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Drogheda Wolves Tiago Dos Santos Pereira Malahide Isaac Westbrooks. Photo: Colin Bell Photography

Drogheda Wolves Tiago Dos Santos Pereira Malahide Isaac Westbrooks. Photo: Colin Bell Photography

Malahide's Trevor Recio slams in another basket. Photo: Colin Bell Photography

Malahide's Trevor Recio slams in another basket. Photo: Colin Bell Photography

Malahide's Sean Fitzpatrick makes life difficult for Mark Bodnar of Drogheda Wolves. Photo: Colin Bell Photography

Malahide's Sean Fitzpatrick makes life difficult for Mark Bodnar of Drogheda Wolves. Photo: Colin Bell Photography

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Drogheda Wolves Tiago Dos Santos Pereira Malahide Isaac Westbrooks. Photo: Colin Bell Photography

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DROGHEDA WOLVES 87

MALAHIDE 84

Malahide Basketball Club suffered an agonising last-gasp National League defeat on Saturday away to Drogheda Wolves.

With time almost up the sides were tied and poised to go into overtime, but the home team then hit a three-pointer with the clock showing 1.6 seconds remaining.

Sean Ingle’s side had just levelled with nine seconds remaining, Trevor Recio nailing a clutch field goal to make it 84-84, but from the restart Drogheda moved the ball quickly, not allowing Malahide set their defence, and snatched the win right at the death.

It was a fantastic finish to a tight game in the Ballymakenny College gym, with little to separate the sides across the four quarters.

Malahide got off to the better start and led by 10 points after the first quarter on a score of 23-13.

Isaac Westbrooks (pictured above) and Matthew Harper gave the visitors an early 5-0 lead and with almost five and a half minutes played of the opening quarter Malahide were leading by 12 points, with the Wolves only having scored a single free throw at that stage.

With just 3.44 left in the quarter, Drogheda finally scored their first ‘two’.

Malahide’s foul count was a bit too high in the next period as Drogheda nailed several free throws to narrow the gap.

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The teams were trading scores and Recio hit a big three mid-way through the quarter, but Drogheda answered in kind as the huge crowd made a lot of noise.

Having still led by 10 points with just under five minutes remaining until half-time, Malahide allowed Drogheda go on a run and the gap was reduced to a single point inside two minutes.

Malahide couldn’t shake a very dogged Drogheda team and they found themselves trailing with 35 seconds left in the half.

Recio hit two free throws and a field goal in the remaining time, though, to give Malahide a one-point lead at the mid-way stage.

Malahide slightly increased their lead after the restart as Westbrooks and Matthew Harper both chipped in with baskets, but a big three-pointer from the hosts levelled the game.

It was non-stop as Harper fired back and late in the third quarter Malahide again opened up a gap - 62-52 - and the Dublin side looked to be in control.

However, Drogheda scored nine of the final 11 points in that quarter to trail by just two going into the last period.

Westbrooks and Harper both hit three points inside the first two and a half minutes of that last period as Malahide led by six, but Drogheda struck back with a trio of threes, the last of those winning the game.

Malahide make the short journey to take on the unbeaten Moy Tolka Rovers on Saturday, with a 7.30pm start.

Malahide: Seán Fitzpatrick, Seán Daly, Stephen Ingle, Matthew Harper, Darragh Timmons, Isaac Westbrooks, Christian McDonnell, Oisín Rice, Trevor Recio.

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