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Quigley’s buzzer-beating stunner keeps Warriors in the playoff hunt

InsureMyVan.ie Men’s Super League 2022/2023 – Round 13

Emporium Cork Basketball 87

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 88

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors hopes of making the last eight of Super League remain intact after an incredible one point win away to Emporium Cork Basketball in the Ballincollig Community School on Saturday afternoon. It came right down to the wire as Warriors had just given up the lead with John Dawson laying up and adding the extra to leave the hosts one point up with 2 seconds on the clock. However Daniel Jokubaitis launched a stunning NFL quarter-back style length of the court pass to find Eoin Quigley who duly obliged to lay up the winner and after trailing by as much as 14 points at one stage snatch a most unlikely but fully deserved 88-87 win.

The opening quarter saw Dre Jackson open the scoring but the hosts took the early initiative with John Dawson, Jose Jiminez Gonzales and Adrian O’Sullivan combining to ease the hosts ahead but threes from Daniel Jokubaitis and Jackson turned the tide and in response to a Gonzales floated effort, Jokubaitis arced in a cracking three to see the Warriors lead 19-16 at quarter time.

The hosts shot out of the traps in the second quarter to stun the Warriors as they fired in 20 points through Keelan Cairns, Dylan Corkery, Gonzales and Adrian O’Sullivan by the midway point of the quarter. The Warriors resistance was limited to a Jackson score and two free throws from Jokubaitis. Keelan Cairns added from the line and inside to push the lead to 12 but back to back threes from Jokubaitis and Jackson kept the Warriors in touch. John Dawson added from either side of the arc but Dre Jackson replied in kind and at the half time buzzer Emporium Cork Basketball led by 47-37.

The Warriors needed a quick start to the third and Eoin Quigley duly obliged by driving to the board for back to back three point plays. Jokubaitis then took advantage of a foul outside the arc and with only 90 seconds of the quarter played the hosts had coughed up an incredible 4 fouls as their discipline fell asunder as the visitors cut the half time lead to 47-43. Emporium Cork continued to short circuit with Keelan Cairns and Kieran O’Sullivan receiving technical fouls as the Warriors kept chipping away at the lead. However four trips to the free throw line for the hosts restored their half time lead but Matija Jokic then lit up with a 10 point cameo to single-handedly wipe the advantage out. Kieran and Ronan O’Sullivan and Dawson combined to edge Ballincollig back in front but Jokubaitis got an open look from beyond the arc to cut the gap to 66-63 at three quarter time.

The Warriors stormed into the final quarter and new signing Rich Dunham marked his Super League debut with scores from inside and out and when Jokic did likewise the visitors took the lead for the first time since the opening score of the game. Emporium Cork’s response was immediate with two threes from Adrian O’Sullivan but a Fergal O’Sullivan special kept the Warriors one point ahead. A double from Pau Cami Galera wrestled the lead back for Ballincollig but when Dre Jackson twice weaved his way to the board and Jokic hit a belter of a three from the top of the arc the Warriors led 85-81. However, back to back three point plays from Gonzales followed by Dawson with just 2 seconds on the clock looked like the game winning scores. However, Jokubaitis inbounded the ball with a perfect length of the court pass to find Eoin Quigley who laid up to snatch the dramatic winner and seal a priceless 88-87 win.

Scorers:

Emporium Cork Basketball: Adrian O’Sullivan 20, John Dawson 16, Jose Jiminez Gonzales 14

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Dre Jackson 26, Matija Jokic 22, Daniel Jokubaitis 20

Next up for the Warriors is a another tough road trip as they face their arch local rivals Flexachem KCYMS at the Killorglin Community Centre next Saturday night in what promises to be another cracking local derby, tip off in Killorglin is 7.15pm

POST MATCH

Warriors Head Coach was delighted with the win and in particular the second half display and of course that final pass…

He says the game had everything you would want from a Super League showdown…

He says his charges now need to focus on next weeks local derby…

Emporium Cork Basketball’s Ciaran O’ Sullivan was gracious in defeat…

Warriors remain in the playoff mix as they get back to winning ways

InsureMyVan.ie Men’s Super League 2022/2023 – Round 12

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 74

DBS Éanna 66

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors remain in the hunt for a Super League playoff place as they secured their second home win of the season with an eight point win over Cup finalists DBS Éanna at the Tralee Sports Complex on Saturday night. The Warriors were full value for their win with a much improved performance, leading throughout before capturing the priceless League points on offer in front of a huge home crowd.

They got off to the best possible start with Eoin Quigley opening the scoring before a hat trick of scores from Dre Jackson and a brace from Matija Jokic forced Éanna coach Darren McGovern to call an early time out. Neil Lynch hit a couple of trademark threes to bring the visitors back into the game and Josh Wilson, Stefan Desnica and Romonn Nelson kept them in touch but Quigley and Jokic were again on the mark and when Daniel Jokubaitis hit a stunning three pointer the Warriors led 20-14 at quarter time.

The Warriors moved further ahead early in the second with a combination of scores from either side of the arc from Kieran Donaghy, Jokic and another couple of major efforts from Jokubaitis pushing the hosts out to lead by 15. Two major scores for Éanna from Wilson and another from Lynch narrowed the Warriors lead but a brave drive to the board from Donaghy rounded out a very impressive quarter from the Tralee side who led 40-31 at the long break.

The Warriors advantage was all but wiped out early in the third with Lynch and Wilson in range from distance and Mark Reynolds and Desnica following up with scores from inside but a big three each from Jokubaitis and Jokic saw the Warriors push out to a 48-43 lead midway through the quarter. Jackson and Quigley combined to maintain their advantage but when Kristian Andabaka hit a three and Reynolds was again on the mark the gap was down to a single point. However the Warriors finished the quarter in style with Jackson weaving a path to the Éanna board and Aivaras Ousis hitting the score of the game with a stunning alley-oop after being teed up by a no look pass from Jokubaitis to the hosts take a 58-51 lead into the final quarter.

A cracking three pointer from Kieran Donaghy got the Warriors off to a flying start in the fourth and when Fergal O’Sullivan followed his lead the lead was out to seven. Dre Jackson put the finishing touches to his MVP performance with another hat trick of scores as he stepped and slalomed his way to the Éanna board as he pleased. The Warriors hit the five foul mark allowing Éanna to chip away at the lead late on and Reynolds, Dolenko and Conor Dikcius taking full advantage with free throws but it was fittingly left to Jackson to hit four from four from the line to see out the crucial win for the Warriors by 74-66 in the end.

Scorers:

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Dre Jackson 24, Matija Jokic 15, Daniel Jokubaitis 14

DBS Éanna: Mark Reynolds 18, Neil Lynch 12, Romonn Nelson 10

The Warriors have next weekend off as the National Cup finals take precedence but they will need to be at their very best as they take the tough trip to face Emporium Cork Basketball in Ballincollig Community School on Saturday 28th January with tip off at 4.00pm.

 POST MATCH AUDIO:

Warriors Head Coach John Dowling is pleased to start the new year with a win and delighted to secure the League points ahead of tougher tests down the road…

He says there was a lot of work done in training to try to see out the fourth quarters in games rather than ending up on the losing side..

He says the next outing against Emporium Cork Basketball will fully test their credentials…

MVP Dre Jackson says he never lost faith despite some tough losses…

Éanna Coach Darren McGovern says his side met a Warriors team that were simply too good on the night…

He says he hopes that his team can remain consistent as they face Maree in the National Cup final next weekend…

Warriors go down to Demons as Neptune defeat keeps playoff race alive

InsureMyVan.ie Men’s Super League 2022/2023 – Round 11

UCC Demons 92

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 86

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors last game of 2022 ended in disappointment with a 92-86 defeat at the hands of UCC Demons at the Mardyke Arena in Cork on Friday night. The loss further compounds the playoff hopes of the defending champions who end the year with just four wins and leaving them in danger of not making the playoffs in March. They sit two wins behind the team in fourth place on the ladder, Energywise Ireland Neptune, after the Cork side also suffered defeat at home to University of Galway Maree on Friday night.

The Warriors v Demons game was a cracking contest that rocked and rolled with the teams level or barely separated throughout. The Warriors opened the first quarter in style with Matija Jokic and an inspired Kieran Donaghy firing them into an early lead. Tala Fam Thiam had Demons back on terms with a quick fire four scores and Kingsley Nwagboso added to push the hosts ahead. Donaghy continued to torment Demons and added another two scores from inside. When Donaghy landed a three and Dre Jackson followed his lead it looked like giving the Warriors a narrow quarter time lead but Michael Randolph Jnr. opened his account with a double to edge the hosts 22-20 ahead at quarter time.

Randolph Jnr. continued his scoring run early in the second but Jackson replied in kind with a brilliant display of offence, scoring at will from inside and out. Matija Jokic was also causing havoc in the Demons defence and chipped in a hat trick of scores to ease the Warriors back ahead. Randolph Jnr., Nwagboso and Kyle Hosford combined for Demons to keep the Warriors lead in check but Jokic was again on the mark and Jackson rounded out an excellent quarter with another major and two trademark drives to see the Warriors lead 47-44 at the long break.

The sides went score for score in a frantic third quarter with Jackson and Jokic continuing to find the basket from either side of the arc for the visitors while Thiam, Nwagboso and Randolph kept the score ticking over for Demons. Dave Lehane arced in a big three for the hosts but when Aivaras Ousis floated in his first score of the game, Jackson was in range again and Donaghy added another, the Warriors were still the team to beat at 70-66 up going in to the final quarter.

Dre Jackson pushed the Warriors further ahead early in the fourth with two brilliant three pointers before Hosford also hit the mark from outside for Demons. However the Warriors flow of scores began to dry up just as Randolph Jnr. began to find his rhythm and four scores in a row turned the contest around to see the hosts lead by 2 with as many minutes on the clock. A belter of a three from Scott Hannigan proved to be a decisive score as the Warriors ran into foul trouble. A tough foul call against the Tralee side extinguished any hope of a dramatic finale and late scores from Nwagboso, Lehane and Hannigan rounded out the 92-86 win for UCC Demons in the end.

Scorers:

UCC Demons: Michael Randolph Jnr. 33, Tala Fam Thiam 19, Kingsley Nwagboso 15

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Dre Jackson 28, Matija Jokic 21, Kieran Donaghy 14

Though brave and resilient in defeat the Warriors now face the reality of mobilising again for a demanding schedule of fixtures in the New Year with five home games against Éanna, EJ Sligo All Stars, Moycullen, Killester and Neptune and three away trips to Ballincollig, Killorglin and UCD Marian and little or no room for any defeats.

Next up for the Warriors is the first of the home games and a cross conference tie with DBS Éanna. Action takes place in the Tralee Sports Complex on Saturday 14th January with tip off at 7.30pm.

Warriors overpower Red Army to keep playoff hopes intact

InsureMyVan.ie Men’s Super League 2022/2023 – Round 10

Griffith College Templeogue 75

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 89

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors made it back to back wins on the road as they comprehensively accounted for Griffith College Templeogue at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on Saturday night. The score line belies the dominance the Warriors enjoyed after an all-out offensive assault in the first two quarters that yielded  37 and 20 points respectively to effectively settle the contest by half time.

It was a hugely impressive opening quarter from the Warriors that stunned Templeogue into early submission and from the moment Dre Jackson fired in the opening score with a three it set the tone for what was to follow. The scores simply rained down and when Jackson hit his third score of the game after Aivaras Ousis, Daniel Jokubaitis and Matija Jokic were in range to see the Warriors lead 13-3 up Mark Keenan had to call a timeout to stop the charge. However despite efforts from Enrique Mellini and James Gormley, the Warriors drove on to fire their way mercilessly into a 30-5 lead with inside and outside scores of the highest quality from Jackson, Jokic, Ousis and Jokubaitis. Scores from Callum McGrail and Francis Mulvihill were simply tokens as Eoin Quigley opened his account and Jokubaitis again landed from distance to see the Tralee side 37-9 to the good at quarter time.

The offensive effort continued early in the second with Quigley, Kieran Donaghy, Andrée Michelsson and a double from Jokic firing the Warriors even further ahead. Despite Templeogue’s response with majors scores from Luke Thompson, Neil Randolph and Kris Arcilla the gap was still all of 30 points. Quigley, Ousis and Jackson combined to keep the relentless scoring going and defensively the Warriors were also bossing affairs. Randolph hit his second three of the evening and Mulvihill laid up right on the buzzer for the hosts but at half time the Warriors still led comfortably by 57-28.

The pace of the game understandably slowed and the Warriors defence loosening slightly in the third quarter to allow Templeogue chip away at the sizable lead. Randolph, Mulvihill and Arcilla all struck from beyond the arc but at the other end the Warriors were still posting some cracking scores with Aivaras Ousis landing a stunning baseline drive to dunk over the Templeogue rear-guard and Dre Jackson dunking a spectacular alley-oop. Jokic rounded out the scoring for the visitors with a powerful drive to the basket but Templeogue through McGrail and a Daniel Carberry three cut the gap to 72-49 at three quarter time.

Warriors captain Fergal O’Sullivan added his name to the three point roll of honour early in the final quarter but Templeogue replied in kind with majors from Randolph and Mulvihill. Despite their early dominance the Warriors lead started to dwindle as the clock counted down and with Randolph, Mulvihill, Gormley and McGrail combining the Warriors fans that travelled to headquarters began to wish for the final buzzer to sound. A quick fire hat trick of scores from Mulvihill brought the gap right down to 10 with 2 minutes on the clock. However the Warriors maintained their composure and found scores when they needed with Jokic landing another tough effort from under the board either side of four quality efforts from the outstanding Jackson to seal a comfortable 89-75 win in the end.

Scorers:

Griffith College Templeogue: Francis Mulvihill 23, Neil Randolph 16, Callum McGrail and James Gormley 8

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Dre Jackson 34, Matija Jokic 20, Daniel Jokubaitis 11

Next up for the Warriors is a crucial showdown with UCC Demons who currently occupy the fourth playoff place on the South Conference table. Action takes place in the Mardyke Arena in Cork on Friday 30th December with tip off at 6.00pm.

On behalf of Garvey’s Tralee Warriors players, management and committee I would like to wish everyone a safe, peaceful and happy Christmas and the very best wishes for a great 2023.

POST MATCH AUDIO

Warriors Head Coach John Dowling was pleased with another road win and feels teams will start to take points off each other after the Christmas break…

He took time out to wish Andrée Michelsson the very best as he leaves the team to take up a contract in Germany…

Templeogue Coach Mark Keenan was at a loss to explain how flat his side were in the first two quarters but had praise for the way the Warriors started the game…

Warriors remain in playoff mix after big St. Vincent’s win

InsureMyVan.ie Men’s Super League 2022/2023 – Round 9

Bright St. Vincent’s 77

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 93

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors secured their third win of the League campaign with a performance of real quality both offensively and defensively to overcome Bright St. Vincent’s by 93-77 on Saturday night. The Warriors led at the end of all four quarters and by as much as 21 at half time before seeing out the win in style by 16 points in the end. The win importantly keeps the Warriors very much in the hunt for the fourth playoff place as both fellow contenders Flexachem KCYMS and UCC Demons also secured wins over the weekend. 

The Warriors got off to a fast start with a three from Daniel Jokuabitis and a double from Eoin Quigley before Robbie Graham, Donovan Fields and Stefan Zecevic combined to ease the hosts ahead. Dre Jackson opened his account before threes from Martin Neary and Graham gave Vincent’s an 18-14 lead midway through the quarter. Jokubaitis continued to find his range from inside and out and with Jackson, Kieran Donaghy and Matija Jokic also on the mark the Warriors wrestled the lead back. A three from Charlie Coombes and scores from Zecevic and Fields closed the gap but at the end of a high scoring opening quarter the Warriors led 31-27.

The second quarter saw the Warriors outscore their hosts by 28-9 and completely spread the game with an impressive display of scoring at one end while limiting the Vincent’s offence to taking tough shots at the other. A three from Jokic set the tone before Steven Bowler and Jackson chipped in with a score apiece. Jokubaitis then lit up to fire in a sensational four scores in a row before Fields stopped the rot for Vincent’s with four points from a lay up and the free throw line. Jokubaitis then took his first half tally to 25 with another trademark three before Jokic, Quigley and three from three from the line from Aivaras Ousis saw the Warriors take a commanding 59-38 lead to the long break.

A quick fire double from either side of the arc from Kieran Donaghy along with scores from Jokic and Jokubaitis maintained Warriors control of the game. Vincent’s response was limited to another three from Neary and a hat trick of scores from Fields but when Jackson helped himself to back to back lay ups and a floated effort from inside the Warriors pushed further ahead. Fields and Zecevic edged Vincent’s a little bit closer but Jackson had the final say in the quarter to give the Tralee side an unassailable 79-55 advantage at the end of the third.

The Warriors were on the mark again early in the final quarter with Aivaras Ousis firing in a cracking corner three but Donovan Fields who was impressive throughout for Vincent’s posted a defiant 13 point salvo to keep the Warriors honest. With the precious three League points secure, Jackson, Jokic, Jokubaitis and Quigley all helped themselves to scores late on to cement the confidence building win ahead of another cross conference date in Dublin this weekend against Griffith College Templeogue.

Scorers:

Bright St. Vincent’s: Donovan Fields 26, Stefan Zecevic 14, Robbie Graham 9

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Daniel Jokubaitis 32, Dre Jackson 19, Matija Jokic 18

Next up for the Warriors is another trip to the capital, this time to face arch rivals Griffith College Templeogue at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, tip off next Saturday night is 7.30pm.

Seventh heaven for Maree as Warriors playoff hopes fade 

InsureMyVan.ie Men’s Super League 2022/2023 – Round 8

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 72

University of Galway Maree 80

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors hopes of making the Super League play-offs hang in the balance after defeat to League leaders University of Galway Maree at the Tralee Sports Complex on Saturday night leaves them in danger of losing touch with the contenders for the all-important top four playoff places. It was a much improved performance from the Warriors relative to previous weeks and they led right until the final minutes of the game. However a late Maree run reeled the Warriors in with a 28-13 last quarter to maintain top of the South Conference with their seventh win in the League.

It was a cracking contest from tipoff with Maree firing their way into an early lead with Joe Junior Mvuezolo, Jarett Haines, Eoghan Rockall and Zvonimir Cutuk all in range with the Warriors replied in kind through Daniel Jokubaitis, Kieran Donaghy, Matija Jokic and Dre Jackson and when Donaghy added another brace and Jackson slalomed his way to the board the hosts led 15-12. Jackson continued to cause his former teammates problems with another couple of scores but back to back threes from Rodrigo Gomez and two floated efforts from Haines edged Maree 22-21 ahead at quarter time.

Donaghy was on the mark again early in the second and when Eoin Quigley opened his account the Warriors pushed ahead but Maree’s John Burke replied from inside and out to tie the scores at 28-28. A quick Warriors run saw them fire their way back into the lead with a corner three from Jokubaitis and inside scores from Quigley and a Jackson double eased them 7 points ahead. Mvuezolo, who was well guarded by the hosts defence, managed to hit a couple of late efforts for the visitors but Quigley and Jokic combined to leave the Warriors 42-35 ahead at the long break.

The sides went score for score in the third quarter as the huge crowd got right into the contest and when Jokubaitis, Jackson and a three from Keelan Crowe pushed the Warriors out to a 52-42 lead, the Complex was absolutely rocking. A close range effort from Paul Freeman and five from five from the line from Haines cut the gap but when James Fernane heralded his arrival in to the game with a score and Jackson was again on the mark the Warriors kept their 7 point half time advantage in place at the end of the third.

The Warriors lead was whittled down to a single score early in the fourth after an impressive quickfire 7 points from Haines to close the gap but a double from Jackson and a stunning three from Jokubaitis set up what appeared to be a game winning lead. However with the very next play Maree captain Eoghan Rockall replied in kind to keep Maree in range and when Haines followed his lead the advantage was down to 3. The Warriors moved into foul trouble and when Donaghy was called for a contentious foul, his reaction was met with a technical sanction and he exited the game before Haines inflicted maximum damage from the free throw line. Maree fired their way into the lead with Cutuk in range from both sides of the arc and despite Andrée Michelsson giving the Warriors a late lifeline, Gomez and Haines sealed the deal with late free throws to secure the 80-72 win.

Scorers: Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Dre Jackson 25, Daniel Jokubaitis 16, Eoin Quigley 9

University of Galway Maree: Jarett Haines 32, Joe Junior Mvuezolo 12, Zvonimir Cutuk 12

Next up for the Warriors is a week off to regather as the Cup quarter finals take centre stage but another tough trip away to Dublin lies ahead when they face Bright St. Vincent’s in Round 9 of the League. Tip off at St. Vincent’s CBS on Saturday week, December 10th  is at 7.00pm.

POST MATCH AUDIO

Warriors Coach John Dowling was looking for the positives despite another loss and was pleased with the performance ahead of two tough trips to Dublin…

He says the Warriors next two games in Dublin will ultimately define their season and that Maree are now the team to beat for the League title…

University of Galway Maree Coach Charlie Crowley was delighted with his first win in Tralee against the Warriors…

He says they can now set their focus on Belfast Star next week and a place in the Cup semi final…

Warriors playoff hopes hit with third home defeat of the season

InsureMyVan.ie Men’s Super League 2022/2023 – Round 7

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 85

Emporium Cork Basketball 95

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors hopes of making the Super League playoffs were dealt another blow on Saturday night with their third home defeat of the season, this time to Emporium Cork Basketball, by 95-85 at the Tralee Sports Complex. With seven games played and just two wins to their name the Warriors now face a daunting challenge to make the top four playoff places in the South Conference. They currently sit alongside local rivals Flexachem KCYMS two wins behind UCC Demons, the team currently occupying fourth place on the South Conference table.

Having seen the Warriors U20s overcome their Ballincollig counterparts earlier in the evening the Senior Warriors settled into the contest well with Daniel Jokubaitis opening up in typical style to hit to three point efforts but Emporium hit back with two major scores from John Dawson when Ronan O’Sullivan and Jose Jiminez Gonzales got on the scoresheet the visitors led 14-10. Back to back scores from O’Sullivan and a floated effort from Pau Cami Galera moved the Cork side further ahead but a double from Dre Jackson and free throws from Andrée Michelsson saw the Warriors cut the advantage to 20-18 at the end of the first.

John Dawson was in range early in the second but scores from inside and out from Eoin Quigley saw the Warriors lead for the first time in the game. However Emporium Cork then quickly spread the game with major scores from Keelan Cairns, Dawson and Ciaran O’Sullivan either side of threes from Fergal O’Sullvan and Jokubaitis. Dylan Corkery then hit a hat trick of inside efforts and when Sean O’Flynn fired in a three with his first touch of the ball the Ballincollig side took full control of the game. Two drives to the board late on from Dre Jackson kept the score respectable but at half time the visitors led 46-35.

The Warriors reduced the deficit early in the third through Jokic and Jackson but Emporium Cork countered every score with one of their own and a three from Cairns and inside scores from Dawson, Corkery and Gonzales maintained their 11 point lead. Quigley and Jokic kept the Tralee side in the game with a score apiece but a zero from four return from the free throw line stopped any Warriors momentum while Emporium Cork at the other end were finding scores when they wanted them with Ronan O’Sullivan, Gonzales and Dawson combining to increase the visitors advantage to 68-52 at the end of the third.

The Warriors continued to chase the game early in the fourth and despite Jackson, Kieran Donaghy and Jokic chipping away at the lead Adrian O’Sullivan and Gonzales replied with threes to remain in control. Jokubaitis and Quigley kept the Warriors faint hopes alive with outside scores but Emporium Cork quickly countered them through Ciaran O’Sullivan and Galera. Jackson and Jokubaitis cut the gap back to 10 but with the Warriors in team fouls Emporium Cork hit 7 from 10 from the free throw line to consolidate their lead. Another quality cameo from James Fernane with two cracking three late on was a highlight for the Warriors on an otherwise very disappointing night as they surrendered another priceless three League points by 95-85 in the end.

Scorers: Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Dre Jackson 25, Daniel Jokubaitis 20, Eoin Quigley 13

Emporium Cork Basketball: John Dawson 21, Ronan O’Sullivan 15, Jose Jiminez Gonzales 15 who was also named the McCarthy Insurance MVP for the game.

Next up for the Warriors is an even tougher home tie against the South Conference leaders University of Galway Maree as the challenge to make the playoffs continues in earnest. Tip off at the Tralee Sports Complex next Saturday night is at 7.30pm.

POST MATCH AUDIO

Warriors Coach John Dowling was at a loss to explain why his side is struggling to win games at the moment…

He says the Warriors no longer carry the fear factor for other teams…

He says next weeks game against Maree is another must win game as they all are from now on…

Emporium Cork Basketball Ciaran O’Sullivan was delighted with his first win in Tralee against the Warriors…

He says their side has strength in depth with their two Spanish players in particular playing well…

Warriors back to winning ways ahead of key home fixtures

InsureMyVan.ie Men’s Super League 2022/2023 – Round 6

Moycullen 64

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 85

After an unprecedented run of losses including an early exit from the Pat Duffy National Cup last weekend, Garvey’s Tralee Warriors secured their second win of the season easily accounting for Moycullen in the Kingfisher Arena on Saturday night.

In an entertaining opening quarter both sides decided that attack was the best form of defence with Matija Jokic getting the Warriors on the board and James Fernane taking his opportunity of making the first five to shoot a couple of cracking three pointers. Grant Olsson, Ayberk Taylan and Matteo Liberatore combined for the hosts to cut the gap but Dre Jackson’s first basket of the night saw the Warriors lead 11-9. Jackson was only warming up however and a quick fire 7 points eased the visitors into an 18-10 ahead. Liberatore and Olsson were in range late on but another quality score in the paint from Jokic saw the Warriors lead 20-14 at the end of the first.

The Warriors spread the game early in the second with Andrée Michelsson and Eoin Quigley adding their names to the scoresheet before Jackson drilled a stunning three from the corner to push the lead out to double digits. Liberatore and the Cunningham brothers Dylan and Kyle kept the home side in the game but Moycullen’s offensive effort then dried up just as the Warriors began to find their range. Jackson repeated his corner three, then added another before Daniel Jokubaitis opened his account to move the Warriors 35-21 ahead. Fernane and Olsson exchanged baskets before Jokubaitis finally found the basket from beyond the arc with a buzzer beating three to put the Warriors 40-24 up at half time.

An early Matteo Liberatore three for Moycullen in the third did nothing but ignite a run from the  Warriors that saw them consolidate and then build on their lead with the excellent James Fernane hitting his third and fourth threes of the evening and Quigley, Jackson and Jokubaitis getting in on the act to push the lead out to 54-31. Kyle Cunningham and the impressive Olsson brought the Warriors advantage down to 54-40 but when the outstanding Jackson combined with Jokic and Michelsson the gap was back out to over 20. Dara Kenna made an impression when coming in for Moycullen and despite two quick scores from him the Warriors were still in total control at 64-46 at the end of the third.

John Dowling kept the rotations going in the fourth and Steven Bowler took his chance to add a score early on before Jokic quickly followed his lead. The Warriors early season indiscipline almost came back to haunt them as Daniel Jokubaitis, who was having an uncharacteristically quiet game, was called for a flop and issued with a technical and when he reacted to the referee, was lucky not to receive any further sanction. The incident did not take the Warriors focus off the prize of three precious League point and Jackson and Michelsson added from inside and out to put 21 between the sides. Threes from Joe Tummon and Brian Gaffney and scores from Kyle Cunningham for Moycullen kept the score respectable. The biggest cheer of the evening came from the Warriors bench when Padraig Fleming, who was enjoying some well-earned minutes on court, helped himself to a score before Daire Kennelly also heralded his return to the Warriors set up by dropping in the final score of the game and sealing the crucial 85-64 win

Top scorers: Moycullen: Grant Olsson 21, Kyle Cunningham 11, Matteo Liberatore 9

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Dre Jackson 30, James Fernane 14, Matija Jokic 11

Next up for Garvey’s Tralee Warriors is a mouth-watering clash with Emporium Cork Basketball, formerly Ballincollig, at the Tralee Sports Complex next Saturday night and another chance for the defending champions to play their way back into the mix in the South Conference ahead of the visit of University of Galway Maree next week. Tip off next Saturday night is 7.30pm. The Super League game will be preceded by the meeting of the Warriors U20s who take on the Ballincollig U20s with tip off at 4.30pm.


Warriors Cup dream ended by Éanna

InsureMyHouse.ie Pat Duffy National Cup – Round 1

DBS Éanna 85

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 79

Defending champions Garvey’s Tralee Warriors interest in this season’s InsureMyHouse.ie Pat Duffy National Cup came to an end with defeat to DBS Éanna in Colaiste Éanna on Saturday night. The Warriors led throughout the first half but relinquished the lead early in the third before seeing their dreams of retaining the Cup slip away from them in the final minutes of the game.

Coming into the game on the back of four League losses, the Warriors eyed this Cup tie as the opportunity to reboot and reignite their campaign. They started like a team on a mission with Daniel Jokubaitis opening the scoring with a booming effort from outside and when Dre Jackson, Matija Jokic, and Eoin Quigley were all in range the Warriors quickly built a 19-8 lead. Éanna’s response came from Neil Lynch and Sean Jenkins but when Jokubaitis hit his third three and Jokic stepped to the board the Warriors continued to edge the early exchanges. Back-to-back Éanna scores from Lynch followed by a major score from Stefan Desnica cut the deficit to just 3. However, an Andrée Michelsson effort from inside late on gave the Warriors a 26-21 lead at the end of the first.

Dre Jackson stepped impressively to the Éanna board to open the scoring in the second quarter and Jokubaitis made it four threes for the evening before Romann Nelson also found his range from beyond the arc. Éanna’s Kristian Andebaka also fired in from distance before Quigley and Jackson added for the Warriors and Jokic kept his side in front by virtue of 4 from 6 from the free throw line. But Nelson would have the final say in the half when firing in his third three of the quarter to cut the Warriors advantage to 41-38 at the long break.

Éanna regrouped to turn the game around with a 13-point volley kickstarted by Josh Wilson and followed up with a three from Jenkins that gave the hosts the lead for the first time in the game. Éanna captain Neil Lynch continued to threaten from the arc and his second three of the night pushed the hosts lead out to 51-43. John Dowling had no option but to call a timeout to halt the onslaught and to their credit the Warriors responded to cut into the Éanna lead through Jokic and Jokubaitis. Jackson followed up with a three and with Kieran Donaghy’s first score of the game edged the Warriors back in front by 54-53 with 2 minutes left in the quarter. The Warriors finished the quarter in style with Jokic adding a quickfire six points and when Jackson fired in a belter from well beyond the arc the visitors led 63-58 at the end of the third.

Éanna again produced an early run in the fourth to fire in an 11-point salvo with Wilson, Jenkins, Tomic and Andebaka all getting in on the act to move their side 69-65 ahead. The Warriors resistance came in the form of a Jokubaitis score early on and when he fired in his fifth three of the night he cut the gap to a single point with 3 minutes on the clock. Éanna’s Mark Reynolds and Marco Tomic were fouled out in quick succession but only after Tomic had banked in a cracking score to put his side back in front. Kieran Donaghy was heroic throughout the evening, particularly under his own board, and with Jokic equally effective at the other end the visitors were still well in the game with 2 minutes on the clock. However with the Warriors in need of a killer score it was Éanna captain Neil Lynch that produced an inspirational and ultimately game winning three pointer. Both teams were now on team fouls and it was the hosts that made the most of the opportunities presented with Lynch, Andebaka and Jenkins flawless from the line. Fergal O’Sullivan and Jokubaitis tried desperately to salvage the situation late on but the impressive Josh Wilson guided his side over the line with two perfect sets of free throws to seal an 85-79 win and set up a Cup quarter-final meeting with Energywise Ireland Neptune in Cork in early December.

Top scorers: Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Daniel Jokubaitis 26, Dre Jackson 20, Matija Jokic 20

DBS Éanna: Josh Wilson 21, Neil Lynch 15, Sean Jenkins 14

The Warriors travel to Galway next weekend to take on Moycullen, the only team to sit below them in the South Conference. A win is absolutely essential with the in-form Emporium Cork Basketball and University of Galway Maree coming to Tralee for back to back home games on the 19th and 26th November respectively. Tip off for the Moycullen v Warriors game next Saturday evening in the Kingfisher Arena is 7.00pm.

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Warriors Coach John Dowling says his side did everything they could to win but Éanna hit some big scores at the right time to win out..

He says his team came into the game after a difficult run of four losses and it will be difficult to build up his charges for challenges in the League that lie ahead…

Éanna Coach Darren McGovern says his side’s game plan worked out for them in the end…

He says his side possesses a good spread of scorers and that was an important factor in their win…

Demons back to haunt Warriors as losing streak continues

InsureMyVan.ie Men’s Super League 2022/2023 – Round 5

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 85

UCC Demons 89

With just a single League win to their name, Garvey’s Tralee Warriors need to regroup and regather after suffering their second defeat at home this season to UCC Demons on Friday night and their fourth loss in total so far. Following a memorable overtime win over KCYMS on the opening night and a game they looked certain to win against Belfast but lost in a dramatic last quarter turnaround, the Warriors have produced nothing like the form they displayed last season when they captured both National titles and maintained an unbeaten record at home.

The Warriors with a 1 and 4 record now sit just above the winless Moycullen who they play next in the League at Kingfisher Arena in Galway. After that it is back to the Tralee Sports Complex for two tough home dates with Emporium Cork Basketball and University of Galway Maree before travelling away for all their fixtures slated for December.  

It all looked so promising early on Friday evening for the Warriors when Daniel Jokubaitis, Matija Jokic, Dre Jackson and Steven Bowler combined to shoot the defending champions into a 16-6 lead. However Demons went on a quick run themselves with captain Carlton Cuff, Tala Fam Thiam, Stefan Manojovic and Kingsley Nwagboso firing the visitors right back into the game and at the end of the opening quarter the Warriors led 21-19.

Demons began the second quarter with real purpose and intent and fired their way into the lead with David Lehane in range from either side of the arc, Jeremiah Moore putting his name on the scoresheet and playmaker Kyle Hosford, who was allowed to dictate affairs from the top of the arc, adding a hat trick of scores. The Warriors response was a hat trick of their own from Jokic but midway through the quarter the hosts trailed by 37-28. Dre Jackson simply lit up the Complex up with four cracking three pointers and with Eoin Quigley also stepping to board for a couple of scores the Warriors not only reined Demons in, they edged ahead. However Demons restored order with a score each from Nwagboso, Moore and Thiam to see the sides go to the long break deadlocked at 50 points apiece.

Matija Jokic was causing all sorts of problems for the Demons defence early in the third and four scores from him either side of another from Quigley kept the Warriors score ticking over. Demons replied in kind with Lehane and scores from inside and outside from both Hosford and Moore saw the sides level again at 63-63. A baseline drive to the board by Quigley was to be the Warriors last score of the half as Demons made a decisive move with Thiam, Hosford and the industrious Jack O’Leary shooting their side into a 72-66 lead at the end of the third.

Demons pushed for home early in the final quarter and a barrage of scores from Thiam, Manojovic and Nwagboso fired the visitors into a commanding 83-70 lead. The Warriors resistance again came largely from Jokic but when Fergal O’Sullivan hit a typical three pointer and Quigley followed his lead, the gap was down to 84-76. It got better for Warriors when Jokic was on the mark again and a couple of free throws from Jokubaitis cut the Demons advantage to just 4. However that was as good as it got for the hosts as some late indiscipline again cost the Warriors dearly, losing Jokubaitis and Jackson after they both reached their quota of fouls in quick succession. Jokic and Andrée Michelson battled defiantly to the end but Tala Fam Thiam inflicted the final blows for Demons with two free throws to seal the 89-85 win.

Top scorers: Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Matija Jokic 30, Dre Jackson 24, Eoin Quigley 13

UCC Demons: Jeremiah Moore 23, Kyle Hosford 18, Tala Fam Thiam 13

Attention turns to the InsureMyHouse.ie Pat Duffy National Cup next weekend as the Warriors begin their defence of the title they captured for the first time last season. They face a testing trip to Rathfarnham to take on DBS Éanna, the team they overcame in the semi-final to reach the decider in January. Tip off next Saturday evening at Colaiste Éanna is 5.00pm.

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Warriors Coach John Dowling was almost lost for words after the game but one word he used more than most was ‘frustration’…

He says indiscipline again hurt them and the big players simply have to stay in the game to the very end…

Demons Coach Daniel O’Mahony says that the Warriors players being fouled out proved decisive…

He says he is hopeful that his side can prevail in a huge local derby Cup tie next weekend against Neptune with the winners at home to either Warriors or Éanna in the next round…