One of the highlights of the Irish Selects recent trip to China was the standout play of Paul Dick. Although he only managed to play in 2 of the games due to a slight injury P-Dicky put on an impressive display. We caught up with him for a quick chat about the tournament and his plans for next season but first check out his China highlight reel:
Emmett Ryan (BallinEurope) and Puff Summers (WhyNotMe Hoops) offer their thoughts on Neptune leaving the league and Roy Downey’s decision to play for local rivals, C&S Demons. Also, Ryan and Summers highlight Ireland’s recent success in China versus Russia while Ryan shares his excitement for the upcoming Hibernia initiative, which will see Ireland competing on the European stage.
Photo: Brendan Moran
The MPL Irish Select team return home from China today after a week that has hopefully began to pave the way for a return to senior international basketball in Ireland. Ireland lost to Italy on day 1 before an inspired 70-69 victory over the Russian squad on day 2. On day 3 they went up against the hosts and by far strongest team in the tournament. It was always going to be an impossible task to get a win versus China but it was an important stepping stone for basketball in this country.
You can check out fill game highlights below:
Live streaming has been a welcome addition to the Irish basketball landscape in recent years and this year the Basketball Ireland Colleges finals were streamed live on the excellent www.BrightSky.ie service.
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