Ireland U18's basketball side earn historic result to keep hopes of retaining top tier status alive
Ireland 53-52 Sweden
Another piece of Irish basketball history was written this evening as the Ireland Under 18 women won their countryâs first ever Division A basketball game and kept their hopes of retaining top tier status alive with a 53-52 point win over Sweden at the FIBA Under 18 Womenâs European Championship Division A in Italy.
Todayâs win was not only Irelandâs first ever win at Division A, but now propels them forward to a final battle to retain their Division A status on Sunday in a winner-takes-all showdown against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Dayna Finn delivered an incredible performance to drive Ireland over the line with a whopping 22 points, and it was apt that the Mayo woman was the one with the winning basket at the death for her team.
Indeed, it was an all-round superb team performance, with enormous cont ributions off the bench as well, and head coach Patrick OâNeill was still stunned after the final buzzer.
"A little bit of history was made tonight â" and weâre not done yet. Iâm so unbelievably proud of this team!" he said. "The effort the girls put in was phenomenal. They dug deep and showed such resilience and mental fortitude to come back and take control - and of course, to get us our first ever win at Division A. The fans were amazing, to hear the singing as soon as we stepped on court was huge."
The battle is far from over for the team however as they now face a winner-takes-all clash with Bosnia and Herzegovina tomorrow afternoon.
The winner will retain Division A status for another year, while the loser of the game will be relegated back to Division B.Source: Google News Ireland | Netizen 24 Ireland