A stunning exhibition of three-point shooting from Pyrobel Killester last night saw them become the first team this season to overcome league leaders and cup champions, Courtyard Liffey Celtics.
A dazzling performance that saw 17 three-pointers from Killester in total – with nine of these coming in the fourth quarter alone – was enough to see them come back from a 47-56 point deficit at half time to win out in thrilling fashion, 109-86.
Rebecca Nagle and Miah Spencer were the stand-out three-point stars for Killester, bagging seven and six three-pointers respectively on the night, with Christa Reed chipping in with four huge long-range efforts as well, in a game that really dished up everything from the off.
Said Killester head coach Karl Kilbride: “We’re delighted, particularly after losing to them last week. Our defence won us the game though, we held them to 30 points in the second half.”
It was Celtics’ second appointment of the weekend: the leaders were pushed all the way Saturday by Brunell before running out 69-57 winners at Leixlip.
Fr Mathews had few problems disposing of Marble City Hawks 70-52, while UCC Ambassador Glanmire’s second-half display saw them defeat NUIG Mystics and DCU Mercy saw off WIT Wildcats 73-51.
Meanwhile Moycullen won their crucial Men’s Super League relegation clash against Neptune 108 to 97 in a tremendous game at the NUIG.
And the drama wasn’t confined to the court as players and spectators were forced to leave the gym for a spell when a fire alarm sounded.
The sides went into the fourth period level on 79 points apiece, but Moycullen’s American Issiah Harris-Winn gave an exhibition of shooting down the stretch to seal victory. It’s another huge blow for Neptune in the wake of the midweek withdrawal of Swords Thunder from the Superleague.
Coach Paul Kelleher said: “I thought we played smashing basketball at times, but some of the shots they executed were four feet outside the perimeter and no matter what we did in defence they consistently punished us. We were the only side in the bottom five teams that defeated Swords but the points were taken away from us and now we are level on points with Moycullen and Killorglin.”
Leaders Templeogue suffered a home defeat to UCD Marian 72-64 at Inchicore. Templeogue led for three-quarters of the game, but a stunning finish by UCD Marian saw them snatch the points.
“This throws the league open again but the gulf is not wide between many teams and there could be many twists and turns before the end of the season,” said Marian’s Conor Meany.