Heavy defeat by Titans leaves Team Garveys chasing third place in Southern Conference
Titans 80 Team Garvey's 54
Men's National League Division One
TEAM Garveys did not get the desired result in what was their second last league game of the season when they made the trip to Renmore in Galway to play old rivals Titans.
Titans got off to a brilliant start and mainly due to the speed and accuracy of Paulius Peldzius they went 15 points to one ahead inside the first four minutes. However Team Garvey's stepped up the defence considerably for the remainder of the quarter and held Titans to just three more points in the remaining six minutes. Declan Culhane was hugely impressive under the boards and all players contributed to the 19 points scored in the quarter which gave them a one point lead on the buzzer.
The second quarter was a thriller, the sides going basket for basket throughout and registering 14 points apiece. Garvey's held a 33 to 32 lead at the start of the third quarter but from here in it turn bad for the St. Mary's boys. Peter Tongo who has been Titans top scorer for the majority of their games this season had been held to just three points up to the interval but he stepped up his performance during the third period, Peldzius repeated his first quarter performance by hitting 10 personal points. Team Garvey's did manage to get shots off but failed to register scores. There was some controversy over the score as the score sheet showed a score from a player not registered on the sheet by the opponents and this cause some delay but despite this Garvey's were outscored by 14 for the quarter and trailed by 13 going into the final quarter.
The game continued in a similar fashion for the final quarter with the Galway side making their target almost every time while the visitors, try as they did, could not score.
Team Garvey's: Andrew Fitzgerald 19, Declan Wall 9, Declan Culhane 9, Dan Griffin 8, Brian Clernon 6, Seamus Brosnan 3.
nTitans have finished top of the southern conference table while Ulster Elks have won the Northern conference with Templeogue coming second and Ballon third. It will be down to the last game of the season to confirm second and third placing in the Southern conference but it looks like Demons are strong favourites for second and Team Garvey's will be hoping to take third.
nTeam Garvey's play Templeogue Azzurri next Saturday evening in Castleisland. Tip off for this game is at the earlier time of 7pm. This will be the last home game of the season.