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Swords finish with flourish to win
09 Nov 2014 21:09
Travelodge Swords Thunder scored the last 12 points of the game to beat league champions Killester in front of a captivated crowd at the National Basketball Arena on Sunday.
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Killester’s Jermaine Turner claimed 33 points and helped his side take the lead for the first time in the game with five minutes remaining.
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That proved the ultimate motivation for Swords as point guard Isaac Westbrooks scored the next five points of the game and inspired his side to a seismic win in the Men’s Premier League.
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Westbrooks was facing his old club and his own brother Michael who was returning from injury for his first game of the season. Swords coach Dave Baker credited the win to Isaac’s game management.
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“Isaac is our captain. He led the team from start to finish and did a super job. Any team that beats Killester is going to be over the moon.”
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DCU Saints needed overtime to defeat Dublin Inter in Clonsilla on Saturday.
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Inter had key forward Irmantas Griksas unavailable but Laimonas Jonaitis helped the home side to a seven point lead at the break.
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Saints’ Martins Provizors resolved his recent foul troubles to help his team fight back and force over time before DCU took control and finished out a 100-90 win.
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Templeogue’s battle with Belfast Star also went to overtime at the National Basketball Arena with 24 points from Jason Killeen helping the Dubliners to a second win in-a-row.
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Belfast Star stepped up on defence in the third quarter and went on a run of outside shooting to haul in a 16 point deficit and draw level. Danny Fulton took charge of Star in the temporary absence of head coach Neal McCotter.
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“We reckoned we could get after their guards if we went full court press so we knew we’d be able to come back. It’s just disappointing to lose in overtime for the second time this season.”
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It was Belfast’s second game in 18 hours having beaten UL Eagles 69-64 in Limerick.
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Ricky Taylor was relentless in attack and picked up a game high 21 points as Eagles struggled to convert opportunities throughout.
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Eagles picked up a bonus point for finishing within six points of the winners but drop to seventh in the Men’s Premier League table.
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C&S UCC Demons maintained their unbeaten run but were made to work hard by a toiling UCD Marian side at Belfield.
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The sides were level 37 apiece heading for half time but Demons stepped up their outside shooting through Colin O’Reilly and Kyle Hosford to go clear and win out 104-84.
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Colin O’Reilly remains the league’s leading scorer after 28 points against UCD and Player Of The Month form throughout October.
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Killester gave debuts to their new American recruits in the Women’s Premier League but a combined 23 points from Robin Murray and Olivia Lee wasn’t enough to prevent a 72-39 defeat at Team Montenotte Hotel.
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Killester took the lead as their debutants set out to impress but vigourous defence from Team Montenotte soon gave them control of the game.
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Niamh Dwyer’s focus set the tone for the Glanmire side while Grainne Dwyer and Claire Rockall hit 14 points each.
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UL Huskies were sucked further into relegation trouble despite a much improved performance against Courtyard Liffey Celtics.
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Huskies took the lead early on and a run of 10 points without reply put them ahead 24-23 at half time.
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Celtics took the lead through Meagan Hoffman towards the end of a gruelling third quarter and eventually toughed out a 58-49 win.
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Hoffman finished the game with 20 points while Aisling Danagher impressed for Huskies.
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Singleton Supervalu Brunell moved up to third place with a 78-74 win at DCU Mercy.
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It was the highest scoring game in the Women’s Premier League this season with Danielle O’Leary hitting 20 points and Katie Hanneman and Amy Waters both managing 18 for the winners.
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DCU Mercy trailed by five points at the break and slip to fourth place in the league table as all teams refocus for the upcoming National Cup weekend.
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