St. Oliver's had high expectations going into this years North East league opener building on last years huge success. Unfortunately for Castleblayney, St Oliver's got off to a really strong start and did not relent as they only grew in confidence as the game progressed.
ST OLIVER'S: 4.Louis Ogbomo, 5.James Carroll (2), 6. Tevin Thomas (17), 7.Rahil Mohammed, 8.Yannick Uchegbulem (7), 9.Ola Ogunjimi (6), 10.Samuel Cole (10), 11.Sean Rooney, 12.Patryk Kopec (4), 13.Danny Onianwa (6), 14. Clinton Ofodle, 15.Paul Akin (17)
St Oliver's put in another dominant performance against O.C.C. Nobber, overwhelming the opposition with a great team performance. Special mention for Paul Akin who lead in scoring and rebounds on the day.
ST OLIVER'S: 4.Louis Ogbomo (3), 5.James Carroll, 6. Tevin Thomas (12), 7.Rahil Mohammed, 8.Yannick Uchegbulem (5), 9.Ola Ogunjimi (4), 10.Samuel Cole (13), 11.Sean Rooney (2), 14.Patryk Kopec (4), 13.Danny Onianwa (2), 12. Clinton Ofo (3), 15.Paul Akin (20)
After a big victory over Castleblayney in the previous round, St Oliver's expected Portmarnock to provide stiffer oppostion in this tie, particularly as they were boosted by a number of St Vincent's club players and were coached by current Irish international Isaac Westbrooks. Portmarnock started the game very brightly and quickly rushed into a nine point lead in the opening quarter and it looked a if St Oliver's were going to struggle without powerhouse Paul Akin.ST OLIVER'S: 4.Louis Ogbomo (2), 5.James Carroll (8), 6. Tevin Thomas (24), 7.Rahil Mohammed, 8.Yannick Uchegbulem (13), 9.Ola Ogunjimi (13), 10.Samuel Cole (3), 11.Sean Rooney (), 14.Patryk Kopec (14), 13.Danny Onianwa (15), 15. Clinton Ofo
Local pride is always at stake when St Oliver's and St Mary's meet in the sporting arena. The spoils went St Oliver's way this time as the U-19 boys won a very tense encounter on a 53-50 scoreline. St Mary' dominated opening preceedings, leading by a margin of ten points at one stage. St Oliver's led by captain Tevin Thomas began to insert more pressure on the opposition and gradually clawed back the deficit. The teams were very evenly matched with only the minimum seperating them at the end of the first half. the third quarter was to prove the most profitable for St Oliver's; with Ola Ogunjimi asserting himself on the game and gaining the upperhand on his direct opponent who was responsible for much of what St Mary's did well in the first half. With St Mary's main threat neutralised neither team managed to gain the upper hand over the other, however Yannick Uchegbulem finished off a series of offensive plays for St Oliver's before Samuel Cole hit a decisive three pointer in the last minute, to put breathing space between the teams.
ST OLIVER'S: 4.Louis Ogbomo, 5.James Carroll (2), 6. Tevin Thomas (18), 8.Yannick Uchegbulem (7), 9.Ola Ogunjimi (7), 10.Samuel Cole (10), 12.Patryk Kopec (2), 13.Danny Onianwa (7), 15.Clinton Irowa 12.Paul Akin 11.Sean Rooney
Colaiste Einde made the long journey east from Galway with high hopes of progressing to the national cup semi finals, however they met a confident St Oliver's team who were determined to replicate last years exploits and hopefully go one step further. St Oliver's controlled the game from the off, and although their opponents put up a valiant effort, St Oliver's superior strength and fitness saw them romp to a thirty nine points win. Next up for St Oliver's is another meeting with Drogheda neighbours St Mary's in the National Basketball Arena in January.
ST OLIVER'S: 4.Louis Ogbomo, 5.James Carroll (8), 6. Tevin Thomas (11), 7.Tahir Rahil (4) 8.Yannick Uchegbulem (6), 9.Ola Ogunjimi (6), 10.Samuel Cole (11), 11.Sean Rooney 12.Bravery Ogbewe, 13.Danny Onianwa (18), 14.Patryk Kopec (4) 15.Clinton Ofo