Winning start for Templeogue champs

BLACK AMBER Templeogue got the defence of their Men’s Super League campaign off to a winning start last Saturday after they beat DCU Saints 79-96 in DCU Complex.

A strong defensive performance in the second quarter set the stage for this victory as the visitors powered their way into a 17-point advantage by the halftime break.

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Templeogue Head Coach Mark Keenan was pleased at how his team performed in this curtain-raiser to the season, telling The Echo “We got off to a slow start and they [DCU] scored 16 points in the first six minutes, but we had a very strong finish to the first quarter and were 25-16 up.

“We also had a very good first six to eight minutes in the second quarter during which we limited them to just two points and that allowed us to push on and open up the gap.

“Mike [Bonaparte] was put on their American [Dee Proby] and then that rotated to Neil Randolph and they did a good job.

“We made a good few steals with Stephen James doing well and we had Lorcan Murphy back from injury. He came on after about six minutes and got our transition game going.

“From making the steals we were able to get the ball to Lorcan who got running.

“Everyone played. We got all the young guys on and Baolach Morrison also came back from his ankle injury and played well, so overall we were very happy” he added.

Randolph emerged Templeogue’s top scorer on 23 points while Bonaparte and Murphy weighed in with 20 and 17 respectively.

Proby did inflict the bulk of the damage for DCU with a 28-point haul while Martin Neary and Martin Provizors each hit 14.

Next up for the defending champions will be the visit of Pyrobel Killester to their home court in the Oblate Hall in Inchicore on Saturday evening.

The northsiders will be looking to bounce back after their 18-point defeat at the hands of a very strong Griffith Swords Thunder last weekend.

“We’ve got Killester next and we’re looking forward to that,” said Keenan.

“We just want to get some momentum and keep it going like we did last year. We don’t want any early season slip-ups like Tralee had against Demons” he pointed out.

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