Daniel stars for Ireland

Daniel O’Sullivan.

Daniel O’Sullivan from Mallow Basketball Club represented Ireland U17s at the FIBA U17 Skills Chal-lenge 2020 last weekend, and played a big part in the country’s good showing in the competition, though the team lost out in the final phase of qualifying after a heartbreaking defeat to Portugal. A win would have seen Ireland compete against the world’s elite at a major finals tournament, which was due to begin on Tuesday, and, while they posted their second-best time, it wasn’t enough, as they fell to a 112-126 loss. Daniel played well throughout and scored three points. Head coach Paul Kelleher was proud of the performance of his squad. “The boys gave everything and I couldn’t have asked for much more than they did,” he said.