If you've missed Kieran Donaghy since he stepped away from the inter-county scene with Kerry, you'll have to start paying closer attention to Ireland's burgeoning basketball scene.
Playing in a Super League clash against Killester for Garvey's Tralee Warriors tonight, an 86-82 thriller ultimately went against Donaghy & co.
However, chasing the game with only seconds remaining on the clock, Kieran Donaghy pulled off something truly remarkable.
Receiving the basketball deep, deep within his own half of the court, the multiple All-Ireland winner with Kerry launched a monstrous effort at Killester's basket.
Somehow, he made it stick!
Check out this amazing 3/4 court shot by @starryboy14 in the Super League tonight. Ultimately it wasn’t enough as @KillesterBball narrowly beat @warriors_bc 86-82 in a thriller. #ThisIsSuper pic.twitter.com/VqRMVbp2uP
— Basketball Ireland (@BballIrl) November 3, 2018
After last weekend saw Tralee knock-out the Hula Hoops National Cup holders Templeogue in a thrilling battle, tonight's game was no less entertaining.
Next up for Tralee in the Hula Hoops National Cup will be a quarter-final clash against UCC.
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There were plenty of upsets to go around in a busy weekend in the Men’s Super League this Sunday.
Maree did well to hold off a strong UCD Marian, handing them their third loss of the season with an 81-73 victory at home. Sean Sellers was exceptional once again for the Galway outfit, notching 26 points in the contest. The home side trailed by three going into half time, but a big fourth quarter push gave them breathing room going down the stretch, eventually holding off the Dublin outfit by a margin of eight.
Having lost to Maree in a shock upset last week, UCC Demons got back on track with a massive 74-71 win at home to Templeogue. Leading by ten going into the last, the visitors brought it back to a tie game, only for Demons to push on with the game drawing to a close. A lay-up from Carleton Cuff plus big free throws from Niall O’Reilly (8), Brandon Watts (25) and eventually Kyle Hosford gave the north Cork club the edge, making a big statement in the Men’s Super League. With this loss Templeogue remain top of the league with one loss where they are currently tied with Belfast Star.
Elsewhere on Sunday DCU Saints also came away with a big win when they took down Moycullen 85-83 at home. The game was back and forth throughout, but with the game tied and four seconds on the clock, the experience of Michael Bonaparte showed, knocking down two free throws to give the Dublin outfit a two point advantage that they wouldn’t give up at such a late stage.
In the final games of the weekend Swords Thunder eased their way to a 93-68 win, while in the only game in the Women’s Super League DCU Mercy cruised to a 73-34 victory against Marble City Hawks, Sam Hyslip leading the way with 21 points. The win sees Mercy keep pressure on the league leaders Liffey Celtics and Glanmire.
Tradehouse Central Ballincollig kept the ball rolling in the Men’s National League this weekend, moving to 10-0 after a big win against local rivals Fr Mathews 83-82. Having trailed by fifteen at the half, Andre Nation was once again exceptional, his 48 points becoming commonplace in the Cork outfit’s fixtures as of late. Deon Baker Jr (20) played well for the visitors, getting them off to a good start against the league leaders. However, Nation took over in the second half, Ballincollig narrowly taking a one-point victory on home ground.
Elsewhere in the Men’s National League, LYIT Donegal fell to Ulster University Elks 87-65, while DBS Eanna also were comfortable in victory, beating Dublin Lions 92-61.
Scott’s Lakers St Pauls Killarney were also successful as they took down LIT Celtics 85-76, despite 42 from Matt Scamaffo for the visitors.
SCORES - Saturday Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:
Pyrobel Killester 82-86 Garveys Tralee Warriors
Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One:
EJ Sligo All-Stars GameFootage.net Titans
Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:
UCC Demons 74-71 Templeogue
Maree 81-73 UCD Marian, Calasanctius College
Griffith College Swords Thunder 93-68 Keanes Supervalu Killorglin
DCU Saints 85-83 Moycullen
Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One:
Tradehouse Central Ballincollig 83-82Fr Mathews
LYIT Donegal 87 – 65 Ulster University Elks
Scotts Lakers St Pauls Killarney 85-76 LIT
Limerick Celtics 93-78 WIT Vikings
DBS Eanna 92-61 Abbey Seals Dublin Lions
Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:
Marble City Hawks 34-73 DCU Mercy