Kil­lor­glin and War­riors lose but Lak­ers and St Marys en­joy suc­cess

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - SPORT - ALAN CANTWELL


Py­ro­bel Killester 86

Gar­vey’s Tralee War­riors 82

JUST when they looked the more likely side to pre­vail, Gar­vey’s Tralee War­riors suc­cumbed to a late scor­ing rally by Py­ro­bel Killester to lose out in a thrilling Su­per League en­counter at the IWA in Clon­tarf on Satur­day night.

Hav­ing led by eleven in the fi­nal quar­ter, the War­riors looked set to se­cure an­other valu­able win on the road, but a 16 point swing in the fi­nal six min­utes saw Killester as­sert late on to deny the Tralee side the win.

In an evenly con­tested open­ing quar­ter the sides went score for score early on with Jor­dan Evans and Kieran Don­aghy’s baskets can­celled out by ef­forts from Ciaran Roe, Royce Wil­liams and Luis Gar­cia Hoyos.

But when Evans dropped in a three, Paul Dick added two and Ja­nis Dum­burs con­verted from the free throw line the War­riors led 1410. Michael West­brookes hit back for the hosts be­fore Wil­liams fol­lowed up from out­side. Paul Dick re­stored the War­riors ad­van­tage be­fore Hoyos and a three from Alex Her­reros saw Killester lead 21-18 at quar­ter time.

Evans struck early in the sec­ond from in­side and out and when Dar­ragh O’Han­lon and Fer­gal O’Sul­li­van caught glimpses of the bas­ket from three point ter­ri­tory they pushed the War­riors ahead by three.

Roe hit back from out­side for Killester be­fore Andy McGeever left the min­i­mum be­tween the sides. Scores from O’Han­lon and two from Evans were no match for a 13 point blitz by Killester be­fore the half time break. West­brookes, Hoyos, and seven points from the im­pos­ing Wil­liams saw the hosts take a 41-36 lead to the long break.

The War­riors re­grouped and came out swing­ing in the third. Kieran Don­aghy led the way with four early points to negate Paddy Sul­li­van’s ef­forts for Killester. Paul Dick then landed his first three of the night and when O’Han­lon drilled a three from dis­tance and Dum­burs, Evans and Don­aghy all scored from un­der the boards the War­riors were four ahead mid­way through the quar­ter.

But the War­riors de­fence was strug­gling to con­tain the dan­ger­ous Royce Wil­liams and he again was the tal­is­man for Killester as he lev­elled the scores with his 21st point of the night.

How­ever Evans banked in two in-a-row and Don­aghy fired in a show-stop­ping ef­fort from in­side his own half to beat the buzzer and see the War­riors six to the good as the sides headed down the stretch.

The Tralee side looked like they had a clearer view of the win­ning line when open­ing up an eleven point lead early in the fi­nal chap­ter with O’Han­lon land­ing the first score and Evans fol­low­ing in from dis­tance.

But Killester had their siz­able home crowd on their feet when Hoyos with two, Wil­liams and Kieran O’Brien all fired in to cut the lead to five. A typ­i­cal Fer­gal O’Sul­li­van three briefly gave the War­riors back the edge but Hoyos, Wil­liams and O’Brien re­duced the ad­van­tage to three.

Don­aghy fired in a stun­ning three to dou­ble the War­riors lead, but Killester launched a match win­ning scor­ing streak from Hoyos, Wil­liams, Alan Casey and two big threes from McGeever turned a six­point deficit into a six point lead.

Dar­ren O’Sul­li­van stopped the rot for the War­riors with his first of the night, but the Tralee side was now in foul trou­ble and all their in­dis­ci­pline ended up with Killester free throws on their line.

Kieran O’Brien scored and added an ex­tra be­fore Roe was unerring with two from two. De­spite a late three from Evans and an­other score from Paul Dick, it was left to the out­stand­ing Wil­liams to de­liver the fi­nal blow in the bat­tle as he fired in from the line to se­cure the 86-82 win for Killester.

Top Scor­ers

GAR­VEY’S TRALEE WAR­RIORS: Jor­dan Evans 26, Kieran Don­aghy 17, Dar­ragh O’Han­lon 14

PY­RO­BEL KILLESTER: Royce Wil­liams 29, Luis Gar­cia Hoyos 20, Andy McGeever 8

Tralee War­riors go close to a bas­ket against Killester in Clon­tarf on Satur­day evening in the Men’s Su­per League (round 5) Photo by Liam Ryan

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