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Templeogue take the Cup in thriller
31 Jan 2016 11:11
Templeogue’s incredible second half fight-back earned them their first-ever Hula Hoops Men’s National Cup on Saturday night.
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At eleven points down following two quarters in the National Basketball Arena it looked as though the first-time finalists were set to lose to GCD Swords Thunder.
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But they scored 29 points in an incredible third quarter and then hung on to win by three in a thriller – 78-75
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“I think the way we had to turn around that first half deficit coming out in the third quarter was very impressive,” said Templeogue coach Mark Keenan.
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“Then we did our best to nearly lose it in the last few minutes, but you can see the spirit within the group.
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“We never say die, we’re never too far behind and I’m just thrilled for the supporters. They have been fantastic supporting the team all year and I’m delighted for the lads.
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“Our defence was poor in the second quarter. It was too easy for them and we held back in the offence.
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“We weren’t attacking the basket and we only scored four points in that second quarter. We said, look, ‘defence is going to win us this game’ so we had to bring it and that’s what we did."
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