Blue Demons defeat Team Garvey in Men’s National Cup

The Blue Demons were the second Cork team to bring home some silverware during Basketball Ireland’s National Cup weekend. Their hometown rivals, Neptune, defeated UL Eagles in Friday night’s Men’s Superleague Cup, while Team Montenotte Hotel Cork came up short in their contest against UL Huskies in the Women’s Superleague Cup.

Team Garvey was led by player/coach, Brian Clernon, who contributed to the game in both of his positions. However, Demons looked in control of their own fate from the tip-off, which was highlighted by an early two-handed jam by the Cork side’s point guard, Kyle Hosford.

Andrew Fitzgerald for Team Garvey, who has been tremendous throughout the first half of the season, had difficulty down low against the Demon’s interior defence. Although point guard Declan Wall steadied the ship late in the game for Team Garvey,  a shooting exhibition put on by Demons’ Brian O’Neill eventually led to the Cork team’s victory, with O’Neill rightfully awarded the Most Valuable Player of the game. Check out our post-game interview with the MVP:

Brian Clernon (player/coach) trying to inspire his team during a time-out

Brian Clernon (player/coach) trying to inspire his team during a time-out

Brian O'Neill (MVP) was terrific for Demons

Brian O’Neill (MVP) was terrific for Demons

Men's National Cup Winners 2013

Men’s National Cup Winners 2013

Fitzgerald had difficulty getting into any sort of rhythm

Fitzgerald had difficulty getting into any sort of rhythm

Hosford throwing it down

Hosford throwing it down

O'Halloran was a true leader on the floor for Demons

O’Halloran was a true leader on the floor for Demons

 


About

Tony McGaharan

Tony started playing basketball when he was 11, after realising that he couldn’t kick a ball. Enjoying every opportunity to be around the game, Tony has been a player, scorekeeper, referee, coach and MC. In 2009, he coached women's basketball in Sweden for a season with the Umeå Comets (now bought over by Udominate). He then returned home and worked with PeacePlayers International, which uses the game to bring young people together from divided communities. Tony has since taken on a role in Google and has worked in Dublin and Singapore. He is now based out of London, playing for a local London D2 team, the United Nations Basketball Club.

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