Meteors pull out of drop zone

by Gazette Reporter
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METEORS got back to winning ways in the Basketball Ireland Women’s Premier League as 18 points from Jade Daly helped them to a 72-64 win over Killester. The win puts Meteors four points clear of bottom side Killester, with two games in hand on their Dublin rivals.

Eoin Chubb’s starting five were in fine shooting form. Jade Daly hit two three-pointers from three attempts and landed four lay-ups in a game-high performance. Beth Meany was also effective in driving to the basket while Eimear Mairtin shot 60% from the three-point line. In total, Meteors returned an effective field goal percentage of 53.5%.

Killester were competitive early in the game but were rocked when top scorer Robin Murphy had to go off with a facial injury. The American was caught in the eye by a finger during a contested layup and although she was later hospitalised, she is expected to take part in this Saturday’s National Cup semi-final.

Olivia Lee (ankle) and Aisling Sullivan (shoulder) missed out on the game but are also expected to be given the all clear. Killester head coach Mark Grennell admitted that automatic relegation for the Premier League’s bottom side is on his mind.

“It’s a concern now. We’re now under pressure. I’m aware of it but I’m trying to refocus the girls on the cup. We have three must-win games coming up.”

On the men’s side, UCD Marian fell 66-61 to defending champions Killester at the National Basketball Arena. The lead changed hands on a number of occasions in a tense derby but Jermaine Turner came up with some key plays in the final quarter to take the win.

Both teams needed time to settle in the opening quarters as UCD Marian were struggling to convert in heavy traffic.

They still led 16-11 at the end of the first quarter as Preston Ross had the edge in a physical battle with Michael Westbrooks. Turner hit the bench on three personal fouls with four minutes left in the half but he did get to see his side take the lead.

Team orders were to move the ball more quickly to the open shooter and John Behan and Paddy Sullivan converted back-to-back three pointers. Sullivan also converted a controversial free throw and Killester led 36-33 at the break.

A three-pointer from Dan James gave UCD Marian back the lead with 4.10 remaining but they soon lost Kevin Foley to an accidental elbow from Turner.

Turner’s next contribution was to spin to the basket and draw the foul along the way.

It was the turning point in the game and UCD Marian’s losing bonus point was of little consolation.

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