Ireland – Superleague Round 1 Review

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DusanBogdanovic Friday September 23rdBasketball Ireland Men’s Super LeagueUCC Demons 92, Irish TV Tralee Warriors 77Pyrobel Killester left themselves with too much to do against an impressive looking Griffith Swords Thunder losing out 91-86 at the IWA in Clontarf. Brian O’Malley’s side were 20 points in arrears at half time before storming back into the game to set up a frenetic final quarter.Thunder eventually pulled through with some late free-throws and 14 points apiece from debutants Justin Goldsborough, Jose Maria and Charlie Coombes.Ireland International Lorcan Murphy scored 30 points as Templeogue beat DCU Saints in St. Vincent’s and a last gasp three-pointer from Conor Johnson helped Belfast Star to a narrow win at home to UL Eagles.UCD put up the biggest score of the weekend with 99 points away to Commercial.ie Eanna. There was an even spread of scorers for the students to offset 20 points from Australian big man Nathaniel Musters for the hosts.There were defeats for both top tier new comers as KUBS lost 89-73 at home to SSE Airtricity Moycullen in Mark Ingle’s first game as Head Coach while Irish TV Tralee Warriors couldn’t prevent UCC Demons from opening the defence of their title with a 92-77 win. Demons debutante Jacob Lawson debuted with 23 points and Kyle Hosford shook off an injury to hit 17.Kieran Donaghy scored 15 points on his return to Super League basketball and his Warriors Head Coach says they learned a lot from the experience. ‘We’ll be a lot better in about four or five games,’ said Mark Bernsen. ‘We weren’t as sharp mentally in the second half as we were in the first half and that’s something we have to work on.’ Kerry footballer Donaghy stayed on the floor until the 38th minute of action.Dylan Cunningham was one of four Irish players to score 20 points or more this weekend in Moycullen’s come-back win at KUBS.This Week’s Top Scorers:UCC Demons Top Scorers: Jacob Lawson 23, Kyle Hosford 17, Ciaran O’Sullivan 14.Irish TV Tralee Warriors Top Scorers: Dusan …

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