Templeogue went into the game minus Conor Grace but they found Killester in rampant form that saw them command a 21-point interval lead. In the second half the Clontarf side refused to take their foot off the pedal as they stunned Templeogue into submission with some clinical basketball to run out 32-point winners.
For the Killester assistant coach Mark Grennell this was his team’s best performance of the season.
“We were exceptional from start to finish and to defeat the league leaders by 32 points on their home court is no mean feat. Building on this win for our remaining games is a priority as I am sure this win will give the entire squad a huge lift.” For the Templeogue coach Mark Keenan it was a night to forget.
“We are struggling with a number of injuries and it really came back to haunt us in this game but let’s give credit to Killester they were outstanding,” Keenan said.
UCD Marian maintained their recent good form when easily disposing of basement side Eanna 94-64 with Barry Drumm leading their scoring with a 16 point contribution.
“We are presently playing very well as a unit and it would be nice to win all our games to the end of the league campaign,” UCD’s Conor Meaney said.
Moycullen at last found their true form at home when easily disposing of UL Eagles 72-52 in a low scoring game at the NUIG. The Galway side led 39-33 at the break but inspired by American Raheem Lemons they took control after the break much to the relief of coach Nollaig Cunningham.
“Once we broke the UL shackles we played well enough and to hold them to 52 points shows the strength of our defence,” Nollaig said.
Swords Thunder put their cup final to one side to run out comfortable 92-75 winners against Belfast Star with American Mike Garrow leading their scoring on 23 points.
C&S UCC Demons, who were demolished before the Christmas break by DCU Saints, produced an awesome display at the Mardyke Arena yesterday when thrashing the Dublin outfit 102-73.
Demons title hopes looked to be fading after their defeat to Saints in the last game but since that loss Templeogue have lost to Swords Thunder and Killester, handing the Superleage advantage back to Demons with a home game to come against the cup champions on February 28.
Although Saints threatened a mini revival in the third quarter Demons responded to lead 75-61 entering the fourth quarter. Lehmon Colbert finished with an impressive 35 points and reflected: “We showed today we are beginning to show our form of last season as we have had two good weeks of training and this month is certainly going to be an interesting one for us,” Lehmon said.
“We’ve four games left and if we win them we win the league,” said Player Coach Colin O’Reilly. “If you gave us that at the start of the season, we’d have taken it. And Templeogue are in the same position.” In the Women’s Premier league holders Glanmire maintained the form that carried them to Cup success as they demolished the Portlaoise Panthers 86-56.
Killester, reeling from their cup defeat, suffered another defeat when going down to Liffey Celtics with Meaghan Hoffman leading the scoring on 25 points for the winners.
Meteors also kept their recent good form intact when defeating Waterford Wildcats 83-74. UL Huskies travelled to Cork and came away with maximum points when defeating Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell 78-76.