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Irish Basketball Weekend Review

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The second legs in the Men’s National Cup ties proved to be even more exhilarating than first expected. A routine exercise was predicted to be carried out by UCC Demons when they made the trip to Dublin to take on the winless UCD Marian. However the small crowd that showed up for this one were in for a treat. Demons led by 29 points heading into the game having made full use of having home court advantage for the first leg last weekend.

Despite this massive lead it soon became clear that Marian were not about to just lie down and get beaten as the half time score read 63-39 which meant that it was truly game on, much to the dismay of anyone associated with Demons who clearly had hoped for an easy run out on this Saturday evening. With 4 seconds on the clock it looked like Barry Drumm’s 28 point performance had allowed Marian to complete one of the most sensational turn arounds in National Cup history.

However it turned out that it wasn’t meant to be as Shane Coughlin drove forward knowing that a three point score was required in order to put the script back on track. The Demons player drove, stepped back for what seemed like an impossible three point attempt which somehow ended up going through the net much to the heartbreak of the home crowd.

In the rest of Saturday’s games Dublin Inter pulled off an upset against UL Eagles by recording a 84-72 victory at home. Elsewhere, a strong first half from Killester meant that an away team did manage to come away with a win as they overcame Belfast Star 78-61.

In NUIG , Moycullen failed to defend home court and were subsequently beaten by Bord Gais Neptune on a score line of 92-80. A close game ensued in the capital as DCU Saints managed to overcome Templeogue by three points in a tightly contested game that saw a young Templeogue team stay in touch with a much more experienced squad.

In the Women’s games on Sunday, DCU Mercy easily secured the victory over WIT Wildcats by a 22 point margin. Killester demonstrated their composure a day earlier to beat UL Huskies by 7 points in what must go down as a serious upset.

In Dublin, Ulseter Rockets were taking on Meteors but it was the high flying Rockets who managed to get the 11 point win, a margin that they also held at half time.

The new format of the national cup certainly has its ups and downs but the game in UCD certainly was magical although it did manage to leave a bitter taste in the home side’s mouth.

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