Pyrobel Killester 57 – 59 Moycullen
By Steven Heaney
AFTER FALLING to local rivals Maree last week, Moycullen Basketball’s Superleague side bounced back in impressive style this past Saturday, grabbing their first win of the season against Superleague powerhouse Pyrobel Killester.
Moycullen put on a superb defensive display in the game, holding the Dubliners to a mere 57 points. To put that number in context, Killester, winners of last year’s National Cup, averaged over 80 points per game last season.
Speaking after the game, Moycullen coach John Cunningham praised the defensive effort his side put in:
“I think our defense went up a notch again from last week, it creaked a bit at times but, to hold any Superleague team to 57 is an excellent outcome and a sign we got a lot right,” he said.
Moycullen started the game somewhat slowly, but came into the game more as time went on.
Their offensive play in the first half was far from perfect, and Moycullen had to rely heavily on their new American player, Grant Olsson, for some scores. At halftime, Moycullen found themselves trailing by 6.
In the third quarter, Killester, helped by their own American player, began to edge further ahead, as Moycullen struggled to get scoring opportunities. At the end of the third, Moycullen were 11 points adrift.
The fourth quarter was a different story however. Moycullen’s defensive pressure completely suffocated Killester’s guards, and the Dubliners offense evaporated.
At the same time, The Galway men’s offensive play finally began to click. Captain Paddy Lyons and Olsson showed great leadership on the floor, taking and making some big shots for their side.
Killester looked shell-shocked, but Moycullen didn’t let up. In total, Moycullen registered 22 points in the fourth, but more impressively, they held their opponents to just 9.
When Paddy Lyons sank a pair of late free throws, the comeback was complete, and Moycullen came away with the win: 59-57.
“The whole squad showed great belief out there today and they really tried to deliver what we’re looking for at both ends of the floor,” said Coach Cunningham.
“I think we’re on the right road for a good season,” he added.
Next week sees Moycullen back at home, entertaining DCU Saints at 19:30 in the NUI Galway Kingfisher.
Moycullen: Grant Olsson (21), Paddy Lyons (14) Connor Curran (9), Joseph Tummon (8), Daniel Vila (5), Kyle Cunningham (2), Dylan Cunningham, Paul Kelly