A huge night in the premier league last night with two games in Belfast that were expected to be close contests but turned out to be one sided affairs.
First up was Tropics at the Ulster Elks in Jordanstown. The Tropics had been on a roll before their slip up versus Ballymena on Monday night and a win versus the Elks was vital if they wanted to get their title challenge back on track. Mike Calo had already called out the Elks star player Daryl Shazier and also the Elks Paddy McGaharan so both teams were up for this one. After the first quarter the Tropics were up by 2 and all signs pointed towards the close game that was expected but from that point on the Elks dominated and would go on to win 100 – 52. The Elks went to their 1-2-2 zone press which frustrated the Tropics who weren’t have been helped by their small squad. Shazier went off for 36 points for the Elks while McGaharan had 17 and Gary Connolly 16. Girt Celms had 25 for the Tropics while Daryl Downey had 9 and Bloy and Calo had 6 apiece. Despite the heavy defeat Mike Calo still feels optimistic:[audio:http://thecourtsidecollective.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/mike-on-losing-to-elks.mp3|titles=Mike Calo was held to 6 points against Elks but his confidence remains high]
TCC also caught up with Elk’s Paddy McGaharn to gauge his thoughts on the game:[audio:http://thecourtsidecollective.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/paddy-mcgaharan-on-winning-against-tropics.mp3|titles=PaddyMcGaharan comments on the 50-point blow-out over Tropics]
The Elks now are in prime position to take the BNI league title with the Dungannon Cavillers their main rivals and two huge games versus the Cavillers to come.
Check out a short highlights video from last night’s game:
Stay tuned to TCC for a report on the other big game last night when LYIT went down heavily to Belfast Star.