Neptune keep up their fine form as they adapt to Super League basketball

Neptune keep up their fine form as they adapt to Super League basketball
C & S Neptune's David Murray shoots a basket against Maree. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Swords Thunder 84 C & S Neptune 92

C & S NEPTUNE continued with their impressive winning sequence in the Men’s Super League with an impressive away win over Swords Thunder at the Alsaa on Saturday.

The Cork side, who lost their opening five games, have certainly found their true form in the last four games much to the delight of coach Paul Kelleher.

The experienced Lehmon Colbert led the way with 30 points here but the contributions of young guns Cian Heapy and Darragh O'Sullivan were notable too.

“Swords Thunder are a very talented side on their home court and we had to show true grit after a patchy performance to eventually gain the all-important win,” said Paul Kelleher.

The Neptune chief believes his side are finding their rhythm and after the shaky start is now confident of competing with the elite sides in the league.

“Many of the young lads never played at this level so it was always going to be a tough task for us to be mixing it with the best but thankfully we are now playing smarter basketball and the results are coming.” 

Neptune coach Paul Kelleher. Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry
Neptune coach Paul Kelleher. Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

The first half was a low key affair with both sides struggling to get a rhythm but a late Elijah Mays basket edged the Dublin side into a 44-42 lead.

On the restart, the trend of the game improved but Neptune’s intensity in defence edged them ahead by the minimum entering the final quarter.

Neptune’s American Lehmon Colbert showed his class as the Cork side held out for a deserved victory.

Gary Walsh with a brilliant reverse pass to Darragh O'Sullivan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Gary Walsh with a brilliant reverse pass to Darragh O'Sullivan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Top scorers for Swords Thunder: E Mays 31, C Coombes 17, O Kerlin 15.

C & S Neptune: L Colbert 30, D O’Sullivan 21, C Heaphy 20.

There was no luck for the other Cork side UCC Demons in the capital when they went down 86-63 to Killester in the Men’s Super League.

Demons were very much in the game as they dominated the opening quarter to lead 22-16 at the end of the opening quarter.

The Cork side were still very in contention on the restart but the game changed on its head in the closing minutes when captain Kyle Hosford was ejected after picking up two technical fouls.

Despite leading 48-43 at the break Demons collapsed in the second half with Killester running out comfortable winners.

There was better news for Fr Mathews in the Men’s Division 1 National League when they defeated LIT 93-46 with Paul O’Driscoll leading their scoring on 18 points.

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