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U-16 Boys basketball 2017-18


Northeast schools U-16 'B'
St Olivers 64 -24 St. Patrick's Classical school, Navan

Congratulations to the Boys U-16 Basketball team who defeated St. Pat's, Navan by an impressive 40 points in the opening round of the Northeast league. Clinton Ofodile led the scoring for St Oliver's with a personal tally of 22 points.

St Oliver's: 6. C.Ofodile (22), 15. C.Nugent, 9. M.Saad (6), 13. W.Esjabor (15), 5. Z.Timajo (17), 11. M.Alao, 4. E.Ezumah (2), 8. J.Ola (2), 10. A.Ibiyemi, 7. G.Paulauskas, 14. S.Murray, 12. D.Dooley


National Cup
St Oliver's 68-37 St. Pat's, Dungannon

Well done to the boys U-16 basketball team who defeated St Pat's, Dungannon 68-37 in the second round of the National cup last week. Tops scorers for St Olivers were Zain Timajo (18), Clinton Ofodile (14) and Wede Esajobar (14).


Zain Timajo takes to the air.

Northeast schools U-16 'B' Semi-final
St Olivers 77 - 50 Marist, Dundalk

St Oliver's: 11. C.Ofodile (33), 15. G.Abor King, 9. M.Saad (2), 13. W.Esjabor (17), 5. Z.Timajo (14), 14. M.Alao, 6. E.Ezumah, 8. J.Ola (2), 10. G.Paulauskas, 4. S.Murray, 7. D.Dooley 4. A.Ibiyemi (8)

All-Ireland League Play-offs
Game 1 - St Oliver's 59 - 39 Blackrock College

St Oliver's: 11. C.Ofodile (22), 15. G.Abor King, 9.S.Mohammed (5), 13. W.Esjabor (8), 5. Z.Timajo (16), 6. M.Alao (4), 8. J.Ola (4), 7. G.Paulauskas, 8. S.Murray, 4. D.Dooley 14. A.Rooney


Game 2 - St Oliver's 57 - 27 St Paul's, Monasteravin

St Oliver's: 11. C.Ofodile (11), 15. G.Abor King, 9. S.Mohammed (2), 13. W.Esjabor (9), 5. Z.Timajo (9), 14. M.Alao (4), 8. J.Ola (10), 7. G.Paulauskas, 4. D.Dooley 6. A.Rooney 12. B.Barry 10. C.Nugent


Game 3 - St Oliver's 64 - 15 St Muredach's, Ballina

St Oliver's: 11. C.Ofodile (22), 15. G.Abor King (1), 9. S.Mohammed, 13. W.Esjabor (21), 5. Z.Timajo (8), 6. M.Alao, 10. J.Ola (10), 7. G.Paulauskas (2), 8. S.Murray (2), 4. D.Dooley 14. A.Rooney



St. Olivers got off to a shaky start against their opponents Colaiste Eoin, Stillorgan in this all Ireland league semi-final encounter. There was a getting to know you phase where both teams struggled to finish their scoring opportunities in the initial stages of the first quarter. However this phase didn’t go on too long as Colaiste Eoin got the better of the scoring going 4-0 up in the opening minute. St Olivers weren’t long answering back with Zein Timajo getting fouled on his way to the basket, he made both free throws to open up the scoring for St Olivers. Wede Esajobor was clinical on the fast break finishing two lay ups but despite this decent offense from St Olivers they still struggled defensively to stop Colaiste Eoin scoring on the other end. The first quarter finished 10-6 to Colaiste Eoin.

St Olivers got off to a better start offensively in the second quarter, Clinton Ofodile’s finishing was clinical. Despite this they continued to struggle defensively to stop Colaiste Eoin scoring with Captain P. Ó.Mórain maintaining his offensive threat, he was effective getting to the basket and from the three point line he had 7 quick points early in the second quarter. St Olivers called a timeout and changed their defensive tactics which allowed them to get more steals and rebounds which lead to an unanswered 10 point run with great scoring from Zein Timajo, Wede Esajobor and Joshua Ola. At half time St Oliver's lead by 1 point 22-21.

St Olivers Pushed on in the third quarter maintaining their defensive pressure and playing a running game lead by Z. Timajo who unselfishly distributed the ball on offense to set up C. Ofodile, W. Esajobor, S. Mohammed to combine for an impressive 14 points. Colaiste Eoin struggling to score at that point. With two minutes to go in the 3rd quarter St Oliver's seemed like they were cruising having accumulated a 12-point lead. But Coláiste Eoin wouldn’t take a defeat lying down. They called a timeout and changed their tactics defensively which gave them a new lease of life and temporarily upset the flow of St Oliver's offence. Again Colaiste Eoin’s captain P. Ó.Mórain led their charge , scoring 5 points before the final whistle of the 3rd quarter. The quarter finished St. Oliver's 36 -29 Colaiste Eoin

Colaiste Eoins captain P Ó.Mórain started the fourth as he finished the third, scoring consistently at the basket and from the three point line. Colaiste Eoin quickly got back within a few points of St Oliver's. Wede Esajobor stepped up, man marking Ó.Mórain and curtailing his scoring threat. Mark Alao also came off the bench and played intense defence on Ó.Mórain which essentially made it impossible for him to maintain his offensive scoring spree. Despite a brave effort from Coláiste Eoin's supporting cast to pick up the slack on offense they struggled to score for the remainder of the fourth quarter and St Oliver's once again asserted themselves offensively with great scoring from captain Clinton Ofodile who showed great composure finishing his lay ups with contact and making his free throws. Zein Timajo also showed great control on the ball and made free throws down the stretch. This was an exciting and closely contested semi-final. Both teams represented their schools with class but St Olivers sheer grit and determination and teamwork resulted in them winning the day. Final score St Olivers 47 Colaiste Eoin 38.

St Oliver's will now focus their efforts on defeating the current All-Ireland cup champions; St. Eindas Galway in the all-Ireland league final in the coming weeks and this is a challenge that they are well up for.