Garvey’s Tralee Warriors put the disappointment of their semi final defeat to DBS Éanna in the Hula Hoops Pat Duffy National Cup last weekend behind them in the most emphatic fashion with a 103-78 win over DCU Saints at the Castleisland Community Centre on Saturday night.
Saints opened the scoring with Graham Branelly first on the mark but the St. Vincent’s side had to look on as the Warriors quickly fired in the next 13 points from the field. Daniel Jokubaitis arced in two threes, Jon Lawton hit another and a basket each from Kieran Donaghy and Ivan Bogdanovic saw the Warriors ease ahead. Mike Bonaparte, Charlie Coombes and Kevin Lacey cut the gap to three after Andre Berry opened his account. However the League champions finished the quarter in style with a hat trick of threes from Berry, Lawton and Darragh O’Hanlon to take a 31-18 to the first break.
The Warriors moved up a gear early in the second as their scores rained down on the Saints basket. Three scores from Jokubaitis, another hat trick of threes from Lawton, O’Hanlon and Rap Buivydas and when Eoin Quigley checked in the Warriors had quickly built a 25 point lead. Saints resistance was limited to a three from Marcus Black and a score each from Branelly and team captain Conor Gilligan. However the Warriors looked like a team on a mission with Andre Berry in particular hitting scores from both inside and out and Buivydas and Quigley chipping in a score each to see them establish a game winning 59-32 lead at the long break.
The big crowd in Castleisland was expecting some form of comeback from Saints early in the third but instead it was the Warriors that opened up to blitz the Dublin side for another 14 unanswered points. Lawton hit back-to-back threes and Bogdanovic, Jokubaitis, Donaghy and Quigley queued up to push the advantage out to 73-32. Saints in fairness did eventually spark into life spearheaded by Mike Bonaparte and Charlie Coombes. Bonaparte showed his class with some excellent scores to cut the gap by 10 but the Warriors were all but out of sight and when Fergal O’Sullivan made a welcome return to hitting three pointers and when Berry and Lawton were on the mark again the sides turned for home with the Warriors leading 86-52.
Saints to their credit did not give up and early in the final quarter hit the first six scores with Bonaparte, Lacey and Stephen Ingle all in range but Darragh O’Hanlon fired in two customary threes and Donaghy and Jokubaitis kept the significant gap intact. Lacey and Martin Neary hit a three apiece for the visitors before Rap Buivydas had the honour of hitting the 100-point mark for the Warriors with a drive to the board. Pa McCarthy added another late on before Bonaparte stroked in another three to bring the contest to a close.
From the Warriors point of view it was particularly pleasing to win so easily without the services of both Paul Dick and Darren O’Sullivan in addition to receiving the news that Pyrobel Killester had lowered the colours of title rivals DBS Éanna in Rathfarnham.
Warriors – Andre Berry 19, Jon Lawton 17, Darragh O’Hanlon 16
DCU Saints – Michael Bonaparte 23, Kevin Lacey 14, Charlie Coombes 12
Next up for the Warriors is a crucial date with Griffith College Templeogue at the Nord Anglia International School in Sandyford next Saturday night. Tip off there is at 7.00pm.
Alan Cantwell reports
Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin lost to Griffith College Templeogue 67-54. A cagey first half saw Rami Ghanem and O’Reilly to the fore for the hosts, as they worked hard to contain Xabier Arriaga and Darren Townes for the visitors to see just two in it at the break, Templeogue leading 28-30. The third quarter remained neck-in-neck with Arriaga getting some nice scores for Templeogue, while Ghanem continued to dominate offensively for the hosts, and just four separated them going into the last. A big push from Templeogue down the stretch in the fourth though saw them open up some breathing room on the scoreboard as the clock wound down, and they held on to win 54-67 in the end. Eamonn Foley reports
Top scorers Keanes Supervalu Killorglin: Rami Ghanem 20, Colin O Reilly 9, Allan Thomas 7
Top scorers Griffith College Templeogue: Xabier Arriaga 19, Darren Townes 17, Lorcan Murphy 9
Half time score: Keanes Supervalu Killorglin 28-30 Griffith College Templeogue
In Men’s Division One Scott’s Lakers St Pauls Killarney won 97-84 at Waterford Vikings, with big scoring from Toby Christensen and Aaron Jackson helping them home to victory. A close first half saw Killarney leading by just one at the break, 44-45, thanks to good scoring from Waterford’s Michael Grassey, Daniel Sheehan and Craig O’Neill. A huge third quarter from Killarney though saw Christensen take the reins of the game and he, along with Jackson and Brian O’Neill, ran in some big scores to widen the gap out to 59-74 going into the last. Despite big work from Waterford in the fourth, Killarney had their tails up, and drove on to win out 84-97.
Matt O’Neill reports
Scotts Lakers: Toby Christensen 25, Aaron Jackson 19, Brian O’Neill 17.
Waterford Vikings: Michael Grassey 34, Craig O’Neill 14, Daniel Sheehan 14.