Team of the Week – Week 15

Wednesday

Senior 1 Ladies ladies had 2 games this week,the first was a cup 1/4 final away to Killester from div 2 on Wednesday night and this was a very physical encounter that Dynamos were desperate to win. They put the game to bed in the 1st quarter which allowed everyone to get a good run out as thoughts turned to Thursday’s meeting with Meteors in the league. By winning their quarter final Dynamos

Thursday

Senior 1 Ladies recent form has given them confidence and this was evident as the girls won all 4 quarters and took the win by 16. Ciara White top scored with 19 but it was Dynamos relentless team effort on defence that was most pleasing to their coach. They are now top of division one having played more games than the unbeaten Killester and this is down to the hard work put in by this new group of players who are beginning to look like a TEAM.

Friday

Senior 3 Ladies played league leaders Tolka on Friday night, unfortunately we went down by 10 in the 1st quarter and struggled to gain ground. By the half time mark we changed defense and got ourselves back in to the game. We started to find our range and managed to cut the deficient to 2 but unfortunately the clock was against us and we eventually conceded the game by 6. Overall the girls fought till the final whistle and never gave up the fight.

Division 2 Men looked to extend their winning run to 6 games but we would have to do it without Darragh O’Neill who was away for the weekend. We went 10 points down in the first quarter but eventually settled into the game. Tolka has another good spell in the 3rd quarter and again we had to claw back a lead. We did just that, thanks to a late burst from Stephen Ryan, John Walsh and Barry Cullen; helped by a late dominating inside performance from Dave Demoko and a wonderful shooting display from Sean Phipps, with 5 three pointers. With seconds remaining the score was 70-70 and John Walsh had two opportunities to win it from the free throw line but instead he felt the team could do with 5 minutes so we went into overtime. Calm heads prevailed and we moved clear in Overtime winning the game 82-75. We have now won 8 and lost 5. Next weeks assignment is a tricky away trip to Ongar.

Saturday

U15 Girls had two matches this weekend. Our first game saw us travel to Rosemount on Saturday morning for our Semi-Final Cup match against Meteors U15A team. The girls played extremely well as a team against excellent opposition and did themselves proud. Although we lost we came away with pride having received some fantastic comments and praise from Meteors regarding the girls display of commitment and their composure to the very end. In a way we came away as winners and earned a lot of respect so Well Done to the girls for doing themselves and Oblate Basketball Club proud!

U11 Boys played Liffey Celtics in the Oblates on Saturday the boys are showing individual improvement every game on offense, defense was as intense as it would need to be, so teamwork and defense will be the topic at training for the next few weeks.

Sunday

U17 Boys welcomed Killester U17’s to the Oblate hall on Sunday morning. Killester employing an impressive zone press, ment they jumped out to an early advantage. However, the Centurions began to get a handle on the game and came back into it. Centurions could never quite get going on offence, and Killester kept the game at a safe distance. Better commitment in this game, just need to execute more often on offence.

The U15 Girls second game saw them travel to ALSAA on Sunday to play Swords. After a tough mentally challenging game the day before, the girls warmed up well and took to the floor in good spirit. This game was the total opposite and was physically challenging to the final whistle. Our girls had an up and down game in patches but their composure and diligence took them to the win that they absolutely deserved. I would like to say Well Done girls on two very tough games the weekend.

U16 Girls welcomed Meteors to the Oblates on Sunday and as the teams warmed up it was evident that Meteors had a distinct height advantage over the 7 Dynamos but these girls are used to playing bigger teams so they got stuck in and really put in a shift taking a 9 point lead in the 1st quarter. Patricia had 10pts in the half as she worked like a real old school Dynamo under the boards but Meteors cut the deficit to 4 as halftime approached. Tara,Kerrie,Abbey and Aoife played the whole game but never gave in despite their near exhaustion. Abbey and Aoife have developed a great partnership on defence and this was helping Dynamos keep their noses in front as the game was winding down.   Ashling and Aoibheann were keeping the Meteors off the glass while Tara was keeping the scoreboard ticking over with 20 points and at least as many rebounds but the Dynamos ran out of puff in the final minute and Meteors sneaked in to steal the win. Terry and Jen can’t put into words how proud they are of this group of girls. They are warriors who never know when they’re beaten and week after week they’re all showing huge improvement in their basketball abilities. Keep it up ladies.

TOTW:

This weeks ‘Team of the Week’ goes to the U12 Girls and U15 Boys, two brilliant games!

U12 Girls came up against a smaller Ongar team on Sunday who they narrowly lost to at the beginning of the season, so before the match even started the team knew it was going to be a tough battle for a win.  Dynamos got off to a great start in the first half with some super shooting and defensive hussle and finished the first half up 2 points (18-20).  However, the second half was not so kind to the young Oblate girls, who seemed to lose their concentration and before they knew it were down 11 points.  Back to back time outs were called and pep talks were given by the coaches to encourage the girls to “do their best” and this rubbed off well on their girls and pushed them to work harder at both ends of the court.  Their defence in the last quarter was excellent holding Ongar to only just 1 point and bringing the game into overtime (34 – 34).  At this stage supporters from both sides were on the edge of their seat and it was literally basket for basket.  The girls gave everything in the last couple of minutes and with both teams in foul trouble players began to foul out.  However, the winning basket was made by Ongar with just 2 seconds left on the clock giving the Oblate girls no chance to make a comeback. Final score 40 – 42.

U15 Boys played their final away game this season away to Templeogue, a team that narrowly beat them in the first half of the season. Templeogue sat in a zone for most of the game so the young Centurions had to adapt and be patient. The Oblate boys were dominant  inside with Liam, Conor and Abel out rebounding their opponents. James came off the bench to put in solid minutes forcing turnovers while Greg was working really hard on Defence. Eldon had the job of marking their main threat, Karol and did a great job. Late in the third we lost  Colin to an ankle injury however he came back on in the fourth to knock down a big three but Coach Lynn had to take him off to ice his ankle. The boys rallied for their captain led by Ulysses who was unreal with his help defence. Dwayne knocked down an huge three late in the fourth but  this game went right down to the wire. The boys had the lead by 2 with seconds remaining but to be fair to Templeogues Karol he hit a jump shot to put the game into OT. Initially the boys were disappointed but the boys calmly got themselves together with Mark showing some maturity to hold the ball to take vital seconds off the clock. Centurions managed to keep their opponents scoreless in OT while Liam and Abel made the buckets in the paint. A 4pt win for the boys. This was a great team performance from the boys from 4 to 15. Coach Lynn is very proud of every single one of them. Special mention to the Mammys and Daddys for the lifts and support and we wish Colin a speedy recovery.