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Maree Basketball Club’s u-20s have advanced to the National Cup quarter-finals after recording a thrilling 67-63 win over perennial local rivals and 2008 champions, Moycullen. Maree will now enjoy a home fixture against Blue Demons of Cork in the next round.
Maree’s defence of the u- 18 men’s National Cup continued with a comprehensive 78-33 quarter-final win over Killester of Dublin in Calasanctius Gym on Sunday.
A great weekend for Galway basketball was complete late Saturday night in Castleisland Kerry, when Maree advanced to two National Cup finals.
Maree consolidated their position as the No 1 u-18 basketball team in the country when they retained the title won last year for the first time.
Maree Basketball Club hit the ground running in the first big tournament of the 2009/10 season. On Saturday in Gurranabraher they retained the u-20 Cork Open Cup which they had won for the first time last season, winning all five games.
Maree produced an encouraging start in their first National League fixture against the 2009 champions Ballon on Saturday, and while Ballon’s greater experience prevailed at the end, this was a game that could have gone either way.
Maree took the honours in only their second game of the National League when they overcame local rivals Titans in a packed Calasanctius gym at the weekend.
Maree recorded another victory in the National League, overcoming AOL Broadband Waterford before a large crowd in Oranmore on Saturday.
Maree, already off to a respectable 2-2 start in their first ever Men’s National League campaign, knocked out 2008 winners UCD-Marian in their first round National Cup encounter in Oranmore on Saturday November 14th. It was a tough, physical game, in which UCD-Marian incurred several technical fouls, and Maree struggled to find their form, before pulling away for a 69 – 56 win. An encouraging aspect of the Oranmore-Maree outfit’s victory was that 5 players finished with 10 points or more, the kind of spread of scoring that they and their coaches have been looking for.
Maree men’s basketballers recorded an impressive 85 - 42 win over St Brendan’s Tralee on Saturday to notch their fourth victory in their first National League basketball campaign.