ALL-IRELAND Basketball U16 B Boys Champions

Subway Schools Under 16 B Boys Cup final

Colaiste Einde (Galway): 45

Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh (Cork): 31

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MALIK  Thiam was the star of the show for Galway;s Colaiste Einde as they drove home to a 45-31 point win over Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh of Cork in the Subway Schools U16 B Boys All Ireland Cup final at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght this afternoon.

A 20-point display from the talented young student was brilliantly supported by a very strong performance from team mate James Webb who chipped in with 15 points on the day.

It was the Cork team who got off to the better start as proceedings got underway at the Arena, with good scoring from Nathan Kruschke and Patrick Reidy getting Spioraid Naoimh off the mark early on to take an 8-9 lead going into the second quarter.

Colaiste Einde found their stride in the second though, and soon edged in front, opening a 14-11 point gap by the midway point.  Hard work from AJ Garrucho and Kruschke for Spioraid Naoimh saw them try and close down the offensive threat of Thiam, but Einde held the lead 20-15 at half time.

This game was far from over though as once more, Spioraid Naoimh battled under the boards, and with four minutes left on the clock, had closed the gap back to just one point again. It stayed neck-in-neck throughout the quarter with Webb and Thiam on target for Einde, while Jordan Ukah, Kruschke hit the mark for Spioraid Naoimh to leave Colaiste Einde up by just three at the third buzzer, 27-24.

Einde were not giving up their lead easily though, and a superb fourth quarter display from Thiam, Webb and Uyiosa put them into a stronger position down the stretch to win out 45-34 in the end.

COLAISTE EINDE (GALWAY): James Webb (15), James Parnell, Shane Befula, Lewis Ferrer, Uyi Uyiosa (4), Issac Kavanagh, Dominic Matei, Daniel Onanuga, Romain Gadioux (4), Ben O Sullivan (2), Dami Oyelola, Malik Thiam (20), Dara Creighton, Prezemyslaw Siwak.

COLAISTE AN SPIORAID NAOIMH (CORK): Patrick Reidy (6), Niall Downing, Gabriel Marfa (3), Liam Scannell (2), Gavin Malone, Guillerhme Ventura, Colm O’Callaghan, Aj Garrucho (6), Jack Lucey, Nathan Kruschke (11), Josh Lyne, Jordan Ukah (6), Sé Butler.

MVP: Malik Thiam (Colaiste Einde, Galway)


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