|Date||Home Team||Away Team|
|22.04.1963||Garda (Dublin)||52||Neptune (Cork)||41|
|22.04.1963||Newport (Wales)||38||Gunners (Cork)||28|
|22.04.1963||Belfast Celtics||W||St. Joseph’s (Dublin)||L|
Garda, from Dublin, won the inaugural Lota Tournament, defeating Newport of Wales 52-46 in the Final. They had earlier disposed of hosts Neptune 52-41 in the Quarter-Finals, and FCA Tralee 64-49 in the Semi-Finals.
Player of the Tournament was the tall American, Bob Collins, who scored 68 points in total, the highest in the tournament. Welsh International, D. Floyd top scored in the Final with 24 points, and scored 59 in total.
The competition was organised by Tom Cogan of Ford, who described it as a way of raising extra nicities for the boys at Lota. It was the first Internatonal Basketball Tournament of its kind in Ireland.
Garda Team (Back Row L-R): PJ Moriarty (Coach), Joe Dunleavy , Bob Collins, Tony Walsh, Michael Guthrie. (Front row L-R): John O’Keeffe, Noel Nugent, Jarlath Lee (Capt.), Gerry Donovan, JJ O’Reilly.
Newspapers / Sources
 Anon. (1963) “Dublin Garda become first holders of Lota Trophy” Evening Echo. April 24, 1963.[Irish Newspaper Archive]
 Anon. (1973) “How did it start?” Evening Echo. March 24, 1973.[Irish Newspaper Archive]
 A Little “Bit” of Irish Basketball History (2020) 1963 Dublin Garda Team Evening Herald, February 3, 1963 [Internet]Available from:https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-32_CH_OYLys/XhfykJaIZoI/AAAAAAAAC8w/0U-ZFmPbJzY1vaU9THUab9fplNaYx_KCwCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/1963%2BLota%2BTournament%2BResults%2BAction.jpg [Accessed 28 July 2020]
 A Little “Bit” of Irish Basketball History (2020) Checque Presented to Lota [Internet]Available from: https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-32_CH_OYLys/XhfykJaIZoI/AAAAAAAAC8w/0U-ZFmPbJzY1vaU9THUab9fplNaYx_KCwCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/1963%2BLota%2BTournament%2BResults%2BAction.jpg [28 July 2020]
Thanks to Rob Gihbu & Pat Connolly.
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