Ireland suffered a  69-59 defeat to Luxembourg in final of FIBA European Championship for Small Countries in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Kiltimagh’s Dayna Finn was the top scorer for Ireland with 17 points, in a fine individual performance which also included seven blocks, two assists and one steal.

Speaking after the game, Ireland head coach James Weldon said:

“I suppose we had a bit of a slow start, we came back into the game a little bit, fair play to the girls they dug deep, again, as they have all tournament. Again the third quarter we struggled against their press a small bit, just from the point of view we had to make the shot clock the whole time and it knocked us out of sync. You have to credit Luxembourg, they came out and did a great job defensively on us. In fairness, our girls never stopped playing.”

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