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Templeogue pip GCD Swords Thunder in dramatic Men's National Cup final

The southsiders defeated their northside opponents 78-75 at the National Basketball Arena tonight.

Supporters cheer on their team Fans at the National Basketball Arena. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Updated at 22.05

TEMPLEOGUE ARE THE 2016 Hula Hoops Men’s National Cup champions after a thrilling 78-75 win over GCD Swords Thunder at the National Basketball Arena tonight.

Alex Dolenko under pressure GCD Swords Thunder's Alex Dolenko under pressure from Jason Killeen of Templeogue. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Slight favourites going into the game, they began strongly and were 24-16 up after the first quarter. However, Swords responded to hold an 11-point lead at the midway point.

Jason Killeen, Shane Homan, Lorcan Murphy and Rob Daly celebrate Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Templeogue then regained control, going 57-51 ahead with just the final quarter to play, and held out for a three-point victory after a frantic finish.

Shane Homan and Templeogue players celebrate with the cup Shane Homan lifts the trophy. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

It is the first time the club, coached by Mark Keenan, have won the competition.

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