Wednesday 24 October 2018

A reality check as Thunder slip again

Moycullen 84 Swords Thunder 74

PJ Murray

Griffith College Swords Thunder suffered a second league defeat on Sunday as Dave Baker's outfit succumbed to Moycullen by a 10-point margin.

Baker is still without the talismanic Justin Goldsborough through injury, while Kevin Lacey was playing while carrying a knock which didn't help his side too much.

The defeat sees Swords drop to third in the Men's Super League table.

It was a tough opening quarter, with both sides playing some tough defence, but the hosts took a slender two-point lead into the second quarter, going in 15-13 ahead.

Swords did take the lead midway through the second quarter as they went four points up, but they couldn't keep the momentum going and it was the Galway team who went into the break much the happier, with a 10-point lead, on a score of 44-34.

Moycullen continued to hold onto their 10-point cushion throughout the third quarter.

With 52 seconds remaining Swords had halved the deficit to just five points, with time remaining to overturn that and possibly sneak the win, but it wasn't to be as Moycullen held on to score three further baskets without reply and ensure a 10-point lead which moves them level on points with the Dublin side.

Looking at some of the stats of the game, it shows a Swords team who weren't as cohesive as they have been in the past. They had 15 turnovers in the game, six of which came in the first quarter alone.

One of the worst stats was their shooting as they hit 28 shots from 73 inside the key throughout the game. These are the type of basic plays that need to be made if they are to have any chance of winning.

The most galling, though, is the fact they only had seven assists in the whole game and on this occasion there was a real lack of movement and passing in the team.

Isaac Westbrooks was the top scorer with 16 points, but he had only one assist in the entire game, meaning that maybe he felt it was his role to try and score as opposed to help set up easier shots.

Speaking after the game, coach Baker said it has been a long time since his team have suffered back-to-back league defeats and a lot needs to be done before they host Tralee this coming weekend.

'We want to try and bounce back this coming week,' he said.

'We could be sitting having a very different conversation if we go out and win the next four games.'

They host Tralee before clashes with UCD, Killester and Templeogue, and these four games will go a long way in shaping Swords' season. Baker is very much focused on trying to bounce back with four wins on the spin.

'If we win the next four it will help even out three of the top four in the table.

'I said to the guys after today, this is a disaster, we need to fix it, but at the end of the day we are in third.

'For some teams this would be a great situation, but we set our goals very high at the start of the year and we want to be going out and competing for top spot. That's where we are aiming and that's where we will continue to play for,' concluded Baker.

Fingal Independent