UNDER 16 BASKETBALL
The under 16s finished their season on a high after winning the South Dublin ’A’ League final against St. Andrew’s College Booterstown. Pres were firm favourites going into the match; undefeated in this league all season and after demolishing Cabinteely C.S. in the semi-finals 88-19, Pres were not to disappoint.
A great team effort with every player scoring and contributing to the game saw Pres emerge victorious with a scoreline of 77-21. Outstanding performances from Captain Kevin O’Neill and his brother Brendan, alongwith Jeff MCCann and David Mackin complemented the defensive work of Ciaran Slocum, Karl O’Rourke and the Cleary twins. Gary Dodd and Niall Finn added their names to the scoresheet and Robert Anako who missed most of the season through injury, came off the bench to make his contribution. MVP and top scorer on the day went to second year student Lorcan Murphy. Pres retained the league Cup for the fourth consecutive year. Well done to all!
The Seniors too got to the final of the South Dublin ’A’ League although they faced much stiffer competition from St. Laurence’s College. An older, stronger Laurences took on the Pres challenge as these two teams met for the third time in three years, in this final. Laurences were determined to prove a point as Pres had won the competition for the last two years. From the outset the game was a close, tense affair. Pres and Laurences exchanged baskets and neither team managed to establish superiority. By the end of the third quarter, Pres had taken a single point lead through Emmet O’Toole’s free throws. Captain Neil Doyle had picked up an injury and had to be rested and this gave Laurences the chance to seize momentum. A series of quick baskets put Laurences in front and Pres seemed to have no response. With two minutes to go Laurences had built up a 9 point lead but Pres were not to be outdone. Neil Randolph took the ball up the court and provided a sublime pass into Jeff McCann who took the score. Pres’ full court press failed to stop Laurences but a miss under the basket saw Rory O’Neill grab the rebound and Pres went back on the attack. Neil Doyle came back off the bench and converted a basket. Pres were right back in the game.
A foul on a Laurences player however gave them two free throws and as they converted both, Laurences thought they had the game won. Pres however, were not finished and showed tremendous character to come back and reduce the game to a single point with seconds left. Coach O’Toole called a time out and Pres took the ball, put up the shot but it fell agonisingly short as the final buzzer went. However despite the disappointment every single member of the senior team will be back again next year and will hopefully bring the league title back to Pres again!
FIRST YEAR BASKETBALL
Pres Bray V Coláiste Eoin. 44-20 Pres went into this game unbeaten and went on the rampage from an early stage. Andy Bartley scored all of Pres’s 18 points in the opening quarter after some sublime passing from Jack Westrich. Pres had a well organized defense and Coláiste Eoin managed only a single basket in the first quarter. This was to be replicated in the second quarter when captain Marc Lennon took control of the game.
Scores from Luke Gorman and David Richardson gave Pres a 26-4 lead at half time. Again Col Eoin only managed a single basket though they staged a comeback in the third quarter with a series of scores decreasing Pres’s lead to 16 points.
Bartley and Gorman joined forces to push Pres to a 34-18 score. The final quarter saw another resurgence from Pres with scores from Luke Gorman, Marc Lennon and Jack Westrich.
Another outstanding quarter defensively from Pres with the O’Callaghan twins, Craig Dowling and Lewis Hayes only allowing Eoin to score a single basket.
2ND YEAR BASKTEBALL
A Leagus Pres V Coláiste Eoin 45-17 Pres’s 2nd year boys also went into their game undefeated. The first quarter was a close affair with scores from Pres’s Ben and Jay Curran and 1st year Andy Bartley. Col Eoin with 3 baskets of their own. Ben Curran gave Pres a slight edge though in converting his free-throw to finish the quarter 7-6. Pres dominated the second quarter with Nicky Casey and Darragh McKay grabbing some vital rebounds. Pres captain Sam Connolly set up some great scores and was outstanding in defense.
Lorcan Murphy put up a phenomenal threepointer shot with seconds to go which glided in on the half time buzzer.
Pres were superb defensively in the third quarter only allowing Col Eoin to score a single basket. Col Eoin put up a good fight in the last quarter but it wasn’t enough. Pres were victorious with an impressive scoreline of 4517.
In the Leinster minor competition Pres beat St. Brendan’s last Friday in another landslide. The team of Karl O’ Brien, Luke Reynolds, Cian Carton, Stephen Dore and Hugh Fleming won all five matches. Well done to all involved.