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Ireland Open Four Nations Tournament With England Win

03.09.2004

Ireland's senior men got just the start they were looking for at this week's Four Nations Tournament in Cork.

Ireland featured 3 new caps in the side, Billy Collins, Chris Bracey and Justen Naughton, and the newcomers fitted in nicely as Ireland recorded a 79:70 victory over England.

After taking an opening quarter 25:18 lead, the home side didn't trail for the remaining 30 minutes. Marty Conlon led the Irish with 16 points while the Larranga brothers (John and Jay) combined for 27.

Ireland 79(44) M Conlon 16, Jay Larranaga 14, John Larranaga 13
England 70(30) J Amaechi 17, P Perre 14, J Joseph 14

The other 2 competitiors, Turkey and Denmark, faced off in the second game of the first day. Turkey are in Ireland with a young side, but still had too much firepower for the Danes, winning 61:52.

The game was a low scoring affair and Turkey had arrived late at the venue due to travel problems. At halftime Turkey led 27:26, but it was only in the 4th that Turkey could move decisively ahead.

A 7-0 run in the closing minutes opened up a 59:52 lead for the Turks and they held on for victory.

Turkey 61(27) N Basak 16, S Senturk 11
Denmark 52(26) P Johansen

Four Nations Tournament Schedule

Fri Sept 3 18:30 Ireland V Denmark
Neptune Stadium, Cork
Fri Sept 3 20:30 Turkey V England
Neptune Stadium, Cork

Sat Sept 4 13:00 England V Denmark
ESB Basketball Arena, Dublin
Sat Sept 4 16:00 Ireland V Turkey
ESB Basketball Arena, Dublin

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