Mary McGuire gives her weekly update on basketball, which saw a big win for Warriors in Tralee while Liffey Celtics claim victory over Glanmire
“This little town of ours was electric last night,” admitted Garvey’s Tralee Warriors Head Coach, Mark Bernsen, as his side marched to a crucial 86-80 point win over Pyrobel Killester in the Men’s Super League.
“We had our big game here and then we had Kerry playing Mayo in the football so a lot was going on down here and it was just great. It was a good win for us and I thought it was a fair result."
“We made some runs, they made some runs, but we had a nice defensive effort in the first half and good offensive in the second, it was a good win and an important win for us. We still have some big games to come though, so we’re not looking past our next game. It may be a cliché, but at this stage, we’re taking every game as it comes and we’re on the road a good bit and you just don’t know what will happen once you go on the road. It was crucial that we won that game, and I thought we did well."
Elsewhere, Griffith Swords Thunder had less than 24 hours recovery time between their two games but they didn’t let that deter them as they romped home to victory in Belfast on Friday evening, overcoming Star 69-81 before notching 100 points on the scoreboard in the ALSAA on Saturday evening, to defeat KUBS 100-61. Belfast Star also had a double header of games, facing off to the two top teams in the League, and after losing out to Swords at home on Friday, travelled to the Oblates on Sunday afternoon where they lost out 106-78 against League leaders Templeogue.
SSE Airtricity Moycullen meanwhile are celebrating a hard-fought win over UCC Demons in Galway where they ran out 85-83 point winners, while Commercial.ie Éanna dashed Radisson Blu UL Eagles’ hopes of getting their second win of the season, as they overcame the Limerick side 61-79. UCD took the spoils from their clash with DCU Saints meanwhile, running out 88-67 point winners.
There were some big results in the Women’s Super League this weekend as well, as Courtyard Liffey Celtics got redemption for losing out in the Hula Hoops National Cup final to Ambassador UCC Glanmire, when they overcame the Cork side 72-65 in Leixlip. There was a big win for Portlaoise Panthers on Saturday evening as well, as they got the better of Maxol WIT Wildcats in a close and competitive clash, winning out 58-63 in the end.
“I’m feeling very relieved,” said Peter O’Sullivan as the final buzzer sounded on a nervy last two minutes of the game. “It could have went either way there, we know that from the game we played against them up in Portlaoise [which went to overtime] and we felt that we had left it behind us back then. We had a few injuries coming into this, so the seven that were fit to play had to step up - and they did. Defense won it for us in the end, there was just three points in it there in the last minute, so we had to go out and have our individual battles and we won those. We’re very happy to get over the line.”
Elsewhere, Pyrobel Killester overcame Meteors on Saturday evening, while Singleton SuperValu Brunell recorded their third win of the League when they overcame NUIG Mystics on Sunday.
Basketball Ireland Men's Super League
Belfast Star 69-81 Griffith Swords
Thunder Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 86-80 Pyrobel Killester
Griffith Swords Thunder 100-61 KUBS BC
UCD Marian 88-67 DCU Saints
SSE Airtricity Moycullen 85-83 UCC Demons
Radisson Blu UL Eagles 61-79 Commercial.ie Éanna
Templeogue 106-78 Belfast Star
Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League
Meteors 59-64 Pyrobel Killester
Maxol WIT Wildcats 58-63 Portlaoise Panthers
Courtyard Liffey Celtics 72-65 Ambassador UCC Glanmire
Singleton SuperValu Brunell 64-60 NUIG Mystics
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One
ITC Basketball 85-76 Ej Sligo
All-Stars Kestrels 96-56 Dublin Lions
Fr Mathews 81-72 LYIT Donegal Team
Kilkenny 82-66 Titans
Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin 82-89 Maree
Basketball Ireland Women's Division One
ITC Basketball 67-53 Ulster University Elks
Oblate Dynamos 64-82 UL Huskies