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C&S UCC Demons win National Cup
24 Jan 2015 22:10
Men’s National Cup Final
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C&S UCC Demons 91-65 UCD Marian 65
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C&S UCC Demons proved too strong for UCD Marian in an entertaining final at a sold out National Basketball Arena in Tallaght tonight.
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Marian were strong and defiant throughout, but ultimately Shane Coughlan was given the chance to lift the Men’s National Cup trophy as captain for a record sixth time.
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Demons went about their business in an easy to watch manner. Ciaran O’Sullivan shot a three-pointer with his first attempt. His brother Adrian O’Sullivan turned a shot into a pass at the top of his jump to find Niall O’Reilly in the short corner.
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O’Reilly batted to and Lehmon Colbert and Demons were clicking.
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For UCD Marian, Dan James looked miffed by all the pre-game talk of Demons’ perimeter threat - the UCD Marian shooting guard was 2/2 from outside the arc in the opening quarter.
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Neil Baynes was another Dubliner paying no heed to the Demons reputation and his inside baskets made him top scorer for the early exchanges with UCD leading 23-21 for the first quarter.
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Their lead was out to 5 points with 6:31 left in the half when Michael Chubb drained a three pointer.
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Barry Drumm was unleashed on court for the first time in 11 weeks and his driving was giving UCD Marian a depth of options. The temperature was rising and the tempo was picking up.
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It was the perfect climate for Demons to do their thing.
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Kyle Hosford went coast to coast for the second time. Shane Coughlan followed up with a three-pointer. O’Reilly combined twice with Coughlan in a single fast break. A 10-0 run saw C&S UCC Demons lead 47-32 at half time.
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Conor Meany got the second half under way and UCD were getting buckets inside through Neil Baynes who doubled his tally to 18 points.
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The key stat, however, was the accuracy of Lehmon Colbert. Colin O’Reilly was looking to bring him into play and it was clear why – he shot 100% for two-point field goals with 9/9. His buzzer beater closed out the quarter with the scores at 67-49. It was an MVP winning performance.
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“We came out swinging,” the American said in the aftermath. “We knew what UCD Marian were going to come out with and they were really strong early on.
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"We just needed to be patient and the team really pulled together as the game went on.”
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UCD Marian needed a run but the seven players who’d carried the game for them had given it everything.
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Both sides emptied the bench late on as players and fans alike looked to squeeze the last out of Irish Basketball’s marquee event.
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