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NUIG Mystics head coach Paul O’Brien says his side are treating this week like any other as they prepare to travel to the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on Sunday to take on Templeogue in the Women’s Division One Cup final (1:30 p.m.).

The Mystics enter the game as favourites, having lowered the Templeogue flag at the home ground of Dublin’s side in the league with a 76-60 victory at the end of November, although O’Brien insists the match will have little bearing on Sunday’s competition.

“That was a few months ago, they’re a much better team now, defensively they’re much stronger now than they were for this game, so we’re going to have to shoot the ball well, definitely better than us. didn’t make it in the semi-final,” he said.

That semi-final saw the Mystics beat the Limerick Sport Huskies 70-54, and they go into Sunday’s final in great shape, having beaten the Tipperary Knights 92-65 at the NUIG Sports Complex on Saturday, their eighth victory on the rebound since their one and only defeat of the season, a 77-74 loss to the Ulster University Elks in November.

“It was a very good game this weekend and the final scoreline doesn’t do Tipperary justice. They were right on it until about halfway through the third quarter, they were actually leading, but we just came out of it with a big final quarter,” he said.

Templeogue are also on good form, having won four games in a row, their last loss being this knockdown against Mystics, and O’Brien says the Dublin side will be boosted by having something of an on-court advantage at home, given that the NBA is only a 20-minute drive from its home turf.

However, Mystics has plenty of players accustomed to playing high-pressure games, and the domestic arena will hold no surprises for a squad packed with players who have worn Ireland’s green to the venue and played matches. school and club finals. the.

“We have a great team spirit, there is no ego in the team, the players don’t care who scores as long as the team is winning, and that has been crucial for our season so far. “We are treating this week the same as the others, we will train on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and we will take the bus on Sunday morning and hopefully we will play to our ability,” he said. .

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