Thursday, January 20, 2022

Gaelcholaiste Cheatharlach were no match for MVP Aivaras Uosis as he scored 36 points to inspire Pobailscoil Chorca Dhuibhne to a 57-34 win in the U19C Boys final of the Pinergy All-Ireland Schools Cup finals at the National Basketball Arena.

Pobailscoil Chorca Dhuibhne opened the scoring with Kiernan Ó Moráin’s three point jump shot and raced to an early 11-0 lead, before Gaelcholaiste Cheatharlach finally got on the scoresheet with 52 seconds left in the quarter through Ben Caomhanach, however it would be 13-2 at the end of the quarter, with the Dingle school stretching their advantage again late on.

Gaelcholaiste Cheatharlach’s Ben Caomhanach
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Gaelcholaiste Cheatharlach rallied in the second quarter, three minutes in a steal and break saw Óisin Ó Treasaigh lay-up saw them trail 19-12, followed 30 seconds later by a three from Conor Ó Duinneacháin. With 1’56 left in the second Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach hit the front for the first time, with Ó Duinneacháin landing a three point jump shot, to make it 22-21.

Uosis was keen to get in on the act and he landed a long range three with 1’08 left to put Pobailscoil Chorca Dhuibhne 26-24 up. And the same player’s step back jump shot from the three point line with the buzzer about to go made it 31-26 at half-time to the County Kerry side. Uosis scored 17 points by the break, while for Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach Conor Ó Duinneacháin and Ben Caomhanach had eight points each.

Cheatharlach’s David Caomhanach
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Uosis continued where he left off at the start of the third, with two three pointers in the opening minute or so, to make it 37-26. He followed it up with a layup and two free throws – after Milo Ó Fiacháin fouled while trying to stop him – Uosis’ 10 point run made it 41-26 with a little over three minutes gone in the third. A couple of Conor Ó Duinneacháin baskets helped stem the tide, but it was Pobailscoil Chorca Dhuibhne who had a healthy 46-31 lead going into the final quarter.

Gaelcholaiste Cheatharlach’s Conor O Duinneacháin 
Photo: ©INPHO/Evan Treacy

Uosis had the first points of the fourth, a layup in the second minute and a floater in the third to make it 50-31. Just before the midway point of the quarter Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach’s Ben Caomhanach’s three pointer from a long way out reduced the deficit to 50-34. With just under three minutes to go Uosis coolly landed a nice jump shot after getting through traffic, to make it 54-34. There was to be no dramatic comeback like in the second quarter from Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach, as Pobailscoil Chorca Dhuibhne eventually won 57-34.

Quarter scores: Q1: 2-13 Q2: 24-18 Q3: 5-15, Q4: 3-11

Top scorers:

Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach: Ben Caomhanach (14), Conor Ó Duinneacháin (13), David Caomhanach (4)

Pobailscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: Aivaras Uosis (36), Alex Buchanon (8), Kiernan Ó Moráin (5)

Teams:

Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach: Bradaigh Ó Miach, Milo Ó Fiacháin, Cathal Bairéad, Conor Ó Duinneacháin, Ben Caomhanach, Conor Ó Seanáin, Adam Mc Cana, Adam Ó Bruadáir, Seamus Mac Cú Uládh, Joshua Ó Donnagáin, Óisin Ó Treasaigh, David Caomhanach

Head Coach: Diarmuid Ó Briain

Pobailscoil Chorca Dhuibhne: Patrick Mac Sandair, Luke Ó Conchúir, Edgar Muftaliev, Kiernan Ó Moráin, Luke Ó Grifín, Alex Buchanon, James Ó Néill, Aivaras Uosis, Diarmuid Ó Séaghdha, Paudie Mac Gearailt, Sean de Róiste, James Ó Neill, Cian Ó Cinnéide

Head Coach Dave Falvey

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