SPORT: Neptune Basketball Club secures promotion to Men’s Super League

22 March 2018
By Mary Bermingham

Neptune Basketball Club are on their way back to the Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League next season after they put in a huge performance against Éanna this evening in a relegation/promotion battle in Waterford.


After getting off to a shaky start which saw Éanna open up a 10-0 lead, Neptune bounced back well, to close the gap to just seven at the end of the first, and they put in a big second quarter to lead 46-32 at the half. Huge scoring from Roy Downey, Jarrel Marshall and Gary Walsh was supported by a superb display from David Murray and, despite the best efforts of Éanna’s Tamron Manning, Neil Lynch and Conor Gallagher, Neptune powered home to a 78-67 point victory in the end.

“It’s surreal, I don’t think it has sank in yet!” said head coach, Paul Kelleher afterwards. “We were superb in the end, our defence was sensational. I think the tough games recently, the Killorglin and Ballincollig games, were the ones that helped us be successful tonight.

“We’ve done our business properly here tonight, but I don’t think it’ll hit any of us until tomorrow morning,” he continued. “It’s a year ahead of when we thought it would be, but we’re really looking forward to it. Roll on the Super League! We’ve a big game back here in Waterford on Friday night and we’ll focus on that now.”

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