PREVIEW: Warriors Return To Complex For Battle With Killester

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Alan Cantwell looks forward to this weekend’s Men’s Superleague basketball clash at the complex…

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors’ Fergal O’Sullivan drives to the board against Pyrobel Killester back in October. Photo by Liam Ryan

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors will be looking to make it seven Super League wins in a row when they take on Pyrobel Killester on Saturday night with tip off at 8.00pm.

The Tralee side return to action at the Tralee Sports Complex after a seven week break and will be keen to secure a home win against the Dublin side having won the corresponding away fixture by 90-78 when the sides met in the IWA Clontarf in October.

The Warriors have regained their composure since their three successive League defeats in November at the hands of Swords Thunder, National Cup champions Black Amber Templeogue and Super League table toppers UCD Marian in addition to their Cup defeat to UCC Demons in December.

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They have now made it six straight wins in the League with victories away to Belfast Star, KUBS, Moycullen and DCU Saints and wins at home over UCC Demons and against Maree in their last home game.

Pyrobel Killester have been in good form as well in recent weeks with wins at home to Belfast Star, KUBS and DCU Saints and away to Moycullen and Swords Thunder.

They are unbeaten in the League since November going down by 2 points away to Eanna. The Dublin side also tasted defeat in the National Cup semi final earlier this month when they exited at the semi final stage to the eventual Cup runners up UCD Marian.

The Warriors will be looking to Trae Pemberton to orchestrate the offensive threat and continue his high scoring exploits along with Darragh O’Hanlon, Dusan Bogdanovic, Patrick McCarthy and Fergal O’Sullivan.

The Tralee side will also be relying on Kieran Donaghy, Darren O’Sullivan and Goran Pantovic to curb the scoring threat posed by the Killester’s shooters Royce Williams, Luis Garcia Hoyos, Rodrigo Garcia Ruiz and Ciaran Roe, all of whom have been in good form recently.

Just three points separate the sides going into the game on Saturday night with the Warriors on 36 points and Killester on 33 with a game in hand. Both sides will be looking for the win to maintain the pressure on League leaders UCD Marian.

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The Dublin college side, who were beaten in the National Cup final last weekend at the hands of Black Amber Templeogue, have two fixtures to fulfil this weekend; away to DCU Saints on Saturday night and away to UCC Demons on Sunday afternoon, so there is a possibility that things could change at the top of affairs in the Super League before the weekend is over.

Action gets underway at 8.00pm at the Tralee Sports Complex. As well as great action during the game, there will be super entertainment at half time with the Garvey’s Half Time Half Way Challenge and a real treat with an exhibition game featuring the amazing Kingdom Wheelblasters.

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