Basketball – Keenan applauds his ‘team full of mvps’ 

Ireland won the FIBA European Championship for Small Countries after a 97-66 victory over Malta last weekend. 

John Carroll and Jordan Blount were Ireland’s top scorers on the night, with 20 and 17 points respectively. 

Their consistent performances throughout the week also saw them included in the tournament All-Star team.

“We pulled off another great performance this evening, I know it was a little bit dodgy in the second half, but we got that comfortable lead,” Ireland head coach Mark Keenan said. 

“The guys are superb, I think they’re all MVP’s there. 

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“They all sacrificed minutes for the good of the team and that is how we won the tournament, hats off. The rest of my staff, absolutely super.

“It would have been lovely to have 2,000 fans here to cheer on, but it doesn’t take away what an absolute achievement and I think this team now needs to move on now. I think we’ve showed, Basketball Ireland, we need to be at the next level.”

IRELAND: Jason Killeen 

(Griffith College Templeogue), Jordan Blount (Cork), John 

Carroll  (Dublin/Albacete (Spain), Sean Flood (Dublin), CJ Fulton (Lafayette College), Will Hanley (Connecticut), Kyle Hosford (UCC Demons), Lorcan Murphy (Griffith College Templeogue), Adrian O’Sullivan (Aquimisa Carbajosa, Spain), Eoin Quigley (Tralee Warriors), Neil Randolph (Griffith College), Ciaran Roe (Pyrobel Killester).

Caption: Ireland celebrate after winning the European Championship 
for Small Countries in Tallaght.

Photo: Martin Doherty

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