C & S UCC Demons 99 Neptune 65
A stroll for league leaders C & S UCC Demons as they demolished BFG Neptune in the Men’s Premier League at the Mardyke Arena last night.
This was Demons at their very best and had the 1,500 attendance in raptures.
Neptune were simply torn to shreds by a rampant Demons side as captain Shane Coughlan paid tribute to his teammates: “We trained hard over the Christmas period and it paid off as our fitness showed from start to finish,” Coughlan said.
“To be honest I think we could have won easier but when you are dominating as we were it’s to hard not take your foot off the gas.”
Coughlan believes next week’s national cup semi- final against Travelodge Swords Thunder will be the acid test for his team.
Coughlan added: “I am sure it will be a far tougher test that we had in this game.”
Demons got off to a better start and with Ciaran O’Sullivan in superb shooting form they raced into a 9-5 lead in the third minute.
Neptune, to their credit, were battling hard at both ends of the court as player coach Ger Noonan was influential in some classy baskets for the visitors.
Demons did get a run on their opponents and with Adrian O’Sullivan doing well from the bench they surged into a 16-point lead in the eighth-minute.
It was noticeable Neptune, with the exception of American Michael Bonaparte, were tiring and Demons looked well in command when leading 31-18 entering the second quarter.
The trend of the game changed little on the restart with Demons piling on the pressure and the pinpoint three-point shooting of Colin O’Reilly helped stretch their lead to 23 points with two minutes remaining to the interval.
It got worse for the visitors for the remainder of the half as Demons went in at the break commanding a 64-35 lead.
In the third quarter Demons went through the motions and continued to score at will against their out of sorts opponents.
A late basket from Adrian O’Sullivan ensured Demons led 88-42 entering the final quarter.
Player coach Colin O’Reilly used his bench coming down the stretch but this game was settled long before the sound of the final buzzer.
Naturally the Neptune player coach Ger Noonan was disappointed with the way his team performed.
“We were basically destroyed by a better side but it’s hard to take when you lose to your greatest rivals by 34 points.”
C&S UCC DEMONS: S Coughlan, A O’Sullivan, K Hosford, L Colbert, C O’Sullivan, D O’Hanlon, S Duggan, N O’Reilly, C Cuff, C O’Reilly.
BFG NEPTUNE: G Walsh, P Stapleton, S Sheehan, B Kiely, R Downey, M Bonaparte, S O’Connor, D Cronin, N Byam, D Cahill, G Noonan.
Referees: Paul Dempsey (Dublin), Padraig Caden (Dublin), Lynda Cassidy (Dublin).
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