Basketball: Rathangan comeback stuns Eunan’s

By Ross O’Donoghue

Basketball: Rathangan comeback stuns Eunan’s

Ard Scoil Rathangan staged a remarkable comeback to claim the U19A Boys All-Ireland Schools Cup title at the National Basketball Arena yesterday.

The Kildare side were 28 points down to St. Eunan’s of Letterkenny in the third quarter but a 21-0 run and some impressive defence saw them claim an incredible win.

St. Eunan’s were cruising as their backcourt players Sean McGettigan and Mathias Traulsen ran the show in the opening quarter with Andrew McGeever and Mark Thornton impressing on the restart.

The Donegal outfit stretched their 41-18 half time advantage out to 28 points midway through the third quarter before an injury to the high flying Thornton proved the turning point in the game.

In his absence, Rathangan took control with MVP Shane Maughan and James Byrne leading the charge. St. Eunan’s couldn’t stem the tide with Traulsen fouling out and a full court press creating open lay-ups for Aaron Whelan and Ciarán Maher. Connor O’Loughlin levelled matters and despite a three pointer from Andrew McGeever, Rathangan were carried over the line by an electrified Arena support.

Christ King Cork are the All-Ireland U19A Girls champions after defeating rivals St. Vincent’s (65-46). Twin sisters Hannah and Ciara McCarthy were the stars for the winners with St Vincent’s hugely reliant on the US bound Edel Thornton. In the U19C Boys Final, Colaiste Pobail Setanta were too strong for Lagan College of Belfast (55-35) while Gort Community School claimed the U16 C Girls trophy with a 42-15 win over St. Nathy’s College of Ballaghaderreen.

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