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Basketball Ireland Men National Cup semi final schedule: Maree u 18s v St Vincent 12noon; Titans v An Cearnog Nua Moycullen 4pm; Loftus Recycling Ballina v Team Garvey St Mary 6pm; Maree u 20s v Belfast Star 8pm.
Galway teams square up in basketball cup showdown
However, even in adversity, Moycullen have always found a way to win these contests, and they will battle for all their worth to continue the pattern and secure a place in the final against either Ballina or St Converse Khaki Shoes
The two teams, along with another Connacht outfit Ballina Braves, who play St Mary Tralee, make up the four semi finalists in this premiere event.
the teams only meeting of the season so far, but Titans have put an impressive run of victories together since Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Ii High Top Unisex Shoe
Thus this game sees youth v experience, home grown players v import, offence v defence contrasts which add to the already fascinating nature of the derby contest. Arguably it will be the highlight in a festival weekend of cup basketball.
Both Moycullen and Titans teams have been flying high in the division, sharing a combined record of 19 4 between them. An Cearnog Nua, Moycullen have the edge, both on the table and in Women's Converse Size 5 Uk
In the derby game Titans held the upper hand for long periods, but Moycullen greater craft and experience saw them through to a comfortable 12 point victory. The balance, however, has shifted slightly in Titans favour with the addition of 6 7 Canadian, David O to their roster. This, combined with the absence of Glenn Hynes (out of the country ) and John Cunningham (broken wrist ) for An Cearnog Nua, Moycullen, could well swing the favourites tag to Titans.
The game offers a number of interesting contrasts. Moycullen rely heavily on young home grown talent all but two of the squad are u 22 with nine of last year u 20 National Cup winning team on show. Titans put out a starting five of two Lithuanians, a Canadian, ex Ballina Superleague star Paul Freeman, and Danny Finn from Oranmore. Titans are less experienced in division one terms, but they have moulded into a formidable outfit, scoring freely against all opposition. Moycullen have built their run of success around excellent lock down defence, inspired by their Polish coach Zbigniew Mardon.
In an impressive reflection of the current strength of Galway basketball, local teams, An Cearnog Nua, Moycullen and Titans go head to head in the division one National Basketball Cup on Saturday in Castleisland.
their defeat in the early season local derby.
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