For a second straight week, Moycullen emerged from a dramatic overtime contest victorious in the Nivea For Men’s SuperLeague.
The opponents on Saturday were DCU Saints, the venue, an electric, standing room only NUIG Kingfisher Gym.
Tight throughout, Saints held one and three point leads at the end of the first and second quarters respectively, capitalising on a slew of Moycullen fouls that resulted in 14 made free throws by the visitors in the first half.
As the game ebbed and flowed, Moycullen drew closer in the third quarter, which ended with Saints leading by just two.
Inspired by the huge home crowd, Moycullen began to edge into the driving seat and held the lead for the closing five minutes.
Indeed, the men from Galway, led by an almost unstoppable Pat Sullivan who netted 40 points in the game, were in control of a four point lead with under a minute to go when Cian Nihill hit two free throws.
While they were still two points up with just 30 seconds left, a costly turnover then gave Saints one last chance which the veteran scorer Pat Glover coolly capitalised on, hitting a step back jump shot over a Moycullen double team to silence the crowd and send the game into overtime.
Though fatigued, both teams attacked with renewed vigour when extra time began and the five minute period saw 31 points scored between the teams. Moycullen’s Sullivan was simply not to be denied and scored the first nine Moycullen points in the period.
That surge was enough, and despite back to back three pointers from Saints’ Keith Anderson, the men from Galway simply outscored their opponents, converting on virtually every offence in overtime, winning in the end, by nine points, 88 to 79.
Off the back of two straight wins, Moycullen can now look forward with optimism to an away fixture this weekend against undefeated UCC Demons in Cork.
Moycullen: Pat Sullivan 40, Cian Nihill 16, Stephen Tummon 10, Salva Camps 9, Paul O’Brien 7, Sean Candon 2, James O’Brien 2, Nollaig Cunningham 2, Patrick Lyons, Dylan Costelloe, Ian Burke, Stephen O’Brien