Friday 2nd March, 2012The Sem’ qualify for U-16 All-Ireland Basketball Final
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All roads from St. Macartan’s College led to the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght as ‘the Sem’ took on CBS Tramore in the All-Ireland Schools U16 B Basketball Semi-Final. Training had gone well over the previous few weeks with injury concerns, Christopher Kerr and David McAlister returning to full fitness. St. Macartan’s headed into the unknown with a mixture of nerves and excitement and this was evident in the first quarter as ‘the boys in blue’ started slowly ending the 1st Quarter 11-6 in arrears. Things looked a bit bleaker at half-time when ‘The Sem’ faced a deficit of 7points as the half-time buzzer sounded. Team Coach Mr. Coyle brought his team to sanctuary of the changing room at half-time and just asked the team to; ‘go back to basics, to go out and not to worry about the result. Quite simply to enjoy the experience, perform to the best of their abilities and the result will look after itself’.
As ‘The Sem’ returned to the court, the very vocal St. Macartan’s Supporters gave the team a boost and the team started playing to their potential. Point-guard, David McAlister, put the Tramore defence on  the back foot, Ramunas Ramunaskas began to dominate the boards, offensively and defensively,  winning rebound after rebound, but it was team captain Richard Wilkie who really stepped up to the mark and led by example as he began eating into the Tramore lead scoring basket after basket. By the end of the 3rd Quarter, St. Macartan’s had taken the lead, one which they would not relinquish. Guards Daithi Colton and Mantas Zalikas came to the fore operating fast breaks whilst Christopher Kerr was strong defensively. At the clock counted down towards the end of the game, St. Macartan’s kept their composure and effectively kept possession denying the opposition an opportunity to get back into the game. For the record, St. Macartan’s won the game 48-40. Huge credit must go to all the panel of players who have ensured that St. Macartan’s College are representing their school, county and region in an All-Ireland U-16 final against CBC Cork in Tallaght at a date to be confirmed.
Panel in full; Andrius Jastramskas, Caolan McElwain, Christopher Kerr, Conor Bogue, Daithi Colton (13 pts), Darren Caulfield, David McAlister (5 pts), Garbhan Harraghy, James Deery, James McKenna, Jamie Smith, Kieran McGuirk, Mantas Zalikas (2 pts), Marc Brennan, Ramunas Ramunaskas (8 pts), Richard Wilkie (20 pts), Thomas McElmeel and Thomas O’ Brien.
Coaches Mr. G. Coyle and Ms. F. Gallagher.