Templeogue back in business

by Gazette Reporter

Men’s Super League basketball

Griffith College Templeogue scooped up a decisive road victory on Saturday evening, taking a 64-87 point win over Pyrobel Killester in Dublin.

A superb first quarter display from the visitors saw them into a 22-30 first quarter lead, thanks to brilliant scoring from Darren Townes.

Templeogue young guard Kris Arcilla stepped up in his first start of the season, making key plays and running the offence to extend the lead, 33-48 at the end of the second.

Killester managed to bounce back in the third, with Kason Harrell and Mintatus Bulanovas leading the way, but Templeogue still had the edge, Lorcan Murphy dazzling throughout to see home the win.

“I’m delighted, it means a lot to us, to get us up and going and give us a spurt going forward,” said coach Mark Keenan afterwards.

“It is night and day between last week to this week; it would have been easy with the amount of injuries for the players not to get up for the game and just make excuses.

“But the attitude was great all week in training. With a nine man rotation, the boys put in a great shift and some of the young guys stepped up big time, we played a lot of small ball – with intensity and the passion.

“It got a bit hairy down the stretch but, every time Killester came back, we were able to respond and keep pushing that lead.”

Abbey Seals Dublin Lions came agonisingly close to claiming their first win of the season at home when they lost out 70-76 to the reigning champions, Garvey’s Tralee Warriors. Lions opened the game in red-hot fashion, stunning the Warriors into a 31-13 point end of first quarter scoreline, with Finn Hughes and James Gormley dominating the scoring.

Lions kept the intensity up in the second quarter, and despite a big Tralee push in the second, the hosts still held the lead, 43-37 going in at half time.

Warriors regrouped well at the break, with Jonathan Lawton and Paul Dick picking up some big scores in the third.

But, again, superb shooting from Hughes coupled with some great plays from Conroy Baltimore kept Lions’ in front, leading by 10 going into the last, 61-51.

The fourth quarter was where it unraveled for Lions though, with Eoin Quigley, Paul Dick and Lawton leading the way for Warriors, and they kept mounting the pressure before edging into the lead and eventually taking the win by six, 70-76.

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