SLIDESHOW: St Munchin's lose out in U-16C Basketball All Ireland final

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Sligo Grammar: 50 - St Munchin’s Limerick: 43

Sligo Grammar were crowned SUBWAY Schools All Ireland Under 16 C Boys champions this afternoon with a 50-43 point win over St Munchin’s of Limerick at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.

An MVP display from Sligo’s Divine Akude was one of the big talking points of the game, as he not only chipped in with 26 points, but was working hard under the boards at the other end to secure vital rebounds for his side.

St Munchin’s were led by the in-form Reece Barry and Josh Callanan, and despite a late comeback in the fourth quarter, just couldn’t close the gap enough to catch Sligo.

Akude and Mark McGlynn drove Sligo into an early lead at the end of the first, with good scoring and hard work on defense helping them to slow down the talent of Reece Barry. They continued to dominate in the second quarter, opening up a 28-14 point gap at half time, despite the best efforts of

A tough third quarter ensued, with Sligo going on a run to widen the gap to 32-19 midway through, but Munchin’s kept their heads up, and by the end of the third, were trailing by just eight.

The fourth is where they really hit their stride though, and superb displays from Callanan, Ben Barry and Reece Barry suddenly saw it back to a four-point game mid way though. Akude stepped up for Sligo and he, alongside McGlynn, Bosakani and Kehoe, kept the gap on the scoreboard ticking over until the final buzzer, to win out 50-43 in the end.

SLIGO GRAMMAR: Divine Akude (26), Ben Cunningham, Eoin Murphy, Andrew Yu, G Bamber, Josh Henry (2), B Bosakani (7), Mark McGlynn (7), Oisin Kehoe (4), Callum Murrin, Ben Miller, David Barlow, Donal Ryan, Christin Lally (4), Iyanu Talwo, Oscar Caton.

ST MUNCHIN’S LIMERICK: Josh Callanan (13), Ben Garry (10), Nick Timaskous, Eoin Price (2), Reece Barry (18), Rhys Cosgrove, Cian Conneely, Philip Burke, Ben Pearse, Conor McGuane, Patrick Mitchell, Adam Prenderville.

MVP: Divine Akude (Sligo Grammar)

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