Thunder strike down Eagles

by Gazette Reporter

GRIFFITH Swords Thunder recovered from a disappointing defeat last week to register an impressive 88-53 win over the Radisson Blu UL Eagles at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.
After opening wins over Pyrobel Killester and Eanna in the men’s Super League, Thunder fell to an away defeat to the UCC Demons.
But they bounced back and now join three other clubs in joint second place having all won three of their first four games, with Templeogue sitting on top with a 100% record.
Thunders top scorer against UL was Justin Goldsborough with 16 points, while Charlie Coombes and Alex Calvexe both finished on 12 points.
Coach Dave Baker spoke after the game about his side’s latest win, and this weekend’s tough game against the Irish TV Tralee Warriors in the Hula Hoops national cup.
“It was good to bounce back because we had a tough loss to the Demons last weekend where we didn’t play well,” he said.
“On one hand, it was good to come out and score 88 points, but keeping a team of UL’s stature to 53 is great for us.”
Baker also spoke about the reasons behind their slump in Cork the weekend before and what improvements were required against UL.
“We weren’t focused going into the game last week with people coming late to the game and other simple, silly things so that just put us out of sync.
“For us, it was about coming in and not being complacent at all.
“Two years ago, we only lost two games all season and didn’t win the league so we know another one [loss] would be very, very detrimental to us, so we need to win every game we can.”
Tralee have also won three of their first four games so with that form and a boisterous crowd behind them, this weekend’s game will be tough for Thunder.
“I’ve watched them play twice now and they are a very, very talented squad. Coach Bernsen has done a great job with them.
“For us, it is about how we play. We need to go down and be strong because obviously the Tralee crowd is going to be huge for them.
“They seem to be packing out the gym which is great for basketball and it will be a great experience to have that noise, but for us we just need to stick to what we do well and hopefully get the win.”

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