Swords Thunder had to withstand a tremendous Killester second half comeback before eventually prevailing 91-86 in the Men’s Super League clash at Clontarf.
Thunder, inspired by Isaac Westbrooks and James Golsborough, played awesome basketball in the opening 20 minutes and deservedly commanded a 59-39 interval lead.
Killester responded and with veteran American Jermaine Turner and Keith Anderson finding their shooting range they posed the Swords defence all sorts of problems.
Naturally the Swords coach Dave Baker was pleased with the maximum points.
“It certainly was a game of two halves as we played the superior basketball in the first but Killester were always likely to get a run on us on their home court,” Baker said.
“I have every confidence my team will improve with each game and we will assess this performance when we get back on the training court.”
The mood in the Killester camp was one of disappointment as coach Brian O’Malley reflected on his team losing at home.
“We didn’t play in the first half and allowed Swords far too much space but there were plenty of positives to take from the second despite our defeat,” O’Malley said.
Super League debutants Kubs were given a taste of life in the fast lane when they went down at home 89-73 to Galway outfit Moycullen.
The Dublin side did command a 41-39 lead with American Brian Edwards and Jon Riles showing nice touches at the post.
Credit to Moycullen they played much improved basketball on the restart and with Philip-Lawrence Ricks (24) and Dylan Cunningham (20) the star players they ran out comfortable 16-point winners.
The newly appointed Kubs coach Mark Ingle wasn’t happy after the game.
“We were very much in the game at the break but dropped our intensity in the second and allowed Moycullen punish us at will,” Ingle said.
Championship favourites Templeogue travelled to Glasnevin and came away with an impressive 92-79 win against DCU Saints. The opening two quarters were competitive but a late Jason Killeen bank shot ensured Templeogue commanded a 44-37 interval lead.
Lorcan Murphy, one of the most athletic Irish players in the league, showed his class coming down the stretch when finishing with a game high 30 points.
This season Saints coach Joey Boylan is continuing to blood Irish players and he was proud of his team’s performance despite the loss.
“We battled hard and if we continue to show that intensity we will pose problems for many teams in this league problems,” Boylan said.
Darren O’Neill has returned as Belfast Star head coach but his side were pushed to the limit at home before eventually prevailing 68-67 against UL Eagles.
The northerners led 36-33 at the break but this game was all about defence as O’Neill was thankful his side held out for a narrow win.
“We defended well but we need to be more clinical in the offence court, but the result was crucial and we need to work hard in the coming weeks,” Darren said.
UCD Marian travelled to play fellow Dublin side Eanna and came with a comfortable 99-56 win with Neil Baynes finishing with a game high 15 points.
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