THIS semi-final saw old rivals St Brendans from Tralee face Blue Demons from Cork. St Brendans had to play without Kieran Donaghy who was minding an ankle injury and who was due to line out with the Kerry footballers the following day, Sunday.
With both teams eager to hit the ground running aggressive yet passionate basketball was on display from the jump with none other than Demons all-star guard, Kyle Hosford leading his troops with quick hitters and killer passes to see them take the lead in the first quarter, 16-10.
Not a team to roll over quickly, St. Brendan's responded with back to back scores from Saulius Marcinkevicius and with Jason Quirke feeling hot the gap between the two sides began to tighten.
Marcinkevicius and Quirke continued to dominate the boards for St. Brendan's but struggled to keep with the pace and tempo that Demons were forcing them to play. Demons' Shane McCarthy came up strong for the Cork side as he hit back to back three-pointers and with the help of teammate Hosford they broke away from the game as the first half ended 39-29.
Although the game remained competitive as both teams ran the floor well and capitalised on opportunities provided to them, Demons never looked as though they were going to lose their chance to make it to the National Cup Finals. Demons closed out the game with a convincing and impressive victory over St. Brendan's on a score-line of 71-51.