Superleague wins for Warriors and Killorglin
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.
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