Keane's Supervalu Killorglin recorded a significant 79-74 victory over neighbours Garvey's Tralee Warriors in the big Kerry derby on Saturday evening to leave the race at the top of the Men's Super League wide open, with six teams now tied at the top on 15 points.
A huge opening half from the hosts saw Allan Thomas dominating offensively to push them into a 46-23 lead.
Warriors started the third quarter rejuvenated though, with Paul Dick leading the charge to cut into the Killorglin lead, but strong scoring from Thomas, Colin O'Reilly and Rami Ghanem kept Killorglin's noses in front 56-47 going into the last quarter.
Momentum swayed in Tralee’s favour, with Keith Jumper and Ivan Bogdanovic making big plays to edge them into their first lead of the game.
However, Killorglin regrouped quickly as player-coach O’Reilly used all his experience to steer his side to victory.
Speaking afterwards, O’Reilly said: "It was a great win, but not a pretty game in the second half.
"We jumped on them in the first half, they came out and upped their intensity in the second half and it was a very scrappy game - our free throws probably won it in the end.
"It was a win we needed at home after what Tralee did to us in the Cup."
Belfast Star picked up a key road victory on Saturday evening, taking a 71-84 win over DBS Éanna in Dublin.
A superb first-quarter display from the visitors helped them to a 16-27 lead, with CJ Fulton in sparkling form. The Ireland international would go on to finish the game with a personal tally of 24 points.
But DBS Éanna battled back in style in the second quarter, led by Stefan Zecevic and Marko Tomic, to close the gap to 42-38 at half-time.
Belfast Star managed to push on again in the third quarter, with Ben Marello and Fulton leading the charge, while Liam Pettigrew was to the fore defensively to give them a 62-49 cushion going into the final quarter.
Éanna were not finished battling and Zecevic continued to shine, hitting a game-high tally of 31 points.
Speaking after the win, head coach Adrian Fulton said: "We are obviously delighted with the road win.
"Éanna have been terrific this season. They are a very talented and well-coached team and we knew that we had to put in a really good performance tonight to stand any chance.
Thankfully, we probably played the best we have played all year. There were lots of very good performances as we were giving up quite a bit of size."
Pyrobel Killester ground out an 87-70 win at home against Maree on Saturday evening, but were pushed all the way to the final buzzer by the visitors.
Fine scoring from Mintautas Bulanovas for the hosts and a strong display from Tomas Fernandez helped Killester over the line, while Isaac Westbrooks and Ciaran Roe combined for some good scores.
Maree’s Darin Johnson was once more to the fore, finishing the game out with 26 points, but despite his best efforts the Dubliners had too much in the end.
Griffith College Templeogue managed to hold out under substantial pressure from DCU Saints to secure an 85-76 home win.
Jason Killeen led the way, finishing the game with 21 points, and his contribution, along with good scoring from Puff Summers and Neil Randolph, pushed Templeogue to victory.
UCD Marian hosted Abbey Seals Dublin Lions in a big derby game on Saturday evening.
A closely contested first half saw the Lions lead the way 33-28 at half-time.
UCD Marian regrouped well during the break though, and led by the experience of Barry Drumm and Mike Garrow, rallied them back to lead 62-60 going into the latter stages.
They pushed on from there to register a 82-75 victory.
Coughlan C&S Neptune got back to winning ways with a 68-71 win on the road to Moycullen in a thriller.
A huge display from Lehmon Colbert down the stretch helped his side to victory in the end.
Moycullen put in a strong display on the night, leading 37-30 at the half through great work from Grant Olsson and Joseph Tummon.
The hosts still held the lead at 57-50 going into the fourth quarter, but a purple patch from Neptune swung the game in their favour, with Colbert and Cian Heaphy running in some big scores.