Basketball Win For Tralee But Defeats For Killorglin & Killarney

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors won 80-68 at Belfast Star in the Men’s Super League. Alan Cantwell reports

“There’s a lot of basketball still to be played,” said Garvey’s Tralee Warriors head coach, Pat Price, after his side remained in the Men’s Super League title chase on Saturday evening thanks to a 68-80 point victory on the road against Belfast Star.

Led by a huge 16 points from Paul Dick, coupled with a combined 27 points from Kieran Donaghy and Fergal O’Sullivan, Warriors put the hard graft in in the opening half, opening up at 24-44 point lead at the break. However, a high-scoring third quarter from Star, led by Mike Davis who finished the game on 34 points, kept Warriors under pressure the full way down the stretch.

“At this point in the season, it’s results first, and then we’ll analyse the performance after,” Price reflected. “Star were similar today to what they were against Neptune last week, in that they didn’t have a great first half and then came out and shot the lights out in the second half. We just had to withstand it, if we were head-to-head at half time and they came out and did what they did, we would have lost the game. Our first half really stood to us, and down the stretch we took care of the ball enough to finish it.

“We’re trying now not to look at the table too much as what happens outside of our team is 100 per cent outside of our control. We’re process driven and we were focused on these guys tonight, and then we’ll turn the page and look at next weekend. There’s a lot of basketball to be played. It’s going to be a long month for teams.”

Top scorers Belfast Star: Mike Davis 34, Paddy McGaharan 9, CJ Fulton 8
Top scorers Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Paul Dick 16, Kieran Donaghy 14, Fergal O Sullivan 13
Half time score: Belfast Star 24-44 Garvey’s Tralee Warriors

Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin went down 101-76 to UCD Marian. Eamonn Foley reports

Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin had to settle for second best against an extremely in-from UCD Marian at home on Saturday evening, losing out to the reigning league champions 76-101 in the end. Mike Garrow, Conor Meany and Elijah Mays proved to be an incredibly pacy backcourt challenge for the hosts, and despite good displays from Daniel Jokubaitis, Daragh Jones and Declan Wall, UCD put in a huge 40-point third quarter to help see home victory.

Top scorers:
Killorglin- Daniel Jokubaitis 12, Daragh Jones 12, Declan Wall 11
Marian-Mike Garrow 19, Conor Meany 17, Elijah Mays 15

Men’s Division One saw Scott’s Lakers St Pauls Killarney beaten 103-87 by DBS Eanna. Lakers led 45-42 at half-time.

It was a tough day in Dublin for Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney on Saturday evening meanwhile as they faced up against the test of Northern Conference leaders and the unbeaten, DBS Éanna in a big away clash. A superb first half performance from Sean O’Brien and Papito Hersisia looked to have Killarney comfortable at stages, but Éanna kept chipping away at the lead and by the half time break, had the margin cut to three points. A stunning third quarter from the hosts’ Stefan Zecevic and Joshua Wilson began to show why the Dubliners are still unbeaten after 20 league games, and with Conor Gallagher showing his presence under the boards, Éanna drove home to a 103-87 point win in the end.

Top scorers DBS Éanna: Stefan Zecevic 27, Joshua Wilson 24, Conor Gallagher 18
Top scorers Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney: Sean O Brien 25, Papito Hersisa 25, Dailian Mason 10
Half time score: DBS Éanna 42-45 Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney

It was a long way home from Belfast for Team Tom McCarthy’s St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon meanwhile as they lost out in a thrilling overtime showdown with Ulster University Elks by four points. Superb displays from Mia Hopkins, Labhaoise Walmsley and Denise Dunlea saw the visitors all square at half time with the Northern Conference winners, and tied up once more at the end of regulation. A big push from the hosts in overtime though saw them edge it, 80-76.

Top scorers Ulster University Elks: Kollyns Scarbrough 27, Jenna Kaufman 26, Erin Bracken 7
Top scorers Team Tom McCarthy’s St Mary’s: Mia Hopkins 27, Labhaoise Walmsley 14, Denise Dunlea 11
Half time score: Ulster University Elks 32-32 Team Tom McCarthy’s St Mary’s