Moycullen men back on right track for play-offs

Moycullen's Paul Freeman and Brandon McGuire, and Maree's Kenneth Hansberry who were all in fine scoring form for their respective clubs in Superleague action over the weekend.
Moycullen's Paul Freeman and Brandon McGuire, and Maree's Kenneth Hansberry who were all in fine scoring form for their respective clubs in Superleague action over the weekend.

KUBS 71

Moycullen 87

A satisfying if not outstanding display from Moycullen saw the Westerners secure an important 16-point victory over Dublin-side KUBS on Saturday – a result that keeps them within touching distance of a Superleague play-off spot.

KUBS, who have yet to register a win in the 2017/2018 season, played with plenty of spirit and kept close to Moycullen for two quarters, before eventually running out of steam.

For Moycullen, the win was a bounce back from a tough loss at home the weekend before to UCC Demons. This latest win comes before a testing two weeks which will see the Galway men travel to take on second place Swords Thunder on Saturday before welcoming Cup champions Templeogue to NUIG on Sunday, February 24. The results from these two games will likely tell if Moycullen’s charge for a play-off spot is achievable.

Moycullen started the game on Saturday with a good intensity and pace, finding easy scores in transition and through effective ball movement. KUBS however used their quickness off the dribble to find some early scores. At the end of the first quarter, only a basket separated the teams – a 19 to 21 advantage in favour of Moycullen – which was a fair reflection of the early exchanges.

Moycullen’s greater size on the interior with Brandon McGuire, Paul Freeman and Joe Tummon, began to show in the second period as the visitors started to look more comfortable.

A series of missed shots and poor communication on defence closer to the half time break undid much of this work however, and there only a point between the sides at half-time.

Fearful of letting the game become a fourth quarter lottery, Moycullen upped their defensive intensity in the third quarter, limiting KUBS to just nine points in the period.

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