Bord Gáis Neptune and DCU Saints continue to set the pace
In the Nivea for Men SuperLeague Bord Gáis Neptune overcame the challenge of 11890 Killester to continue their impressive form this season, while DCU Saints justified their position as frontrunners of the Northern conference with an impressive win over UL Eagles in Limerick.
After last week’s disappointment, UCC Demons were victorious after a thrilling contest against UCD while Belfast Star got their campaign off the ground with a first win away to Moycullen.
On Sunday, Moycullen upset the odds to defeat UL Eagles who will have been shocked at losing two games in as many days.
In the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague there were wins for UL, Killester and Team Montonotte Hotel Cork on Saturday, while on Sunday Meteors overcame Super Value Brunell and DCU Mercy ran out victors against
In the Nivea for Men SuperLeague, Neptune exercised their league final demons to defeat reigning champions 11890 Killester by 73-72 on Sunday
Having almost wrested the league title from Killester last season, Mark Scannell’s side have come back with increased vigour and purpose this time round. Leading the way in the Southern Conference, Sunday’s clash offered Scannell and his charges the opportunity to further underline their championship credentials against the side that defeated them in such dramatic circumstances last season.
In a game which was fiercely contested throughout, neither side managed to rack up a significant lead, the first half finishing all square at thirty nine points apiece. That trend continued in the second half, with defences coming out on top.
Neptune were in danger of surrendering the tie on team fouls, but in the dying moments American Ron Thompson underlined his class to shoot the game’s winning basket to give the home side a one point victory.
Scannell said “We got that bit of luck we needed. Defensively we were excellent. We had a target of scoring eighty points today and were a bit below that. Some days we can be superb in offense and weak on defence. It was the opposite against Killester. We need to figure out a way of getting it to click at both ends of the court-that’s the challenge we have to meet.” He said.
Moycullen upset the odds on Sunday with a fine 63-61 victory over UL Eagles.
The home side had lost out to Belfast Star only twenty four hours previously, but were in defiant mood against the Limerick outfit. Luke Enos was instrumental for Moycullen, contributing twenty six points in a display which left UL reeling.
Winning coach Gerard Lyons said “ It was close throughout but we were really up for it. Luke is the man for us. He made some amazing shots and was the difference today.”
On Saturday UCC Demons returned to winning ways after a blistering clash with reigning cup champions UCD Marian. Paul Kelleher’s side eventually won 79-75 in a game which hung in the balance throughout.
Demons have had mixed fortunes of late, the elation at defeating DCU Saints two weeks ago was quashed after a humbling defeat to Killester last time out when the team gave up one hundred points.
Kelleher pulled no punches about how difficult that result was to take. “After what happened last week we really needed to ask ourselves some questions. When you have a defeat like that it is important that you go over things-you reassess. To the lad’s credit, they have come through that process and come out fighting for each other. They’re performance was absolutely superb, and they showed incredible resolve to stick to the task when things got tough. The character they showed was brilliant to see. I’m very proud of my players after that performance.
Belfast Star secured a first victory of the season away to Moycullen, Danny Fulton’s side running out 75-61 winners in Galway.
Fulton was pleased to get the win on the board and praised the performance of American Josh Johnson who contributed an impressive thirty points. “Josh made a huge difference on the night. His all round play was excellent and defensively he was very important as well. On the whole we played very well defensively. We rebounded very well and that gave us the platform to get the win.” Fulton said.
DCU Saints continue to set the pace in the Northern Conference after a convincing 79-60 win away to UL Eagles.
DCU coach David Donnelly says his team showed impressive nous and control in securing the win. “The guys showed great composure throughout. We were four points up at half time but managed to stretch out the lead in the third quarter. They tried to make a run back at us, but the lads were very professional in the way they dealt with it and we were well in control at the end.
Donnelly’s side are now nine for two this season and the coach is confident the team can maintain their fine from as they head into the business end of the season. “We have a great dynamic in the squad now. There are no egos at all in the dressing room. We are a team and everybody here is working hard for each other. It’s great to have a dressing room like that. For example Mike Trimmer and Kevin Lacy came in and did a great job for us against Eagles. It is important to have people who can step up to the mark when needed. They are a very determined bunch of players and I’m very confident they can keep this going for the rest of the season. They will keep focused.” Donnelly stated.
Meanwhile, in the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague there were wins for UL, Killester and Team Montenotte Hotel on Saturday, while on Sunday Meteors overcame Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell and DCU Mercy defeated Oblate Dynamos.
UL continue to set the pace at the top of the Women’s SuperLeague after James Weldon’s side notched a ninth successive victory having defeated Ulster Rockets with a 75-50 win.
Coach James Weldon is satisfied with the way the season is progressing. “We had a great defensive performance in the first half which allowed us to try out some new things in the second. We have a few injuries at the moment so to be getting wins like this along the way is very positive for us.” He said.
11890 Killester defeated Liffey Celtics by four to win 61-57 on Saturday
Coach Mark Grennell cut was hugely relieved to get the win. “The credit really should go to Liffey really. They controlled much of the game and outplayed us, and I think if they had won I wouldn’t have had too many complaints.” He said.
Team Montenotte Hotel saw off the challenge of Waterford Wildcats, Cormac O Donoghue’s side securing a twelve point 73-61 victory.
Coach O ‘Donoghue said “ It was a good win. Wildcats gave us a tough test but some of our players were excellent on the night. It was a good run out for us and I think that now we will be in good shape for the cup next weekend.”
On Sunday DCU Mercy secured a resounding 76-38 over Oblate Dynamos.
DCU coach Mark Ingle stated “ We pulled away in the second quarter. Lindsay Peat and Sarah Woods were very good today. We’re happy with that and now we can go on focus on the cup.”
Finally, Meteors defeated Super Value Brunell after a nail biting clash which Hugh Kilbride’s side edged 71-67.
Basketball Ireland Weekly Results
Friday, November 25th 2011
U-20 Women’s National Cup Quarter Final
UL 35 (19)(A Cross 10, E Hannon 10, C Hanly 4) Waterford Wildcats 65 (36)(M Stone 14, C Murphy 9, S Deegan 9)
Saturday, November 26th 2011
Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague
Moycullen 61 (32)(L Enos 19, M Dowd 9, P O’Brien 9) Belfast Star 75 (44)(J Johnson 30, P Cummins 13, S Dawson 12)
UCD Marian 75 (34)(D Stith 19, N Meany 17, M Kelly 11) UCC Demons 79 (43)(S Atupem 29, C O’Sullivan 18, N Murphy 13)
UL Eagles 60 (35)(M Hall 14, S Kinevane 14, J Killeen 11) DCU Saints 79 (39)(P Glover 16, M Trimmer 14, K Lacey 12)
Nivea Women’s SuperLeague
UL 75 (50)(A McDermot 24, R Vanderwal 15, L Maher 14) Ulster Rockets 50 (19)(N Lennon 14, M McNally 11, S Smye 7)
Team Montenotte Hotel 73 (36)(N Dwyer 23, G Dwyer 20, C Rockall 15) Waterford Wildcats 61 (32)(J Coady 22, C Kavanagh 15, N Mullally 12)
Liffey Celtics 57 (39)(A O’Connor 18, A Pupin 12, M Foley 9, C White 9) 11890 Killester 61 (40)(A Sullivan 17, A Maguire 10, L Gray 9)
Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One
Matt O’Flaherty Chemist Titans 92 (52)(W Archambault 26, P Freeman 21, T Coyne 12) Team Meadowlands St. Brendan’s 63 (34)(D Tiernan 17, J Quirke 14, G Barry 8, L O’Sullivan 8)
Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One
Tralee Imperials 59 (30)(E Sherwood 14, S Mackessy 13, L Raymond 12) Meteors 49 (20)(N Farrell 15, K Meaney 13, R Ruthledge 8)
U-20 Men’s National Cup Quarter Final
Moycullen 74 (37)(P Lyons 21, S O’Brien 18, D Costelloe 13) Neptune 70 (33)(R Downey 25, M Rudak 21, S O’Sullivan 8)
North Star 64 (60)(28)(K Stanley 21, P McGuiness 16, H Barbour 14) Killester 75 (60)(30)(C Roe 31, A Collon 11, M Deegan 10)
Maree 72 (30)(T Mitkus 33, P Burke 10, C O’Hagan 9) Eanna 49 (25)(N Lynch 12, R Murray 10, C Lakes 7)
Ballincollig 54 (30)(A O’Sullivan 20, R O’Sullivan 9, B Denieffee 7) Tolka Rovers 71 (30)(K Fleming 22, D O’Beirne 17, D O’Leary 13)
U-20 Women’s National Cup Quarter Final
Team Kerry 35 (25)(E Prindibhil 12, K Ni Shuilleabhain 6, R Young 6) Tralee Imperials 87 (40)(D Geaney 29, E O’Connor 13, L Rodgers 10)
Carrig na bhFear Rebels 44 (32)(A Dunlea 11, N McCarthy 11, K Walsh 9) DCU Mercy 56 (24)(C Foley 19, S McCaffrey 13, P Black 6)
Brunell 73 (40)(K Kelleher 15, A Waters 14, M O’Leary 13, G O’Mahony 13) Meteors 53(27)(K Meany 13, E Browne 10, K McDaid 9)
Sunday, November 27th 2011
Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague
Bord Gáis Neptune 73 (39)(R Thompson 29, G Noonan 15, P Taylor) 11890 Killester 72 (39)(J Turner 29, P Madsen 12, K O’Brien 9, R Clarke 9)
Moycullen 63 (23)(L Enos 24, S Camps 15, D Cunningham 6, C Nihill 6) UL Eagles 61 (32)(J Killeen 14, C White 12, S Kinevane 12)
Nivea Women’s SuperLeague
Meteors 71 (38)(R Nagle 13, E Browne 11, J Daly 10) Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell 67 (29)(M O’Leary 15, A Waters 18, D O’Leary 13, A Kearney 13)
DCU Mercy 76 (35)(S Woods 16, L Peat 15, L Palmer 11) Oblate Dynamos 38 (19)(L Dunne 11, L Scully 9,, E Curran 5)
Senior Men’s National Cup
Templeogue 75 (40)(L Thompson 22, S James 14, S O’Connor 13) Maree 78 (43)(K Hansberry 36, T Mitkus 22, C Crowley 7)