Moycullen Superleague Match Report
Date: 15th December 2018
Venue: Tralee Sports Complex, Kerry
Tralee Warriors 95 (50)
Moycullen 73 (37)
Moycullen’s luckless road run continued Saturday night as they fell 95 to 73 to a determined Tralee Warriors in Basketball Ireland’s Men’s Superleague.
Head coach John Cunningham will surely be glad to see the end of this stretch of games away from the comforts of a home court at NUIG Kingfisher. Moycullen play their last away game next weekend before returning to Galway for a lengthy stretch in the New Year.
“It has definitley been a tough run from a results standpoint but there have been a lot of positives to take despite the losses,” said Moycullen guard Kyle Cunningham, who hit his personal season high Saturday with an impressive 21 points.
“Tralee just outlasted us again tonight with a greater variety of options and physical force. We have such a young team, I think we are learning all the time and will be in good shape for some really important games coming up.”
As always, Tralee Sports Complex was buzzing with a great atmosphere, practically full to capacity well over 30 minutes before the game tipped off.
Moycullen fed off that energy early and Cunningham, alongside Joseph Tummon had quick starts to give the visitors an early lead.
Tralee’s sharp shooting American star, Jordan Evans, was ready to respond however and some sloppy Moycullen defence saw him break free for open three point attempts, which he duly converted.
Through Evans long range prowess and a steady diet of fast break scores, Tralee proved good value for their eventual half time lead of 50 to 37.
While Moycullen dug in admirably, somehow winning the rebound statistical battle despite being outsized at every single position, the visitors were never able to mount a serious momentum building run.
Cheered on by their impressively vocal home support, Tralee never lapsed in concentration and saw the game out with a clinical mindset and were worthy victors on a final score of 95 to 73.
While coach Cunnningham will be buoyed to see Moycullen holding their opponents below the 100 point scoring mark for the first time in several weeks, next weekend will be another difficult task as they take on reigning champs UCD Marian in Dublin on Saturday.
Tip off for that one is 3pm in the Sports Centre in Belfield.
Moycullen Scorers: Kyle Cunningham 21, Isaiah Harris Winn 16, Joseph Tummon 11, Dylan Cunningham 8, Paul Kelly 7, Cian Nihill 4, Patrick Lyons 2, James Connaire 2, Josh Marvesley 2, Dara Kenna