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Blackwater Steelers 81pts Drogheda Bullets 54pts This was a comprehensive win for the U 18 Boys over one of the stronger sides in the league and more importantly a good performance from all 12 lads. The first started of even enough but three huge 3 pointers from Killian McAdam helped drive a 12 gap between the sides. The Steelers shaded the 2nd by just 3pts but were still in command. A very effective fast break developed in the 3rd and the Monaghan side stretched the lead to over 25 pts as the bench played a more prominent role in proceedings. Team & Scorers: K. McAdam 25pts, A. O Connor 19pts, R. Haynes 16pts, R. Treanor 8pts, C. Fitzgerald 5pts, M. McDonnell 4pts, S. Uglis 2pts, K. McCaffrey 2pts, S. Ostrowski, J. Hamill, D. McKenna and L. O Rourke.

Cavan Lakers 42pts Blackwater Steelers 70pts
This was the most polished performance of the day with the league leading Blackwater Steelers accounting for their second placed rivals with a fair degree of ease. It was a slowish start by the Monaghan lads as they let Cavan away with a couple of threes and finished the quarter 3pts down. Andrew O Connor found his range in the 2nd from outside while  Robert Haynes worked his magic inside and they wrestled back control of the game. A seven point lead at half time grew to 12 with Killian and Cian hitting some nice scores. The last was a blow out 24 to 7 with the Steelers using everyone.  Team and Scorers: Andrew O Connor 31pts, Killian McAdam 15pts, Robert Haynes 14pts, Cian Fitzgerald 4pts, , Michael McDonnell 4pts,  Kai McCaffrey 2pts, Ryan Treanor, Ryan Curley, Lorcan O Rourke, Dylan McKenna, Donal Leonard and Sebb Uglis.

Dunshaughlin Rockets 40pts Blackwater Steelers 64pts
The under 18 Rockets team are better than some of their recent results suggest so this was an important away victory and cements the Steelers place on the top of the table.
The Monaghan lads started off well enough without getting much from a tight Rockets zone defence in the first quarter. Robert Haynes was rebounding superbly, and scores were coming off him with Andrew O Connor finding his range from outside. However, Dunshaughlin were staying in the game and a big 3 just before halftime evened the game at a rather low 22pts each
The game opened in the 3rd with Killian McAdam, Cian Fitzgerald and Michael McDonnell getting crucial scores after the Steelers defence held them scoreless. Despite lazy refereeing the Steelers held firm to deter the Rockets and keep a 7point lead.
The Steelers pushed on in the 4th with scores flowing from the hands of Andrew and Killian but it was the defence that put the gloss on the win. The Rebounding and blocking out as a team was just excellent which we have been working on in training. We are away to second place Cavan Lakers next week.
Team & Scorers: Andrew O Connor 22pts, Killian McAdam 20pts, Cian Fitzgerald 9pts, Robert Haynes 8pts, Michael McDonnell 4pts, Ryan Treanor, Dylan McKenna, Sebb Ostrowski, Conor McKenna, Ryan Corley, Lorcan O Rourke and Kai McCaffrey.

Drogheda Bullets 67pts Blackwater Steelers 72pts
This game was between probably the two best U 18 teams in the NEBB League and the Steelers came out on top thanks in no short way to the 40pts Andrew O Connor scored, he had a super game from start to finish. However this game was not won easily, the Steelers took control in the first with great defence setting up some good fast breaks. Despite missing a lot of shots the Steelers led by 16 to 12 after the first. The Bullets rallied in the 2nd and wrestled control back helped by some questionable refereeing decisions. After a couple of sweet 3 pointers they went into the break leading by 6pts (31 to 25). All the Steelers showed up in the 3rd and they went from 6 down to 11 up by the end of the third, with Dylan McKenna in, the defence got harder to beat, Killian hit form too and the scoreboard ticked over nicely for the quarter. The Bullets pressed in the last and made a real fight of it to come back in to it; or rather I should say the Steelers let them back into it. They cut the lead to three at one stage but the experience of Ryan, Killian and Andrew seen them come out winners.Team & Scorers:  Andrew O Connor 40pts, Ryan Treanor 12pts, Killian McAdam 11pts, Robert Haynes 7pts, Michael McDonnell 2pts, Sebb Uglis, Sebb Ostrowski, Ryan Corley, Dylan McKenna, Kai McCaffrey, Sean Conway and Donal Leonard.

Streete Warriors 52pts Blackwater Steelers 70pts
Missing two starters from their line up the Steelers were slow to start and Streete matched them stride for stride in the first with the first quarter finishing even.  The Steelers opened up a 14pt gap in the 2nd with strong play from Andrew and Ryan.  They stretched it out in the third to secure the game and were never in any danger despite a rally from the home side. Team & Scorers: Andrew O Connor 29pts, Ryan Treanor 22pts, Sebb Uglis 13pts, Robert Haynes 4pts, Lorcan O Rourke 2pts, Sebb Ostrowski, Kai McCaffrey, Dylan McKenna, Sean Conway,  Michael McDonnell  and Alister Stewart.