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point shooting contributed 24 of their 52 game points.
National Cup winners again: Maree u 20 men basketball team. Back row, Pat Hansberry, Mary O Eavan Finn, P Burke, D Greene, Enda Walsh, Ken Hansberry, Craig Hansberry, Cormac Shields, coach John Finn. Front row, Se Conroy, Brian Kelly, Alan Dempsey, Ryan Murray, Ciar Harte, Colm O Se Moran.
Blue Demons and in 2010 with a win over UCD Marian.
At the half Maree lead had jumped to 37 22, and although Killester twice pegged the lead back to nine, each time Maree re established it.
Maree complete first men's u20 National Cup three
Maree Basketball club remarkable success at a national level continued this season.
Maree domination of the boards was awesome; they ended the game with 52 to Killester 35; Hansberry personal tally was 26. With just one quarter Puma Basket Citi to go, and despite giving it their all, Killester had reduced the Maree lead by just two points, 51 38.
This was the Galway club fifth National Cup win since 2008, and Saturday victory gave captain Colm O a record fifth underage National Cup title, while Ken Hansberry was awarded the MVP trophy with 23 points and 26 rebounds.
The two teams traded baskets for the first few minutes of the fourth, but Maree pulled away for good, outscoring Killester 13 6 in the last four minutes, Hansberry ended with 23 points, Burke 18 and O 13, and Maree good for 34 points in the paint to Killester 16. Roe hit 25 for Killester, and Patrick Sullivan 14.
Killester, the only undefeated team in the u 20 Dublin League, took a quick 10 6 lead as both sides looked to play up tempo fast breaking basketball. Moycullen Hansberry and Enda Walsh, who had suffered a shoulder injury just four hours earlier in the u 18 final, dominated their own boards and put constant pressure on Killester while guards Colm O Ciar Harte and P Burke played tight defence, forcing Killester to run screen after screen before they could get a look at the basket. As a result they lost out to the 24 second clock on four occasions, although their three Puma Heart Size 3
In the men u 20 National Cup final on Saturday, Maree beat Killester 72 57. It completed a remarkable treble of u 20 cup wins, having won the event in 2011 against Puma Creepers Velvet On Feet
However the Dubliners over dependence on Roe was clear from the beginning, while Maree had scoring threats all over the floor. They caught Killester at 10 0 and Basket Puma Suede Classic
took an 18 12 lead at the end of the period before threatening to pull away.
However Killester stayed in touch with three pointers until the last few minutes of the half when Maree pressed home their advantage. Hansberry and Walsh hammered the Dubliners in the paint, and Harte, Burke, O and Brian Kelly in his best game to date turned the screw in defence.
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