Our Boys B Basketball teams hosted Kinsale Community School on Tuesday which was followed by a wheelchair game. The U16’s got the days basketball started with what was the most thrilling game of the day. Kinsale had a great start with some brilliant shooting from their star players Gerard Murphy and Callum Price. The Kinsale team had a commanding 18 point lead going into half time. However, the Bantry boys were not finished and great credit is due to coaching trio Charlie Curran, Paddy Russell and Oisín O’ Connor who recognised a need for tactical changes. The comeback was triggered by a fantastic DJ O’ Brien three pointer. Shay O’ Mahoney began to control the game at point guard with great help from Colm French. Conor Young found his scoring touch and Danny O’ Donovan began to find players in scoring areas. Great drives to the basket by Darragh Dullea brought scores and free throws and excellent rebounding by Thomas O’Donoghue, who again chipped in as top scorer for the third game in a row, saw the Bantry boys come away with a narrow win but a memorable performance on match day three.
Our under 19 B Boys also started very slowly in their game but got to grips with things in the second quarter where Evin Harrington began to create offenses that found scores from Conor Hinnell and Christopher Cronin. James McDill and Jack Gibbons did very well to add to the tally and Fionn Harrington found his range from the three point line. In the end Kinsale ran out deserving winners.
Our wheelchair game was a fantastic spectacle and by allowing visiting schools the opportunity to play in a game after their BIPPS League game is a fantastic way of making the game of wheelchair basketball more accessible a wider cohort. Evin Harrington, who has really taken to the game was Bantry’s top scorer in another great win.
Well done to all players from both schools on a fantastic day of Basketball.