Galway Maree basketball side march to 3 wins in a row with victory over Warriors

University of Galway Maree 90-64 Garvey’s Tralee Warriors.

The University of Galway Maree men’s basketball side continued their unbeaten run after a dominant 90-64 victory over last year’s champions Garvey’s Tralee Warriors in the Kingfisher.

Maree is now just one of two unbeaten sides at the top of the Men’s Super League.

They started off rapidly, with Jarett Haines and Eoin Rockall to the fore. A clinical edge on the fast break caused problems, and the Galway outfit built an early lead. Rockall and Joe-Junior Mvuezolo were on fire from behind the arc as the hosts were dominant, holding a 15 point lead going into the second quarter.

Maree stalled in the second quarter, as the Warriors fought their way into the game. Standout plays from ex-Kerry footballer Kieran Donaghy and former Maree man Deondre Jackson kickstarted the Tralee, with a comeback on the cards.

However, more three-pointers from Mvuezolo and Ricardo Gomez kept Maree up by 15 at halftime.

Tralee head coach John Dowley must have given his men a rousing halftime speech, as the Warriors came out of the blocks firing in the third quarter. This blitz quickly closed the gap to six points as they threatened to overturn the university’s advantage.

However, that wasn’t to be, as a three-pointer from Mvuezolo shifted the momentum once more. Maree ended up winning a lively third period and took a 14-point lead going into the final quarter.

And if proved to be a shooting masterclass. Eoin Rockall and Cathal Finn drained in more three-pointers as Maree ended the game with 12 in total.

That proved enough for them to overcome the Warriors, coming out as 90-64 winners. Mvuezolo top scored with 22 points, while Daniel Jokubaitis was the lead point scorer for the Warriors with 18.

Speaking after the game head coach Charlie Crowley said: “I’m delighted to get over the line there tonight against a very good team. Tralee are the champs and rightly so.

“Our lads dug deep and really worked hard to get that W. Now all guns blazing for Demons next Sunday.”

The University of Galway Maree basketball side now moves on to face UCC Demons in Cork next weekend. They then have a top-of-the-table clash with Energywise Ireland Neptune in the Kingfisher on October 29th.

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