DkIT’s basketball team makes college history

DkIT created history by reaching the semi-finals of the 60th All-Ireland Basketball Intervarsity competition for the very first time.

DkIT created history by reaching the semi-finals of the 60th All-Ireland Basketball Intervarsity competition for the very first time.

This fantastic achievement was made even more impressive by the fact that they only had three senior players in the ranks, the rest freshers.

The college were also celebrating when Samuel Sunni was awarded an All Star for his performances during the tournament.

The future is bright for DkIT as long as they continue to show the spirit they have all year.

Two pieces of history have been achieved with a Freshers All Ireland win and a senior Intervarsity semi-final appearance this season.

IT Carlow....................................60 DkIT.............................................41

DkIT tipped off their tournament with a much anticipated game against highly fancied winners IT Carlow.

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 eight in the first quarter the DkIT lads brought it back to be up three 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 lead but the resurgent DkIT, led by Lawless and Sanni, offensively pulled it back to three 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 10 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.

Unfortunately this wasn’t enough for the win but as long as DkIT could beat Belfast Metropolitan College later in the day then a quarter final spot would be theirs.

DkIT.............................................66 Belfast Mets..............................35

Despite what the scoreline might suggest this was far from easy for DkIT as Belfast showed fighting spirit that DkIT did not show until the second half.

Mohammad Dida played the best defence of his life which stopped Belfast’s 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 DkIT.............................................52

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 with 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 offence.

Queens were shocked at how easily DkIT scored 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 DkIT.............................................36

For the first time ever DkIT were in the Intervarsities semi-finals. This was the biggest game in the college’s history but unfortunately they ran into a quite fantastic CI side.

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’s 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 it. 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 playing 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 All-Star award for being one of the top 10 players in the tournament.