Basketball All-Ireland Intervarsity's 2012

DkIT tipped off the 60th Basketball Intervarsity's with a much anticipated game with highly fancied winners IT Carlow at 10am Friday morning. IT Carlow 60-41 DkIT

DkIT started brightly with co-captain Aaron Lawless showing off his shooting with some great individual scores. ITC also had some fantastic players so the Dundalk lads knew that hard work and fight was the only way to stay in the game. Down 8 in the first quarter the DkIT lads brought it back to be up 3 at one stage thanks to efforts from Samuel Sanni, Mohammad Dida and defensively through Cian Dillon.

The second quarter saw much of the same. ITC ran out to a 12 point led with then the resurgent DkIT led by Lawless and Sanni offensively pulled it back to 3 just before half time. The third quarter was difficult for DkIT as they struggled from the field and seemed to give away cheap fouls that ITC capitalised on. The Dundalk bench play was good with some good performances from Nedas Pulukaitis and Eoghan Ryan but it wasn't enough to keep off ITC as they ran into a ten point led going into the forth.

The final quarter was again a struggle for DkIT but they showed the fighting spirit from the freshers all Ireland win earlier in the season but unfortunately wasn't enough for the win. As long as DkIT could beat Belfast Metropolitan College later in the day then a quarter final spot would be the following day.

DkIT 66-35 Belfast Mets

As the scoreline shows this was far from easy for DkIT in the beginning. They showed fighting spirit that DkIT did not show until the second half. Mohammad Dida played the best defense of his life which stopped the Belfast main man so DkIT could score the ball easily off turnovers through John Rafferty, Samuel Sanni and Aaron Lawless. This continued for the entire second half and then DkIT ran out comfortable victors and booked a spot in the quarter finals.

Queens 27-52 DkIT

DkIT began this game on fire from all over the court. Some fantastic defence from Sanni, Dillon and Lawless set up easy chances that were converted every time. Co -Captain John Rafferty landing four threes in the first half. Samuel Sanni was now showing the whole tournament his natural ability to play basketball at a high level with some fantastic defence and offense. Queens were shocked at how easily DkIT scored the ball and how Sanni would take it off them. The game was comfortable for most with coach Darren McGovern being able to run the bench a lot during the game.

Cork IT 81-36 DkIT

For the first time ever DkIT were in the Intervarsities Semi Finals. This was the biggest game in college history and unfortunately they ran into a quite fantastic CIT. CIT began the game very brightly with some easy scores inside. When DkIT blocked the inside they scored from the outside. DkIT knew this was going to be a long game. CIT intensity on the defensive end caused problems for scoring. Samuel Sanni was always a menace to CIT when they had the ball as he could pop up anywhere to steal the ball. He finished the game with an astonishing 10 steals. By half time the game was all but over for DkIT but they showed their fighting spirit by never giving up and played to the end hard.

It was a big loss in the end but a lot of positives came from the weekend with Samuel Sanni receiving an Allstar award for being one of the top ten players in the tournament. They reached a semi-final that has never been achieved before and all this was with only three senior players and the rest fresher's. The future is bright for DkIT as long as they continue to show the spirit they have all year. Two pieces of history was achieved with a Fresher's All Ireland win and a senior Intervarsity's Semi-Final appearance this season.

Team Pic

Back L-R Kevin Lacey (kit man) Nedas Pulukaitis, Aaron Lawless, Ciaran Murray, Cian Dillon, Kevin Metzger, Darren McGovern (Coach)

Front L-R Jeffrey Ogbeide, Eoghan Ryan, John Rafferty, Samuel Sanni, Mohammad Dida