Basketball breaking new ground with recent victories.
The under 19 team played two games in the first round of the All-Ireland playoffs on Sunday last. This was a three team tournament in Bray Co. Wicklow hosted by one of the teams, Coláiste Ráithín with Our Lady's from Belmullet completing the trio. Only one team could progress so winning two games was the only way to guarantee a place in the all-Ireland Quarter finals.
In the opening game CBS Mullingar found their offence a little askew at first and relied on an excellent defence to keep Raítín at bay. Despite the game being quite tense, our boys stayed composed and thanks to some timely buckets (Mr.Boudin tells me this is basketball slang for baskets) put the game beyond reach for the opposite team in the 3rd quarter. CBS finished he game on top with a scoreline of 36 to 21. 5th year student Conor Gibney took the title of Man of the Match thanks to a most impressive performance.
Having to play a second game after only a 30 min break was a real worry for Coach Boudin, but the Coláiste Mhuire men didn't allow their defensive intensity drop against the men from Mayo. Our Lady's was a superior team to Coláiste Ráithín, and they played very well organised and disciplined basketball. Again a physical and tense contest, the game was even through the first half and the boys in green only pulled away in the second half through the impact of Joseph Cahill. Cahill, despite being the youngest man in the squad, played fearlessly and was instrumental in scoring a few crucial baskets at the rim in the 3rd quarter. After a hard fought contest, CBS pulled away to take a 15 point victory.
CBS is now in the last 8 nationally in their grade (C) for the first time ever, and the Midlands Champions will be attempting to progress further playing Collinstown Park Community School of Dublin on January 30th, in the National Indoor Arena in Tallaght.
Well done to all the boys involved and their coach Mr.Boudin. Best of luck on the 30th. G'wan the lads!!!