DE LA SALLE DELIGHT

De La Salle win U19B Schools league Final

De La Salle Waterford 54
St. Malachy’s Belfast 29

De La Salle’s U19’s celebrate their League Final success

De La Salle’s U19’s celebrate their League Final success

De La Salle Waterford put the heartache of four semi-final defeats behind them when they turned in an impressive performance to defeat St Malachy’s, Belfast in the U19B All Ireland Schools League Final at the National basketball Arena last Tuesday.
After a low-scoring first quarter De La Salle led 6-2. The introduction of Jay Kavanagh in the second half forced St Malachy’s to rethink their defensive strategy as Kavanagh hit five points with his first two efforts.
Daniel Sheehan and Zak Dunphy hit a couple of three pointers and Ryan Pepper came into the game as the Waterford school raced into a 26-7 half-time lead.
Sheehan, Pepper and Scott Dunphy continued to excel during a much more evenly balanced third quarter. Leading 37-17 heading into the final quarter De La Salle simply had to keep their game plan going and buoyed by a superb performance from MVP Ryan Pepper and point guard Zak Dunphy the Waterford school notched up 17 fourth quarter points to St Malachy’s 12 to win a shade cosily by 54 points to 29.
Big jump for another score from Ryan Pepper Photo: Colm Dunphy

Big jump for another score from Ryan Pepper Photo: Colm Dunphy

De La coach Eamonn Sheehan was thrilled with his team’s performance. “Four of these guys leave school this year, so it’s nice for them to go out as All-Ireland Champions. For us it’s about making the extra pass and good team basketball. It can take a while for guys to buy into it, especially against a defence like the one we faced today but it was a good performance in the end”.

Captain Daniel Sheehan collects his gold medal Photo: Colm Dunphy

Captain Daniel Sheehan collects his gold medal Photo: Colm Dunphy

DE LA SALLE, Waterford: Brian Horan 2, Zak Dunphy 10, Ryan Pepper 15, Daniel Sheehan 15, Cian O’Rourke 2. Substitutes: Shane Roche, Jay Kavanagh 5, Kieran Rooney, Seaghan Walsh, Alex Fitzgerald, Scott Dunphy 4.

ST MALACHY’S, Belfast: Ethan Gibson 11, Eamon McKeown 2, Brendan Stewart 2, Michael McWilliams 4, Ruari McGinn. Substitutes: Dara McGinn, Paul Owens 4, Hans Abrahams 2, John Moran 4.

The victory for the U19’s made up somewhat for the disappointing defeat for the u16’s who lost narrowly to St Aidan’s. The team that won the All-Ireland Cup a few weeks never seemed to get into their stride but nevertheless put in a brave effort in an attempt to secure the double. They came up just short on a 45-41 scoreline.

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