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Record Murphy haul leads Templeogue triumph

Templeogue 78 Éanna 68

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Lorcan Murphy, right, and Darren Townes of Griffith College Templeogue celebrate. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Lorcan Murphy, right, and Darren Townes of Griffith College Templeogue celebrate. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Lorcan Murphy, right, and Darren Townes of Griffith College Templeogue celebrate. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Templeogue coach Mark Keenan praised the leadership of Lorcan Murphy after he scored a record 33 points to lead his side to their third National Cup title on Saturday.

The 25-year-old now boasts the largest final haul for an Irishman and surpasses Stephen McGurk's 30 points for St Vincent's in their two-point defeat to Notre Dame in 2000.

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Neil Randolph of Griffith College Templeogue in action against Joshua Wilson, left, and Mark Reynolds of DBS Eanna. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Neil Randolph of Griffith College Templeogue in action against Joshua Wilson, left, and Mark Reynolds of DBS Eanna. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Neil Randolph of Griffith College Templeogue in action against Joshua Wilson, left, and Mark Reynolds of DBS Eanna. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Keenan, who was on that losing team 20 years ago, enjoyed his third cup title in five years thanks in large part to Murphy's heroics at the National Basketball Arena.

"He was a man on a mission. We were not going to lose tonight with him on board. He was so focused this week in getting everybody else focused," Keenan said.

"What a leader on the court tonight but so was Jason (Killeen), Neil (Randolph) and Stephen (James). We wobbled for a bit and they got back in the game but they showed a lot of composure."

MVP Murphy scored 28 of his 33 points in the first half, helping Templeogue to a 44-31 half-time lead over fellow Dubliners Éanna, who were making their Cup final debut.

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Mark Reynolds of DBS Eanna in action against Darren Townes and Neil Randolph of Griffith College Templeogue. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Mark Reynolds of DBS Eanna in action against Darren Townes and Neil Randolph of Griffith College Templeogue. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Mark Reynolds of DBS Eanna in action against Darren Townes and Neil Randolph of Griffith College Templeogue. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

"I did most of my work in the first half and then I was just spent and the boys took over. It was a real team win today. Not just the 30-odd points," Murphy said.

Éanna reduced the gap to just two points in the dying stages before a Neil Randolph - brother of Ireland 'keeper Darren - basket (three) plus two points from Jason Killeen allowed Templeogue to regain control.

"It looked like we were cruising for most of the game and then the momentum shifted," Keenan said.

"But what a big shot from Neil Randolph when we were two up. That just gave us that little breathing space and it put pressure back on Éanna then with a minute or so to go."

The result would have lifted the Randolph family after the Ireland No 1 stopper bowed out of the FA Cup earlier on Saturday following his club West Ham's 1-0 defeat to West Brom.

Murphy, a former underage high jumper, hopes this latest boost will also bring Templeogue to greater heights in the league, ahead of their clash against Kieran Donaghy's Tralee Warriors on Saturday.

"Hopefully we can build on this in the league with a few wins in a row and it can lead us to another trophy," Murphy said.

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