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Ireland flying high after third win

Wednesday, 25th July, 2018 4:57pm

Michael Olney

The Irish U18 men’s basketball team are riding high on the back of a third consecutive win, as they look ahead to their next match in the FIBA Under 18 Men’s European Championship Division C in Kosovo.

Spirits were soaring as the young squad, who are unbeaten so far in the competition, dispatched a gutsy Monaco team in a closely fought encounter on Tuesday afternoon which ended 80–71.

Cork player David Murray, who plays for Neptune BC, was a shining star for the Irish as he netted an impressive 32 points and secured a total of 15 rebounds throughout the four quarters.

Fellow Neptune BC player Darragh O’Sullivan also played a stormer contributing his own fair share of points throughout the game.

It went down to the wire and the Monaco team kept at it until the final buzzer, but a couple of stylish three-pointers from Ireland’s Nate Moore in the final quarter helped to seal the deal for Ireland.

Having beaten Malta, Armenia and Monaco, Ireland now face Moldova this afternoon, who have played two games so far, winning both.

Sitting pretty at the top of the group table with six points, the Irish boys will be hoping to put themselves out of reach with another win and secure themselves a deserved place in the knockout stages.

Speaking after the game, Galway player Paul Kelly said: “We're feeling great, this is exactly where we wanted to be, three wins out of three. We have a day off tomorrow so we'll get a good rest and chill out a bit and then refocus on our last group game on Thursday against Moldova.”

The game against Moldova will get underway at 1.30pm Irish time.

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