Basketball Report – Sean Skehan
On Thursday 20th March, Glenstal Abbey hosted Ennistymon U14’s and U15’s. Both games were very competitive with Glenstal thankfully prevailing in each match by scores of 18-16 and 14-10 respectively.
The first game was an incredibly tight affair that could have easily been won by either side. However the influence of the game’s MVP, First Year student Ciaran Delargy ultimately proved the difference. Throughout the course of the game Ciaran’s talent and effort stood out. He accounted for ten of his team’s eighteen points and was a nuisance defensively. What was so remarkable about his personal performance was his willingness to take the clutch shot that ultimately decided the contest.
With Glenstal up by only two points and being put under considerable pressure from Ennistymon’s potent offense, Delargy received the ball inside his own half. He had just missed two efforts which by his own high standards he would have expected to sink. With the game on the line, instead of looking for a teammate to burden the responsibility Ciaran raced up court, leaving defenders in his wake. Then he attempted an audacious layup which he had no right to make. It landed and Glenstal were able to soak up the pressure applied by Ennistymon in the final moments to hold out for a memorable win.
The U15’s team lead by team captain George Downing outworked Ennistymon from the throw-in to the final whistle, never once going behind. Notable performers included Ignacio Serrates Orbe, Tiernan Ryan and Eoghan Fitzgerald.
The combined victories follow on from earlier successes from a season which has borne witness to remarkable progress for a squad only assembled in September.
No further matches are planned for the remainder of the school year. However, it would seem that basketball in Glenstal is here to stay.