Following wins in their two opening games of the season against local rivals Titans and away to Kilkenny, the lads travelled to Eanna in Dublin on October 25th. After a pretty even start, Moycullen pushed on and lead 21 to 12 end of 1st quarter. The only negative of 1st quarter was injury to James Loughnane, who collided with the end wall after being fouled. Unfortunately, James was unable to continue, which was a shame for a player who has really settled back into the team, following his return from Canada. Moycullen lead 36 to 28 at half time. However, the momentum swung to Eanna in the 3rd and lead was reduced to 1, 5 mins into 3rd. We were getting plenty of looks at the basket, but nothing dropped and Eanna pressed on to lead 48 – 42, but Moycullen fought back to trail by one (50 – 49) at end of 3rd. The final quarter went Eanna’s way and they were leading 72 -64 with seconds left, but our lads did well to fight back to reduce the deficit to 6 pts and earn what could be an important bonus losing point at the end of the season. Ronan O’Sullivan top scored with 16 points.
On the road again, last Saturday, we travelled to Fr Matthews in Cork. On foot of a much better hard working display, Moycullen controlled the game from the start and lead 20 to 8 end of 1st. We continued to dominate and lead 36 – 23 at the half, with scores being well distributed throughout the team. The lead extended to 17 pts (56 -39) by end of 3rd and we ran out winners 72 – 49 in the end, to remain top of National League Div 1. New signing Paul freeman continues his good start to the season with 17 points and it was good to see Dylan Cunningham get back amongst the scorers again with an impressive 10.
Elsewhere, Maree continued their good run to remain second in the table while Titans had a surprise loss to Blue Demons.
We have a free week-end as our U18 men play their National U18 Cup qualifiers in Castleisland. Good luck to them and also to our U18 Girls, who compete in their National U18 Cup qualifiers in Dublin.