Norway proved too strong for the Ireland U18 side, as they got the better of Paul Kelleher’s men on a 46-80 scoreline.
Ireland started well with their fair share of shots in Romania, but it was their shooting that wasn’t quite clicking for them.
Joseph Badejo, who top scored with 14 points
There was a five point gap between the sides after the first, but losing the second quarter 6-22 left Ireland with an uphill battle for the remainder.
The performance of Joseph Badejo was a shining light for Kelleher’s side on what was a difficult day at the office. The Dundalk Ravens man top scored for Ireland with 14 points to add to his four rebounds, shooting 50% from the field. Another bright performer was Greg Marinkovic Augustine. The 17-year-old was an effective player, ending up on a eight point tally, as well as four rebounds and assists.
In the closing stages, Ireland finished strongly, notably a three from Max Tyndall. Having said that, the hard-working team couldn't close the gap and the Norwegians kept plugging away at the scoreboard to get the win on a 46-80 scoreline.
Next up, it's Switzerland in the final game at 11:15am on Sunday
Speaking post-game, head coach Paul Kelleher had this to say on a tough game:
🎙 “𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐧. 𝐈 𝐜𝐚𝐧’𝐭 𝐚𝐬𝐤 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞.”— Basketball Ireland (@BballIrl) August 6, 2022
U18M head coach @PaulTKelleher full of praise for the players after a tough day at the office against Norway. ☘️@AwmContractsLtd | #FIBAU18Europe 🔋 pic.twitter.com/BnbLqYyl4i
Joseph Badejo 14 points, Greg Marinkovic Augustine 8 points, Aivaras Uosis & Tony Ezeonu 5 points