Killeen stars as Eagles wrap up cup

UL Eagles were crowned Nivea for Men SuperLeague champions following their impressive win over DCU Saints at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght last night.

In a game that will not be remembered as one of the best witnessed at basketball headquarters, UL’s class eventually prevailed.

In the opening quarter both sides played excellent defence and in a pulsating opening five minutes a Jason Killeen basket ensured UL led 9-8.

Saints were playing excellent defence and the Limerick side suffered a blow a minute later when Scott Kinevane was carried off with a thigh injury.

Both sides went for the jugular and a late Martin Provizors basket for Saints tied the game at 12 points apiece entering the second period.

Eoin Quill gave Saints the perfect start with consecutive baskets that saw the Dublin side edge into a four-point lead, prompting Eagles coach Mark Keenan to call a time-out.

The remainder of the half saw little change in the trend of the game, as both sides were intent on concentrating on their defensive skills.

Saints can thank Pat Glover for ensuring they led at the interval, 26-25, but the scoreline raised a few eyebrows as both sides had only amassed 51 points between them in 20 minutes of basketball.

The standard of scoring improved on the restart but in the closing five minutes both sides went into another lull.

Matthew Hall shot a magnificent three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining that gave UL a 46-40 lead entering the crucial final quarter.

The Eagles soared highest in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter and when Taylor scored a crucial basket in the 35th minute the Limerick side had surged into a 10-point lead.

DCU pushed forward but Eagles were not to be denied their SuperLeague and national cup double, with Killeen deservedly picking up the MVP award.

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