Bord Gais Neptune have won the Superleague cup final, beating UL Eagles by 20, final score 85-65.
The Cork side started well and their American Darren Townes showed the teams intent to dominate as he threw down a huge dunk over the 6-10 Jason Killeen. Neptune exhibited the running game that made them such a joy to watch in the eighties and nineties, with Townes throwing outlet passes to Ger Noonan and Mike McGinn who did a superb job of scoring.
McGinn was simply dominant throughout the game and already had 18 points at halftime. Neptune extended their lead in the third quarter and despite Townes being benched with 4 fouls, they led 60-45 going into the fourth.
However last year’s champions rallied in the 4th quarter cutting the lead to as little as 8 points. However they would get no nearer and with Townes, Noonan and Mcginn combining to hit nine free throws in crunch time Neptune saw out the win.
McGinn came off with 53 seconds to go to the utter adulation of the crowd. The win ends a drought for Neptune, who had not won a Superleague cup since 1992.
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