Friday 23 February 2018

Basketball: Lyons delight as spirited Moycullen stun Killester

MOYCULLEN caused the shock of the weekend by humbling reigning champions Killester with a 64-58 win in Oranmore.

The Galway team lie at the foot of the Southern Conference, yet they made light of their league standing with a win that was made more impressive as they were without USA star Luke Enos.

Moycullen coach Ger Lyons was understandably proud at the end.

"We had a lot of injuries. We couldn't play Luke Enos, who has been our go-to guy all season, and James O'Dowd was also injured, so we were really up against it," Lyons said.

"We were trailing at half-time but we felt we really should have been up at that stage. Before the game we believed that we had nothing to lose, so we gave it everything we had."

Meanwhile, DCU Saints eked out an 86-85 victory at the end of a nail-biting encounter against Bord Gais Neptune.

DCU coach David Donnelly was hugely relieved at the final whistle. "We got out of jail today. We had a 16-point lead at half-time, but we were down by a point with seven seconds to go.

"Thankfully, Pat Glover got a great shot from the baseline at the end.

"We could have lost it again after that so I'm happy we managed to squeeze the win in the end," he said.

UCC Demons warmed up for their cup final clash with UL with a convincing 107-77 victory over Belfast Star.

Demons' Coach Paul Kelleher said: "It wasn't a very good performance from us. We were very good in offence. We are playing well but I still believe we can be better. Now we have to be ready for UL in the cup final."

Irish Independent

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