Basketball Ireland Men’s U20 National Cup Semi Final
Saturday, 6th January 2018
Neptune 53 (33)
Moycullen 106 (54)
The win by the U20s sets up a tantalising chance at capturing an impressive third U20 cup title in 10 years, exactly a decade after the club won its first in 2008.
Standing in their way will be a much heralded KUBS side from Dublin who, having lost in the final 12 months ago, will be eager to go one step further this time around.
Moycullen’s performance in the semi-final will give them much hope of defeating their big city rivals however. The men from the west put on a performance for the ages connecting on 14 three pointers during the contest and simply blowing away the 2017 champs Neptune in their home arena of Neptune Stadium.
Moycullen’s blistering start left the home fans stunned as Moycullen, led by early baskets from John Hackett and Paul Kelly, surged into a double-digit lead within minutes of tip off.
The ability of Moycullen players to drive to the basket before passing out to shooters on the move had the Neptune defence scrambling for the remainder of the first quarter and when the dust settled, the scoreboard read 14 to 33.
Team captain Connor Curran prevented any chance of momentum swinging as he also found his shooting touch while James Lyons and Patrick Lenihan kept tabs on any Neptune player who looked like getting into a scoring rhythm.
The game was all but over at half time as Moycullen led by 19 and looked capable of scoring another 50 points in the second half.
Indeed, the Galway lads came within a basket of matching their first half tally of 54 by pouring in another 52, much to the joy of the travelling band of supporters.
Impressively, all 12 players that saw court time during the game instantly made an impact and will leave coach John Cunningham with a host of options come the last weekend in January and the challenge of KUBS.
Moycullen Scorers (U-20): Paul Kelly 25, John Hackett 21, Connor Curran 19, Patrick Lenihan 9, Mark Convery 9, Max Brennan 6, James Lyons 4, David Kelly 4, James Cummins 3, James Connaire 3, Dara Kenna 2, Aaron Kiernan, Kevyn Burke