Garvey's Tralee Warriors and C&S Neptune will face each other next weekend’s InsureMyVan.ie Super League final in a repeat of January’s InsureMyHouse.ie Pat Duffy National Cup decider.
The Warriors won 75-57 at North Conference winners DBS Éanna on Sunday, joining Neptune in the final after they’d beaten Tradehouse Central Ballincollig 92-75 on Saturday.
Tralee got off to a good start and opened up a 19-10 lead, and were ahead by six, 28-22 at half-time.
The second half saw Tralee up the tempo further and they had a clear 14-point lead, 49-35, going into the final quarter.
The fourth quarter was successfully negotiated by the Kerry club, who had Aaron Calixte in fine form on 22 points, with Daniel Jokubaitis hitting 17.
Stefan Zecevic stood out for DBS Éanna with 20 points, with Tralee’s defence restricting the potent Josh Wilson and Romonn Nelson to nine and eight points respectively.
A huge win for @Neptune1BC and they're into the @InsureMyVan_ie Super League final 👏— Basketball Ireland (@BballIrl) March 26, 2022
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C&S Neptune inflicted a first home defeat of the season on Tradehouse Central Ballincollig to reach the InsureMyVan.ie Super League final.
Ballincollig got off to a great start and led 25-13 at the end of the opening quarter, but Neptune got themselves back into contention and trailed by six by half-time, 39-33.
Ballincollig’s lead was whittled down to a single point, 58-57, by the end of the third, before a strong fourth quarter saw Neptune pull clear and reach their second final of the season, having reached InsureMyHouse.ie Pat Duffy National Cup final in January.
Nil Sabata was Neptune’s leading scorer on 21, backed up by Miles Washington (14), Ireland international Roy Downey (14) and Richard Gittens (13).
Andre Nation was the game’s top scorer, on 26 points, while Ballincollig also had notable contributions from Ireland international Adrian O'Sullivan (19) and Milorad Sedlarevic (13).
UCC Demons and EJ Sligo All-Stars promoted
UCC Demons and EJ Sligo All-Stars will play in the InsureMyVan.ie Super League next season.
UCC Demons, who are eight-time Super League winners, defeated Grand Hotel Malahide 97-84 in their InsureMyVan.ie Division 1 semi-final on Sunday, while EJ Sligo All-Stars got past IT Carlow Basketball 94-68 on Saturday.
UCC, who comfortably finished top of the Division 1 South Conference with a 15-1 regular season record on their return to the National League, were made to work hard for their victory over Malahide.
The home side were ahead by just four points at the end of the first, 25-21. That lead was eight by half-time, 53-45, but again Grand Hotel Malahide made inroads and trailed by six going into the fourth quarter, 74-68, before UCC Demons powered clear in the final quarter.
There were big performances from Tala Fam Thiam (27), Ireland captain Kyle Hosford (20) and Tobias Christensen (19), while for Grand Hotel Malahide Trevor Recio hit 31, backed up by Kevin Foley (17) and Cian Daly (11)
EJ Sligo All-Stars, the Division 1 North Conference winners were 27-13 ahead at the end of the opening quarter in their game with IT Carlow, a lead stretched to 18 points by half-time, 47-29.
There was to be no second half fightback from IT Carlow. Sligo's offence was led by Zack Powell (26), Keith Jordan Jr. (25) and Oisin O’Reilly (18).
For IT Carlow, their scoring was headed by Kevin Donohoe (22), Jordan Fallon (14) and Nate Shafer (9).