REPORT: Warriors Lay Down National Cup Marker To Reigning Champs

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Alan Cantwell on a good away win for Warriors at Pyrobel Killester in the Men’s Superleague…

Pyrobel Killester 63

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 91

Warriors backed up their Pat Duffy National Cup win over Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin on Friday night with a comprehensive victory over their Cup quarter-final opponents Pyrobel Killester in Round 6 of Men’s Super League at the IWA in Clontarf on Sunday.

The Warriors made it four League wins from six this season as they outclassed their rivals by 91-63 with an impressive all-round team performance.

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A well contested first quarter opened with three major scores, one from Darragh O’Hanlon for the Warriors, and one each from Ciaran Roe and Tomas Fernandez for the hosts, before Michael Westbrooks score from inside saw Killester lead by 3.

Eoin Quigley and Keith Jumper edged the visitors ahead midway through the quarter before some Warriors indiscipline handed Killester a couple of free throws and when Mintautus Bulanovas hit a three and Kieran O’Brien added from under the board Killester were suddenly 8 up.

But two quick baskets from Jonathan Lawton cut the hosts advantage back to 20-15 at quarter time.

The Warriors quickly asserted early in the second and wrestled back the lead with two towering threes from Lawton added to scores from Daniel Jokubaitis, Ivan Bogdanovic and Quigley.

Killester response came from Michael Westbrooks, Fernandez and Bulanovas but when Lawton steadied to fire down another three the Warriors opened up a 15-point lead.

Bogdanovic and Jokubaitis edged the visitors further ahead before Isaac Westbrooks kept Killester in the contest and the scoreline to 41-34 at half time.

The Warriors produced something approaching a perfect quarter of basketball in the third dominating under their own board and scoring at will at the other.

They simply tore the Killester defence apart with a stunning offensive display landing 27 points in the quarter with scores from Lawton with two, Paul Dick and Kieran Donaghy along with threes from Lawton, Bogdanovic and Jokubaitis that powered the Warriors 61-38 ahead.

The only resistance from Killester came from former Swords Thunder star Isaac Westbrooks with scores from inside and out. Keith Jumper, Quigley and Lawton inflicted more pain on the hosts and at the end of the third the contest was all but decided as the Warriors led by 68-46.

The Tralee onslaught continued unabated in the final quarter with Darragh O’Hanlon finding the space to deliver a couple of show-stopping threes.

Pa McCarthy and Rap Buivydas registered their names on the scoresheet and when Lawton and McCarthy again hit the mark the advantage was out to 31.

Fernandez and Roe saw Killester break through the 50-point barrier but the Warriors dominance continued right through to the buzzer.

McCarthy drove to the board for two quality scores in the final minutes to cap an impressive display while Alan Casey and Roe put a fraction more decency on the final scoreline of 91-63.

Pat Price’s side will be looking for a repeat performance when the sides meet in the quarter final of the Pat Duffy National Cup quarter-final on Saturday 30th November at the Tralee Sports Complex.

Scorers:

Killester: Tomas Fernandez 17, Ciaran Roe 10, Isaac Westbrooks 9

Warriors: Jonathan Lawton 24, Darragh O’Hanlon 12, Keith Jumper 10

• Next up for the Warriors is a date with Moycullen next Saturday night at the Tralee Sports Complex – tip off is 7.30pm

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