Congratulations to the Boys U-16 Basketball team who defeated Our Lady's, Castleblayney by an impressive 19 points to retain the Northeast title. Captain Danny Onianwa led the scoring for St Oliver's with a personal tally of 22 points. This victory makes it three in row at this level for St Oliver's.
Despite two victories over the same opposition earlier in the year, St Oliver's suffered a surprising loss in this Cup semi-final. From the opening quarter it was clear that Our lady's were better prepared for this one than the previous encounters and led 12-11 at the end of the first quarter. St Oliver's made a lot of errors in the opening quarter but were more assured in the second, and led by captain Danny Onianwa, they finished the half 20-17 ahead. The third quarter proved the most impressive for St Oliver's as they finally got into their stride and held a commanding ten point lead at one stage. Our lady's reduced the deficit to four by the end of the quarter with two telling three pointers from their No.21. St Oliver's really struggled to get any rhythm into their play in the final quarter as they were thwarted by opposition pressure time and time again. In truth St Oliver's were fortunate to see the game run into overtime.
Scores were proving very difficult to come by for both teams in overtime as each forced each other offensive mistakes, the game went into three overtime periods as the teams matched each other score for score. Our Lady's ran out one point winners in the end and probably just about deserved it, in what was a very disappointing afternoon for St Oliver's. The players were devastated as Our Lady's celebrated a place in the final, Similarly to last year however, many of these players are underage again next year and they will bounce back.