Blow for Fr Mathew’s basketball club after semi-final loss to Carlow

Blow for Fr Mathew’s basketball club after semi-final loss to Carlow
Owen Connolly of Fr Mathew's in action against Aaron Whelan of IT Carlow. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

IT Carlow 89 Fr Mathew’s 76

THERE was bitter disappointment for Fr Mathew's in the President’s Cup as they were swept aside late on by IT Carlow, denying them a shot at Tradehouse Central Ballincollig in an all-Cork decider.

The Leesiders had been motoring well in the league until recent losses to Ballincollig and LYIT Donegal but lacked the firepower and composure required when the game was on the line in the fourth quarter of this semi-final at Parochial Hall.

The first period of the game started with furious pace with both teams playing run-and-gun basketball. The visitors made the better start, taking a five-point advantage midway through the period. The home team recovered with some superb play by Jarvis Pugh to lead by five points at the end of the first period.

In the second period, Mathew’s Luke O’Mahony was dominating the boards on both sides of the floor to go in leading 45-40 at the half.

Both sides exchanged baskets in the third period, however, Mathew’s still held a one-point lead into the final quarter. In truth, Mathew’s totally lost their way in the final period.

The visitors enjoyed the better exchanges to lead 12-7 midway through the period with some excellent shooting by American player Duane Harper.

Mathew’s Luke O’Mahony tied the game with some strong moves in the post to tie the game 17-17 after eight minutes of play.

Then Mathew’s American player Jarvis Pugh came to life, nailing consecutive three-pointers, and they led 24-19 at the end of the quarter.

Carlow made the better start to the second quarter with Harper and Jordan Fallon hurting Mathew’s offensively to regain the lead 31-25.

Owen Connolly then hit a monstrous three followed by a put-back Jack O’Mahony to tie the game 36-36 midway through the period.

The visitors Fallon then gave his side the lead 40-36 with two midrange jumpers in the 18th minute.

The home responded with Declan Cahill hitting two consecutive three-pointers to lead 45-40.

Carlow tied the game 47-47 two minutes from the restart with Harper and James Butler executing from close range.

Mathew’s regained the lead 51-50 when Jack O’Mahony scored a breakaway lay-up midway through the period.

Harper gave the visitors the lead 60-58 before Cahill nailed a three for Mathew’s to lead 61-60 to finish the third quarter.

Carlow made an excellent start to the last quarter with Kevin Donohoe and Harper scoring consecutive baskets to lead 65-63 in the 33rd minute. They extended their lead 69-64, with five minutes left, with a Harper bucket.

The visitors closed out the game nailing numerous foul shots to ensure their spot in the final.

David Murray battles Kevin Donohoe and James Butler. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
David Murray battles Kevin Donohoe and James Butler. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Top scorers for IT Carlow: Duane Harper 30, Jordan Fallon 21, Kevin Donohoe 16.

Fr Mathew’s: Jack O’Mahony 18, Jarvis Pugh 16, Luke O’Mahony 8.

Referees: Ines Freire ( Dublin), Stephen Brierly (Dublin), Joe Lavin (Dublin).

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