The WIT Vikings team that defeated Trinity College in the Colleges’ League Final.
Basketball Ireland Colleges League Final
WIT Vikings 95
Trinity College Dublin 80
Trinity College Dublin made the short trip to the Oblate Hall and began the faster putting up six points without reply with Sam Walsh and Conal Gordon playing well. It did not take too long for Waterford Institute of Technology to come to life with huge three pointers from Ryan Pepper and great inside work by Victory Scholar Daniel Noe.
WIT continued the punishment from inside and out to run to a 25-12 first quarter lead.
It was more of the same for WIT in the second quarter with Pepper running the point and finishing a brilliant and one play to put the Waterford men 36-16 in front. Noe continued to do damage with his movement inside with Daniel Sheehan adding good scores for WIT. Sam Walsh continued to contribute to Trinity’s comeback with some great coast to coast plays. Big threes by Scott Dunphy and Ryan Pepper again extended the WIT lead. Another big three and dribble drive from Sam Walsh kept the Trinity men alive late in second quarter. At half time it was 46-30 to WIT.
A good start to the third by Trinity lead by scores from Gordan and Coogan. WIT stayed with Trinity’s scoring adding some nice baskets themselves. Ryan Pepper took off where he left the first half facilitating and scoring for WIT to push them out to a 20 point lead midway through the third quarter. Trinity began another fight back with good stops on the defensive end and finishing by Gordan and Walsh ending the 3rd with a score line off 68-52 to WIT.
A frantic start to the fourth saw Trinity knock down three triples in the space of two minutes while WIT continued to find the open man on some great backdoor cuts against the Trinity zone. It was to be the highest scoring quarter with Trinity racking up 28 points to WIT’s 27. Dunphy and Noe didn’t miss for WIT while Kavanagh had four triples for Trinity. Trinity got it back to 13 twice but couldn’t break that score difference and WIT took the win 95 – 80.
MVP was Ryan Pepper from WIT Vikings
Waterford IT: Daniel Noe – 36, Ryan Pepper – 19, Scott Dunphy – 18.