Templeogue land first title

Templeogue were crowned Men’s Super League champions following a thrilling 96-93 win over Garvey’s Tralee Warriors at a packed Oblate Hall in Inchicore on Saturday night.

Templeogue land first title

The Kerry side led for most of the game but coming down the stretch Templeogue hit the key baskets that edged a hard-earned win.

It means the Dubs have clinched the title for the first time, with one game left to play, and amid wild scenes of celebration, coach Mark Keenan praised his team and everybody associated with the club.

“It was a superb game and I thought the lads held their nerve coming down the stretch when the game hung in the balance,” Keenan said.

“Lots of effort has gone in to win this title and the hard work was rewarded and we are thrilled to have at last achieved our dream.”

The mood in the Tralee Warriors camp was mixed as coach Mark Bernsen reflected on his side’s brave performance.

“It was a strange game as I thought both teams were edgy in defence but when the game was there to be won we failed to find the numbers.

“The lads are gutted as Templeogue are the only side we have failed to beat this season but the Champions Trophy is still very much a live prospect for us.”

Swords Thunder would have benefitted had Templeogue lost, as they host Keenan’s side in the last game of the regular season next Saturday and could have forced a play-off.

Thunder showed their best form in weeks when they demolished UCD Marian 94-66. And for coach Dave Baker, the Champions Trophy is also very much on his radar.

Baker said: “Good luck to Templeogue, they have been consistent all season but there is one more trophy to be won and we will be going all out to secure it.”

Kubs have certainly improved since they signed American Corbin Jackson and they won a battle of defences when overcoming Belfast Star 60-57.

The Dublin side looked to be heading for the drop but coach Mark Ingle is delighted with how their fortunes turned around.

UL Eagles suffered another home defeat when going down to Moycullen 80-70. UCC Demons got back to winning ways when defeating DCU Saints 76-64 at the Mardyke Arena.

In the Women’s Super League there were joyous scenes at Coláiste Iosagain when Cork side Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell avoided the drop when defeating Meteors 62-52.

For Brunell coach Francis O’Sullivan it was a win to savour in his first season at the club.

“We played without a professional in our opening five games and that decision almost came back to haunt us but credit to all concerned at the club this win was down to sheer belief,” O’Sullivan said.

Regular season champions Team Ambassador UCC Glanmire put together another clinical performance when easily accounting for Killester 78-52 at Clontarf.

Portlaoise Panthers’ recent winning run continued when they accounted for NUIG Mystics 71-62.

Liffey Celtics showed no mercy to relegated Meteors yesterday when they trounced the Dublin side 82-30.

DCU Mercy dampened WIT Wildcats prospects of making the play-offs when defeating the Waterford side 59-51.

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