PHOTOS: Warriors Put Thunder To The Sword In Another Great Victory

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Trae Pemberton in action from last night’s game. Photo by Dermot Crean

NOW it’s getting really interesting.

Griffith Swords Thunder came to the Tralee Sports Complex last night lying six points above Garvey’s Tralee Warriors in the Men’s Superleague table.

Well, they left town just three in front, as the home crowd spurred Warriors to a 68-61 victory with Trae Pemberton in top form with 25 points.

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Warriors have been hugely impressive over the past number of weeks and who wouldn’t bet against them winning against league leaders Templeogue in another crunch encounter in Dublin next weekend.

A win would be a huge psychological boost ahead of the top four playoffs, which Warriors have already qualified for, at the start of April up in Donegal.

Fergal O’Sullivan about to score two points. Photo by Dermot Crean

Warriors led from the start on Saturday night and were 17-8 up at one stage in the first quarter, but Thunder responded well and were just a point behind at the end of the first period.

Warriors were really up for this though and pulled away towards the end of the first half to eventually go in 39-29 at the break.

Warriors pulled away even more before the Thunder fight back and had pulled it back to a 45-40 game with four minutes left, showing why their one of the best teams in the league.

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But Warriors are no slouches either and led by eight going into the final quarter, 54-46. With the atmosphere at fever pitch, the Warriors didn’t disappoint the home crowd.

Despite Thunder staging another fightback, Tralee finished 68-61 winners and confidence must be sky-high in the camp.

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Garveys Tralee warriors 68 (39)

Scorers 
Trae pemberton 25
Goran pantovic 12
Ryan Leonard 10
Dusan bogdanovic 9
Kieran Donaghy 8
Darren o Sullivan 2
Fergal o Sullivan 2

Griffith Swords Thunder 61 (29)

Top scorers
Issac Westbrooks 13
Charlie Coombes 12
Conroy Baltimore 10

Kieran Donaghy lays off a pass. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Another packed complex before the game. Photo by Dermot Crean

Ryan Leonard attempts to stop a shot. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Trae Pemberton eyes up a run. Photo by Dermot Crean

Trae Pemberton watches his free throw about to swish in. Photo by Dermot Crean

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The crowd salutes a three-pointer. Photo by Dermot Crean

Faces in the crowd at the game. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Brendan O’Brien and Noel O’Connor patrolling the balcony, Photo by Dermot Crean

Faces in the crowd at the game. Photo by Dermot Crean

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