Improved performance but Maree still await first win

Eoin Rockall hit 22 points for Maree at home to Tralee Warriors on Saturday night. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.
Eoin Rockall hit 22 points for Maree at home to Tralee Warriors on Saturday night. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Maree 74

Tralee Warriors 87

Maree BC’s wait for a first SuperLeague win continues, but the performance of John Finn’s side against Tralee Warriors in an entertaining game on Saturday night would suggest that first success is not too far away.

The Oranmore side fought back from a 11-point deficit at half-time to trail by just two points early in the fourth quarter, but the visitors steadied the ship and, led by 6’11” Dusan Bogdanovic, they reeled off some impressive scores while also rejecting a number of Maree attacks to take a win that was not as comfortable as the scoreline suggests.

“We played well, we closed to within two points of Warriors early in the 4th, but they got a few crucial scores and that was the difference. We just need to keep working hard and that win will come,” said Maree’s US signing, Watkins Williams, who scored 20 points on his home debut.

Tralee raced into an early 5-0 lead before Williams and Eoin Rockall replied for Maree to level matters after two minutes. It was the last time the sides would be level, however, as Patrick McCarthy edged the visitors ahead with his second three-pointer of the quarter, and by the end of the first 10 minutes, the visitors were 23-20 ahead.

Kerry GAA star, Kieran Donaghy – who became a father for a second time in the week leading up to the game – came off the Tralee bench to make an impact, and the visitors had moved into a 43-32 lead at half-time.

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