Garveys Tralee Warriors defeated Templeogue 88-77 in their Men’s Super League top of the table clash. In one of the most highly-anticipated games of the weekend, huge performances from Kieran Donaghy, Fergal O’Sullivan and Kendal Williams were the talking points for the crowd on the night, as Tralee put in a stunning third quarter display to helped set them up for a thrilling finish in front of a capacity crowd. A late Templeogue run put the game back in the melting pot in the fourth quarter, but scores from Paul Dick, Keith Jumper and Eoin Quigley steadied the ship to see the hosts home to a memorable victory.
The win now sees Tralee as the only team in the league with just four losses, with fellow title chasers Templeogue and UCD Marian now sitting on five losses. Tralee have a tough job ahead of them though as they still have four games left to play in the season in comparison to Templeogue’s two clashes, with two of the Kerry side’s games set to be a double header of home and away games against UCD Marian on the last weekend of the season, March 23rd and 24th.
“I’m very proud of the team – we’re battered and bruised and we got through some tough injuries tonight,” said Tralee boss, Pat Price. “Templeogue are good and they brought their A game tonight. When you get the best teams together like this it’s about runs – can you stop the runs, can you answer them? And if we hadn’t stopped their run they could have won as they’re really good. We answered their run though and we did it at the right time. Everything starts on the defensive end and then when Fergal O’Sullivan hit threes – in front of this crowd – it’s worth four.”
Top scorers Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Paul Dick 15, Fergal O Sullivan 14, Kendall Willams 14
Top scorers Templeogue: Jason Killeen 18, Puff Summers 15, Lorcan Murphy 13
Half time score: Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 47-44 Templeogue
Warriors Captain Darren O’Sullivan
Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin meanwhile were pipped by just one point in their road Super League clash with Belfast Star, the hosts winning out 85-84 on the night. Shaquille Dance and Daniel Jokubaitis were the standouts for the visitors, bagging 30 and 28 points respectively on the night. A strong first half from the hosts – thanks to a 39-point display from Mike Davis – saw them into a 49-42 point lead at the half, but Killorglin weren’t going down without a fight. A huge third quarter from the Kerry team saw the sides all level at 68 points apiece going into the last to ensure a thrilling finale, and it certainly delivered. By the midway point of the fourth quarter, Star led by just one basket and it remained neck-in-neck down the stretch. Killorglin had a last chance shot to try and get the win, but lost out in the end by one point.
Top scorers Belfast Star: Mike Davis 39, Sergio Baldovi 14, Conor Quinn 11
Top scorers Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin: Shaquille Dance 30, Daniel Jokubaitis 28, Ivan Bogdanovic 9
Half time score: Belfast Star 49-42 Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin
Eamonn Foley reports
Men’s Division One saw Scott’s Lakers St Pauls Killarney win 75-58 at KUBS. Pauls led 15-14 after the first quarter, 31-26 at half time and 55-40 after the third quarter.
Top scorers for Pauls: Sean O’Brien 23, Andrew Fitzgerald 18, Papito Hersisia 10.
KUBS: Elijah Tillman 19, Sean Daly 9, Stephen Ingle
Pauls Captain Mark Greene