

Double heartbreak yesterday for Kerry school Coláiste na Sceilge in Basketball Ireland Schools’ League finals, losing both the U19 and U16 C Boys deciders after taking in half-time leads.

The school, more renowned for their prowess with an O’Neills, succumbed to a stunning third quarter from Ashbourne College in the U19 C Boys final, allowing the Caherciveen boys just three points in the period.

The Meath school’s tight defence helped to turn what had been an eight point deficit into a six point lead to start the fourth. With the momentum in hand and led by the duo of Conor Hickey and Scott Dermody, Ashbourne proved worthy eventual winners 48-38.

Sceilge also allowed an early advantage in the U16 C Boys final slip away as a rampaging second half display from Nobber’s captain Cian O’Neill saw his team home victorious, 35-21.

Coláiste na Sceilge had looked like the clearly dominant team early in the contest as they moved the ball effectively against the O’Carolan College zone for repeated easy scores.

However, O’Neill (the game’s MVP) scored 11 of his game high 17 in the second half to overturn what had been a half-time deficit into a 14 point win.

In the U16 C Girls decider, there was simply no stopping Irish international and Coláiste Chroi Mhuire captain Aine McDonagh, whose 26 points drove her side past a gallant but outmatched St Joseph’s of Ballybunion.

Fellow Galway side, St Enda’s of Salthill also took silverware west when they saw off local rivals Glenamaddy CS in the U19 C Girls final.

In what began as a tightly fought contest, the guard play of sisters Ailbhe and Megan Davoren proved vital for the city side as they ran out winners 43-23.

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