A second half comeback from Team Silvers saw them over the line in front of a great crowd in St Mary’s Hall on Sunday night. Team Coppers got off to a brilliant start and it looked as though they had the measure of their older club mates for the first time in five games. Experience shone through for Team Silvers as they took the final quarter and the game by eleven points.
MENS MIDLANDS LEAGUE DIVISION 1
Team Coppers 50
Team Silvers 61
The first quarter saw both sides setting up their defences differently to counteract the offensive threat of the opponent. Team Coppers were first to register a score with Craig Scully converting his first two free throws of the game. This was quickly followed up by Denis Curtin giving his side the early advantage. Team Silvers got the ball rolling with Gary Donnelly penetrating strongly to the basket on three occasions. Team Coppers replied through Chris Higgins who put on an MVP performance throughout the game. Higgins scored the first of his six three pointers, quickly followed up with another four points which gave his side a two point lead at the end of the first quarter.
Team Coppers were again the first team out of the blocks in the second quarter as Team Silvers continued to struggle to break down the youngster’s tight man-to-man defence. Great outside shooting from Denis Curtin and Chris Higgins kept their side’s noses in front but Team Silvers stayed in the game with some excellent inside play from big man Dan Debosz.
He terrorised the defence throughout the game with his movement both inside and outside the arc. Once again it was Team Coppers who found holes in the Silvers defence and punished them just before the break with Jack Scully registering two baskets to give his side a five point lead 29-24.
Team Silvers changed things up at the beginning of the third quarter introducing veteran Greg Dunne to add to the height already on the floor. This tactic worked well as his side bombarded the heart of the Coppers defence with every offence resulting in the ball going inside. The main beneficiaries were both Dunne and Peter Duignan who either drew the foul or converted under the basket.
At the other end Silvers defence really stepped it up meaning scores were becoming hard to come by. Up stepped Chris Higgins again to keep his side in touching distance with eleven points which included three amazing three pointers. The sides were level by the end of the quarter and a close final ten minutes was expected.
The start of the fourth saw Team Silvers control the game by slowing it right down to their pace with Rody Mc Evoy on the point position. Their years of experience began to show as they took advantage of mis-matches around the floor, quickly finding themselves with a five point advantage after fine work from Greg Dunne.
Again Higgins was Team Coppers main threat as he scored another five points to become the games top scorer on twenty six points. His efforts were in vain as Team Silvers found an extra gear to finish out the game. The eleven point victory did not reflect the effort of Coppers and was rather flattering on Silvers as the game could have gone either way.
It is a great achievement for the club to have two great teams playing at such a standard and with every Coppers player under twenty five, it shows the talent is there for the future. Silvers on the other hand keep their 100% record intact for another week.
TEAM COPPERS: Jack Scully, Craig Scully, David Glynn, Chris Higgins, Denis Curtin, Jamie Dooley, Evan Maher, Shaun O’Neill, Jack Dooley, Conor Dunne, Neil Fennell, Alan Buckley. Coach: Benny O’Donovan.
Team Silvers: Anthony Dunne, Donal Dunne, John Kerr, Shane O’Neill, Rody Mc Evoy, Peter O’Sullivan, Peter Duignan, Gary Donnelly, Greg Dunne, Dan Debosz, Lorcan Dooley, David Keane.