Turner retires after a legendary career

by Karl Graham

JERMAINE Turner drew the curtains on his Irish basketball career with a perfect finale as his Killester side secured an 83-62 win over his former team DCU Saints in the men’s super league at the DCU Complex.
Turner is regarded as a legend of the game in Ireland having first taking to the court in this country 17 years ago, but the Queen’s-born superstar will now make his return to home soil.
The 42-year-old may be retiring but his tank is not empty yet, and he went out with a bang, scoring an exceptional 35 points. Speaking after the game, it was clear how delighted Turner was with how his playing time in Ireland came to an end.
“It feels good. You always want to win your last game, whether it is meaningless or not, so to go out like this, on top whilst I can still play a little, feels even better.
“To end my last game with two teams I’m most known for is like something out of a Hollywood script. I was so happy to have my last game against a team that means so much to me, as does Killester, so it was good to end it right here, right now.”
Turner may be leaving the country but he insists it won’t be the last time we see him in Ireland.
“I’m leaving in April, I’m moving back to the States. It’s been happening for the last couple of months, I’ve set myself up with a job over there and my family will move over to me in the summer when my oldest finishes up school.
“I will be coming back to Ireland, but not as a player – maybe a coach, a spectator, or a commentator, but that is me done as a player.”
The game itself was actually a tight affair at half-time with Killester leading 35-31 going into the break.
The end of the third quarter saw the away side stretch their lead to nine points, before enjoying an excellent final quarter to rack up a big win.

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