Thursday 26 April 2018

Basketball: Turner keeps DART on track for Cup glory

Killester justified their favourites tag when they easily overcame UCD Marian in yesterday's Men's Basketball Superleague Cup semi-final.

Big American Jermaine Turner was the star of the show for Killester, landing a blistering 27 points at Nepture Stadium.

Turner was in determined mood early on as he twice dunked the UCD defence to put Killester up 15-8 at the end of the first quarter.

And with Killester's defence making life difficult for UCD, Marian required a three-pointer from Luke McCrone to stay in touch.

Trailing 24-19 with just over four minutes remaining in the half, Marian shipped a fatal blow as Killester ran in a 10-3 blitz before the break.

Killester were close to full strength, with Paddy Kelly and Michael Westbrooks shrugging off injuries, and they consolidated their lead in their third quarter with a pair of three-pointers from Westbrooks and Peter Madsen putting them 50-37 ahead.


From there, Mark Keenan's outfit were never troubled as they booked their third cup final place in as many years.

In the other semi-final, Blue Demons pulled off a shock to beat Neptune 88-83. With the Shane Coghlan and Tyrone Beale fouled out and Niall O'Reilly also removed from the court following a dispute with one of the referees, it seemed that Demons were in danger of letting indiscipline get the better of them as the game reached a dramatic conclusion.

But they raised themselves to secure a terrific victory with a determined late surge.

The game opened at a blistering pace with Michael Plichta hurting Neptune on the inside as Demons opened up a 43-36 lead at the interval.

However, Neptune roared back courtesy of two outside shots from Gary Walsh and some powerful play from Juwann James and, by the end of the third quarter, they had cut Demons' lead to just three points (66-63).

The momentum was with Neptune now as Michael McGinn landed successive free throws to put Neptune ahead for the first time with just over two minutes remaining.

However, the Demons restricted their opponents to just three points thereafter as Joshua Johnson and Carlton Cuff landed the crucial scores to kill the game off.

Irish Independent

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