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Blackwater Steelers 40pts Drogheda Bullets 43pts
The Steelers got agonisingly close to beating the Bullets but just lacked those key subtleties in their play that’s needed to beat the top teams. We certainly had the chances to beat Drogheda, between free shots and missed “putbacks” around the hoop, we had enough opportunities to come away with the win.  A second quarter wobble was responsible for the loss, the Steelers only scored 4pts to Drogheda’s 13pts and racked up fouls as frustration got the better of some. Disciplined defence was always going to be the key to a win and we lost that discipline in this quarter and it cost the game. Team & Scorers: C. Liddle 13pts, B. Ryan 9pts, M. Curley 6pts, A. Stewart 5pts, R. Corrigan 4pts T. O Rourke 3pts, R. Murphy, L. McKenna and Liam Conway.

Blackwater Steelers 41pts Muckno Lakers 37pts
This game was tight too and fair dues to Muckno Lakers who I was reliably informed played their best game of the season against the Steelers. The home side in contrast were poor on the day, especially in front of the basket, their finishing was distinctly off form. Muckno Lakers took a deserved lead 15 to 9 in the first and still held a 2pt lead at halftime and the home side were getting more and more frustrated in front of the hoop. That never really changed throughout the game, what won the game in the end for the home side was excellent defence in the third and the lads got enough scores to get ahead. They then saw out a 4pt win but it does not hide how poor the performance was which is worrying with a huge game against Drogheda coming up this Sunday. Team and Scorers: Cameron Liddle 11pts, Alister Stewart 9pts, Ben Ryan 9pts, Tiernan O Rourke 5pts, Kacper Ostrowski 3pts, Matthew Curley 2pts, Rio Corrigan 2pts, Liam Conway, Ryan Murphy, Liam McKenna, Kelvin Hackett and Conor Mulligan

Cavan Lakers 35pts Blackwater Steelers 42pts
Sometimes its just stacked up against you but you know you will prevail and the U 16 boys believed in themselves and came away with the win. The lads started off well enough but the finishing in that aforementioned dodgy basket was abysmal, the misses and the uncalled fouls just grew.
The Lakers went on a good run in the 2nd as the Steelers got justifiably frustrated and took a commanding lead 22pts to 14pts. The change of ends and change of fortunes saw the Steelers take the quarter by 17pts to 4pts with Ben Ryan playing brilliantly. The defence had stopped leaking scores as well and going into the last the Steelers led by 5pts.
The Steelers pulled another 4pts ahead before the Lakers launched a counter offensive but cool heads on the court and on the bench steered the Steelers home for a well-deserved victory.
Team and Scorers: Ben Ryan 23pts, Cameron Liddle 11pts, Alister Stewart 3pts, Rio Corrigan 3pts, Tiernan O Rourke 2pts, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Kacper Ostrowski, Liam Conway, Ryan Murphy, Matthew Curley and Lui Shiels.

Drogheda Bullets 46pts Blackwater Steelers 27pts
This was only the 2nd defeat of the season for the U 16 lads but it was a heavy defeat to a very physically strong Drogheda. The Drogheda lads are huge compared to the Steeler boys with a lot of them playing up at 17 and 18 levels too. However the Steelers made it very difficult for them throughout the game. Team and Scorers: Ben Ryan 9pts, R. Corrigan 7pts, K. Hackett 3pts, A. Stewart 2pts, K. Ostrowski 2pts, C. Liddle 2pts, T. O Rourke 2pts, M. Curley, L. McKenna, L. Conway and C. Mulligan.