PRES BRAY

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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!

SE­NIOR BAS­KET­BALL

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.

CHESS

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.

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