Match Report: UCD Marian: Stephen O’Brien posts 20 points

Another good offensive performance from young Stephen O’Brien was the main highlight of a frustrating away trip for SSE Renewables Moycullen to Dublin where they played UCD Marian last Saturday night.

Stephen top scored with a career high of 20 points in a fine shooting performance on the night. He was supported in the scoring charts by Mike Callaghan who had 18, Paul O’Brien (who continues to find his form in the scoring charts) with 13 points and Dylan Cunningham who finished with 12.

Tomas Gilson did another good job at the point guard spot with 6 assists while having to endure some very physical defense from the home team.


As can be seen a much better scoring spread than has been the case from SSE Renewables, which is encouraging to see. While the teams’ scoring has improved in the last two games, unfortunately the team has somewhat forgotten to play defense.

And similar to the Neptune game the weekend before it proved that one poor quarter of basketball was the teams undoing. In the Neptune game it was the 4th, on Saturday it was the 2nd; during this 10 minutes UCD Marian went on a scoring blitz while SSE Renewables struggled to find the bottom of the basket. While the team did knuckle down and find some scoring in the 2nd half, too much damage had been done in that crucial 10-minute spell and try as they did the team were never able to make any type of serious in-roads into the gap that had been built up.

The young team will be hoping that they find that defense that had kept them in games earlier in the year while continuing with the better scoring and in particular the better scoring spread on the other end. Next up is Belfast Star on Saturday 1st February with a 7pm tip-off in NUIG, Kingfisher

Stephen O’Brien 20, Mike Callaghan 18, Paul O’Brien 13, Dylan Cunningham 12, Eoghan Maxwell 5, Ronan O’Sullivan 3, Tomas Gilson 2, Ian Burke 1, Nollaig Cunningham

Categories: Men's Superleague

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