Tamron powers Eanna’s historic victory

EANNA’S Superleague team are flying high coming off the back of the biggest win in the club’s history last week having scalped league holders Templeogue in a thrilling contest.

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EANNA’S Superleague team are flying high coming off the back of the biggest win in the club’s history last week having scalped league holders Templeogue in a thrilling contest.
This local derby match-up has seen some very exciting contests over the last couple of seasons and this match was to be no exception as the Rathfarnham outfit looked to start off on winning ways in their home gym this season.
Templeogue entered the game with much the same side that has seen cup and league success over the last two seasons. They had the luxury of being able to rely on the leadership of a host of seasoned veterans including Irish international Jason Killeen and American duo, Michael Bonaparte and Puff Summers.
Following year on year improvements, Eanna came into the game having made numerous changes to their roster including the addition of centres, Conor Gallagher and Garny Garcia, adding size and strength to the line-up. They came in along with two new American signings, Tamron Manning and Mlynue Reeves who are in Ireland on scholarship, doing a masters in DBS.
They also welcomed Tallaght IT alumni Omar Arcilla and Ben Arulogun to the team this year.
Indeed, among the changes, it was the new coaching staff’s first outing in their home gym as head coach Pat Glover and assistant coach Frank Tracey were welcomed by the raucous crowd.
Templeogue shot out to an 16-8 lead early as Eanna struggled to contain explosive play from Lorcan Murphy. Eanna composed themselves under the leadership of point guard Manning and evened out the match in the first quarter by sticking to their game plan with great scores from Aidan Dunne and Neil Lynch.
The rest of the half was basket for basket with never more than four points between the sides, Eanna finishing the half with a two point advantage.
Glover composed his new team at the half and the packed crowd sensed they were in for a thriller; they weren’t to be disappointed as phenomenal scoring from Murphy continued only to be matched with excellent team play by Eanna.
The game had it all, crazy dunks, big threes, intentional fouls and a dog on the court for good measure.
In the end, it was the cool head of Manning who shone through. As Templeogue upped their defensive pressure, his class became more evident as he escaped from seemingly impossible situations to hand his team mates easy scores.
The game looked over with 90 seconds on the clock, Eanna up seven with possession. Lorcan Murphy didn’t think so; four seconds later, the hosts were up four and their joint top scorer, Aidan Dunne, fouled out.
Templeogue showed their class and gave themselves several chances to get back in the game but nothing would drop for them and the game finished 92-86.
Eanna celebrated wildly as the buzzer sounded. This was a vindicating moment for those who had been on the team for the last two seasons and they look forward to a date with DCU Saints on Saturday at 7pm in Colaiste Eanna in high spirits.

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