Super Sonics come back from brink of dissolution to glory

by Gazette Reporter

DMBB Under-15 cup final
Ronan Gaine

Tyrrelstown’s Dublin Sonics battled past the previously unbeaten Templeogue BC 51-59 in Oblates Hall on Friday night to win a famous DMBB Cup final.

A tense but fantastic game for all and a wonderful moment for the Sonics, who were without a court after their community centre was shut down at the beginning of the season.

“We lost our community hall at the start of the season for nearly six weeks, so the lads were playing at the start of the season without any training or fitness”, Sonics club secretary Jean Donohoe told the Dublin Gazette.

“We had written the season off, so to make it to the final, wow”.

The team from Tyrrelstown had lost by nine points in their league meeting with Templeogue but showed great courage to bounce back and inflict the southwest side’s first defeat of the season.

The league leaders started the better and ended the first quarter with a five point lead. The Sonics began to show signs of life in the second quarter but a brace of three pointers from star man Gian Cabello couldn’t cut into the first quarter lead. The half time score line reading 28-23 in favour of the home team.

The break appeared to do the Sonics the power of good, coming out like a team possessed in the third quarter. The Tyrrelstown boys outscored Templeogue by 20 points to 13 to take the lead in the game, going into the final quarter two points ahead.

The fourth quarter was a nail bitter throughout with offence very much the order of the day as the teams exchanged one and two point leads.

As the game came to a close the Sonics were able to establish a lead thanks to a deep three pointer by Cabello with just minutes remaining. This killed off the home side and the young boys from Blanch were able to stretch out their lead, eventually winning the game by eight points, 51-59.

This is the fourth cup in as many years that the club has won and this is arguably the most impressive after the problems at the start of the season.

The team was forced to play away games at the start of the season and almost had to drop out due to the disruption they were causing to the league and cup competitions.

Donohoe credited all involved for helping to achieve this impressive feat. “We were setting them up to fail but it’s just a credit to the volunteer coaches, the players and parents, it shows their love for the game and drive to succeed”.

The same clubs faced off in Sunday’s Under-14 final as a dominant Templeogue side defeated Dublin Sonics 86-43. A big loss but an impressive showing from the Sonics seeing as the Templeogue side had gone through the season unbeaten.

The 15s attention will now return to the league, as they keep up their fight for second place.

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