RECAP: Warriors, Mathews & Dublin Lions book spots in finals
March 22, 2018
Garvey’s Tralee Warriors have teed up a Champions Trophy final showdown with Black Amber Templeogue in Waterford this coming Saturday after they ran out 82-78 point winners over league champions, UCD Marian, in Limerick this evening.
A huge display from Kieran Donaghy, Goran Pantovic and Paul Dick saw the Warriors drive into an early lead, and when UCD brought the game back all square down the stretch, it was Trae Pemberton and Paul Dick who kept cool heads to score from the free throw line to keep Tralee’s noses in front. They now advance to the final where they face Black Amber Templeogue in a repeat of last year’s clash which Tralee won out in overtime.
Speaking afterwards, head coach Mark Bernsen is thrilled to be headed back to defend their crown: “It’s always a hard fought game against UCD Marian, it’s a great win for us, we found a way to win in the end, which is a true testament of our character.
"It’s great we have the chance to play Templeogue in the Champions Trophy final like we did last year. We have to figure it out now though as we haven’t beaten them all year, and we lost to them just last week in overtime in Dublin so hopefully we can come out with the result this weekend."
Over in the Men's Division One League Cup semi-final meanwhile, Dublin Lions continued to prove they can’t be taken for granted down in Carlow this evening as they ran out 80-72 point winners over Ballincollig to top off an incredible week for the Dubliners, which saw them also overcome league champions, Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin on Sunday.
“It’s been one hell of a week!” said player Chris McNairney. “To be honest, I can’t do anything but credit the lads, the work they put in at the training, the stuff Rob [White] does is unreal.
"It’s difficult to put into words - it’s just been an amazing week. After Sunday’s win, we have just been riding a wave, we knew we just had to concentrate on what we do well and that is run. Sometimes we can finish and sometimes we can’t and tonight was a good night for us. At this stage I don’t think it matters who we play, we are just going to keep riding it and see what happens on Saturday in Waterford.”
The Women's Division One play-off final has also been set, with Fr Mathews running out 73-61 point winners over UL Huskies in Tralee this evening. Leading by eight points at half time, Fr Mathews had to dig deep in the third quarter as UL put in a huge display to close the gap back to five points, but pushed on to win by 12 in the end.
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Basketball Ireland Results: March 22nd
Men’s Champions Trophy Semi-Final
UCD Marian 78-82 Garvey’s Tralee Warriors
Men’s Division One League Cup semi-final
Dublin Lions 80-72 Ballincollig
Women’s Division One Top Four Play Off semi-final
UL Huskies 61-73 Fr Mathews