PYROBEL Killester did a Super League basketball double over Maree last Saturday evening as the men ground out an 87-70 point win at home while the women beat the same opponent 74-71 on Saturday evening.
The latter result sees the Dublin side stay equal top of the women’s Super League. It was nip and tuck between the sides throughout the first half, with Killester just edging it at the half time break, 29-27.
A superb display from Killester’s Christa Reed caused multiple problems for the Maree defence as the third quarter got underway and despite good work from Carol McCarthy and Claire Rockall,
Killester had opened up a 59-50 point lead going into the last. A big push from the visitors in the fourth though saw them close the gap back down to leave the result in the melting pot.
Big scores from Aine McDonagh and Fiona Scally for the visitors kept the board ticking over, but Reed and Aisling McCann stepped up for Killester, and held their cool to secure the win.
Speaking afterwards, a relieved Karl Kilbride, the Killester coach, stated: “We are delighted with the win.
“We did a really poor job with defensive rebounding and Maree did an excellent job with offensive rebounding.
“We couldn’t control the boards in the first half, which meant we couldn’t get out and run. This left us very stagnant on offence, although we were getting most of the looks we wanted, but the ball wasn’t dropping.
“In the third quarter, we hit a lot of threes that came from transition and us getting stops and I’m delighted how we were able to turn the defensive end up things around in the second half.”
The men were also pushed out all the way to the final buzzer. Good scoring from Mintautas Bulanovas for the hosts and a strong display from Tomas Fernandez helped Killester over the line, while Isaac Westbrooks and Ciaran Roe combined for some good scores on the night.
Maree’s Darin Johnson was to the fore, finishing the game out with 26 points, but despite his best efforts and the hard work of Eoin Rockall and Paul Freeman, the Dubliners had too much in the end.
Killester’s Brian O’Malley reflected afterwards: “It’s great to get the win. Maree are really good and Johnson is a tough match-up, but I thought we did a good job defensively.
“The game was really close, we were frustrated at times as we would get a lead and then Maree would peg us back.”