This feels good….. pic.twitter.com/hgGm0HokuB
— IRL U18 Bball (@IRLU18Bball) July 24, 2014
Normally we are really fair and balanced on this site. This has not been a normal day.
When I got up this morning, Ireland hadn’t won a competitive men’s Under 18 international since 2007 or a competitive women’s Under 18 game since 2008. In simple terms, it’s easy for me to be neutral because my nation hasn’t exactly been a powerhouse internationally since…well since the game was invented.
Arguably the best day in our less than fantastic history got under way at 10am CET today when the Under 18 men took the floor against Denmark in Sofia. Sean Flood scored 19 points and had 4 assists while Oisin Kerins grabbed 12 boards and scored 6 points as Ireland won the opening game of the FIBA Europe Division B champopnships 66-61.
The women’s Under 18 squad had already suffered four defeats in their Division B tournament before hitting the floor against Denmark at 19.15 CET in Timisoara, Romania. The game was evenly balanced going into the third quarter before the Irish blew it right open. With a 9 point lead going into the final frame, our account on Twitter was really looking the opposite of neutral.
I WANT MY SECOND SLICE OF DANISH BACON! https://t.co/XjYMs3cuwG
— Ball in Europe (@bie_basketball) July 24, 2014
Having fallen away against Ukraine on Wednesday night, Ireland didn’t let up against the Danes to take the win 63-50.