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Under-14 All-Ireland basketball title triumph for the Super Saints

By David Kelly

Published 16/04/2015

Team effort: St Malachy’s College under-14s bask in their All-Ireland schools’ joy
Team effort: St Malachy’s College under-14s bask in their All-Ireland schools’ joy

St Malachy's College Belfast are celebrating yet more basketball success after their under-14s lifted the All-Ireland schools' crown.

In an exciting decider at the National Basketball Arena, Malachy's defeated North Monastry of Cork 48-38, having overcome St Joseph's of Galway earlier in the day in the semi-finals, 33-27.

It was a particularly special triumph for Malachy's coach Adrian Fulton as his son CJ - a young man tipped for the top - played a key role in victory as did Jack Summersgill, whose dad Scotty played alongside Fulton snr for Belfast Star in the All-Ireland Superleague.

The game was up for grabs until the fourth quarter when MVP Fulton delivered three three-pointers, which effectively sealed victory.

Conor Cooke was also to the fore for Malachy's, coming up with 13 points.

Coach Fulton said: "I'm delighted for the boys because they dug deep to win after a tough semi-final.

"We didn't play as well as we could have but we hit big shots when we needed to. I thought the likes of David Lehane and Kevin Moynihan played really well for North Mon but to be fair to our boys we showed a lot of character throughout the side.

"The school has had a lot of All -Ireland success in recent years at under-16 and under-19 level and it's great to see another very good group of lads coming through who will hopefully be challenging for more honours in the years ahead.

"The guys are very committed to the sport and they have worked very hard all year round to make sure they could enjoy a win like this."

St. Malachy's, Belfast: CJ Fulton, Matt Mulholland, Niall Hunson, Ryan Scott, Conor Cooke. Substitutes: Ronan O'Neill, Emmet Corr, Jack Summersgill, Conor Ryan, Cormac O'Rourke, Liam Brady, Ryan Gilpedder.

Top Scorers: Conor Cooke 15, Jack Summersgill 12, CJ Fulton 11.

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