Tough de­feat for Kil­lor­glin away to Swords Thun­der

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MEN’S SUPERLEAGUE ROUND 5

Swords Thun­der 71 Keanes Su­perValu Kil­lor­glin 49

KEANES Su­perValu Kil­lor­glin had an­other jour­ney to the cap­i­tal last week­end, when they trav­elled up to play Grif­fith Col­lege Swords Thun­der in the lat­est round of the men’s bas­ket­ball su­per league.

Kil­lor­glin went into the game rid­ing the crest of a wave, with three wins from four games and the sole loss com­ing against league lead­ers Tem­pleogue, while Thun­der have had a mixed bag of a sea­son so far, with two wins and three losses. That said, home ad­van­tage is huge is this league and so it was al­ways go­ing to be a very winnable game for both teams.

The game started with both teams find­ing it dif­fi­cult to set­tle into their game plans. Castleis­land na­tive Adam Donoghue is a new sign­ing for Kil­lor­glin this year and he kicked off the game with a three pointer from the corner, af­ter good work by Pierre New­ton and Dara Jones.

Swords Thun­der Amer­i­can player Eli­jah Mays is one of the best im­ports in this league the Kil­lor­glin de­fence were find­ing it very dif­fi­cult to mar­shal him. With 5.13 left in the quar­ter, Swords held a nine point to five lead. An of­fen­sive foul by Adam Donoghue and an un­sports­man­like foul by Eoin O’Sul­li­van typ­i­fied the dif­fi­cul­ties Kil­lor­glin were hav­ing and by the time the first quar­ter came to an end, Swords thun­der were lead­ing by four­teen points - Q1 score: Grif­fith Col­lege Swords Thun­der 25 Keanes Su­perValu Kil­lor­glin 11

Kil­lor­glin coach Ig­nas Si­janus knew Keanes had a lot of work to do if they wanted to get back into the game and his team got right to it when they came out for the sec­ond quar­ter. How­ever, Swords matched them score for score and with seven min­utes left in the half, the score was 30 to 17.

Daniel Ja­co­bi­tus raised the Kil­lor­glin roars when he in­ter­cepted a Thun­der pass and ran the length of the floor be­fore be­ing pulled back – the un­sports­man­like foul was called and he made the two free throws and Keanes re­tained the pos­ses­sion.

Kil­lor­glin were play­ing bet­ter de­fen­sively and with four min­utes left in the half, they had re­duced the deficit down to nine points. How­ever, Thun­der then had three unan­swered buck­ets and sud­denly the score was back up to fif­teen.

In­deed, Thun­der drove on from there, pri­mar­ily from the hands of Mays, and by the time the first half came to an end, the score was Grif­fith Col­lege Swords Thun­der 46 Keanes Su­perValu Kil­lor­glin29

Once again, Kil­lor­glin came out af­ter a break all fired up but again Swords were also up for the bat­tle. Ivan Bog­danovic fol­lowed up a huge de­fen­sive block with a three pointer at the other end , but Thun­der went down the court and Eji­jah Mays hit a three of his own.

Thun­der started to leave Keanes be­hind a lit­tle and with 5:22 left in the pe­riod, the score was 58 to 36, a 22 point lead and even at this early stage, Keanes looked like a team that was head­ing to their sec­ond de­feat of the sea­son.

The scores went bas­ket for bas­ket for the re­main­der of the pe­riod and at the end of the third, the score was Grif­fith Col­lege Swords Thun­der 71 Keanes Su­perValu Kil­lor­glin 49.

Eli­jah Mays was re­ally run­ning the show in this game and Keanes will have to have a plan for him in the re­turn fix­ture later in the sea­son – he started the last pe­riod with an­other three pointer and there re­ally was just no stop­ping him in this game.

With five min­utes re­main­ing, the score was 81-61 to Thun­der and the game was all but over. The last few min­utes played out with­out much in­ci­dent.

Af­ter the game, Kil­lor­glin Coach Ig­nas Si­janus said: “We will have to just dust our­selves down as we have an­other huge fix­ture next week­end in Dublin again when we travel up to play UCD Mar­ion – in this league , the stan­dard is so good that any team can beat an­other, and we found that out to­day.”

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