Team of the Week – Week 9

Division 5 Men played Ongar on Wednesday night looking to avenge the cup loss in double overtime from 3 weeks earlier. Mission accomplished thanks to a very strong 3rd quarter. Top Scorer was Ciaran O’Doherty with 13 points. With Lorenzo, Nacho and Aodhan all getting into double figures.

Senior 1 Ladies played Tigers in the Oblates on Thursday and got off to a flyer in the first quarter through a combination of great defence and intelligent offence. They kept up their intensity throughout the game and with Christmas “threes” falling from everywhere (Johanna and Ingy were on fire) Tigers under strength team were longing for the final buzzer. Dynamos are creeping up the table now and face Malahide in the Oblates next Thursday where hopefully Claire and Heather will return from injury….

Senior 3 Ladies travelled again to face the league leaders, this was to be the 1st of 3 games in 5 days. We started well and were in control of the game up to half time. A poor 3rd quarter and some dubious table decision saw our lead cut to 1 at the end of the 3rd. Some strong defense from Tolka saw us struggle to score for nearly 4 minutes in the 4th. Unfortunately it was not to be our night and we lost the game by 6.

Senior 3 Ladies back in action again on Friday Night and it saw them back home this time to play Tridents, a game that we should of controlled from the off but we were only 3 up at the half, the ladies were suffering from a tough game the night previous but we had to dig deep to gain control. We an outstanding 4th quarter we ran out winner by 20.

U13 Boys played Donabate in the Oblate’s on Saturday and it was a very tight affair all the way through, only 3 down at half time to 2 up at the end of the 3rd , unfortunate to lose by 1 point in the last few seconds. Some wrong  decisions at crucial times in the game and not enough effort on defense means tough lessons learned. Great offensive skills on display but need to balance with DEFENSE.

U11 Boys played in Kilcock on Sunday and despite a few absences to to illness etc the boys gave a great display of basketball good defense and on offense good passing and finishing and rebounding at times against a taller opponent. Big improvements by a lot of players, their efforts and commitment at training and games starting to pay off .

U15 Boys to follow..

U16 Girls played away to Kilcock on Sunday still hurting from their overtime loss last week and from the tip off these girls meant business. Every loose ball was theirs, everyone was working for each other and their efforts on the defensive boards turned into fastbreak scores at the other end. They kept Kilcock to just 24 points while racking up 59 themselves… this group have been improving every week so this performance was down to hard work… next up is Templeogue at home in the cup.

U18 Girls played away to Meteors on Saturday. This was a tight game for the first 2 quarters with only 3 points in it at half time. We needed to control the game and play it at our own pace slowly breaking down the offense. A press in the 3rd quarter extended our league to 8 at the end of the 3rd. With patience and better control on our offense and keeping the pressure on Defence we were able to pull away in the 4th. Plenty of progress made in this game with players increasing their understanding of the phases of the game and having better control in offense. Well done to all.

This weeks Team of the Week is the Division 2 Men:

They started the week away to Bray and won a very physical game. Blood was spilled and and bruises remain from a very physical game. After a close first half we began our superior fitness levels helped us gain a nice cushion and we went on to win comfortably by 6 points. Top Scorer was Shane Briggs with 23 points.
They ended the week at home to the Lithuanian side, FBC. Another physical game and a dominant team performance with contributions from all over the squad. After starting well we ran out comfortable winners on a score line of 80-60. Top Scorer was Darragh O’Neill with 22 points.