July 23, 2024

Over two-dozen of the North West’s greatest younger basketball gamers had been in a position to compete in a global event in Spain this week.

An enormous due to Paddy Mullen for this report.

Over the course of 5 days from March twenty third to twenty seventh, twenty-seven younger basketball stars from the North West competed with a number of the greatest in Europe on the Globasket 2024 event at Lloret de Mar in Spain.

Fourteen U16 ladies from Sligo All-Stars, Ballyshannon BC, Donegal City BC, Kilcar and Letterkenny Blaze competed in a mixed Northwest Growth staff in Group A of the competitors.

Of their first sport, the women participated in an epic tussle with Escola IPSI from Barcelona, the place a free throw with 0.7 seconds on the clock noticed the house staff take a one-point victory on a scoreline of 60 – 59.

Later within the day, in Spherical 2 towards CB Moratalaz from Madrid the women’ onerous work and ability paid off with a dominant scoreline of 55 – 30.

Whereas their third group sport didn’t go their approach, their earlier victory and slender loss, together with outcomes elsewhere meant the women had certified for the semifinals.

Within the boy’s event 13 U16 boys from Letterkenny Blaze, Donegal City BC, Sligo All-Begins, Kilcar and Glenties additionally competed in Group A of their competitors.  First up had been the Icelandic Vikings of KR Basketball the place the boys misplaced the primary quarter by 8 factors and regardless of their greatest efforts couldn’t pull again the deficit, shedding 48 – 39.

On day 2, the boys fared higher with a robust 4-point victory over AE Sant Andreu Natzaret 4 from Badalona, on the outskirts of Barcelona and residential {of professional} basketball membership, Membership Joventut.

Moving into their grove, having by no means performed collectively as a staff earlier than the event, the boys dominated their third group sport towards Escolapios Bilbao to win 82 – 46 to qualify for the quarter ultimate.

Within the quarter ultimate, a poor begin once more noticed the boys with an 8-point deficit however this time they had been in a position to flip issues round to degree the sport by the tip of Q3 and a dominant ultimate quarter noticed them over the road on a scoreline of 53 – 44.

The event organisers had indicated they might have the ability to reschedule the ultimate if the Northwest boys made it that far, to accommodate their flights, but it surely turned evident that this wasn’t going to occur, and the semifinal was to be their ultimate sport.

Within the lady’s semi-final, a traditional battle towards one other Bilbao facet was degree at half time on 19 factors every however the ladies labored a 4-point lead in Q3 and maintained that hole to win 41 – 37.

Revenge was on the playing cards for the ultimate however sadly the Barcelona staff, 1-point victors within the first group sport, withdrew from the competitors earlier than the ultimate could possibly be performed and the women had been declared winners.

Within the boy’s semifinal the boys began terribly and had been shedding 13 – 3 early on however having introduced it again to all=sq. earlier than the tip of the quarter they went on to dominate the rest of the sport, irritating their Spanish hosts, to win the sport 81 – 56.

All of the gamers, their coaches and travelling help loved a neighborhood derby in Badalona on the Sunday evening when Barcelona defeated Membership Joventut within the Liga ACB on the bought out, 12,500 capability Palau Municipal d’Esports de Badalona stadium.

Northwest Basketball want to thank the Sponsors of the boy’s gear: Avenue Mould Options, Sligo, the Kernans Group Letterkenny & Ballyshannon, Glenside Bacon Glenties and Ocean Information Kincasslagh.

The women’ gear was sponsored by Donegal Each day and Reshape Well being and Health, Ballyshannon.

Gamers: Ladies:  Katie McGowan, Emily McNamee, Laoise Foy, Erin McGloin & Irene Borque (Ballyshannon), Laura Boyle (Kilcar), Thea Leadley and Maebh Maguire (Letterkenny Blaze) Rachael Frain, Ava Lyons, Caomhóg McManus & Clara Reynolds (Sligo All-Stars) and Laura Quinn and Ella Byrne (Donegal City.)

Boys: Brian Meehan, Jasper Gimea & Keelan Mulligan (Sligo All Stars), Oisin Mullen, Alex Wright, Daimhin McGettigan & Senan Gallagher (Letterkenny Blaze), Conal Flannery, Sergio Menendez, Bryan Drzewiecki & Stefan Neskender (Donegal City), Daithi Molloy (Glenties) and Michael Gallagher (Kilcar).

North West’s greatest shine in Spanish international basketball event! was final modified: March thirtieth, 2024 by Employees Author