GAMEZONE: Hula Hoops National Cup Finals - IWA
January 24, 2020
Hula Hoops IWA National Cup Result
Friday, January 24th, 2020
Hula Hoops IWA Wheelchair Basketball Cup Final
Killester WBC 47-60 Rebel Wheelers
Hula Hoops IWA National Cup Detailed Result:
Hula Hoops IWA National Cup Final
Friday, January 24th, 2020
National Basketball Arena, Tallaght
Rebel Wheelers: 60
Killester WBC: 47
FIBA LIVE STATS: https://www.fibalivestats.com/u/IWA/1346881/
Rebel Wheelers stormed home to their second consecutive Hula Hoops IWA National Cup title at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght this evening, with a 60-47 point win over Killester WBC.
Wheelers were led by a stunning display from MVP Derek Hegarty, who finished the game out with 25 points, and this offensive firepower coupled with a huge defensive effort finally saw Wheelers edge the lead out over Killester and push on from there to glory.
The win was far from easy though as the two teams dished up one of the best IWA finals of recent years, with tactics, skill and defense to the fore as superb work at both ends of the floor saw some fantastic passages of play follow off excellent defensive work.
Rebel Wheelers got off the brighter start, with three quick baskets early on sending them into a 6-0 lead thanks to great work from Jack Quinn. Killester soon settled though, and great work from captain John Fulham and Michael O’Cearra saw them knock down some great scores and with four minutes to go, it was tied up at 6 points apiece, and a minute later, they edged into a two-point lead. Wheelers came right back at them, with Derek Hegarty and Dylan McCarthy getting some good scores, but it was Killester who led the way at the end of the period, 15-13, thanks to Fulham, Patrick Forbes and Barry Cooke.
Jack Quinn opens the scoring!!— Basketball Ireland (@BballIrl) January 24, 2020
8.32 to play Q1 @HulaHoopsIE @IWASport Cup final it’s @rebelwheelerwbc 4 @KillesterBball 2
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An extremely tight and tactical second quarter followed, with defenses to the fore at both ends of the court. A tough press from Wheelers soon began to reap rewards as Hegarty knocked down four quick points in a row, and despite a great score at the other end from Michael Cunningham, a lovely dish from Jonathan Hayes set Hegarty up again. Indeed, the quarter was dominated by Hegarty scores as he increased his tally by a huge 12 points in the period, thanks to the super defensive effort and great work from Paul Ryan. Killester were just as fierce on defense though, and with Fulham causing havoc, scores from O’Cearra and Patrick Forbes followed to tie the game again, but it was Hegarty who had the last say of the quarter, pushing Wheelers into a 27-25 point lead at the half.
Derek Hegarty with the low post score— Basketball Ireland (@BballIrl) January 24, 2020
2.23 to play Q2 @HulaHoopsIE @IWASport Cup final it’s @rebelwheelerwbc 23 @KillesterBball 23
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Hegarty continued to dominate for the Cork side in the third quarter, bringing his tally up to 23 points in the period, as he sent Wheelers into a 33-31 point lead with just under six minutes gone, and that was the beginning of the shift in momentum. Scores from Conor Coughlan, Jonathan Hayes and another two Hegarty scores followed to widen the gap – the second a superb offensive rebound that was finished in style. At the other end meanwhile, Fulham continued to put on a superb defensive display, and an excellent block from the Killester player set Barry Cooke up for a fantastic score to close the gap back. However a free throw from Hayes was followed by a nice finish from Dylan McCarthy at the other end and Wheelers led the way 44-33 going into the last.
The battle continued in the fourth quarter with Cunningham, Fulham, O’Cearra and Forbes all working hard for Killester and getting some good scores in. Wheelers had already built up a cushion though, and they continued to lead the way in this period, with Quinn knocking down a good score, and Jonathan Hayes adding two great baskets. Despite strong defensive pressure from Killester, Wheelers just had too much in the end and won out 60-47 to be crowned back to back champions.
REBEL WHEELERS: Con Coughlan, Jack Quinn (14), Paul Ryan, Alex Hennebry, Derek Hegarty (25), Johnny Hayes (9), Alan Dineen, Cormac O’Brien, Darragh O’Regan, Conor Coughlan (6), Dylan McCarthy (6), Slavomir Juranek, Sean Ryan.
KILLESTER WBC: John Fulham (6), Patrice Dockery, Michael Cunningham (11), Christine Doyle, Barry Cooke (13), Joseph Reddin, Darren Healy, Michael O’Cearra (9), Pauric Franey, Patrick Forbes (8), Sean McCullagh.
MVP: Derek Hegarty (Rebel Wheelers)