St. Pat's Basketball Off to a Flier
The St. Patricks Senior Basketball team began their 2015/16 campaign with an impressive win over St. Oliver Plunkett’s Malahide. A well-worked team effort involving all 12 players (and Gavin on the table) allowed the Pats boys to get the ‘W’.
Both teams started the game nervously with 4 minutes elapsing before the first score. Pats managed to get the first score from Matthew Lynch, which was quickly cancelled out from Malahide’s. Plunkett’s certainly seemed to settle faster with their players making good use of pass and move allowing them to get open looks under the basket. Fortunately for Pats, the ball would not fall for the Malahide side so they were able to stay in the game. Somewhat against the run of play Pats surged into a 6 point lead, with some great baskets coming from fastbreak opportunities. Plunketts replied with a basket of their own before the buzzer.
Both team started the second quarter with a new five on the floor. The new teams settled much better than their counterparts did. Again, Malahide started brighter with fantastic passing and ball movement. However, Pats weathered the early storm with Kieron Kelly excelling in defence. His excellent footwork and body position managed to stifle the Malahide point-guard. This led to several turnovers allowing for easy baskets for the Drumcondra side. With Pats own point-guard Ryan Fitzgerald and shooting guard Ethan Testa-Farelly impressing on offense Pats raced into 14 – 8 lead at halftime.
Needing a good start to third quarter in order to get themselves back into the game, Oliver Plunkett’s started with a high pressure defence, forcing to the Pats boys into some needless turnovers. Three baskets in a row brought the teams level and left Pats struggling for a response. Indeed, Pats could have found themselves behind, if not for superb defence from Tom Montgomery, Rovic and Aaron Scanlon. In need of a basket to stop the Oliver Plunketts 6-0 run, up stepped Matthew Lynch. A missed shot from point-guard Rovic Quiroz was rebounded excellently by Lynch, who then finished the play to earn a crucial score for the Pats boys. End of the fourth quarter 16-14.
The fourth quarter began well for the Drumcondra boys with Ryan Fitzgerald and Liam Fay running the show. With Jamie McCarville dominating on defence, forcing turnovers and stealing the basketball, Pats began to build a lead. Great ball movement on offence allowed pats to open up a very impressive 10 point lead through scores from Fay, Fitzgerald, McCarville and Gavin Reid, much to the delight of the home support and new principal Mr. Moriarty.
A promising start to the season from the boys at St. Patricks who will look to build some momentum after Mid-Term break when the next round of games commence.