St Oliver’s had home advantage this week when they faced off O’ Carolan College on Tuesday. Earlier in the year st Oliver’s U-16 and U-19 teams won comfortably against OCC, so the first and second years teams were also keen to impress and maintain the high standards set by the senior teams.
The second year team took to the floor first and really hit the ground running focussing on defensive responsivities. Solid defence made it hard for OCC to score. St Oliver's didn’t have the same problem with Wede Esajobor getting the ball rolling with some well executed early baskets. The opposition defence struggled to contain W. Esajobor which allowed others to get in on the scoring action with great baskets from Dylan brown, Laikon Fazaz and D. Estaban. The first quarter ended 15-2 to st. olivers.
The second quarter was a tighter affair with OCC stepping up their defence however it wasn’t enough to stop new comer Zein Timajo having his impact on the game. Despite a slow start to the quarter scoring wise for Zein was able to find his team mate G. King-Abor who ran four points on the fast break. The score at half time was 23-4 to st olivers.
OCC were really up against it in the second half as St. Olivers player there strongest five. A combination of tight defensive and fast break offence saw the Third quarter finish 36-8.
This was the order of things in the fourth quarter also with great performances and contributions from the bench. The final score was 44-8 to St. Oliver's. Its early days but such a strong performance shows this team has great potential to go far in the competition.
St Oliver's: Wede Esajobor (10), Z. Timajo (11) Dylan Brown (6), Daniel Estaban (8), L. Fazaz (2), J. Michael (1), G, King-Abor (6), C. Nugent, B. Barry, A. O Conner (2), D. Dooley, D. Pau