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Templeogue edge out Dublin derby over UCD

by Aaron Dunne
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Griffith College Templeogue head coach Mark Keenan praised the ‘huge baskets’ late in the game as his side edged the Dublin derby against UCD Marian in the National Basketball Arena. The Jonathan Jean 30-point haul wasn’t enough for his side, while Francis Mulvihill (21) top scored for the victors.

 “Delighted to get the win tonight. We had an excellent second quarter to turn the game around for us. Our defence turned up a few notches to hold UCD Marian to 11 points. Things got very tight down the stretch, but the guys came up with huge baskets to claim the win. Happy with a lot of our performance, but still plenty to get better at,” added MaKeenan.

 Belfast Star head coach Adrian Fulton said that the performance in the 90-83 victory over Killester gives his side confidence that they can compete with anyone in the country, They are proving to be one of the standard-bearers in this year’s campaign, sitting on a 10-3 record. Although they lost Max Cooper to a dislocated shoulder, Fulton praised the team effort in digging deep to grind out the win. Paul Dick led the scoring with 25.

 Speaking after the game, Adrian Fulton said: “A great battle between two good teams. Delighted to come out on top in this one. We had lots of good individual performances and our bench was terrific. That performance gives us confidence that we can compete with anyone in the country as I think Killester are a very good side.”

 Max Cooper, after starting the game really well, dislocated his shoulder in an unfortunate accidental clash with Paul Dick. He went straight to the hospital and got immediate attention, but it was out for almost two hours. We just don’t know how long a recovery process it will be, but clearly we are all hoping and praying that he will be okay.”

 [Shon] Briggsy was very good yet again but Max Richardson who has been great for us this season on and off the court got in foul trouble. So it was really up to our home based players to step up and they did. In particular, the Quinns, Oisin Kerlin and Conor Johnston all played a big part in the victory. But all 11 on our roster played and they all contributed so that’s very encouraging.”

Belfast Star head coach Adrian Fulton said that the performance in the 90-83 victory over Killester gives his side confidence that they can compete with anyone in the country, They are proving to be one of the standard-bearers in this year’s campaign, sitting on a 10-3 record. Although they lost Max Cooper to a dislocated shoulder, Fulton praised the team effort in digging deep to grind out the win. Paul Dick led the scoring with 25.

 Speaking after the game, Adrian Fulton said: “A great battle between two good teams. Delighted to come out on top in this one. We had lots of good individual performances and our bench was terrific.”

 That performance gives us confidence that we can compete with anyone in the country as I think Killester are a very good side.”

 Max Cooper, after starting the game really well, dislocated his shoulder in an unfortunate accidental clash with Paul Dick. He went straight to the hospital and got immediate attention, but it was out for almost two hours. We just don’t know how long a recovery process it will be, but clearly we are all hoping and praying that he will be okay.”

 [Shon] Briggsy was very good yet again but Max Richardson who has been great for us this season on and off the court got in foul trouble. So it was really up to our home based players to step up and they did. In particular, the Quinns, Oisin Kerlin and Conor Johnston all played a big part in the victory. But all 11 on our roster played and they all contributed so that’s very encouraging.”

Featured Image: InsureMyHouse.ie Paudie O’Connor Cup Final, National Basketball Arena, Dublin 22/1/2023
Trinity Meteors vs Killester – Killester’s Chanell Williams in action
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