REPORT/PHOTOS: Warriors Back To Winning Ways After Victory In Galway

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Alan Cantwell saw Garvey’s Tralee Warriors get back to winning ways on the road on Saturday night in the Men’s Super League 2018/2019 – Round 7…

Maree 92

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 99

Action from the game. Photo by Liam Ryan

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors got back to winning ways with a 99-92 win over Maree at the Calasanctius College in Oranmore on Saturday night.

Following back-to-back defeats to Killester and Belfast, the Warriors secured all three Super League points with a much-improved performance against a physical and highly competitive Galway outfit.

The win moves the Warriors back into the top four of the League as they prepare to take on Templeogue away next weekend.

The Warriors started well with Dusan Bogdanovic landing the first two scores of the game before Eoin Rockall and Kenny Hansberry replied in kind for the hosts.

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Janis Dumburs and Jordan Evans both scored at the board but Sean Sellers was on target for Maree and a three from Niels Bunschoten edged the home side 14-9 ahead.

A big three each from Evans and Darragh O’Hanlon along with success at the board for Dumburs and Bogdanovic saw the Warriors wrestle back the lead.

Action from the game. Photo by Liam Ryan

Another major score from Evans pushed the visitors further ahead and when Paul Dick opened his account the Warriors led 29-22 at quarter time.

Maree cut the lead with a three from Stephen Commins early in the second but O’Hanlon and Bogdanovic combined to put ten between the sides.

However Maree hit back with seven unanswered points through Paul Freeman, Bunschoten and Hansberry but Paul Dick and Dumburs responded in kind with back-to-back threes to restore the Warriors advantage.

Rockall got to the board to score for the hosts and added the extra and Freeman also banked in from close range before Fergal O’Sullivan and Evans kept the Warriors seven ahead.

But some indiscipline in the Warriors defence allowed the sharp shooting Sean Sellers hit six from six free throws to leave just a point between the sides.

Action from the game. Photo by Liam Ryan

Baskets from Paul Dick and Bogdanovic either side of two scores from Bunschoten saw the sides all-square but another three from Evans provided the 52-49 lead for the Warriors at the long break.

The home crowd were on their feet early in the third when Maree’s Bunschoten nearly pulled the Warriors net down to dunk the opening score, but it only served to spark a ferocious offensive response from the visitors who fired in eleven points with Eoin Quigley, Paul Dick, Bogdanovic and Dumburs all in range and see the Warriors move 63-53 ahead.

Sellers and Evans exchanged threes and when Quigley hit his second major score of the quarter the visitors advantage was out to eleven.

Paul Dick was now conducting affairs for the Warriors from the point and he drove to the board to score twice before adding a delightful three from the corner.

Action from the game. Photo by Liam Ryan

Sellers kept Maree in touch and he provided back to back scores before Tom Fabricuss, Rockall and Freeman joined in but Dumburs and Evans ensured the Warriors double figure lead was maintained at 81-70 as the sides turned for home.

Fabricuss cut the Warriors lead to nine with the first play of the final installment but the gap was more than rectified with two brilliant scores from range from Quigley and Paul Dick.

The physically imposing Freeman helped himself to three scores in a row but an O’Sullivan lay-up and another score from the impressive Dumburs eased the Warriors out to a fifteen point lead.

Despite Bunschoten adding a couple for the hosts Paul Dick danced his way to the basket and O’Hanlon added another as the Warriors looked to make their advantage a winning one. Maree to their credit did not surrender and when Rockall scored and added and extra and then hit two free throws, the industrious Fabricuss laid up off a fast break to cut the lead to seven in the final moments.

O’Hanlon converted two from the line to push the Warriors scores to one shy of the 100 mark to see the Tralee side win out the lively and entertaining encounter by 99-92.

Top Scorers:

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Paul Dick 23, Jordan Evans 22, Janis Dumburs 16

Maree, Sean Sellers 21, Niels Bunschoten 21, Paul Freeman 19

Next for the Warriors is a return to the Oblate Hall to face Templeogue where the Red and White army will be keen to avenge the Cup defeat last month. A full house in Inchicore is guaranteed for the 8.00pm tip off next Saturday night.

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