Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin have lost their unbeaten record in the Men’s Super League, going down 85-70 at Templeogue.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for the reigning Cup champions though, despite being bolstered by the addition of Dee Proby to the team, as Killorglin came out of the blocks all guns blazing, with American Pierre Newton in fine form as he linked in with Ivan Bogdanovic and Daniel Jokubaitis for some great scores early on to see the visitors into the lead. It was nip and tuck throughout the second, with Killorglin just edging it at the break, 42-44. However, a blistering third quarter from the hosts put Killorglin on the back foot as a dazzling display from Lorcan Murphy saw him chip in with 10 superbly taken points, while assisting three of Neil Randolph’s four three-pointers in the quarter to see them ahead 72-59 going into the last, and they pushed on from there to win by 15 in the end.
“It’s good to win and it puts the bull’s-eye on our back and that’s a fun place to be,” admitted Templeogue player Lawrence (Puff) Summers. “Killorglin are extremely well coached, their American Pierre [Newton] is fantastic he has a great pace and demeanour about him, they’re going to be a force this year and I’m glad to get that win early in the season.”
Eamonn Foley reports
Garvey’s Tralee Warriors won by 102 to 92 at DCU Saints. For the second year running the Warriors scored over 100 points to defeat the Saints and leave the Tralee side second on the Super League table behind the unbeaten Black Amber Templeogue. An action-packed, high intensity game saw Tralee’s Jordan Evans finish the clash out with 30 points, with Paul Dick also putting in a 24-point display for the visitors. Despite the best efforts of DCU’s Martins Provizors and Mike Bonaparte, Tralee’s firepower proved too much for the Saints’ in the end. “We again got a nice spread of contributions,” said Tralee head coach, Pat Price. “We’re still conceding more than we’d like, but road wins are tough in this league. Our bench was outstanding tonight, on both ends of the floor.” Warriors trailed 27-24 at the end of the first, led 52-46 at half-time and 79-73 at the end of the third.
Top scorers: Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Jordan Evans 30, Paul Dick 24, Fergal O’Sullivan 14
DCU Saints: Martins Provizors 26, Mike Bonaparte 24, Tariq Guebali 17
Alan Cantwell reports
Team Tom McCarthy St Mary’s Castleisland have their first win in Women’s Division One, beating UL Huskies 65-63. Good scoring from Lorraine Scanlon and Cassandra Buckley saw the hosts push on in the third quarter after proceedings were left tied at 28 point apiece at the half time break. However, the fourth quarter was to produce more drama, as St Mary’s led 63-56 with 41 seconds to go and it looked like the result was beyond doubt when Huskies’ Orlaith Woods nailed a three for the Limerick side. Abbey Goodsell added a basket for the visitors before Woods nailed another much to the dismay of the home crowd. However, a foul at the other end send Cassandra Buckley to the line for St Mary’s and she was good for two to save the day and give the hosts their first win of the league. “I’m delighted with the win,” said Castleisland head coach, Liam Culloty. “When we worked together, we drove ahead. We were sloppy at times in terms of organisation, but I’m delighted with the win and with the support of the crowd and we’re looking forward to the next home game. I thought that Cassandra Buckley was outstanding and that Deirdre Geaney and Lorraine Scanlon worked well together as well.”
St. Mary’s: Lorraine Scanlon 19, Cassandra Buckley 13, Aoife Nolan 10
UL: Abbey Goodsell 21, Katie Whelan 13, Abbey Jeffrey 10
Liz Galwey reports