Successful Night For Kerry Clubs On National Basketball Scene

2 March 2019; Eoin Quigley of Garvey's Tralee Warriors goes up for a basket despite the attention of Sean Seller of Maree during the Basketball Ireland Men's Superleague match between Garvey's Tralee Warriors and Maree at the Tralee Sports Complex in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin boosted their chances of Men’s Super League survival by beating CandS Neptune 96-81. Helen O’Sullivan reports

The two sides, who were promoted to the Men’s Super League together this season, were tied alongside Galway’s Moycullen heading into the clash, but a massive display from the Kerry side saw them over the line and three points clear of the danger zone. Big games from Daniel Jokubaitis, Shaquille Dance and Eoin O’Sullivan saw them into a 37-56 point lead at half time, and despite a big Neptune comeback down the stretch, they held their cool to see home victory. “We performed very well, we’ve been threatening it the last few weeks, we ran a few of the big teams very close,” said player/coach, Declan Wall, afterwards. “We were up for it tonight, we treated it like a Cup final, if we got this win, we were thinking we might be able to stay up and play in the Super League and the boys went out and did great.”

Top scorers C and S Neptune: Lehmon Colbert 26, Justus Melton 11, Darragh O Sullivan 11
Top scorers Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin: Daniel Jokubaitis 25, Shaquille Dance 17, Eoin O Sullivan 12
Half time score: C and S Neptune 37-56 Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin

The Garvey’s Tralee Warriors title challenge is also on course after they defeated Maree 88-70. Alan Cantwell reports

A 26-point game from Paul Dick, coupled with big performances around the court from Eoin Quigley and Kendal Williams saw Tralee home in the end, but Maree certainly didn’t make it easy for them. Sean Sellers led the way for the visitors behind 27 points, and at half time, nothing separated the sides tied at 44 points apiece. Niels Bunschoten and Eoin Rockall also caused trouble for the Warriors defense, but a big third quarter from the hosts saw them find some space on the scoreboard to lead 66-57 going into the last, and they drove on from there.
“We’re playing together as a team and we’re taking it one game at a time now,” said Warriors’ player, Kieran Donaghy afterwards. “It’s hard as we have a lot of tough games in the run in to the finish, but we’re at the business end of the season with half a chance and we’re just delighted to be there.”

Top scorers Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Paul Dick 26, Eoin Quigley 23, Kendal Williams 16
Top scorers Maree: Sean Sellers 27, Niels Bunschoten 15, Eoin Rockall 14
Half time score: Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 44-44 Maree

Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney also won, in Men’s Division One, beating Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers 105-86. Matt O’Neill reports

A stunning performance from Mark Greene saw him net nine three-pointers for his side on the night, and finished the game out with 29 points. Dailian Mason, Papito Hersisia and Sean O’Brien were all on form for the Kerry side as well, seeing them into a 60-40 point lead at the half time break. The Dubliners weren’t giving up without a fight though, and Conor Liston, Tom Kenny and Alex Dolenko began to find the mark for Tolka, but the fire power at the other end just proved too much and Killarney took home the win.

Top scorers Scotts Lakers St. Paul’s Killarney: Mark Greene 29, Dailian Mason 21, Papito Hersisia 21, Sean O Brien 17
Top scorers Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers: Conor Liston 18, Tom Kenny 18, Alex Dolenko 14, Justin Goldsborough 12
Half time score: Scotts Lakers St. Paul’s Killarney 60-40 Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers