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U-19 Basketball 2018-19

U19 ‘A’playoff

Things are still on the up for st olivers basketball. Building on last years massive success which saw st olivers u16 team win the ‘B’ All Ireland final along with St. olivers being awarded basketball school of the year a national award bestowed on them by Basketball Ireland. This year the progress continues with St. Olivers u19 senior boys basketball team who successfully won their ‘A’ league all Ireland playof. They saw off tough competition from Malahide Community College and Coláiste Iosagain Portarlington. 

St. Oliver's vs Malahide

With Malahide fresh off their win over playoff hosts Coláiste iosagain they were confident in the opening quarter and captain C. Daly led their scoring opening up a 4-0 lead over st Olivers and eventually bringing his own scoring tally to 10 points by the end of the first quarter. St Olivers were a little slower to get going but by the end of the quarter they had managed to claw back a two point lead thanks to great scoring from P Kopec and D. Onianwa. Qtr 1 finished with st Olivers marginally ahead by 2 points. Malahide 13, st Olivers 15.

The second quarter was a low scoring quarter with both teams showing some ferocious defensive intensity. Clinton Ofodile showed some great leadership coming off the bench in Q2 fighting for every loose ball and winning both offensive and defensive rebounds while also breaking the scoring drought contributing 4 quick points. Clintons energy got his team going and great baskets followed with D. Onianwa, W. Esajobor, P. Kopec all making their contributions. St Olivers lead was stretched out to 6 points. The first quarter ended Malahide 19, St. Olivers 25.

In the third Quarter a tired Malahide struggled to keep up with St Olivers. P. Adedeji opened the scoring for the Ollie’s with a big rebound and put back for 2 points. After this the flood gates opened for st Olivers and Malahide looked like they may have given up as C. Ofodile, P Kopec, W.Esajobor, Z. Timajo and Y. Rodrigues Combined for a collective 14 points. Third quarter ended 45-32 St Olivers. 

The fourth quarter was a display of clinical finishing by St Olivers with Captain D. Onianwa opening the scoring with a quick five points. Malahide mounted their attack late in the game with C. Daly and D. Flynn combining for 6 points but it was too little too late. The chemistry and teamwork of P. Adedeji and P. Kopec was unstoppable inside combining for 8 points in the paint. Final score Malahide 32, St Olivers 56.

St Oliver's VS Coláiste Iosagain

The opening minutes of the first quarter against the host Coláiste iosagain was a close affair with both teams struggling defensively to stop the other from scoring. Coláiste Iosagain’s danger men K. Murphy and M. Cunningham lead their scoring combining for eight points. As the quarter progressed St Olivers big man P. Kopec went to work scoring three consecutive baskets in the paint followed by a big 4 point play U16 Irish international W. Esajobor who nailed a big three on the buzzer taking contact and converting his free throw. The first quarter ended Coláiste Iosagain 8, St Olivers 15. 

The host were not deterred though coming out in the 2nd quarter playing tenacious defense and holding st Olivers to their lowest scoring quarter of the day. K Murphy and Cunningham were showing what they were made of leading the scoring for their team. Captain of St. Olivers kept his team within contention making two big back to back threes. This quarter ended Coláiste Iosagain 25, St. Olivers 25.

Onianwa would start the third in the same way he finished the second with another big three to open the scoring for st Olivers. P. Kopec Kept St olivers in it winning many rebounds and converting them into points helped by C. Ofodile and P. Adedeji. The 3rd quarter saw st olivers open up the narrowest of leads, Coláiste Iosagain 38, St Olivers 41. 

The fourth quarter was a close affair, D. Onianwa again opening st olivers scoring from the three point line. Followed by another by W. Esajobor. Coláiste Iosagain answered back every time though creating their own scoring opportunity and converting them. P. Kopec and P. Adedeji steadied the ship for st . Olivers dominating the boards, they combined for 10 points in the final quarter keeping the teams neck and neck. Y. Rodriguez who was a stand out player on defense all day also got his offense going late in the fourth making a mid range jump shot for two points to open up the narrowest of leads in the dying minute. St. Olivers managed to regain possession and D. Onianwa attacked the rim in the dying seconds he was hacked and went to the line for 2 free throws where he made 1 and the game ended with st. olivers triumphant and qualifying for the all Ireland quarter finals. They will face Belfast’s St Malachys who were last years U19 ‘A’ All Ireland runners up. St Olivers know that St. Malachys are significant challenge and this game is one they are really looking forward to with full belief that they can come out on top.

All-Ireland Quarter Final V St Malachy's, Belfast