The U16 B Boys team at CPB showcased their dominance once again, clinching their fourth consecutive victory in their pool. Their next challenge awaits on the road against Bishopstown, where a win would guarantee them the top spot in their group. The match against Mount Saint Michael proved to be their most closely contested yet. Despite an early four-point deficit, the standout performance of the season’s rising star, Thomas O’Donoghue, rallied CPB back into the game. Danny O’Donovan’s exceptional playmaking and crucial contributions from Conor Young further bolstered their position. With the score tied at 28 points each and just a minute remaining, Thomas O’Donohoe and Shay O’Mahoney were awarded critical free throws on separate occasions. Both players coolly converted one each, granting CPB a two-point lead. A stellar defensive stop in the closing seconds secured the victory for the Coláiste boys. Mikey O’Sullivan, Dara O’Shea, Sean McCarthy, and the brilliant Darragh Dullea also showcased their prowess. Special commendation goes to the coaching team, comprising Charlie Curran, Paddy Russell, and Oisín O’Connor, for their invaluable guidance and support.
Following the U16 showdown, the U19 CPB boys knew that their season hung in the balance, understanding the imperative of a victory. Christopher Cronin and Evin Harrington delivered stellar performances in the initial quarters, propelling CPB to a substantial lead. The formidable teamwork of Fionn Harrington, Connor Hinnell, Calvin Cronin, Ollie Cronin, and Jack Gibbons further solidified their advantage by halftime. In the second half, Harrington, Fachtna O’Connell, and Eamon Schultz continued to shine, while James McDill demonstrated his prowess on the post. The resounding victory was a testament to the team’s resilience, setting the stage for a must-win scenario in their upcoming match to secure a spot in the knockout stages.