Pyrobel Killester edged Belfast Star 81-73 in Dublin, with Spaniard Tomas Fernandez leading the scoring for the hosts with 24 points in men’s basketball’s Super League.
A close and hotly-contested affair saw Star lead 17-21 at the end of the first, thanks to good work from CJ Fulton, Aidan Quinn and Delaney Blaylock.
The game remained neck-and-neck throughout the second quarter, with Fernandez, Ciaran Roe and Alan Casey to the fore for Killester.
But it was Star who had the edge at the half , 34-36. A close third quarter followed, with Killester taking a 59-55 point lead into the last, and they pushed on from there to win out 81-73 in the end.
Speaking afterwards, head coach Brian O’Malley stated: “We’re delighted to get the win. Star, credit to them, are fantastic.
“The way they stretch the floor really put us under pressure defensively and they battled hard.
“ It was a good game – it was up and down and ebbed and flowed. We’re thankful that at the final buzzer we were the ones in the lead as it could have gone either way.
“We dug in deep; we were down a few at half time but we had a good third quarter. We got a lot of shots we liked in the first half and we didn’t hit them, but we came out in the second and everything went up a level for us.
“We are delighted to get out of here with a win tonight because that Star team is very, very good, very talented.
“It is one of those ones were at the end of the game, it could’ve gone either way and we are just thankful it came our way.”
Elsewhere, DCU Saints got the better of Moycullen on the road, running out 64-86 point winners in the end.
Despite the final scoreline though, this game was an extremely close affair, with Moycullen holding a one-point lead at half time (45-44).
Big scoring in the second half from DCU Saints’ Eoin Darling (who finished with 21 points), Mike Bonaparte (19 points) and Charlie Coombes (15 points) saw them into a 55-64 point lead going into the last and they continued to work hard down the stretch to take home their second consecutive win.