We had a very successful U16 and U19 boys’ basketball campaign this year with both teams getting to the North East Final. These finals were played on the 6th of December in The Phoenix Leisure Centre in Carrickmacross, and the opponents for both games was Castleblaney College.
Congratulations to the CNI Under 19 Boys’ team on triumphing in their league final against Castleblaney. Despite a slow start that saw them seven points down at the end of the first quarter, the team showed tremendous resolve and spirit to slowly reduce and overturn the deficit.
The Under 16 team were unfortunate to be narrowly defeated in their final. With the match tied at half-time, Castleblaney pulled away from CNI in the third quarter and held on to win the league. As with the Under 19s, the squad had offered full commitment since the beginning of the year, and were unlucky to lose on the day.
For the first time this year this competition goes onto an All-Ireland series, so our U19 boys will be facing Mountmellick of Laois on the 16th of January in a bid to a have a place in the All Ireland Final on the 1st of February in the National Basketball arena.
Well done to both teams on their massive commitment and work ethic shown this year.