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Basketball: Quinn is on fire as St Malachy's make final

By David Kelly

Conor Quinn produced a superb performance to drive St Malachy's into the final of the All-Ireland under-19 Schools' Cup final.

The Belfast lads, who are the defending champions, were far too strong for St Eunan's down the stretch in this all-Ulster battle yesterday, winning 92-67.

Quinn was in sparkling form from the start at Lisnaskea and finished as the top scorer with 38 points, while his twin brother Aidan hit 13 and Liam Pettigrew 16. All three lads will don the shirt of Belfast Star for the All-Ireland Premier league clash with UCD Marian on Sunday afternoon (3.30pm) at MCB.

St Malachy's and Star coach Adrian Fulton was naturally delighted with the performance of the teenagers who are closing in on back-to-back Irish Cup triumphs.

Fulton said: "The scoreline doesn't reflect how tough a game it was. The lads showed great character and only got away from their opponents in the last quarter.

"I thought Eunan's put up a very good performance, both schools did Ulster basketball proud.

"Now we have the final and hopefully we can bring the cup home once again."

Fulton now turns his attention to helping Star's head coach Josep Maria Berracol prepare for the duel with Dublin side Marian, whose guard Conor Meaney is feeling confident ahead of the match.

Meaney said: "We need to win to keep in touch with that middle pack. Star are a bit different since we last played them a couple of years ago and are definitely going to be really tough.

"They have a really nice young core led by Paul Dick that are going to be difficult to beat.

"We still have confidence no matter who we play that if we can click and play well that we can beat anyone in the country so we're looking forward to it." added Meany.

The game of the weekend will see Killester face Demons.

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