UCC Demons coach Danny O'Mahony thrilled with Ulster win and his players' form

Victory in the President's Cup first round maintains Demons' impressive return to National League basketball
UCC Demons coach Danny O'Mahony thrilled with Ulster win and his players' form

Tala Fam Thiam, UCC Demons, scores a dunked basket. He scored 25 points in their win over Ulster Picture: Jim Coughlan.

UCC Demons 88 Ulster University 61

A TERRIFIC performance by UCC Demons ensured they advanced to the second round of the President’s Cup following a comfortable win over Ulster University at the Mardyke Arena.

The northerners were expected to pose Demons problems, but once the home side got their match-ups right in defence the visitors struggled.

Ulster had two former Neptune players in their squad, Shane O’Connor and Conor O’Sullivan, but neither made any great impact on their return to Leeside

It has been a great start to the season for the Sunday’s Well outfit, but coach Danny O’Mahony is not looking too far ahead.

“We did our homework on today’s opponents and we got it spot on; credit to all my players they are playing as a team and I think our camaraderie is helping us big time,” O’Mahony said.

Demons will now face a trip to play the winners of Fr Mathew’s and Portlaoise in the quarter-final, but O’Mahony is putting his thoughts on continuing to pick up points.

“I think we are improving and it’s a case of taking it one game at a time. Hopefully, we can improve enough to face the quality of teams in the northern conference.”

In the opening quarter,both teams shot the ball well, but with Kyle Hosford showing his experience at both ends they commanded a 19-14 lead entering the second quarter.

On the resumption, the scoring averages increased, but Demons American Andre Kennedy responded to his coach's pleas for improvement and he hit crucial baskets in this period.

In the closing play, young Matthew McCarthy nailed a long-range three-pointer that ensured Demons commanded a 46-34 interval lead.

On the resumption, Demons increased their intensity in defence and with Hosford and Fam scoring at will, the northerners were blown out in this period as they trailed 68-44 heading into the final quarter.

Coming down the stretch Demons could afford to use various rotations as the visitors looked a well-beaten side long before the final buzzer.

Upwards and onwards for Demons, knowing that tougher games await them in this campaign.

Top scorers for UCC Demons: T Fam 25, A Kennedy 25, K Hosford 9, D Lehane 9.

Ulster University: G Clems 12, S O’Connor 11, C O’Sullivan 10.

UCC DEMONS: J O’Leary, S Manojovic, S Carney, R Murphy, K Hosford, R Kennedy, D Lehane, T Fam, C Ryan, K Moynihan.

ULSTER UNIVERSITY: G Murphy, A Rooney M Rooney, G Clems, O Hegarty, G Coan, S O’Connor, C O’Sullivan, C Carmichael, F O’Connor, O’Kerlin.

Referees: M Thornhill, G Daly (Cork).

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