Hula Hoops Men’s National Cup Semi-Final
Pyrobel SuperLeague men make it a double
Pyrobel Killester 81-69 UCD Marian

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

Neptune Stadium

“When you’ve two quality teams going against each other, small things make the difference,” acknowledged Pyrobel Killester Head Coach Brian O’Malley as his side overcame UCD Marian in the Hula Hoops National Cup semi-final in Neptune Stadium, 81-69.

Indeed, while there may be small things making the difference, a sterling performance from Jermaine Turner that included 15 points and 28 rebounds was key for Killester and with an in-form Cian Nihill and Ciaran Roe pitching in with 16 points each, Killester marched through to a final showdown with Griffith Swords Thunder.

Good scoring from Killester early on sent them into a 24-17 point lead in the first, a lead they held tightly onto as the second quarter got underway to have them up by 10 at the break.

Templeogue.

“I’m delighted for the club, it’s great to be back [in the final], it’s been a while since we’ve been in it. I’m delighted for the group of players we have there, they’ve put it all in,” continued O’Malley. “But we haven’t won anything yet. We’ve a lot of hard work to do and we’re under no illusions – Swords are a great team and we know we’ll have our work cut out for us.”

Pyrobel Killester: Cian Nihill, Alan Casey, Paddy Sullivan, Ciaran Roe, Jermaine Turner. Subs: Andy McGeever, Keith Anderson, Jonathan Grennell, Jody O’Neill, Peder Madsen, Niall Hegarty, Pete Lacey, Eoghain Kiernan.

UCD Marian: Conor Meany, Scott Kinevane, Mike Garrow, Neil Baynes, Dustan Moreira. Subs: Ciaran Dunne, Daniel James, Barry Drumm, Anthony Silvestri, Mike Higgins, Donal Ring, Matthew Kelly, James Brophy.

Pyrobel Killester 81-69 UCD Marian

Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Cian Nihill 16, Ciaran Roe 16, Jermaine Turner 15

Top scorers UCD Marian: Dustan Moreira 16, Dan James 14, Mike Garrow 13

Half time score: Pyrobel Killester 41-31 UCD Marian

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