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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

 

ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL
ST OLIVER'S 47-38 COLÁISTE EOIN, STILLORGAN


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.

 

ALL-IRELAND FINAL
ST OLIVER'S 61-44 COLÁISTE EINDE, GALWAY



Congratulations to the boys U-16 Basketball team who defeated Coláiste Einde from Galway, to become U-16 All-Ireland league champions. Mr. Friel's charges have finally claimed All-Ireland success after some near misses in recent years. His continued hard work has seen St Oliver's compete at the final stages on a regular basis, so this win is testament to a continued belief and unwillingness to settle for second best. Congratulations to all involved, your school community is very proud of you.
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All Ireland success in basketball has been elusive for St Oliver’s with teams consistently making all Ireland semi-finals in the last three years only to fall short on each occasion by the narrowest of margins. However on Monday the 12th of March St Olivers u16 basketball team would make their first ever appearance in an all-Ireland league final. It was a much anticipated encounter between St with rivals Colaiste Einda of Galway. The two teams had already met in the semi-final of the all-Ireland schools cup where Colaiste Einde got the better of St Oliver’s and went on to be crowned all Ireland cup champions. There was a real feeling amongst the St Olivers side that they had squandered a real chance at victory that day by making some silly mistakesA lack of teamwork and a lack of defensive focus lead to Colaiste Einda stealing the win by just three points. 

In this second encounter we saw a more focussed St Oliver’s side that looked like an entirely different team and it was clear from the opening minutes that they did not plan on repeating any of the mistakes they made in the first encounter. St Oliver’s began by winning the tip and Wede Esajobar made an easy layup for a quick 2 points. Straight away St. Olivers switched into defensive mode. They played a complex defence for this level of basketball and played very efficiently. They clearly focussed denial defence on two of Colaiste Eindes most dangerous scorers James Webb and Cup MVP and Irish international, Malik ThiamTheir defence frustrated Colaste Einda early in the opening quarter as they struggled to put any points on the board forcing Colaiste Eindas coach to call a timeout to talk about their offence. Despite this great defence St Oliver’s were slow to get going themselves on offence even though they were creating good scoring opportunities they just couldn’t seem to get the ball to drop initially. However it was only a matter of time before the Ollies would start there scoring spree and their patience paid off when Wede Esajobar got another quick two point. St Olivers continues to defend their basket tenaciously not giving an inch to the opposing teams stars. This forced Colaiste Einda to call a second timeout in the first quarter, a sign of their desperation. And although Eindas were able to put some scores on the board after this timeout St Olivers answered back with great baskets from C. Ofodile (captain), J. Ola and Z. Timajo. The first quarter finished 17-7 to St Olivers. 

The second quarter saw Cup MVP Maleek Thiam come out all guns blazing opening with a quick unanswered 5 points bringing the score to 17-12. Eindas had changed from a zone defence into a man to man defence which forced St Olivers to call their first timeout for coach Mike Friel to make some adjustments. This settled St Olivers again with great baskets from J.Ola and Captain C. Ofodile who both claimed offensive rebounds and converted them to points on the board.  W. Esajobor continued to run the floor creating fast break opportunities and Z. Timajo showed his own shooting range hitting some long range two-pointers for St OliversDefensively St. Oliver’s continue to limit Eindas to one difficult shot on each offence not giving them any chances to rebound for second chances. The focussed team defence kept Colaiste Einda’s cup MVP and international player Maleek Thiam to just two points in the opening half. The second quarter ended 30-14 St Oliver’s. 

The third Quarter saw St Olivers sprint out of the blocks with Z. Timajo and J. Ola linking up well on two occasions putting another quick 4 points on the board stretching the lead to 34-14 St OliversMaleek Thiam kept his team in the game at this point showing why he was Cup MVP scoring the ball well at times however it did seem like he was carrying a team that seemed frustrated at the level of defence that met them consistently every time they set up on offence. One man heroics from Thiam were simply no match for St. Olivers teamwork and seamless execution of their game plan. Captain Ofodile showed why he was the days MVP, defending, rebounding, scoring and creating scoring opportunities for his team mates in this quarter. St. Oliver’s cruised through the third quarter finishing with a score line of 48-30. 

 

St Olivers went into the fourth quarter with an 18 point lead which is not an insurmountable scorline to come back from, although it would surely have taken something special from Eindas at this point. Colaiste Einda would not give up though and pressed St. Olivers in the full court to see if they could put some quick points on the board. Z Timajo ran the point guard position for St Olivers with class showing real composure and passing the ball through the press. He continued to create scoring opportunities on offence by drawing so many defenders to him with his sleek ball handling skills and by passing unselfishly to open teammates who were able to convert the points.  Wede Esajobor continued to torment the Einda’s defense with fast break points for the first section of the fourth quarter as he had done consistently throughout the game, but as time ticked away St Olivers were comfortable enough to slow the pace of the game down and let time tick away. The final Quarter finished 61-44 St. Olivers 

 

 

Panel Members
 

Emmanuel Ezumah #6
Age: 15
Year: Third
Position: Wing

Graham Kingabor #15
Age: 15
Year: Third
Position: Centre

Wede Esjabor #13
Age: 14
Year: Third
Position: Shooting guard

Clinton Ofodile #11
Age: 15
Year: Fifth
Position: Centre

Ciaran Nugent
Age: 15
Year: Third
Position: Wing

         

Domantas Paulauskas
Age: 15
Year: Third
Position: Wing

Brandon Barry #12
Age: 15
Year: Third
Position: Wing

Damien Dooley #4
Age: 15
Year: Third
Position: Wing

Zein Timajo #5
Age: 15
Year: Third
Position: Point guard

Sean Murray
Age: 15
Year: Third
Position: Wing

         

Ibrahim Alaga #15
Age: 15
Year: Third
Position: Corner

Adam Rooney #10
Age: 15
Year: Third
Position: Wing

Joshua Ola #8
Age: 16
Year: Fifth
Position: Centre

Abiola Ibiyemi #23
Age: 15
Year: Third
Position: Corner