USA import Jermaine Turner proved to be worth his weight in gold as he steered Killester to their fourth National Cup success with a stunning individual performance after a 94-69 victory over UCC Demons in Tallaght yesterday.
Turner produced an MVP display after a performance that included a personal points tally of 29; he landed his first Cup final medal after 10 years of playing club basketball in this country.
Having completed a clean sweep of silverware last year, the UCC Demons were tipped to secure back-to-back National Cup crowns.
However, Killester's miserly defence was crucial and they were in complete control by half-time.
The Dublin side laid down a marker early on in the opening quarter, with Paddy Kelly assisting Turner's efforts to wrest the crown from the Demons.
Niall O'Reilly was faring best for the Cork side at this point, but even his three-point effort couldn't prevent the Dubliners going in 28-14 up at the end of the opening quarter.
The second quarter wasn't much different as Killester continued their dominance, with a Michael Goy three-pointer leaving a mammoth 36 points between the sides at the break (60-24).
Kyle Hosford and Shane Coughlan provided some hope for the Leesiders on the restart, but Killester never really looked threatened. The game as a contest was all but over at the end of the third quarter as Killester led 77-46; the fourth period was a formality.
"The guys were just super," said Killester coach Mark Keenan. "We were so up for it from the start. I am just absolutely thrilled."
In the women's final, DCU Mercy skipper Lindsay Peat led by example as the Dublin outfit claimed their first National Cup and, in the process, denied Cork outfit Montenotte four crowns in a row by winning 68-55.
But DCU were pushed all the way by the Cork side.
"It was a game that could have gone either way," said DCU coach Mark Ingle.