New Season 2014
Week Ending 21st December 2014
Northwest League, 20th of December.
U12 Boys played and won two games against Letterkenny Blaze
Daniel Walsh and Ciaran O Reilly led the way in two good wins before the Christmas break in Letterkenny . Evin Balintine played his best game to date, Andrew Yu had it going with some great moves and accurate passing.
The u12 All Stars have done well to date and hope to improve even more in the second half of the season.
U16 Boys 48-40 win vs Letterkenny Blaze
U16 Boys beat Letterkenny Blaze in a tight contest throughout. U15s Jamie Callaghan and Aaron Walsh's hard work payed off with each player handling the ball with ease and scoring in ways they wouldn't have been able to do at the start of the season. The team dominated the boards behind Luke and Jake Cromey Rennick, Mark Connell, and Sean Snee. The u16s do not play for the next two weeks. When they return to practice all thoughts and work will be geared towards the U16 national championships in April.
Shannonside League, 21st of December.
Sligo All Stars Senior team lost to Donegal Town 84-62 on Sunday the 21st of December.
This was a disappointing loss to end 2014 in the shannonside league. A short handed team lost a first quarter lead and were outplayed in the last three quarters. The young group largely made up of the All Stars U18 team will hope to have learned important lessons heading into the Haris Memorial U18s Tournament taking place in Manchester, England on the 27th-29th of December. The Amaechi Centre hosts the ninth annual Haris Memorial Tournament at Christmas with potentially the strongest line-up in the prestigious event’s history.
The cream of English junior basketball will be joined by teams from the USA and Europe between December 27-29 at the Whalley Range development hothouse.The under-18 men’s showdown is expected to draw big crowds to the home of Manchester Magic and Mystics, with a number of teams returning from previous years as well as some new ones.The Spanish squad of CB Cornella are back for a fourth straight year and England’s Under-18 national team will play in their seventh consecutive tournament. They will be joined by the England Under-16s. Sligo All-Stars play for a second time and open up against USA prep school powerhouse St. Andrews on Saturday the 27th of December at 8pm.
Week Ending 14th December 2014
Sligo All Stars U16’s made the long trip to Cork on Friday last for the Cork County Board Invitational Tournament. They travelled without the services of Jack Mc Loughlin who is still recovering from knee surgery earlier this year and Jack’s twin brother Luke and Jack Moran were both nursing injuries. Missing three regular starters expectations were low but the remaining team members had other ideas.
Game one of the tournament was against local team Ballincollig. Despite a sluggish start the All Stars ran out easy winners having led 28-8 at half time. Ballincollig held a brief lead after two minutes but 6 first quarter points for Shane Mooney and Sean Snee meant that the Yeats County lads led 14-4 going into the second half.
Five points each from Mooney and Oisin O’ Reilly buried the game early in the second quarter as the All-Stars opened a 20 point lead. Mark Connell took full advantage of his court time in this game as he lead all players with rebounds and picked up 5 points in the second half. Ross Kelly also looked impressive and his hard work over the past year is paying dividends.
Ballincollig rallied in the second half and managed to close the gap but the result was never in doubt after the first quarter as the All-Stars ran out winners 44-32.
The second group game was against the Dublin side UCD Marian. They had earlier beaten Ballincollig narrowly and looked to be a more physical side.
Marian were causing all kinds of trouble in the first quarter with a tough zone defense and the All-Stars players were struggling to get their hands on rebounds. Team Trusox Sligo trailed by a point after the first quarter, 13 points to 12.
The second quarter proved to be a different story as the All-Stars quickly tightened up their own defense and got to terms with UCD Marian’s zone. Sligo held their opponents to a mere basket in the quarter while adding 20 points to their own tally awarding them a 33-15 lead at the half. Sligo made use of their superior speed and athleticism and put full court pressure on the Marian guards. Shane Mooney in particular punished the mistakes forced upon the opposition as he ran in an impressive 20 points. Sean Snee and Oisin O’ Reilly combined for another 20 points and Ross Kelly and Luke Cromey chipped in with 4 points each to help their side to an eleven point victory 48-37.
Having topped their group Team Trusox met Drogheda Bullets in the quarter final. They kept the full court pressure used in the previous game and Drogheda struggled terribly against it. Oisin O’ Reilly, having been relatively quiet in the group games stepped up a level scoring wise. He scored ten of his team’s 14 first quarter points and added 12 more in the second quarter while the All-Stars held Drogheda to a mere 10 points in the half.
The All-Stars coach was afforded the luxury of resting his starting five for most of the second half while Luke Cromey, Ross Kelly, Oisin Kevany, Eamon Goonan and Mark Connell took care of the result. The final score line was 65-33 in Sligo’s favour but the outstanding performances were from Mooney and O’ Reilly again as they combined for 50 points on limited playing time. Mooney had 18 points in total along with numerous rebounds, deflections and steals while O’ Reilly racked up 32 points including four 3 pointers. This was a sign of things to come from O’ Reilly.
Team Trusox were now into the tournament semi-final vs Blue Demons, the Cork powerhouse. Demons had narrowly beaten Dublin kingpins, Templeogue in their previous game and looked to be well up for their quarter final match up.
Oisin O’ Reilly had ideas of his own and continued on in the same vain as he had against Drogheda. He drove the Demon’ s defenders and their coach to distraction with his pinpoint shooting as he dropped 6 three pointers (four in the first half) to give him a game total of 37 points. Sean Snee and Shane Mooney combined for a further points to help the All-Stars to a comfortable 63-42 win.
The tournament final was a familiar scene. Sligo All-Stars and Neptune know each other far too well at this age level. Neptune beat the Sligo side in the 2013 All-Ireland final and boast 6 players on the national development squad. Their size and depth of talent make them very tough to match up against.
A sluggish start meant the Sligo side was trailing 14-7 after the first quarter. Shots that had been dropping in the previous games seemed to find their way in and out of basket for the All-Stars and some uncharacteristic errors forced them into a 12 point deficit at the half.
Perhaps the first signs of fatigue were beginning to show as the away team really struggled to put points on the board although their defense was coping well with the Neptune side. The second half showed real promise for the All Stars as they clawed the lead back to 5 points at one stage. Neptune were on the ropes but never allowed Team Trusox any closer.
Neptune won on a scoreline of 49-35 with 18 points from Sean Jenkins (son of former All-Star Anthony Jenkins who lit up the scoreboards during his time playing professional basketball in Ireland). However O’ Reilly also found his rhythm as the game went on and led all scorers with 24 bringing his tournament total to 115 over 5 games (23 ppg). O’ Reilly proved that he is right up there with the best players in the country at the moment and also showed great composure and leadership when needed.
Sligo lost the second half by 2 points and looked to be improving, the longer the game went on but their slow start punished them ultimately and Neptune’s early lead gave them great confidence throughout the game.
Based on this tournament alone it looks possible that these two sides will decide who the 2015 All Ireland U-!6 Champions will be. The Sligo boys are definitely closing the gap but will they cover enough ground between now and Easter to ensure that the Silverware comes north of the Shannon?
Watch this space!
Sligo All Stars Senior Men's team travelled to Athlone on Friday night the 12th of December to take on Athlone Basketball Club in the Shannonside League. Sligo however were well beaten as Athlone gained their revenge from their previous encounter in the Mercy earlier in the season. The final score was 78-60.
Week Ending 7th December 2014
Sligo All Stars Mens U18 team made the long journey to Cork on Saturday the 6th of December to play Fr. Matthews in the Men's U18 All Ireland National Cup Quarter final. Both teams had history, meeting often in All Ireland League and cup games at both U14 & U16 levels.
Indeed Fr Matthews were the U14 All Ireland league winners in 2010 and the All Stars had won the All Ireland U16 League in 2012 defeating Fr Matthews in the Semi Final by a mere point that year. However since that epic win Fr Matthews have had the upper hand and went into Saturday's game as firm favourites and they lived up to the tag winning a pulsating quarter final 80-63.
The game began with both teams playing man to man and trading basket for basket to finish the first quarter 19-19. Fr Matthews edged ahead in the 2nd quarter 37-27. A dogged All Stars team stuck with them and were within 5 points at the end of the 3rd quarter 49-44. The final quarter went the way of Fr Matthews as they capitalised on a Sligo side that had both Cian Lally and Philip Hamilton out of the game after being fouled out. Fr Matthews rebounding and finishing gave them the edge in a game that was much tighter than the score line suggested.
Coaches Brendan Barile and Shane O Meara were disappointed at the outcome but can take a lot of positives from a team that represented their club with great credit.
Northwest League Results.
Sligo All Stars V Kilcar of Donegal,Sunday 7th December.
Down one at the half, Sligo dominated the third quarter behind Oisin Kevany, mark Connell, and Luke Cromey renick's dominance on the offensive glass. Ross Farrell spearheaded a tenacious defensive effort that saw Sligo take the victory.
Without full numbers the all stars were forced to forfeit proceedings for northwest standings but played with the available panel anyway and dominated all facets of the game. Paul frain is beginning to come into his own as a player and with more individual work will be a force in the near future.
U18 Girls played Letterkenny Blaze A and B on Sunday the 7th of December in the sports complex, Sligo.
The A team lost 41-38 in a very exciting match with a huge effort by the girls who were unlucky to concede three 3 pointers in the last 2 minutes. Top scorer was Emma Keavney with 18pts. Excellent rebounding by Laura McMunn and Molly Egan on both offence and defence. Strong contributions from Ellen monaghan, Kelly mc Hugh Ciara mooney and michaela monaghan.
Our Girls beat the B team 66-4. Top scorers Emma Keavney with 18 and Laura McMunn with 10.
Sligo All Stars U12 girls played 2 friendlies away to Ballyshannon on Sunday the 7th of December. Despite only having 6 players the girls won both matches 10-6 and 24-7. Well done to all the girls - sorcha Gorman. Aine Gorman, jade gray, hannah Brett, Sarah Brett and jasmine Morgan.
Sligo All Stars Boys U16 travel to Cork on Saturday the 13th of December to play in a Cork County Board Basketball Tournament.
Northwest League Sunday 14th of December.
Girls U18 Sligo All Stars V Sligo Giant Warriors away.
Girls U14 Sligo All Stars V Letterkenny Blaze away.
Boys U14 Sligo All Stars V Letterkeny Blaze away.
Week Ending 30th November 2014
Sligo All Stars Senior team hosted Longford Falcons in the Mercy Gym on Friday the 28th of November. Expectations were high as both teams play high tempo basketball and are easy on the eye. However the 1st quarter was remembered more for unforced errors than anything else, the All Stars managed to keep their noses in front 14-12. The 2nd
quarter picked up in pace and quality as Sligo started to take control mixing 3 pointers with well worked plays. By the end of the 2nd quarter The All Stars were up 39-32. This dominance continued throughout the 3rd quarter with Sligo up by 64-45. In the final quarter Longford out scored Sligo by 27-17 but had left it much too late as Sligo won 81-72. Longford in fairness were light in players and faced a huge Sligo panel all eager to make their mark. Julian Jarmolowisz showed fine form with some big 3s as did Tobi Brockman.
Coach Brendan Barile can be happy with the result but will look to make his team more clinical in offence and will want to eradicate the scrappy play that has created unnecessary pressure for his team. This
win makes it 4 from 6 in the Shannonside League.
Basketball Ireland U20 Mens National Cup Quarter Final, Neptune Stadium, Cork. Played on Sunday 30th November.
Full Time score Neptune 97 V Sligo All-Stars 74. The All Stars made the Long journey to Cork to take on bookies
favourites Neptune an older, bigger side that took full advantage of the Sligo side that comprised mainly of U18s. The usually strong Sligo defence was lacking in the paint as Neptune raced to a 10 point lead at the end of the first quarter, Sligo would cut the lead to 2 before halftime but that was as close as they got. Tobi Brockman led Sligo in scoring with 18 points, Dominicus Kutra and Conor Byrne shone in both offence and defence.
The U17 Sligo boys team played in the Inaugural U17 Regional League in the Mercy on Sunday the 30th of November in Sligo.
In a Round Robin tournament Sligo took on Kestrals of Portarlington and Drogheda Bullets. In the 1st game Sligo defeated Kestrals 81-72 with Oisin O Reilly top scorer with 25 points. Sligo were dominant against a big Kestrals side that played a zone defence, this gave the All Stars the space on the outside to shoot open 3s. In the 2nd game against Drogheda Bullets the All Stars were in control throughout. This was a fast paced game with 2 athletic sides, both playing man to man defence. Shane Mooney was on fire as he scored 26 points. Oisin O' Reilly had 19 points. Standout players in this tournament included
Jack Moran and Mark Connell for overall play with Sean Snee big in defence.
Sligo All Stars play Father Matthews of Cork away in the Quarter finals of The All Ireland U18 Mens National Cup on Sunday the 7th of December.
Northwest League Sunday 7th December. Sligo All Stars U18 Girls play Letterkenny Blaze in the Mercy.U12 Girls and Boys play Ballyshannon away. Also away to Kilcar are the U14 Girls and Boys and the U16 Boys teams.
Week Ending 23rd November 2014
Sligo All Stars U17Boys played in Drogheda on Saturday the 15th of November in a Regional tournament that included Moycullen of Galway and Drogheda Basketball club.
The All Stars won their two games beating Moycullen in the first game 37-32 and Drogheda 38-25.
In both games Sligo got off to a good start and went up by 14 at one stage in each game. Oisin O' Reilly, despite being sick was the stand out player on the day as he controlled everything that happened on the offensive end along with scoring in double figures in each game.
Adrian Frain, Sean Snee and jack Moran quickly got to grips with the big men on the opposing teams and they out rebounded their counterparts in each game.
Luke and Jack Mc Loughlin were a constant threat on both ends of the floor and they improved their help defense during the day which took away the inside threat of the much bigger players for Drogheda.
The motion offense recently added to this team showed great potential at times and with more practice and games there should be a lot more easy baskets to be scored.
The real strength of this team is in the depth of talent coming off the bench with Ross Kelly, Mark Connell, Oisin Kevany and Finnian Henry all getting valuable court time and making the most of it.
Ross kelly in particular has made huge strides thanks to his hard work in the off-season and he will definitely be one to watch over the coming seasons if he continues to work in the same vain.
Sligo All Stars play host to this competition in two weeks time in the newly refurbished Mercy Gym.
Change of Training Venues
Week commencing 10th November 2014
Day Date Time Group Venue
Monday 10/11/2014 5pm-6.30pm U12/U14 Girls Ursuline Convent
Monday 10/11/2014 6.30pm-8pm U14 Boys Ursuline Convent
Monday 10/11/2014 8pm-10pm U16 Boys Ursuline Convent
Tuesday 11/11/2014 4pm-6pm U12 Boys Sports Complex, Cleveragh
Tuesday 11/11/2014 8.30pm-10pm U16 / U18 / U20 Girls Ursuline Convent
Thursday 13/11/2014 8.30pm-10pm U16 Boys Ursuline Convent
Friday 14/11/2014 4pm-6pm U12 & U14 Girls & U14 Boys Sports Complex, Cleveragh
Friday 14/11/2014 8.30pm-10pm U18 Boys Ursuline Convent
Saturday 15/11/2014 9.30am-11am U10 Boys & Girls Ursuline Convent
Saturday 15/11/2014 11am-12pm U6/U8 Boys & Girls Ursuline Convent
Week Ending 9th November 2014
Sligo All Stars Senior team had a fine win over the L team in Carrickonshannon on Thursday night the 6th of November by a margin of 92-55 this makes it 3 wins from 4 in the Shannonside League for the All Stars.
Sligo All Stars Girls U18s played 2 games against Letterkenny Blaze in the Northwest League on Sunday the 9th of November. In the first game against Letterkenny Blaze A team Sligo went down 49-23. In their second match the All Stars found their form and ran out winners with a score of 37-11 against Letterkenny Blaze B Team.Emma Keaveny and Kelly
McMunn performed well in Offence and defence as did Laura McMunn with some great rebounding.
The All Stars took part in the U18 mens National Cup Qualifiers held in the Kubs Arena in Dublin over Saturday the 8th of November and Sunday the 9th of November. The All Stars had to win 3 out of 4 to Qualify for the next round of the Cup.
Their first game was against Oblate of Dublin and Sligo won this encounter by 48-43. Next up were Ballincollig of Cork, a team Sligo has come up against many times in other tournaments. On this occasion the All Stars had a decisive win 71-42. On Sunday the All Stars had a 10am. start against Tolka of Dublin this was a must win game as the winner qualified for the next round of the Cup. Sligo duly obliged and won by a score of 59-37.
In their final game Sligo were up against Kubs of Dublin, another team this Sligo side has battled with over the years at both U14 and U16 levels. The starting five of Mark Chambers, Oisin O Reilly, Philip Hamilton, Cian Lally and Tobi Brockman played some great basketball to edge the first quarter 27-25. However that was as good as it got as a combination of loose play, missed shots and refereeing decisions some justified and some not sent Sligo into a downward spiral as they finished the second quarter down 33-45. Against a team of Kubs ability there was no way back for the All Stars as the more physical Kubs took full advantage and playing in their home Court won by a margin of 87-61. This was a harsh lesson for the All Stars but the tournament was also used as an opportunity for the U16 players as they prepare for the U16 National Competition early next year.
Saturday November 15th, Sligo All Stars Womens Team play Sligo Giant Warriors. Venue TBA. Also on Saturday the 15th Sligo All Stars Boys U17 play in a Tournament in Drogheda.
Sunday November 16th, Sligo All Stars Boys and Girls U14s play way to Donegal Town in the Northwest League.
Please be advised that the Mercy gym will be closed for the next 2 weeks from the 3rd November to the 16th November to enable us to get the floor refurbished.
To enable some training to go ahead we are renting out hours in both the Ursuline College and the Cleveragh Sports Complex and we are aiming to give each group at least one training session per week.
I have attached a revised training schedule for next week which highlights the new times and/or locations for your childs training session(s) next week. We will circulate a schedule for the following week later next week.
Day Date TimeGroup Venue
Monday 03/11/2014 5pm-7pm U18 Boys Ursuline Convent
Monday 03/11/2014 7pm-8.30pm U14 BoysUrsuline Convent
Monday 03/11/2014 8.30pm-10pm U16 BoysUrsuline Convent
Tuesday 04/11/2014 4pm-6pm U12 Boys Sports Complex, Cleveragh
Tuesday 04/11/2014 8.30pm-10pm U16 / U18 / U20 Girls Ursuline Convent
Wednesday 05/11/2014 8.30pm-10pm U18 Boys Ursuline Convent
Friday 07/11/2014 4pm-6pm U18 Boys Sports Complex, Cleveragh
Friday 07/11/2014 8.30pm-10pm U16 Boys Ursuline Convent
Saturday 08/11/2014 9.30am-11am U10 Boys & Girls Ursuline Convent
Saturday 08/11/2014 11am-12pm U6/U8 Boys & Girls Ursuline Convent
Saturday 08/11/2014 12pm-1.30pm U12/U14 Girls Ursuline Convent
Week Ending 19th October 2014
Sligo All Stars got back to winning ways with some fine displays from their senior and underage teams at the weekend.
Sligo All Stars Senior Team played on Friday the 17th in the Mercy against Securitas Torpedos in the Shannonside League. Sligo ran out winners in this game in a tight hard fought encounter that was very close to call until the last few minutes of the game. The Sligo teams fitness played a large part as Emmet Keogh in particular playing in his first game for Sligo displayed some cool finishing as his free throw accuracy and physical presence under the basket sealed the game for Sligo. The final score was 76-68. The All Stars have now won 2 from 3 games in the Shannonside League.
Sligo All Stars U20 Mens team played on Saturday the 18th in the U20 Men's National Cup in the Mercy Gym. Sligo ran out convincing winners in this first round encounter. A balanced scoring attack led by Julian Jarmolowicz 18 point return on six three pointers propelled the All Stars to a 67-54 victory over visiting Killester. Dominic's Kutra led by example with a fine display on both sides of the floor to help Sligo dominate play.The game at times dropped in quality as turnovers, missed layups and sloppy passing were a cause for concern for coach Brendan Barile and will need addressing for the season ahead. Sligo will meet Neptune of Cork in the quarter final on the 29th/30th of November.
Northwest League Results.
Sligo All Stars Girls U12 were up against Ballymote on Sunday the 19th of October in the Northwest League. In a highly entertaining game Sligo had the upper hand from the get go to maintain a commanding lead over Ballymote which they held to win the game 35-10. On this form the Sligo All Stars girls will be a match for any team they meet.
Sligo All Stars Boys U12 played Ballymote on Sunday the 19th of October in the Northwest League. This was a close fought encounter with the game in the balance right up to the end. Sligo came out winners with a final score of 10-8. Both teams will have gained great experience from this game.
Saturday 25th Boys U13 International Tournament in Galway.
Sunday 26th Men's U18 Sligo All Stars v Maree at 2pm in the Mercy.
Sunday 26th Sligo All Stars Boys U16 v Kilcar at 3.30pm & Sligo All Stars Girls U18 v Warriors at 5pm. Both games to be played in the Mercy Gym.
Congratulations to all 8 of our players Ciara Mooney, Carol Ann Monaghan, Jack Moran, Jaime Callaghan, Matthew Donlon, Diarmuid Harte, Aaron Walsh & Jake Cromey Rennick who were selected to represent the North West Region in the U15 Inter Regionals in Galway this weekend.
Week Ending 12th October 2014
Results - U17Boys
Sligo All Stars U17 Boys played in Galway on Saturday the 11th of October against Kestrels and Maree of Galway in the newly formed U17 Boys League. Sligo went down in both encounters and a team with national championship aspirations has a lot of work to do over the next 7 months. Jack Moran, playing two years up in age, looked like he belonged scoring difficult driving layups and defending older stronger players with ease.
Jack McLaughlin who is returning from an ACL tear last season showed glimpses of the player he was before injury and will only get better with time.
Mark Connells work in the off season showed as his jump shooting and rebounding prowess were evident in both games.
These results can only spur the lads on to work hard in training as they look forward and make ready for the games ahead.
Sligo All Stars Senior team played Carrick Cougars away in Carrick On Shannon on Sunday night the 12th of October in a tough physical encounter that saw the Sligo side hold a 12 point lead at half time only to be 4 points down at the end of the third quarter. The game finished with Sligo All Stars losing 63-56. The Sligo team lacked a physical cutting edge under the basket in both offence and defence as the more experienced Carrick side gained control to close out the game.
Womens Recreational Basketball will take place in the Mercy every Sunday from 5pm - 6.30pm, please come along as experienced players and beginners are welcome.
Next Weeks Fixtures
17th October. Sligo All Stars Senior team V Securitas Torpedo. In the Mercy at 8.30pm.(HOME)
19th October. Sligo All Stars U 20 Men V Killester in the Mercy Time TBA.(HOME)
Week Ending 5th October 2014
Sligo All Stars Senior Men won their first game of the season in the Shannonside League last Friday the 3rd of October in the Mercy. Their opponents Athlone were made work hard as they struggled to cope with a fast attack minded Sligo unit that started to chalk up the points from the get go. By the end of the 2nd quarter the All Stars were ahead by 53-32 and were never under threat throughout the game. The final score was 100-72 to Sligo All Stars. The Sligo players were up for this game and Coach Brendan Barile was happy with the win but wants the team to work harder on its defence as it struggled at times to cope with the Athlone offence.
The senior team is in action again next Sunday the 12th of October as they take on Carrick away in Carrick On Shannon.
Sligo All Stars U15 Boys travelled to Dublin play in the Mick James U15 Boys tournament. The lads were in a tough group as they struggled against Liffey Celtics and Malahide of Dublin. Jack Moran led the way in scoring finding his teammates open with incisive passes throughout all the games. After a tough loss to Neptune of Cork Sligo drew Belfast Star in the playoff rounds the All Stars were ahead after the 1st quarter with great work from Matthew Donlon as his rebounding and outside shooting damaged Belfast Star. By the 3rd quarter Belfast Star went into a lead that they were to hold to the end of the game. Sligo received significant contributions from Diarmuid Harte in defence and from Mark Walsh And Jake Cromey Rennick in their all round play. The lads will have learned a lot from their court time and can use this tournament to kick start their season.
Sligo All-Stars U13 Boys travelled to Cork to play in a Cork county board invitational Tournament. This tournament has always had the top under 13 boys teams in ireland. The All-Star boys faced off against Galway titans, followed by Ballincolig from Cork. Eanna from dublin provided the opposition for the final group game. After some impessive performances and a defeat to last years Cork U12 county champions Ballincollig, despite winning 2 of the 4 quarters, Sligo All-Stars qualified for the semi final where they faced the other group winners Liffey Celtics from Dublin . All-stars were slow out of the blocks in the semi final as the long day began to take its toll on this young team. Despite this the lads showed unbelievable character to take the best team in Dublin to overtime.
In overtime All-stars took over and won the game with some big plays down the stretch to upset the odds. This meant we faced into our first u13 boys final since we last got there in 2009. This game was played right after the semi final overtime and our lads had nothing left in the tank as 5 tough intense games finally caught up with them. Ballincollig ran out comfortable winners to be crowned champions. On a very succesful day, our players can be very proud of how they performed. This is a hugely talented team and with their continued dedication and work ethic anything is possible in the years ahead. We've now proven we can compete with the best teams in the country . The team on duty was Oisin Harte, Lukas Pilipauskas, Kieran O'Reilly, Liam Henry, Cian Connell, Conor Keavney, Cillian Feehily, Eamon Flynn, Daniel Walsh & Christian Lally.
Saturday 11th October. Sligo All Stars U17Boys play in a tournament in Maree, Galway.
Sunday 12th October. Sligo All Stars Senior team play Carrick away in the Shannonside league.
Week Ending 20th April 2014
Sligo All Stars played in the Billy Kelly U17's Tournament Cork on the18th & 19th of April.
The Sligo lads travelled to Cork with highexpectations as most of the panel had already tasted success in theShannonside League and the Boys U18 All Ireland Shield.They started brightly in their first pool game against Moycullen ofGalway and were 10 points to the good after the first quarter but forthe remainder of the game they fell behind on points and neverrecovered to go down 66-54.
The Sligo lads had two more games in their pool to qualify for thequarter final stage of the competition the following day. Next up wasBallincollig of Cork and Sligo won a very tight game 42-41. Theirfinal pool game was against Oblate of Dublin and Sligo produced theirbest basketball of the weekend to win 62-40.
The quarterfinal had Sligo up against an old foe Kubs of Dublin. Sligohad defeated Kubs in the All Ireland U16 finals in 2013 and Kubs wereout to avenge that defeat. Unfortunately Sligo were on the back footfor the entire game as Kubs were dominant with their forwards doingmost of the damage especially a rampant Shane McCann. The final scorewas 63-47 in favour of Kubs who went on to win the competition outright.
This Sligo squad however can hold their heads high as they can lookback at a season that had success in three competitions and they haveforged a reputation through out the country of being a team that isvery difficult to beat. Their hard working Coach Brendan Barile wasdisappointed not to have done better but remains very positive andbelieves next season can be every bit as successful with a lot ofhard work and dedication from the team.
Week Ending 6th April 2014
Sligo All Stars held its Annual Fund Raising Riverside Walk on Sundaythe 6th of April. The weather was kind as we managed to dodge the showers!
Best of luck to our U14 and U16 Boys as they compete in the BasketballAll Ireland Club Championships next weekend the 12th and 13th ofApril. The Teams qualified for the All Ireland's as winners of their age group competitions in the NorthWest League.The Boys U14 team play in Dublin and have Liffey Celtics and Limerick Celtics in their Pool on Saturday the12th.The Boys U16s meanwhile are in Belfast for the U16 Tournament and takeon Mayo and St Mary's in their Pool.
Sligo All-Stars Easter Camp14-18 April / Mon, Tues, Wed 9am-11.30am U13 Boys & Girls 12pm-2.30pm U15 Boys & Girls / 3pm-6pm U18 Boys Thursday & Friday10am-1pm U13 Boys & Girls 2pm-5pm U15 Boys & Girls / Cost of Camp €30 Coaches:Barcelona FIBA Coach Oriol Valls Bonell & Sligo All-Stars American Coach Brendan Barile. Contact 086-8381802 for further info or to book your spot!
Girls Easter Camp 22nd & 23rd of April in the Mercy from 2-5pm, this is open girls of 12-18. Members and non-members all welcome. Contact 087-6304177 - Cost of camp is €10 - each.
Basketball Ireland held an Introductory Coaching Course on Saturday the 5th of April in Summerhill College it was a great success, many thanks to all who attended.We had our Annual Fund Raising Walk today Sunday 6th April, many thanks to all those who turned out to take part and returned cards & money.
Week Ending 23rd March 2014
U18 All Ireland Shield Final
Sligo All Stars 70-66 Moycullen
Sligo All Stars U18 Boys won the All Ireland Shield Final in the Mercy College on Sunday the 23rd March against Moycullen of Galway.
As is the case in all sports nerves can dictate the flow of a game especially a final. This game was no different as Sligo were made earn their win the hard way by a determined Moycullen team. The first quarter finished with Sligo up by one point 14-13. The stand out plays came from Conor Byrne as he shot seven of the first 9 points with a mix of layups and open shots. Sligo went into the second quarter looking to up their intensity and through dogged defence capitalised on forced errors by Moycullen to take a lead of 38-31 into the second half. Tobi Brockman had a big say in the third quarter as he kept Sligo ticking over with a mix of three pointers and layups. The score at the end of the third quarter was 54-47 in Sligo's favour.
Sligo were on the front foot all through the final quarter as Ryan Tansey, Julian Jarmolowicz and Mark Chambers made important scores. Sligo's consistency through the panel really came to the fore as Moycullen were left open as they tried to contain Sligo's Cian Lally, Tobi Brockman and Philip Hamilton. The final score of 70-66 in Sligo favour was another step up for this team. Coach Brendan Barile commented after the game that the team has more potential and can play even better if they continue to train with commitment and hard work. Assistant Coach Shane O Meara was delighted with the win and is determined to keep the team playing at this level of intensity.
Top Scorers Tobi Brockman 23, Philip Hamilton 14.
The Shield was presented to Team Captain Mark Chambers by Joe Naughton of Basketball Ireland.
Week Ending 16th March 2014
Shannonside League Playoffs & Final
Sligo All Stars 80-52 Donegal TownSligo
All Stars Senior Men's Team beat Donegal Town on Saturday nightthe 15th of March in the Mercy Gym, Sligo to win the ShannonsideLeague Playoffs.
The top four teams played the semi finals on Friday night with Sligodefeating Longford Falcons in a high scoring match that saw both teamstake the lead numerous times throughout. At one stage Sligo were 18points ahead but through a lapse in concentration and tenacious playby the Falcons that lead was overturned by halftime. Sligo went up inthe game again and held a solid 12 point lead up to the final quarterbut Longford again closed the gap and with 5 seconds on the clock hada great chance to win the game as they had two free throws to overturna score of 66-67 in Sligo's favour. They scored on the first basketbut their second free throw rimmed out to leave the score all squareat full time at 67-67. In overtime Sligo gained the upper hand fromthe off and went on to see out the match winning 110-105. Top scorersCian Lally 37, Shane O Meara 22. A delighted and relieved Sligo thenhad the final to look forward to against Donegal Town, winners againstCougars with a score of 69-58 in the other semi final.
Saturday night saw Sligo All-Stars took a stranglehold on the Finalfrom the get go with big scores going in from all five startingplayers, Donegal were left with a mountain to climb as they struggledto contain a rampant Sligo putting a score of 39-10 on the board afterthe first quarter. The second quarter saw Sligo building on that leadwith a rock solid defensive display that saw out the first half with ascore of 49-26. There was no let up from the All Stars as they wererelentless in defence and offence right to the final buzzer finishingout the game 80-52 to the good. This is a great achievement for such ayoung team in our maiden season in the league. A huge congratulationsto all the players, Coach Brendan Barile and the committee. Cian Lally& Philip Hamilton were top scorers with 18pts each with Cian Lallydeservedly getting the MVP.
This is the fourth year of the Shannonside League and Sligo's firstseason to take part in it. A delighted Sligo All Stars Chairperson Ann Marie Byrne thanked GenoMattimoe and Hugh O Kane of the Shannonside League for kindlypresenting the team trophies and organising the event, She alsothanked the referee's, the Table Officals and supporters for makingthe finals such a memorable occasion. Sligo Coach Brendan Barile alsoreceived special mention as he has stamped his personality and driveon each and every player, not just in this team but in the club as awhole.
Week Ending 9th March 2014
North West League FinalsBoys U14 Result
Sligo All Stars 49 - 26 Letterkenny Blaze
Sligo played in the IT Sligo on Sunday the 9th of March in the North West U14 Boys Final.Sligo were in control from the start as they kept it tight in defence all the way through led by captain Jamie Callaghan. Aaron Walsh spearheaded the offence in the second quarter and helped increase the All Stars lead as Sligo were up by 20 at half time. Letterkenny came into the game more and took their scores well in the third quarter as they reduced Sligo's lead to 12. Sligo rallied with Jack Moran coming up with big plays to seal the victory. Diarmuid Harte was strong throughout and Matthew Donlon had a great game. Top Scorers Jack Moran 20, Aaron Walsh 12. Team Coach Brendan Barile, Assistant Coach Glen Monaghan. Well done on a deserved victory as they now qualify for the U14 Boys All Ireland Finals.
Boys U16 Result
Sligo All Stars 56 - 38 Letterkenny Blaze
The All Stars won the North West League Boys U16 Final on Sunday the 9th in the IT Sligo. The Sligo Team started well as they steadily built up a commanding lead that they were to hold throughout. Adrian Frain had a great game as he dominated in offence and defence and set the standard for the rest of the team to follow. All the team responded and put in big plays as captain Oisin O Reilly had 10 assists to keep the scoreboard ticking over to the good for Sligo. Shane Mooney and Sean Snee took full advantage as they knocked in shots. Luke Crummy Rennick was strong throughout as was Luke McLoughlin with consistency key to his game. Top Scorers Shane Mooney 15, Luke McLoughlin 13 and Sean Snee 12. Team Coach Brendan Barlie, Assistant Coach Glen Monaghan. The team will now take their place in the U16 Boys All Ireland Finals next month.
U18 Mens National Shield Semi Final.
Full-Time Result:Sligo All-Stars 62 - 40 Phoenix BC Belfast.
The all Stars played Phoenix BC. In the Mercy Gym, Sligo on Saturday the 8th of March. They were slow starting and went behind very early on as Phoenix made their chances count from the get go. However the nerves settled for the Sligo lads and they gradually took control as they chalked up a mix of 3 pointers and lay ups.Coach Brendan Barile made sure every player on the panel got valuable game time experience as the team built on their lead and by the end of the 3rd quarter Sligo were 62-40 to the good. Conor Byrne and Gavin Giilen worked really hard throughout as did Donal Glennon and Ryan Tansey giving nothing away in defence as the Phoenix team were left to feed on scraps. Top Scorers Philip Hamilton 16, Cian Lally 14, Tobi Brockman 14. Team Coach Brendan Barile This win sets up the Sligo lads with a National Shield Final against Moycullen of Galway on the 22nd of March.
Shannonside League Quarterfinal Playoff.
Second Leg Result Sligo All-Stars 78 - 66 Castlebar Titans
Our senior Mens team were on the road on Friday night the 7th of March to play Castlebar Titans in their Shannonside League Playoff second leg. The game was held in An Sportlann Castlebar. Sligo held a healthy 48pt advantage from the first leg and were not complacent as they faced up to a very determined Castlebar Team. The last time Sligo played in Castlebar they were well beaten by a tough physical outfit but they gained sweet revenge this time round as they protected their first leg lead and ground out an impressive winning display. The overall score after two legs against Castlebar Titans was180 -120. Onwards to the Shannonside League Playoff semi finals to be held in the Mercy Gym,Sligo next weekend.
Week Ending 2nd March 2014
North West League U16Boys Semi Final Result.
Sligo All Stars 44 - Kilcar 32
Sligo had a great win on Sunday the 2nd of March against Kilcar of Donegal to advance to the U16 Boys final of the North West League. The final will be played in Sligo IT. next Sunday the 9th of March. Sligo had their work cut out against a determined Kilcar side and with Jamie Callaghan and Jack Moran working hard through out the game as they gave Sligo the platform to put pressure on Kilcar into making defensive errors that resulted in good scoring opportunities that were gratefully accepted by the Sligo lads. Special mention to Aaron Walsh and Finian Henry as they contributed massively in defence and offence. Top scorers were Oisin O'Reilly 19 and Luke McLoughlin 8.
Shannon side League Result.
Sligo All Stars Senior Team 102 - Castlebar Titans 54.
Sligo played the 1st leg of the quarter final in the Mercy Gym on Sunday evening the 2nd of March in what was their best performance to date in the Shannon side league. With intense defence and offence every player contributed to heap misery on the Titans as Sligo made every opportunity to score count. The Titans were punished for every error and by half time were out of the game. Top scorers for Sligo were Philip Hamilton 31 and Philip Lally 17.
James Hobbert Memorial U17 Tournament.
On Saturday, March 1st, The u17 Sligo All Stars boys team travelled to Tralee to compete in the annual James Hobbert Memorial Tournament. Sligo brought 12 players to the tournament and received positive contributions from every player. In the first group game, Julian Jarmolowicz made a shot in the last minute to put All Stars up for good, and Donal Glennon iced the game with clutch free throws to seal victory. After dispatching of Tralee Imperials and St. Mary's Castleisland in tough contests, Sligo moved onto the semifinal and a date with Neptune from Cork. After being down 18-12 at halftime, All Stars were a different team in the second half coming out of the locker room, outscoring Neptune 30-4 in the second half to win 42-22. Sligo found a defensive intensity and toughness that smothered the opposition and led to easy fast break opportunities. Tobi Brockman tallied 16 points on some hot shooting and strong drives made possible by Cian Lally's rebounding and incisive passing (7 assists). The incredible display of team defense was spearheaded by Philip Hamilton, who completely shut down Neptune's star guard. The strong semifinal showing continued in the final vs. tournament hosts St. Brendan's. Swarming, rotating defense, team rebounding, and unselfish offense paved the way for a well earned 10 point win against a tough St. Brendan's team. Tobi Brockman again led the way in scoring with 18 points. After 6 games in one day, a tired All Stars were crowned tournament champions. For his all around consistent play throughout the day ranging from scoring, passing, rebounding, defense, and most importantly leadership, Cian Lally was named tournament MVP. If the team continues to harness its new found team defense and unselfish offense, the u17 group is poised to make a run at more silverware in the weeks ahead.
Next weekend will be huge for Sligo All Stars as they will be involved in a quarter final 2nd leg game in the Shannon side Senior League against Castlebar Titans on Friday the 7th of March. On Saturday the 8th of March the U18 Boys will play Phoenix BC from Belfast in the semi final of the Boys U18 All Ireland Shield in the Mercy Gym.On Sunday the 9th of March the Boys U14 and Boys U16 will play in the finals of the North West League in Sligo IT.
Week Ending 23rd February 2014
In the quarter-finals of the u18 National Shield played on Saturday the 22nd of February in the Mercy Gym, Sligo All Stars defeated St. Brendan's from Tralee by a score of 65-64. After a fast start saw the home side Sligo up early, St. Brendan's recouped and used their size and strength to push their lead to 5 at the end of the first quarter.
From there, the game would go back and forth with St. Brendan's holding onto their lead up by 6 to start the fourth and final quarter. After St. Brendan's pushed its lead to 9, the tide began to turn as Sligo's defensive intensity began to shut down St. Brendan's offensive attack. The stops on defense led to scoring opportunities on offense with Tobi Brockman making a big three to cut the Sligo deficit to 1 late in the fourth quarter.
Sligo took its first lead since the 1st period when Cian Lally slashed down the lane for a basket and the foul with just over two minutes remaining. After made free throws from St. Brendan's, Sligo found itself down 1 with 15 seconds remaining. Philip Hamilton took the ball from the top of the key, drove to the basket, drew a crowd of defenders and was able to find an open Conor Byrne in the corner who cooly knocked down what would be the game winning basket with 5 seconds remaining on the clock. St. Brendan's missed a shot at the buzzer and Sligo was able to come away with a hard fought win. They move on to play Phoenix BC in the semi-finals. Sligo's top scorers were Cian Lally with 25, Philip Hamilton with 10, and Tobi Brockmann with 8.
Also On Sunday, February 23rd, Sligo All Stars competed in the Donegal Town U12 Boys Invitational Tournament. After a full day of basketball, All Stars emerged victorious and took home the first place championship. In its first game of group play, Sligo defeated a game Longford team by four points with Conor Kevany causing havoc all over the court for the All Stars. In their second game, Sligo was winning late into the fourth quarter led by Eamon Flynn's pinpoint passing which was on display throughout the tournament. But a massive comeback from home side Donegal gave the All Stars their first loss of the day.
With the loss, Sligo needed to win its third game against Fermanagh to advance to the final and the All Stars responded to the challenge convincingly winning the game behind standout performances from Andrew Yu and Joe Walsh. In the final, Sligo was able to revenge the earlier defeat to Donegal by beating the tournament hosts 27-14. The lockdown defensive team performance was boosted by Liam Henry's timely rebounding, Oisin Harte's driving layups, and Lukas Pilapauskas' consistent scoring. Every player on the team made a positive contribution to the championship in a very well run and organized Donegal Town tournament.
All Stars News - Week Ending 9th February 2014
Sligo hosted Kilcar of Donegal and Sligo Giant Warriors on Sunday 9th February in the Mercy Sligo.In a busy schedule Sligo All Stars had 5 teams in action.U16 boys46-25 win vs kilcarA 2-point game at halftime, All Stars were able to take control by upping the defensive pressure and getting a boost from Ross Farrell's hot shooting, who led the way with 14 points.
U16 girls42-13 win vs kilcarThird win in a row for the u16 girls who have been steadily improving all year. Ellen Monaghan, Molly Egan, Mckayla Mahon, and Kelly Mcmunn provided the spark and Emma Keavney top scored with a game high 24 points. The squad is brimming with confidence and looking forward to its rematch with local rival Sligo Warriors on Friday Feb 14 at Mercy College.
U12 boys30-12 vs kilcarThe u12 boys went 14 deep with contributions from every member of the team. Eamon Fynn's pinpoint passing opened up the defense as Ciaran O'Reilly, Liam Henry, Lukas Pilipauskas and the rest of the crew were able to capitalize. U13 boys20-19 vs sligo warriorsIn the closest game of the day, Mark Walsh scored the winning basket and Jack Branley came up with massive rebounds and steals to seal the game.
There were fine displays from all the team as they deserved their hard fought win U14 boys25-5Playing up two age levels, Conor Keavney, started off the teams' scoring with two full court coast-to-coast layups and the team never looked back. There was great support play from pl;ayers Matthew Donnellon and Vincent Harte. Point guard Jamie Callaghan completed a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.