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Tralee go from worst to first
ESB Menís SuperLeague Final
Horanís Healthstore Tralee Tigers 69(41) C Bracey 20, T Bennett 11, B Mason / J Teehan 10
Dart Killester 54(27) C Ellis 20, K Friel 13
Tralee Tigers had the best record in the men's Superleague all season. And after finishing dead last a season ago, the Southern Conference champions became kings of all Ireland in Cork with a dominant 69-54 defeat of Killester in the final between the surefire two leading clubs this term.
Their all consuming defence was too much while Chris Bracey was a steady influence and hit 20 points to top score for Tigers. The hustle and high intensity from Mason and
Bennett with an integral party played by Teehan, Quirke and Donaghy. Killester struggled to score and any shots taken were always pressured shots. It took them four and a half minutes to even register a score in the second quarter and subsequently only scored 9pts in that quarter leaving it 41-27 at the half. Friel picked up his fourth foul with four minutes
on the clock in the third and had to sit out a good chunk of the second half. Bennet hit a big three to push Tigers ahead 56-43 and John Teehan hit a basket on the buzzer to end the third quarter. 58-43. Killester scored the first five points at the start of the fourth but Donaghy hit a three to effectively seal the game. Clyde Ellis top scored for Killester on 20.
Women's Superleague Final
Bausch & Lomb Wildcats 71
Favourites UL took the lead with an big insideperformance from Bethany Schott but the game was close all the way with
baskets trading and Michelle Aspell hitting her customary 10pts a quarter. Wildcats did go ahead early on in the second quarter but that was to be the only lead they ever had. Dywer played a strong first quarter with Nicole Conway finding her feet. The score at half time 47-38. Aspell and Fennell hit threes to edge that bit further away but Wildcats pushed and hustled and put UL under a bit of pressure. Orla Dempsey
came in with some big offensive boards and a huge third quarter from Jenny Coady brought Wildcats within catching distance. Coady scores to bring the score 73-69 with 2 mins remaining. A couple of turnovers and fumbles are exchanged and Dempsey hits a free throw to bring them within 3. Breen fouls Coady who goes to the line and hits one to bring them to 73-71. Fennell misses at the other end and Wildcats have the ball to tie the game. Jump ball called with 6.6 secs left Ė Wildcats get possession from the end line. Dywer gets the pass from Conway in the lane for a lay up buzzer goes and she misses. Had she scored it would have been disallowed. UL go unbeaten the whole season to retain their title.
Aspell finished on 34 pts. Conway top scored for Wildcats on 21pts.
Dart Killester 65(29) K Friel 16, C Ellis 15, B Smith 15
Gleneagle Lakers 58(24) T Levetts 22, D Smith 14, G Noonan 12
MDS Star failed to impress after the first quarter of their game and crashed out to Tralee 96-77. Everything was tight in
the first quarter with only 3 between the teams with Tigers with the advantage. Kieran Donaghy for Tralee imposed himself on
the game in the second quarter and pushed them ahead to a lead of 45-34 at half time. Mason pushed them further ahead and Star got frustrated with everybody and were now down 16 at the end of the third. Tralee finished comfortable winners 96-77 with Mason top scoring on 25 and Pat Campolieta for Star hitting 24.
Dart Killester were pushed all the way by a hyped up Gleneagle Lakers. It a fiercely fought defensive game the final score being a lowly 65-58. Blair Smith started well for Killester but Ellis took 17 minutes to register any score. Tyrone Levetts has some awesome dunks and kept his team in the running along with point guard Ger Noonan who impressed all
around. Killester edged ahead each quarter but in the final quarter at the five minute mark a three point play from Dejan Smith brought it back to 52-51 and that is the closest the Lakers got. They launched a couple of threes but just didnít hit. Killester were now 60-51 with 1.40 and Lakers brought it back to 60-56 but big baskets from Ellis and Friel edged Killester over the line for the Final against Tralee.
ESB Menís Division One Final
Team Merry Monk Ballina 83(42) K McGarrity 29, P Barrett 18, P McStay 15
Blue Demons 68(39) N Hartigan 15, D Lehane 12, R McGowan 10
ESB Menís Division One Final
Mercy Coolock 60 (41) E Curran 18, P Grogan 10, L Peat 11, E OíReilly 11
St Maryís Galwey Auctioneers 59(23) K Griffin 18, M Scanlon 18, M
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