Second Year Boys Basketball
Tallaght CS – vs – Temple Carrig - Dublin Plate Final (Oblates Hall) Monday 27.03.2017
The lads travelled to Oblates Hall Inchicore to play the Dublin Plate final. Tallaght opened up the scoring with a fantastic fade away shot from Evan Fleming. Some tenacious defence from Francis Price and Luke Doyle on top of the key frustrated Temple Carrig’s main man and forced him to put up a string of shots under pressure. Sam Corbett owned the defensive area and caught several rebounds which allowed Tallaght to catch Temple Carrig on the break. We ran the fast break extremely well and Jason Stefanuca put away a few lay ups to give Tallaght a considerable lead. A momentary lapse of concentration towards the end of the quarter allowed Temple Carrig to pick up a second basket which left the score 10 – 4.
Temple Carrig came out all guns blazing for the second quarter. They put up a quick bucket that closed Tallaght’s lead to 4. Hamzat Salam gave Temple Carrig a terrible time, he played ferocious defence causing them to turnover the ball on several occasions. We were unlucky to convert from these turnovers as the ball just did not want to go into the basket. Hamzat and Zach Heffernan put up some decent shots, but they would not drop. Jordan Maguire, John Duffy and Ryan Lawlor were the core of a very solid defence who only let up one basket.
In the third quarter TCS started to turn on the heat. We doubled our tally, with baskets from Sam, Evan and Jason. The lads played their best offensive game of the season. Sam and Evan set some excellent picks which allowed Jason to drive to the board. Luke Doyle worked the ball well on the three-point line and put up some great shots. He was unlucky not to score, but we could rely on Frances Price, the smallest man on the court, to rebound the ball and win possession.
We took our foot off the gas in the last quarter and allowed Temple Carrig back into the game momentarily. Temple Carrig scored a few lay ups on the fast break, and also converted two points from the charity stripe. We tightened up on defence with solid work from Cian Lawlor and Jordan Okoroh and closed out the game with a considerable lead. The lads put on a great display of basketball. All the weeks of training really paid off as they finally began to play as a unit, both offensively and defensively. The foundations of a great team have been set, so hopefully the lads can build on this over the remainder of the year and summer break and come back even stronger for Third Year. Pics
Final Score 26 – 13
MVP – Jason Stefanuca