It took the dying moments of the game to separate Pyrobel Killester and Coughlan C&S Neptune in Killester on Saturday evening, with the hosts just pipping it by four points in the end, 102-98.
The sides were neck-and-neck throughout, with Killester edging the first half lead, 47-44, thanks to good scoring from Kason Harrell, Tomas Fernandez and John Behan – who all combined for 71 points.
The clash continued in the second half with Gary Walsh and Nil Sabatta getting some key scores for Neptune and causing lots of trouble for the home side.
Killester had a narrow two point lead at the end of the third quarter, 73-71, setting up a thrilling fourth.
The final quarter was end-to-end Colbert and Kyle Hosford battled hard for Neptune in the fourth quarter, but it was the Killester trio of Harrell, Fernandez and Behan who had the composure for the hosts at the death and edge the home win.
Looking back on the game, Killester Coach Brian O’Malley said: “It was an exceptionally tough game.
“Very exciting for everyone watching. They caused loads of trouble at different points, Gary Walsh first, then Hoffman then Lehmon Colbert.
“Thankfully we did enough to get over the line. We had five guys in double figures tonight and our spread of scoring was really pleasing.”
Elsewhere in the capital, DBS Éanna scooped up a significant home victory on Saturday evening, taking an 88-62 point win over DCU Saints.
Stefan Zecevic and Paris Ballingar were in fantastic form for the hosts, especially in transition as they helped Éanna into an early first half lead, 48-29.
The DCU Saints front court combo of Michael Bonaparte and Martins Provizors were causing trouble for Éanna defence, making key plays and converting on scoring opportunities but it wasn’t enough.
Joshua Wilson and Marko Tomic were on hand for Éanna to maintain the breathing space on the score board, as Éanna cool as the clocked ticked down.