Moycullen ready in the wings to surprise Eagles

Moycullen travel to Limerick this Saturday to face defending SuperLeague champions UL Eagles.

The Galway club is currently enjoying its best spell in the top flight of Irish basketball, having won three of the last four games, including a 21 point drubbing of perennial powerhouses Killester in NUI Galway on Saturday.

On the back of a six-game winning streak, which included impressive wins over Dublin Inter and the previously unbeaten UCC Demons last weekend, Eagles will be hot favourites to win on Saturday and maintain their position atop the table.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to cause the upset of the season,” says Moycullen’s player/coach Salva Camps. “We beat Eagles last year when nobody thought we could and we are playing a lot better now. We have to fight with everything we have but we are ready.”

Last weekend, Moycullen produced a result that few could have imagined a year or two ago when they crushed Killester of Dublin by 21 (79-58 ) points in front of their home fans in NUI Galway, amounting to their biggest ever margin of victory in the SuperLeague.

The young Moycullen side started slowly and trailed early, but managed to spark a crucial run to close the first quarter that had it in the lead by five points entering the second period.

In a sign of things to come, Stephen Tummon had the crowd on its feet midway through the second quarter with a thunderous slam dunk that was part of a major surge for the home side.

With some excellent outside shooting and a growing dominance on the boards, Moycullen stretched their lead to 24 by the half-time mark.

While Killester battled to get back into the game and cut the lead to 12 going into the fourth, Moycullen’s balanced offence kept them in a comfortable lead.

In the end it was all too much for Killester as Moycullen’s ball movement was able to find easy scoring opportunities on a regular basis with the eventual score finishing on 79 - 58.

“It was a fantastic team performance,” said Moycullen’s Stephen Tummon after the game.

“We moved the ball really well and after a shaky start, controlled the boards. This was not an easy game, and we had the pressure of people expecting us to win following on from recent results, so to live up to that expectation was very satisfying.”

Moycullen now lie tied on wins with fourth placed Killester, DCU Saints and UCD Marian in the table with games in hand.


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