Fr Mathew’s seal historic victory

Fr Mathew’s 64 St Vincent’s 63: U18 Men’s National Cup final: There were emotional scenes at the National Basketball Arena yesterday as Fr Mathew’s became the first Cork side to win the Men’s U18 Cup crown.

Fr Mathew’s seal historic victory

After a slow start, Fr Mathew’s found their scoring touch to command a 31-29 interval lead. But then captain Jack O’Mahony stole the show and ensured his side enjoyed a 53-39 lead entering the closing quarter.

A brace of three pointers from Shane Davidson began the Vincent’s comeback and despite reducing the deficit to the minimum at the death, Fr Mathew’s clung on for a memorable victory.

Relief was the overriding emotion for winning coach Ian Cotter. He said: “We had to dig deep but I expected this challenge from a very good Vincent’s side, who showed incredible courage to almost snatch victory from us but thankfully we have at last earned our day in the sun.”

Scorers for Fr Mathew’s: Jack O’Mahony 24, Gary Pineda 15, Evan Barrett 9.

Scorers for St Vincent’s: Tariq Gueabali 24, Martin Neary 15, William McCarthy 10.

FR MATHEW’S: J O’Mahony, E Barrett, G Fernane, G Pineda, O Connolly, D O’Sullivan, D Burke, T Rooney, J O’Callaghan, D Burke, M Bukyns, C Ryan, K Ryan, R Leonard.

ST VINCENT’S: G O’Dea, M Boyle, D Harding, D Kikio, W McCarthy, M Neary, D Heaney, T Guebali, D Davidson, M Harcej, R Anders.

Referees: Declan Dunne (Dublin), Dick Dunne (Dublin), Canice Kelly (Kilkenny).

MVP: Jack O’Mahony (Fr Mathew’s).

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