Great win for our Premier League team against DCU Saints last Saturday 7th November in the Kingfisher. Final score was 84 – 68 for the 2nd win of the season for SSE Airtricity Moycullen.
Also great to see our U12 Boys team in at the game. They put on a great display at half-time and there’s plenty of those lads that have a great future and have the potential to be our Premier League players of the future. Some photos of the U12 boys in action below.
Match Report from Steven Heaney
SSE AIRTRICITY MOYCULLEN secured their first home win of the season this past Saturday, after they overcame Premier League rivals DCU Saints.
The home-side got off to great start, converting offensively while looking extremely solid on defence. In the early goings, it was Moycullen’s big-men who began to fill the scoresheet. Moycullen went inside to Ronan O’ Sullivan early and often, and halfway through the opening period his personal total stood at 8. Patrick Lyons and James Loughnanne controlled possession at the guard spots, while causing havoc for their DCU counterparts defensively. Stephen Tummon’s introduction strengthened the Moycullen offense further as the Galway side jumped out to a 14 point lead at the close of the first.
The second quarter saw the Connemara men play some of the best basketball of their season thus far. Coach Nollaig Cunningham introduced Stephen O’Brien & 17 year-old Kyle Cunningham from his bench, and Moycullen continued to control the game with a variety of line-ups. Cian Nihill poured in 10 points for SSE Moycullen in the second, including two three-pointers. On Defence, the home side continued to frustrate DCU, with Paul Freeman and Ronan O’ Sullivan looking strong on the boards. At halftime the Moycullen faithful saw their side enter the locker room with a convincing 25 point lead.
In the third quarter DCU Saints attempted to mount a comeback. The game became a lot more physical, with plenty of fouls and free-throw attempts on both ends. This style of play seemed to favour the visitors and they were able to disrupt Moycullen’s offensive sets. Behind three-pointers from Eoin Darling and Conor Gilligan, DCU had an 8-0 run in the third, reducing the deficit to 14 points. Later, during a key possession, DCU suffocated Moycullen’s office for 23 seconds of the shot-clock. With one second left Moycullen inbounded to O’ Brien who nailed a deep three-point shot as the buzzer sounded, snatching the momentum away from the visitors.
The fourth quarter was the most even of the match. DCU continued to try and fight their way back into the game but Moycullen’s lead was simply too big. Further scores from Nihill, Lyons, Dylan Cunningham and Andy Burns kept DCU out of reach. 18 year-old Joseph Tummon, saw some good minutes in the fourth, and looked extremely comfortable when he stepped onto the court with a solid contribution on both end of the court.
After further exchanges, the game finished 84-68 and SSE Airtricity Moycullen took home a deserved victory.
SSE Airtricity Moycullen will hope to take this good form into their National Cup fixture against Templeogue BC this Saturday. Tip-off for that clash is at 7pm in NUIG Kingfisher.