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ESB Mens First Division 25/11/2000

Lundy Foods Ballina 66 (44) 81 (26) Longnecks Ballina
M Munez 28 25 D Marsh
F Foody 11 16 P McStay
P Roche 8 12 T Walsh

In a tense and heated atmosphere, defending champions, Longnecks of Ballina defeated their younger hometown rivals, Lundy Foods in an entertaining match in Gortnor Abbey Gym. The game got off to a very slow sluggish first quarter seeing both teams make poor shot selections and bad movement by Lundy Foods. The crowd finally got into the game when a long range three from the hot hand of Padraic Roche sizzled through the net. The roar was deafening. This seemed to wake both teams up and at the end of the first quarter Longnecks were ahead 20 - 10.

At the start of the second quarter the two teams came out with all guns blazing. Longneck's Liam Mc Hale started getting a bit more physical as he used his strength more than his skill to get to loose balls. Finally after 3 mins of the quarter he and Lundy's Aidan Tighe were ejected from the game for a fracas on the ground after a loose ball from a rebound. This rather harsh decision angered Longnecks and team coach and bench were awarded technicals for comments to the referee. However the incident was put aside by both teams and on a more sporting note Deora Marsh tore the Lundy defence apart, grabbing rebound after rebound and sinking every turn around jumpshot scoring 8 of their 24 point in the second quarter. Lundys were rattled and at the end of the half Lundy Foods were down 26-44.

In the third, Lundy Foods' new Spanish player, Miguel A. Munez wouldn't give up. He drove to the basket time and time again weaving his way through the Longnecks defense scoring 10 of Lundy Foods 19 points of the quarter. Still there in force was Deora Marsh; grabbing huge rebounds, both offensive and defensive and sending some Lundy Foods drives to the basket back in their faces. Down 45-66 at the start of the final quarter, Lundy Foods ran the fast break and shot the ball to perfection drawing to within 10 points of Longnecks. But the seemingly unstoppable Longnecks team kept their lead. Miguel A. Munez was shooting the lights out scoring some impossible three point shots, coming off screens and turnaround shots when being closely guarded. Longnecks got into team foul trouble but Lundy Foods failed to capitalise on this. Although they won the second half, Lundy Foods lost 81-66 in a thrilling local derby.

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