“Demons Til We Die!” | Nat. Cup Champions, 2015

Demons’ captain, Shane Coughlan, is presumably waking up with a well deserved hangover, having won the National Cup last night for the 6th time.

Similarly to the Women’s Final, the crowd were kept entertained by a pretty close game early on. UCD Marian’s Dan James knocked down a pair of threes to help keep rhythm in the offense. [Rumour has it that his brother, an employee of Basketball Ireland, had been sneaking James in for midnight shooting sessions, helping his brother overcome the Arena’s infamously tight rings.] However, with the ultra firepower of Coughlan, Hosford, and O’Reilly, Demons got their stuff together and went on a run in the 2nd quarter. A 10-0 run saw C&S UCC Demons lead 47-32 at half time.

The two bright sparks for UCD Marian were Barry Drumm and Neal Baynes. Coming off the bench, Drumm brought a new energy to Marian, forcing the issue and getting to the rim on a number of occasions. Baynes was in a class of his own throughout, which is reflected in his stat-line of 20 points on 8-11 shooting, along with 6 boards, 2 steals, and 3 blocked shots. However, it was Demons’ Lehmon Colbert who really was playing at another level. The big man from the USA is certainly not your typical sleek and high-flying import. He was clinical, agile, and effective in the paint. Colbert finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds, which made him the unquestionable MVP of the game.

The game was a blow out and in the final period, Coach O’Reilly gave the Demons’ supporters a chance to applaud Hosford and Coughlan for their efforts. Impressively, O’Reilly was able to lead his team in a dual role of player/coach, finishing with 13 points on 5-7 from the field, 6 assists, and 6 boards.

During another well-run event from Basketball Ireland, the crowd were treated with a number of special guests including, Ireland’s Special Olympics team and the National Cup winners from 25 years ago. Perhaps the most entertainment on the night came from three maniacs dressed in Mascot suits. We witnessed dance-offs, fights, and at one point I’m pretty sure that Demons’ Mascot was trying to ‘hump’ the UCD Marian Dog.

But, hey! This is why we love the National Cup Finals, right? Anything can happen.

Full Stats Available Here

Game Stats

Game Stats

Full Stats Available Here

"Demons Til We Die"

“Demons Til We Die”

Shane Coughlan Demons Cup

Shane Coughlan Demons Cup

MVP Demons Lehmon Colbert

MVP Demons Lehmon Colbert

 

Colin O'Reilly - Coach Demons - was all smiles

Colin O’Reilly – Coach Demons – was all smiles

Kyle Hosford is one of the best guards in the game.

Kyle Hosford is one of the best guards in the game.

Demons Mascot

Demons Mascot

Tough Finish to UCD Marian's Cup Run

Tough Finish to UCD Marian’s Cup Run

Demons' Champs

Demons’ Champs

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Colbert Receiving Some Love from Teammate

 

Conor Meany for UCD Marian

Conor Meany for UCD Marian

Drumm was a bright spark off the bench

Drumm was a bright spark off the bench

Mascots were entertaining

Mascots were entertaining

UCD Marian Fans

UCD Marian Fans


About

Tony McGaharan

Co-founder of The Courtside Collective, Tony has been a player, scorekeeper, referee, coach and MC. A true fan of the game! In 2009, he coached women's basketball in Sweden for a season with the Umeå Comets ("Udominate"). He then returned home and worked with PeacePlayers International, which uses the game of basketball to bring young people together from divided communities. Tony has since joined Google and has worked in Dublin, Singapore, and now London. He is now working to create a new basketball league to provide a better basketball experience for ballers in central London and with the added goal of engaging young people in the sport.

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