Irish Basketball Team Secure Victory Over England


The Irish select side have recorded a second consecutive victory over an English select side in Birmingham. After a shaky start the Irish finally went and took the lead in the fourth quarter, going on to win the game by nine points.

UL Eagles big man Delwan Graham led the way for the Premier League Select team as he racked up 21 points over the course of the match. The British roared into a 10 point advantage when leading 24-14 at the end of the first quarter. Whilst the Irish, led by Head Coach Mark Keenan, managed to improve in the second quarter they still trailed by 6 as they headed into the break knowing that a big second half performance was required.

The third quarter saw the home side commit turnover after turnover which allowed the Irish further back into the game. This period of scores for the Irish allowed them to cut the gap to just 1 with one ten minute quarter left to play. The game was well and truly balanced by a hairline.

Irish guards Scott Kinevane and Michael McGinn controlled the game in the fourth quarter and helped to push out the scoreline to put the Irish in pole position. With the British forced to foul down the stretch, the Irish pushed further ahead as they recorded yet another famous victory over their nearest neighbours.

The good news for the team didn’t stop there as top scorer Delwan Graham then went and entered the BBL dunk contest creating a massive upset as he emerged victorious.

“Our team defence really stepped up in the second half and on offence we attacked the basket well I felt,” remarked the victorious Head Coach Mark Keenan.

“We said beforehand that the team who played better team defence would win the game and we got to grips as the game went on with not turning it over and moving the ball well.”

“All the players were back out cheering on Delwan in the dunk contest which he won. Everyone is in great spirits so we are all delighted with the whole thing,” said a delighted Keenan.

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