A gutsy performance by Aquinas Year 10 boys in the Ulster final wasn’t enough as St Malachy’s retained their title with a 46-32 victory on their home court.

There was nothing between the two Belfast schools in the first quarter as both teams played tough defence that stifled a normally potent Eoin Nagle from Aquinas and Sean McParland from the home team.

However, in the second period both teams got going offensively and a half time buzzer beater by Ollie McGowan tied the scores once again at 21-21   In the third quarter, with St Malachy’s leading by four points, John Smye hit three 3 pointers to extend the Antrim Road’s school lead and effectively kill the game as a contest..

Despite some great post play by Daniel Leggett, Aquinas was unable to reduce the deficit that somewhat flattered the eventual winners.  Eoin Nagle had 15 points for Aquinas while his Belfast Star clubmate, John Smye (who was the difference in the two teams according to St Malachy’s coach Phil Molloy) had a game high 17 points.