Basketball Ireland Weekend Review – 10 Feb 2014

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Updated: February 10, 2014

The eagerly anticipated Cork derby did not disappoint as Bord Gais Neptune put a halt to C&S UCC Demons undefeated run in the Men’s Premier League. Although tied at the half with 37 points apiece, Bord Gais Neptune came out on top 84 – 78.

 

The game of course was displayed to a full house in Neptune Stadium as the result added another chapter to the history between the two Cork sides.

 

Meanwhile, Dublin Inter returned to winning ways when they oversaw a resilient UCD Marian 77 – 72. In Galway, SSE Renewables Moycullen earned their second win of the season and their first victory at home when they topped Templeogue 85 – 64.

 

On Sunday, Killester were forced to fight for a win in Belfast when Belfast Star tested their endurance with the Dubliners coming out on top 78 – 89. While UL Eagles returned to form after their successful performance over DCU Saints ended, 62 – 65.

 

In the Women’s Premier League all eyes were on the IWA Clontarf on Saturday night when Team Montenotte Hotel Cork fought tooth and nail to claim a win over Killester in a game that went down to the wire.

 

The Cork side emerged victorious when Grainne Dwyer created an opening for sister Niamh with eight seconds to go to see them win by two points, 64 – 66.

 

Elsewhere, UL Huskies proved too strong for Meteors when they came away with a convincing win, 49 – 82.

 

On Sunday, DCU Mercy overcame Ulster Rockets, 47 – 64 while Singleton SuperValu Brunell came away with a win over Liffey Celtics, 72 – 62.

 

Men’s Premier League – Saturday, February 8th 2014

 

Bord Gais Neptune 84 (37) – C&S UCC Demons 78 (37)

 

The eagerly anticipated Cork derby did not disappoint as Bord Gais Neptune put a halt to C&S UCC Demons undefeated run in the Men’s Premier League. Although tied at the half with 37 points apiece, Bord Gais Neptune came out on top 84 – 78.

The game of course was displayed to a full house in Neptune Stadium as the result added another chapter to the history between the two Cork sides.

 

Bord Gais Neptune’s head coach, Mark Scannell, said, “C&S UCC Demons controlled the majority of the game, they had two significant leads of 19 and 17 points that we had to overcome to come away with the win. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that we went ahead.”

 

When asked about how significant the win is for his side, Scannell said, “We have been criticised a lot this season about our fitness and obviously losing to Dublin Inter in the semi-final of the National Cup hurt the squad’s confidence too. Having to sit out of the National Cup weekend does have an effect on a team but this win has given us belief.”

 

“It was a real team effort with everyone chipping in. The last few weeks, Michael McGinn has been an unbelievable force for us, I know he didn’t put up huge numbers in this game but he was brilliant all round in this game.”

 

“Ger Noonan showed great character too, he didn’t play much in the first half but when we needed him in the fourth he came on and did the job for us. I had to leave some people out of the rotation that I would usually get into the game but sometimes that is just how it goes.”

 

“Overall we are delighted to be the first side to beat C&S UCC Demons in the Men’s Premier League but we are focusing on the playoffs now and with six games left to contend with there is plenty of work to be done that we will assess at training on Monday night.”

 

Bord Gais Neptune 84 (37) (Townes 27, Downey 20, McLoughlin 12) C&S UCC Demons 78 (37) (Colbert 18, Hosford 16, O’Reilly 14)

 

Dublin Inter 77 (42) – UCD Marian 72 (40)

 

Dublin Inter returned to winning ways when they oversaw a resilient UCD Marian 77 – 72. This result has given them the confidence they needed after two tough losses on the bounce to C&S UCC Demons.

 

Sarunas Cesnakauskas, head coach of Dublin Inter was delighted with victory. He said, “It was a tough game but we are delighted to come away with the win.”

 

“The team was still hurting from the National Cup loss and playing C&S UCC Demons the following week wasn’t easy but we turned it around in this game.”

 

“We want to prove to the other teams in the Men’s Premier League that we are a strong side and that our run in the National Cup was not a once off.”

 

Dublin Inter 77 (42) (M Tamusauskas 28, M Cepliauskas 16, A Statkus 14) UCD Marian 72 (40) (E Chubb 25, C Meany 16, T King 10) 

 

SSE Renewables Moycullen 85 (47) – Templeogue 64 (41)

 

In Galway, SSE Renewables Moycullen earned their second win of the season and their first at home when they took on Templeogue. Their other win this season was also over the Dublin side who of late, are also struggling in the top flight of Irish basketball.

 

Although the game was close in the first half the Galway side were spurred on by their home support to come out on top with a significant win.

 

SSE Renewables Moycullen 85 (47) (M Callaghan 35, P O’Brien 11, S O’Brien 10) Templeogue 64 (41) (P Taylor 21, I Gordon 16, L Thompson 12)

 

Men’s Premier League – Sunday, February 9th 2014

 

DCU Saints 62 (33) – UL Eagles 65 (21)

 

UL Eagles recorded a much needed win when they faced off with a tough DCU Saints side having lost to both UCD Marian and C&S UCC Demons over the last two weekends.

 

In a game that saw them down by 12 points at the half time, the Limerick lads were forced to fight for this win on the road that came down to the final play.

 

Mark Keenan, UL Eagles, head coach said, “The first half was very scrappy for us, we had 15 turnovers alone and struggled to find any form. In fairness, we were creating great plays but we struggled to finish and stumbled the ball.”

 

“We managed to turn it around in the second half and finished those plays that we couldn’t earlier in the game.”

“Our defence was super, DCU Saints have two inside threats and we did a great job at containing them for the majority of the game.”

 

“Although we were in control of the game in the second half DCU Saints tested us until the final whistle. We made some silly mistakes by leaving Eoin Darling open but we came away with the win and we are delighted. It will give us a lift going into a tough game against Bord Gais Neptune next weekend.”

 

DCU Saints 62 (33) (E Darling 16, J Donnelly 13, M Provizors 13) UL Eagles 65 (21) (S Graham 23, J O’Keefe 13, S King 12) 

 

Belfast Star 78 (38) – Killester 89 (44)

 

Killester proved too difficult for Belfast Star to contain this weekend when they made the journey up north.

 

However, Killester were forced to work hard for the win with the young Belfast side making a break at them in the fourth quarter to bring the game to 68 – 65 with six minutes remaining on the clock.

 

Jonathan Grennell, head coach of Killester, said, “It was a great game of basketball and although we had the lead throughout Belfast Star made a big run at us in the fourth, forcing Michael Bonaparte to step it up once more.”

 

“Our guards played extremely well by controlling the tempo and forcing the young Belfast Star guards to turn the ball over. Both Isaac Westbrooks and Ciaran Rowe showed their experience in this game.”

 

Belfast Star 78 (38) (P Dick 23, F Otis 20, D Moreira 18) Killester 89 (44) (M Bonaparte 26, I Westbrook 16, C Roe 14)

 

Women’s Premier League – Saturday, February 8th 2014

 

Killester 64 (30) – Team Montenotte Hotel Cork 66 (32)

 

In the Women’s Premier League all eyes were on the IWA Clontarf on Saturday night when Team Montenotte Hotel Cork fought tooth and nail to claim a win over Killester in a game that went down to the wire.

The Cork side emerged victorious when Grainne Dwyer created an opening for sister Niamh with eight seconds to go to see them win by two points, 64 – 66.

 

Head coach of Team Montenotte Hotel Cork, Paul Kelleher, said, “That game was not pretty in the slightest, it was intense from the jump until the final whistle.”

 

“We started strong but couldn’t maintain it so the rest of the game was up and down the entire time. Killester moved the ball very well but we just couldn’t settle or get to grips with the game.”

 

“When it came right down to the wire, Killester were up one with 8.2 seconds left to play but they fouled us pushing them into team fouls. We had possession and after a time-out to decide what play we were going to run Niamh Dwyer attacked the basket after Grainne Dwyer set her up for the play. She made the basket and was rewarded with a free throw as she was fouled. She made the free throw to see us go up one with 1.3 seconds left on the clock.”

 

“The game was very similar to the National Cup Final. It showed our character and belief that we will never give up on a game or each other.”

 

“We are evolving as a team and getting strong but games like this highlight what it is that we need to improve on. It’s good because we are open and honest and excited about improving each week.”

 

Killester 64 (30) (C Bond 21, M Clarke 13, l Pardo 13) Team Montenotte Hotel Cork 66 (32) (C Rockall 24, G Dwyer 19, E Harmon 17) 

 

Elsewhere, UL Huskies proved too strong for Meteors when they came away with a convincing win, 49 – 82. WhileSunday saw, DCU Mercy overcame Ulster Rockets, 47 – 64 as Singleton SuperValu Brunell came away with a win over Liffey Celtics, 72 – 62.

 

Meteors 49 (22) (B Meany 16, K Ganser 13, J Daly 11) UL Huskies 82 (36) (R Clancy 26, R Vanderwal 16, A McDermott 9)

 

Ulster Rockets 47 (24) (K Shields 14, M McNally 12, B Water 8) DCU Mercy 64 (38) (S Woods 24, L Peat 13, M Hoffman 10) 

 

Singleton SuperValu Brunell 72 (35) (E Thornton 32, D O’Leary 12, R Lyall 12) Liffey Celtics 62 (35) (A O’Connor 26, I Sanchez 12, A O’Connor 12)

 

Basketball Ireland Weekend Results

 

Saturday, February 8th

 

Men’s Premier League

Dublin Inter 77 (42) (M Tamusauskas 28, M Cepliauskas 16, A Statkus 14) UCD Marian 72 (40) (E Chubb 25, C Meany 16, T King 10)

Bord Gais Neptune 84 (37) (Townes 27, Downey 20, Mcloughlin 12) C & S UCC Demons 78 ( 37 ) (Colbert 18, Hosford 16, O’Reilly 14)

SSE Renewables Moycullen 85 (47) (M Callaghan 35, P O’Brien 11, S O’Brien 10) Templeogue 64 (41) (P Taylor 21, I Gordon 16, L Thompson 12)

 

Women’s Premier League

Killester 64 (30) (C Bond 21, M Clarke 13, l Pardo 13) Team Montenotte Hotel Cork 66 (32) (C Rockall 24, G Dwyer 19, E Harmon 17)

Meteors 49 (22) (B Meany 16, K Ganser 13, J Daly 11) UL Huskies 82 (36) (R Clancy 26, R Vanderwal 16, A McDermott 9)

 

Men’s Division One

Team Garvey’s 79 (31) (J Galvin 22, D Griffin 14, D Cahill 14) Fr Matthews 69 (33) (K Chopra 24, S Cantwell 16, D Fleming 12)

Tolka Rovers 51 (16) (S Moore 10, D O’ Beirne 9, M Blanchfield 7) Team Left Bank Kilkenny 49 (22) (P Summers 19, L Szulc 11, B Hogan 11)

Maree 77 (41) (C Finn 21, K Hansberry 19, L Conroy 15) Swords Thunder 64 (32) (A Zurn 26, D McKeon 10, K Anderson 7)

 

Women’s Division One

IT Carlow 50(19) (A Delahunt 18, A Hayden 15, D Callanan 7) UL Huskies 35 (20) (A McGuire 12, O Woods 9, A Owen 4)

Team Tom McCarthys 63 (25) (A Nolan 21, E O’Connor 12, D Dunlea 11) Oblate Dynamos 55 (31) (S Massey 12, A Keech 8, T Harrison 8)

 

U18 Men’s National Shield

Phoenix BC 68 (31) (K Cagne 18, O Duncan 17, R Berzins 12) Limerick Lakers 63 (30) (C Burchardt 30, P Lemandowski 15, J Ambrose 4)

 

Sunday, February 9th

 

Men’s Premier League

DCU Saints 62 (33) (E Darling 16, J Donnelly 13, M Provizors 13) UL Eagles 65 (21) (S Graham 23, J O’Keefe 13, S King 12) 

Belfast Star 78 (38) (P Dick 23, F Otis 20, D Moreira 18) Killester 89 (44) (M Bonaparte 26, I Westbrook 16, C Roe 14)

 

Women’s Premier League

Ulster Rockets 47 (24) (K Shields 14, M McNally 12, B Water 8) DCU Mercy 64 (38) (S Woods 24, L Peat 13, M Hoffman 10)

Singleton SuperValu Brunell 72 (35) (E Thornton 32, D O’Leary 12, R Lyall 12) Liffey Celtics 62 (35) (A O’Connor 26, I Sanchez 12, A O’Connor 12)

 

U18 Men’s National Shield

Moycullen 101 (49) (D Mulkerrins 17, S Kelly 15, J Tummon 15) Titans 43 (19) (J Pesaitis 9, D Clifford 8, D Cravey 7)

 

U18 Women’s National Shield

Malahide 20 (0) – Clare Cascaders 0 (0)

 

 

BASKETBALL IRELAND UPCOMING FIXTURES

 

 

Tuesday 11 February 2014

 

Women’s Premier League

 

UL Huskies v Singleton SuperValu Brunell, UL Sport Arena, Limerick, 8:30pm

 

Wednesday 12 February 2014

 

Women’s Premier League

 

DCU Mercy v Meteors, DCU Sports Complex, Dublin, 8:30pm

 

Saturday 15 February 2014

 

Men’s Premier League

 

Killester v Templeogue, IWA Clontarf, Dublin, 6:00pm ; Dublin Inter v SSE Renewables Moycullen, Mountview Y&C Club, 6:00pm; UCD Marian v DCU Saints, UCD Sports Centre, Dublin, 7:00pm;

 

Women’s Premier League

 

UL Huskies v DCU Mercy, UL Sport Arena, Limerick, 7:00pm; Liffey Celtics v WIT Wildcats, Leixlip Amenities Centre, Kildare, 7:30pm;

Men’s Division One

 

Team Left Bank Kilkenny v JM&L Auctioneer’s Titans, O’Loughlin Gaels Gym, Kilkenny, 6:00pm; Swords Thunder v Fr Mathews, ALSAA, Dublin, 6:00pm;

Women’s Division One

 

NUIG Mystics v IT Carlow, NUIG Kingfisher, 4:00pm; UL Huskies v Portlaoise Panthers, UL Sport Arena, Limerick,4:30pm; Tralee Imperials v Tom McCarthy’s St Mary’s, Mercy Mounthawk, Kerry, 7:30pm;

 

Sunday 16 February 2014

 

Men’s Premier League

 

UL Eagles v Bord Gais Neptune, UL Sport Arena, Limerick, 3pm; C&S UCC Demons v Belfast Star, Mardyke Arena, Cork, 3:30pm;

Men’s Division One

 

C&S Blue Demons v Tolka Rovers, Mardyke Arena, Cork, 1:00pm;

 

Women’s Division One

NUIG Mystics v Oblate Dynamos, NUIG Kingfisher, 1:30pm;

 

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