THE mood in the UCC Demons camp was naturally sombre as assistant coach Troy O’Mahony tried to explain the team’s fourth-quarter collapse saw them fall to a 98-77 home semi-final loss on Saturday night.
“We didn’t have enough in the last quarter as Templeogue got a run on us at the right time and we hadn’t anything left in the bag to get back at them,” said O’Mahony.
It has been a tough season for Demons as they are struggling for numbers and having fully pledged training sessions can be difficult to put together.
“The lads we have are committed but the reality is that we are short of bodies and hopefully we can bring a few players through sooner than later.
“Blue Demons is a proud club and although this wasn’t our night we have had over 50 years competing at this level and long may it continue,” added O’Mahony.
Templeogue coach Mark Keenan was thrilled with his sides win as he reflected on their performance.
“Overall I thought we were sluggish for long periods and we just got the key baskets at the right time that created the gap that Demons couldn’t recover from, said Mark Keenan.
The first half performance wasn’t pretty according to Keenan.
“I thought we were very poor in the first half as the only player that nailed shots for us was Luke Thompson and I wasn’t a happy camper at the break,” added Keenan.
“Some of our offence was head down and going nowhere but overall I think we showed in a couple of minutes what we are capable of doing when our game did come together.”
The challenge of playing UCD Marian in the final will be difficult but Keenan believes there is little to choose between the teams.
“UCD are strong in every position but so are we and as a coach these are the games you want to be involved in particularly the glamour of a cup final is huge for our club.”
Having club structures is crucial according to Keenan as he believes Templeogue are doing great work with their underage teams.
“I bring a few of the younger player to train with us on a consistent basis and it is helping them improve and hopefully these will be the players that will carry this club forward.
“Having a feeder system is crucial as the guys see there will an opportunity to play in this team if they stay committed and we also have an U18 team involved in the cup semi-final coached by Jason Killeen.”
The Dublin club had a massive support at the Mardyke as coach Keenan backed their loyalty.
“It’s a great club to be involved in and hopefully we can produce the goods in the final.”