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All-Ireland basketball joy for St Eunan’s College

St Eunan’s College: 78

Waterpark College: 52

St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, drove home to an All Ireland U19 B Boys Schools Cup title in dominant fashion at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght yesterday afternoon.

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Luke Cassidy and Killian Gribben were the standout performers for the Letterkenny school, combining for 47 points between them in a stunning display of basketball.

The opening five minutes of the first quarter were close and tense, with good scoring from Waterpark’s Colm O’Reilly and Farouq Rabiu matched at the other end by Killian Gribben and Raumel Soler.

As the quarter ticked down, St Eunan’s began to edge out in front, with Luke Cassidy and Gribben getting some big scores, while foul trouble for Waterpark as the quarter ticked down, saw St Eunan’s bag a further five points from the free throw line to lead 18-10 at the end of the first.

Gribben continued to dominate for Eunan’s in the second quarter, knocking down to opening baskets early on, while Cassidy followed up with a big three. Waterpark hit a purple patch shortly afterwards to bring the game back within six points with just over three minutes to go. Again, it was Gribben at the other end who delivered some key scores to push Eunan’s out in front again, and another great score from Cassidy sent them into a 38-26 point half time lead.

An evenly matched third quarter followed, with Gribben and Cassidy again to the fore for St Eunan’s. They dominated the closing quarter, outscoring Waterpark by 10 points in the period, with Leadley, Thomas Reynolds and Cassidy all scoring some big scores for the Letterkenny side as they were crowned All Ireland champions.

St Eunan’s College: Dave Nwanky, Daire Maguire (2), Raumel Soler (10), Max Leadley (11), Sean Marsh, Killian Gribben (25), Jim McLoughlin, Luke Cassidy (22), Gareth Neely, Darragh Scott, Thomas Reynolds (6), Conor Logan, Conor McGarvey, Sean McDaid, James O’Donnell (2).

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