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Under 16's Lions go down………but not without a fight!!!

Under 16's Lions go down………but not without a fight!!!

On Saturday 13th February, Limerick Lions U16 boys played Ballincollig in a Cork Division A League Game. This game was played at St. Clements College – home to Lions.

Lions would face this Ballincollig side without their starting point guard Nathan Moore who was recovering from a minor injury. Joey Byrne stepped into the point guard position and played some great basketball.

The Lions boys have been continually improving this season and this was obvious with a much improved performance since they last played this Ballincollig side in the first half of the season.

The first quarter would see Joey Byrne starting in at the point guard position, Eoin O’Donnell and Andrew McMahon starting at the guard positions, Obi Josephs starting in at forward and Cathal Morrissey starting at centre.

Lions would put the first score on the board with Andrew scoring a strong drive. Ballincollig quickly responded with a three pointer, but Eoin answered right back with a big three for the Lions. The Lions boys played very intense active defense which led to Ballincollig turning the ball over and the Lions boys punishing them at the other end. This defensive intensity was stepped up a gear with the introduction of Dylan Sutton into the game during the first quarter which led the Lions boys extending their lead further. Obi and Cathal rebounded and scored well in this quarter. The score at the end of the first quarter was 28-17 to Lions.

Ballincollig made an expected run back at the Lions boys in the second quarter. The Lions lads got a bit sloppy with their passing and Ballincollig capitalised on this taking a three point lead at the half. Cathal, Andrew and Eoin made some great baskets during this quarter.

The second half kicked off at high speed with Ballincollig trying to extend their lead. The young Lions boys hung in there with Andrew getting two great steals that lead to Lions scores. Ronan Cregan checked into the game and made an immediate impact with good off the ball movement and a nice outside score. Obi, Andrew, Eoin and Joey continued to score for the Lions.

Going into the fourth quarter, there was just nine points between the sides with Ballincollig leading 60 – 51. Obi and Andrew lead the scoring in this quarter for the Lions but it wasn’t enough and Ballincollig pushed on to win comfortably in the end.

But the Lions coach has to be very happy with his teams overall performance, particularly without the scoring power of Nathan Moore. Ballincollig are a strong Cork side and the Lions boys certainly put it up to them for the majority of this game.

Top scorers for Lions were Andrew with 20 points, Obi with 17 points, Eoin with 12 points and Cathal, Dylan, Joey, Ronan and Cian combining for the remaining points.

Also other squad members who gave a great contribution to this victory are Sean Roche and Iarlaith Cosgrove.

   

Lions U12’s Reach North Munster Cup Final in Dramatic Finish!

Lions U12’s Reach North Munster Cup Final in Dramatic Finish!

In the cup quarter final in January Lions secured a nail biting 3 point win against Springfield. The teams were level 3 times in the closing minutes before a crucial  free throw by Alfie McCoy and a steal and layup from Nathan Stanners gave Lions a 3 point win 29-26.

Lions then went back to league action and secured good wins over Ennis Panthers & Limerick Rockets. A disappointing  3 point defeat against Fr.Matthews in Cork was  a reality check for the young Lions just days ahead of their

semi-final against local rivals Limerick Lakers. Against Matthews Lions lead for most of the match before coming unstuck in the 4th quarter when the ball just would not go in the basket.

So the scene was set for a crunch away semi-final v Lakers in Presentation Gym. A delayed start and a decision to play with one referee heightened the tension in the gym with players from both sides keen to get going.

Lions started strongly and led 8-4 after the first quarter, Alan Fitzgerald & Liam Price scoring well for the Lions, and an overall good defensive display holding a physically taller Lakers side to 4 points.

Lakers came back strongly in the 2nd qtr scoring 10points to lead 14-13 at half time, Alfie McCoy and Christy Carroll scoring for the Lions. Lions started the 3rd quickly with Sean Morrissey scoring a strong layup to take a 1 point lead, but the Lions then struggled to score against a taller Lakers side, with Alan Fitzgerald going off injured after a strong drive to the basket was emphatically blocked. Lakers went into the final quarter with a 4 point advantage.

Again Lions started the qtr strongly with baskets from Nathan Stanners and Christy Carroll to bring the sides level at 19 a piece. Lakers responded and went ahead 3 times as the teams traded baskets with the score 25-24 to Lakers with less than 2 mins remaining.

Christy Carroll then drew a foul and brought the teams level with a free throw with time running out. Crucially Lakers then picked up their 5th team foul giving Alfie McCoy a trip to the line, he made 1 out of 2 and the Lions had their noses in front 26-25 with 45 secs

to go. A great steal on halfway followed by a layup by Alfie McCoy put the Lions up by 28-25 and then with seconds left Lions secured possession and again Alfie McCoy made one out of two to give Lions the win 29-25.

Top scorers for the Lions; Alfie McCoy 10, Alan Fitzgerald 6, Christy Carroll 5, Nathan Stanners 4, Liam Price 2, Sean Morrissey 2.

Joey Fogarty led the Lions in rebounding while Matthew Barry,  Adam Lengen, Stephen Shaw, Janis Pliesmanis and Pierce O’Rahilly defended strongly throughout!  The Lions now move onto the final in UL Arena on April 2nd!

GO LIONS!

UNDER 12 LIONS

 

Lions U16 Boys have nice win against local rivals

Lions U16 Boys have nice win against local rivals

On Sunday 17th January, our U16 boys played local rivals Limerick Celtics in a Cork League Game. This game was played at Salesians Secondary School Gym – home to Celtics.

The young Celtics men made a strong start and took an early 6-0 lead. The Lions coach called a time-out and regrouped his troops. After the time-out, the Lions boys stepped up their performance and got on the scoreboard with a great pull-up jump shot from Nathan Moore. Nathan made another line drive to the hoop for two more points. Obinna Josephs got a great inside score to tie the scores. Eoin O’Donnell made a quick drive to the basket for two points and Dylan Sutton finished a strong quarter for the Lions team with a great three point shot.

The second quarter would see the introduction of Andrew McMahon into the game after a couple of weeks off with a minor wrist injury. Andrew certainly made up for lost time with his intensive style of play and added a couple of quick scores to the Lions tally. The Lions boys really stepped up their defensive intensity in this quarter and started to pick up a lot of steals and fast break lay-ups. Eoin, Nathan, Cathal and Obi added nicely to the Lions tally with a mixture of outside shooting, drives to the basket and some nice in-bound plays. This great play resulted in the Lions going into the half time break with a comfortable lead.

The third quarter would see more of the same consistent performance from the Lions boys. Again a mixture of inside and outside scoring during this quarter led to the Lions boys ending this quarter with a 21 point lead.

The fourth quarter saw the Lions boys step up their defensive pressure even more. This led to the Celtics boys struggling to score and the Lions boys running in more fast break lay-ups and eventually finishing the game with a 27 point victory.

Final score – Limerick Lions 65 – Limerick Celtics 38.

Top scorers for Lions were Nathan with 22 points, Eoin with 16 points, Andrew with 14 points and Obi with 8 points with Dylan and Cathal scoring the remaining points.

Also other squad members who gave a great contribution to this victory are Cian Thornton, Ronan Cregan, Joey Byrne, Sean Roche and Luke Fitzgerald.

Special mention to Nathan who finished the game with 9 assists, Cathal who finished with 4 blocked shots, Andrew finished with 5 steals and Obi who finished with a massive 15 rebounds.

Great work by all players today – hard work pays off!!!

   

Limerick Lions Jack Coyne makes the Irish Under 17 squad!!

Limerick Lions Jack Coyne makes the Irish Under 17 squad!!

Lions would like to congratulate Jack Coyne on making the Irish u17 mens squad for 2015 /2016. This is a huge achievement from Jack who has worked so hard. We also congratulate Lucas Ryan McCarthy on his selection.

Limerick Lions Jack Coyne makes the Irish Under 17 squad!!


Go Loins!

 

Lions U16 Boys finish off first half of season on a high note!

Lions U16 Boys finish off first half of season on a high note!Lions U16 Boys finish off first half of season on a high note!

On Saturday 19th December, our U16 boys played Fr.Matthews in a Cork League Game. This game was played at St. Clements College – home to Lions.

This was the Lions U16 boys last game before they take a well deserved Christmas break and from the tip-off, they were ready to go! Nathan Moore started in at the point with Eoin O’Donnell and Andrew McMahon playing at the 2 and 3 guard positions. Obi Josephs started at the 4 position, while Cathal Morrissey started in at the 5 position.

The young Lions lads had their best ever start to a game going on a 18-0 run that was kicked off by a couple of strong drives to the basket by Andrew. This was followed up with a deep 3 pointer by Nathan and then two nice drives to the basket. Eoin knocked down two nice baskets and Andrew followed up with a couple of free throws. However, the Fr.Matthews lads were never going to take this lying down and mounted their comeback!! Cathal answered with a nice inside score. Nathan was fouled going to the hoop and sank his two free throws. Dylan closed out this quarter with a nice baseline jumper. Lions led 24-11 at the end of the first.

The Fr.Matthews lads settled into the game in the 2nd quarter. Good free throw shooting from Nathan, Eoin and Andrew kept the pressure on the Cork side. Obi found his touch in this quarter and scored some nice inside baskets. Lions led 38-30 at the half.

The 3rd quarter had both teams really battling on the defensive ends. Fr.Matthews kept up their full court press but could only cause minimal disruption to the Lions offense. Scoring was low in this quarter with the Lions boys just slightly out-scoring the Matthews boys. Lions led 47-38 at the end of the third.

The 4th quarter was literally basket for basket. Ronan Cregan kicked off the scoring for the Lions with a lovely inside score. Nathan continued to cause trouble for the Matthews defense and ended up at the free throw line a total of four times in this quarter and calmly sank all eight free throws. Obi also sank a couple of crucial free throws. After a critical time out with 3 minutes left on the clock, Eoin came out and drilled a big 3 pointer. This was immediately followed by an incredible pin-point cross court pass by Andrew delivered right into Eoin’s hands and finished beautifully to give the Lions team a moment of comfort. The Matthews boys kept pushing to close the gap, but the Lions lads held their composure and ended the game with a nerve racking but still comfortable margin.

Final score – Limerick Lions 68 – Fr.Matthews 59.

Top scorers for Lions were Nathan with 24 points, Eoin with 18 points, Andrew with 10 points and Cathal, Obi, Dylan and Ronan combining for the remaining 16 points.

Also other squad members who gave a great contribution to this victory are Cian Thornton, Jason Collins, Joey Byrne and Iarlaith Cosgrove.

Go Lions!

   

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