Friday 23 March 2018

Basketball: Turner stars as Killester fight back to maintain perfect record

KILLESTER had to endure one of their toughest tests of the campaign at UCC Demons but still managed to stretch their unbeaten start to the season to eight games with a 90-82 victory.

Demons held a five-point advantage at the break with Marcus Van and Shane Coughlan in good form for the reigning champions. However, Killester were in no mood to relinquish their perfect record and once again the influential Jermaine Turner top scored with 23 points.

"We got off to a slow start but we got going in the second half. I am delighted and this game typifies the spirit and belief the players have," said Killester coach Mark Keenan.

DCU Saints bounced back from their loss to UCD/Marian to record a 90-77 win over Belfast Star yesterday. Clayton Longmire was restricted to just 18 points.

"It was a badly needed win," said Saints coach Vinny O'Keeffe. "We scored just 69 points against UCD, which was largely down to their excellent defensive work."

UCD Marian coach Fran Ryan believes his side's 81-69 win over DCU Saints on Saturday night won't have any bearing when the sides meet again next Saturday in the quarter-finals of the National Cup.

The Saints led at the break by four points but Marian bounced back after the re-start and stepped up their defensive responsibilities.

DCU were restricted to just 16 points in the first 15 minutes of the second half and UCD opened up a commanding nine-point lead.

Eoin Quill kept Saints in the game, scoring 12 points in less than two minutes, but it wasn't enough as Marian maintained their second spot in the Northern Conference.

Elsewhere, Bord Gais Neptune proved too strong for Moycullen on Saturday night, with the Cork side maintaining their play-off charge with 26 points to spare as they triumphed 100-74.

Meanwhile, in the latest round of IrishSport.TV Women's SuperLeague games, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork continued their 100pc start to the season away to Meteors, while DCU Mercy earned derby bragging rights at the expense of Killester.

Irish Independent

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