Heavy loss for Maree as Moycullen exit the Cup

Maree's Kenneth Hansberry, in action against Moycullen's Paul Freeman of Brandon McGuire, both Galway clubs suffered weekend defeats.
Maree's Kenneth Hansberry, in action against Moycullen's Paul Freeman of Brandon McGuire, both Galway clubs suffered weekend defeats.

Maree BC 60

Belfast Star 74

MAREE BC’s mini revival in the SuperLeague came to a shuddering halt on Saturday night when they were a distant second best to visitors Belfast Star in a game low on quality in Oranmore.

Having lost their first eight games on their debut season in the top flight, the side had begun to find its feet after reeling off a hat-trick of wins over DCU Saints, KUBS, and Eanna, and were favourites to make it four on the spin on Saturday night.

Despite a poor first-half showing, Maree were still in the driving seat at half-time to extended their winning run as they led 34-33, but a poor third quarter put them on the back foot, going from one point up to 12 points behind, and they never recovered in the fourth quarter.

“It was just one of those nights, we never got our shooting game going and nothing went right for us,” said head coach, John Finn, after the game.

“We went into the game confident of getting the win, we have been in good form in recent weeks, but it just didn’t happen for us tonight. It is disappointing, but we need to lift our heads quickly as we have two tough away games coming up,” said Finn.

Maree’s struggled under the basket were summed up by the fact that Eoin Rockall failed to score in the entire first half, and finished with just nine points to his credit, and while both Cathal Finn and Kenneth Hansberry hit 13 points apiece, Maree struggled for scores.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.