Our second year boys basketball team go second in the league after a comprehensive win over Coláiste Ghobnatan by a score of 44 to 14. The boys who have put the work in at training since last September were the same boys who performed so well in this contest. Jet- heeled Jack Payne Murphy, top scorer Matthew Brosnan and the skilful duo of Ger MacEoin and Eividas Andreikus combined beautifully to be a constant attacking force, while Szymon Zlob and Robbie Minihane were a colossus at the back, dominating the action.
Our wonderful caretaker Blaise had swept the complex boards until they sparkled before the match and it proved a fitting surface for the pulsating action that followed. Ger MacEoin carved open the Ghobnatan defence and brought a measure of inventiveness to our play, while adding six points to the score. Captain Matthew penetrated from the high and low post scoring at will and ending up being the top scorer with eleven points. The breath- taking speed of Jack left defenders in his wake and notched up eight points from the fast break. The other scores came from Garry Hegarty who had six and Colm Crowley who shot two delightful baskets from the top of the zone.
On this occasion, all of the nineteen member squad got court time but this is a luxury we may not be able to afford in the games coming up.
The sense of defending disarray that was so palpable against Rosscarbery was thankfully missing here but Mount Saint Michael are a more potent force and there is no doubt we will meet them in the knockout stages if we overcome Schull on Friday. Thankfully the dedicated members of the recently expanded panel are working hard to put our defensive frailties right, while others treat training as if it was an à la carte menu popping in to sample a morsel when the appetite strikes or more accurately when news of an approaching game comes to their ears. The way our team plays as a whole will determine our success. Let's keep the SCS flag flying.