Su­per­league wins for War­riors and Kil­lor­glin

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - SPORT -

SU­PER­LEAGUE bas­ket­ball ar­rived with a bang in Kil­lor­glin last Satur­day, when Keanes Su­perValu Kil­lor­glin wel­comed Moy­cullen BC from Gal­way for the first ever Su­per­league game in the town. Kil­lor­glin went into the game on a high af­ter a fa­mous vic­tory the pre­vi­ous week­end against Tralee War­riors, while Moy­cullen had also won on open­ing week­end, with a vic­tory over Ma­ree. Kil­lor­glin have in­tro­duced tier seat­ing into their hall for the new sea­son and the large and noisy crowd that at­tended were the prover­bial sixth man, and will help Kil­lor­glin make the com­plex a very hard place for vis­it­ing teams to get a win.

The at­mos­phere fed through to the team and Kil­lor­glin were on the at­tack straight from tip off, when eigh­teen year old sen­sa­tion Eoin O’Sul­li­van drove straight at the board and was fouled by Moy­cul­lens Amer­i­can player, Isiah Har­ris-Winn. O’Sul­li­van duly con­verted the re­sult­ing two free throws and Kil­lor­glin were up and run­nig. They fol­lowed this up with a three pointer from last years divi­sion one player of the year Daniel Ja­co­bi­tus and a lay up from new Amer­icna im­port Pierre New­ton, who also made the bonus shot when he got fouled. How­ever, Moy­cullen didn’t come all the way to Kerry to lie down and they were also get­ting some points on the board, pri­mar­ily form the hands of Har­ris-Winn and Joseph Tim­mon. Q1 Score Keanes SV 17 Moy­cullen 10.

Quar­ter two was an­other strong pe­riod for Keanes, with O’Sul­li­van, Dar­ragh Jones and New­ton all added points to the board. Marin Brizca, Kil­lor­glin’s 6’11” cen­tre, got the crowd on their feet with a hook shot that was un­stop­pable, while Pierre New­ton was mak­ing hay form out­side the arc, with con­sis­tent good ball be­ing re­ceived from Adam Donoghue.

Kil­lor­glin in­tro­duced veteran player De­clan Wall into the fray and his pres­ence was im­me­di­ately felt when he fed New­ton, who took it to the board for the bucket. This pe­riod got a bit messy with un­sports­man­like fouls be­ing called on both Wall of Keanes and Dy­lan Cun­ning­ham of Moy­culln – both calls were on the harsh side by the ref­er­ees but nei­ther team led it af­fect them. Half time score Keanes SV 38 Moy­cullen 28

Moy­cullen came out in the 3rd quar­ter with all guns blaz­ing and straight away added seven points to their to­tal, with­out re­ply from Kil­lor­glin. These came via two fast breaks with lay ups from the im­pres­sive Pa­trick Lyons and a three from Har­ris-Winn. Kil­lor­glin coach Ig­nas Si­janas im­me­di­ately called a time out to try to break the run and it was a suc­cess­ful break, as when Kil- lor­glin came back out, they were much bet­ter de­fen­sively. The skill level on dis­play was very high and a fan­tas­tic ex­am­ple of this was when Dar­ragh Jones game an inch per­fect pass to the on­rush­ing Daniel Ja­co­bi­tus, who fin­ished while still in the air from the catch – that one def­i­nitely got the crowd go­ing and at the end of the quar­ter, it was Keanes SV 54 Moy­cullen 49

Moy­cullen threw ev­ery­thing they had at Keanes in the last but Keanes seemed to be able to re­spond each time. Eoin O’Sul­li­van and Pierre New­ton were con­trol­ling the out­side, while Dar­ragh Jones and Ivan Bog­danovic were do­ing like­wise in­side. With 8.26 left on the clock, it was down to a 6 point game, and with Har­ris –Winn re­ally find­ing his range; sud­denly Moy­cullen had cut the lead down to a sin­gle bas­ket. How­ever, Kil­lor­glin have al­ready shown that they are a team that can com­pete in the Su­per league and they didn’t panic, went back to their game plan, and man­aged to pull away again, to fin­ish out the game with a 17-point win.

So a fan­tas­tic start to Su­per league life for the men from the Laune, but this is not an easy league to get wins, and next up for Keanes SV Kil­lor­glin is a road trip to bas­ket­ball pow­er­house Tem­pleouge of Dublin, which will be a huge test, but from what we have seen so far, this team can com­plete with any­one. Bas­ket­ball has truly come to life in Kil­lor­glin.

TOP SCOR­ERS

KEANE’S SV KIL­LOR­GLIN: Pierre New­ton 26 pts, Ivan Bog­danovic 14 pts, Daniel Ja­co­bi­tus 12 pts

MOY­CULLEN BC: Isaiah Har­ris-Winn 24 pts, Pa­trick Lyons 12 pts, Joseph Tum­mon 10 pts

Daniel Jokubaitis, left, and Pierre New­ton of Keane’s Su­perValu Kil­lor­glin who scored 38 points be­tween them in Kil­lor­glin’s win over Moy­cullen in Kil­lor­glin on Satur­day night

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