Basketball Ireland: Weekend Review

As the final whistle blows in the Nivea For Men’s SuperLeague the top four teams look ahead to their Champions Trophy semi-final fixtures next weekend while the rest reflect on the season past.

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Entering the weekend, all four top spots where filled however battles were fought around the country as each team looked to finish the season on a high.

In the Nivea For Men’s SuperLeague, Bord Gais Neptune added another win to their record which saw them tie with UCC Demons for the second spot on the league table. Neptune overcame a young but resilient Moycullen in Galway on Saturday night on a score-line of 88-81.

Speaking about the game, head coach of Bord Gais Neptune, Mark Scannell said, “I’m happy with that win… we finished strong and everyone got a good run.”

“We were never really in trouble and maintained control throughout the game. Our younger guys have been playing brilliantly so it was great for them to get so involved in this game too.”

“We are looking forward to next weekend and entering the game in good form especially as we have finished the season with such a strong record.”

Meanwhile UCC Demons fell to DCU Saints 60-58 when they travelled to Glasnevin. The northsiders have enjoyed great success this weekend as they secured a mid-week win over Dublin Inter which allowed them to qualify for the final spot in the Champions Trophy competition.

Head coach of DCU Saints, David Donnelly said, “We are delighted with the win but it wasn’t a great performance. We were probably too comfortable at the beginning of the game after our win the other night over Dublin Inter.”

“However, I am proud of the lads at how well they came back and turned it around. It’s a good sign that we found a way to win it.”

“Our match-up against UL Eagles next weekend won’t be easy but we are coming into that game off a good run.”

Elsewhere, UL Eagles proved why they are League Champions after they oversaw UCD Marian 90-63. The Limerick side where clearly out to prove a point after their loss to UCD back in February.

Under the watchful eye of assistant coach, Mike Hickey, the Limerick lads finished their successful season with a strong win. After the game, Hickey said, “We knew coming into the game that we needed to work hard on defence and we did. From that our offensive game took off and we created great plays.”

“UCD had some key players missing but they still made us work for every basket. Overall it was a great team performance. We know how talented DCU are so we will have a tough week of practice ahead to make sure we are ready and prepared for that battle.”

Finally, Killester secured their last win of the season at home in the I.W.A. Clontarf when they took on Dublin Inter and finished 82-76.

Although the result had no significant impact on the league or playoff standings Tom Doherty, head coach of Killester explains the importance of the game for his side.
He said, “Tonight we played for pride and I really think we showed the strength and character of the team.”

“Back in November when the team went through changes and restructuring our season could have either deteriorated or improved. I believe that each of the lads had the desire and want to win and we stuck together.”

“The win over Dublin Inter was a mental victory. It was a tough and physical game but we had a little bit more in the tank and pulled away to get the win. It was great to finish the season with a win at home in front of our fans.”

In the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague Ulster Rockets proved too strong for WIT Wildcats when they won 71-61. Although Rockets had lost to WIT on three separate occasions this season they fought hard and came out on top. This means for the first time in the club’s history they will compete in the end of season semi-final playoffs next weekend against UL Huskies.

Breda Dick, head coach of Ulster Rockets enthused, “It was a super win for us but it really was an excellent game of basketball too.”

“We were comfortable throughout the game and pulled away in the third. Their defensive pressure in the final quarter saw them try to come back at us but we kept our composure and saw out the game.”

“Our goal after Christmas was to finish in the top four and we achieved that. I believe the girls are peaking at the right time and feel prepared to take on UL Huskies next weekend.”

Elsewhere, DCU Mercy proved too strong for Meteors after they secured an impressive victory over the southsiders 77-38. Due to a number of injuries Meteors entered the game without a point guard which saw them struggle against a team they played close only two weeks previous.

Mark Ingle, head coach of DCU Mercy said, “It was obvious that Meteors were missing players so we tried to pressure them up the floor.”

“Megan Hoffman had a fantastic game for us, she was in great form and finished up with 30 points. The team fed of her and overall our shooting percentage is improving.”

“It will be tough next week when we take on Team Montenotte Hotel Cork and we will look to maintain the flow we had on offense today when we meet them.”

BASKETBALL IRELAND LATEST RESULTS

Saturday, March 9th

Nivea For Men’s SuperLeague

Moycullen: 81 (30) (P. Sullivan 31, C. Nihill 13, P. O’Brien 13) Bord Gais Neptune: 88 (48) (D. Townes 23, I. McLoughlin 19, M. McGinn 17)

Killester: 82 (40)(M. Boneparte 22, A. Casey 10, M. Westbrooks 19) Dublin Inter: 76 (40)(M. Tamusauskas 22, A. Statkus 9, R. Dimiciukas 19)

DCU Saints: 60 (26) (M. Trimmer 20, M. Protvizors 11, E. Donnelly 10) UCC Demons: 58 (33) (Walker 15, C. O Sullivan 15, S Coughlan 13)

UL Eagles: 90 (47)(R. Taylor 24, J. Killeen 23, S. Kinevane 23) UCD Marian: 63 (34) (B. Drumm 16, T. Vigilanco 11, C. Meany 9)

Nivea Women’s SuperLeague Playoffs

WIT Wildcats: 61 (27) (T.Condrey 18, N.Mullally 14, C.Kavanagh 10) Ulster Rockets: 71 (29) (M.Houlihan 24, C. Steward 14, F.Toner 12)

Basketball Ireland’s Men’s Division One Playoffs

Templeogue Azzurri: 79 (39) (P. Taylor 18, I. Gordon 17, L. Thompson 11) Team Garveys St Marys: 63 (31) (A. Fitzgerald 18, J. Teahan 12, D. Griffin 10)

Sunday, March 10th

Nivea Women’s SuperLeague Playoffs

DCU Mercy: 77 (42) (M. Hoffman 30, S. Woods 12, S. Maguire 10) Meteors: 38 (24) (I. Kaljo 13, S. Fogarty 9, J. Daly 6)

Basketball Ireland’s Men’s Division One Playoffs

Blue Demons: 74 (35) (K. Hosford 28, T. O’Halloran 14, S. Rodgers 8) Ballon BC: 50 (25) (D. Tamosauskis 11, R. Eidukas 12, M. Rubsiauicus 9)

Basketball Ireland’s Women’s Division One Playoffs

Tralee Imperials: 63 (34) (S. Mackessy 14; E. Sherwood 11; M. Barry 11) Portlaoise Panthers: 50 (30) (C. O’Sullivan 13; M. O’Sullivan 10; S. Melia 10)

BASKETBALL IRELAND UPCOMING FIXTURES

Champions Trophy Semi-Finals

Friday, March 15th

Bord Gais Neptune v UCC Demons, Mardyke Arena Cork, 6.45pm

UL Eagles v DCU Saints, Mardyke Arena Cork, 8:45pm

Nivea Women’s SuperLeague Semi-Final Playoffs

UL Huskies v Ulster Rockets, UL Arena, date and time TBC

Team Montenotte Hotel Cork v DCU Mercy, Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, date and time TBC

Friday, March 15th

Nivea Women’s SuperLeague Shield Semi-Final Playoff

Killester v Liffey Celtics, Leixlip Amenities Centre, 7.45pm

Saturday, March 16th

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One Playoffs

NUIG Mystics vs Oblate Dynamos, NUI Galway, 13:30

N.B. ALL OTHER PLAYOFF GAMES STILL TO BE CONFIRMED. EMAIL TO BE SENT ON MONDAY WITH MORE DETAILS.

NIVEA FOR MEN’S SUPERLEAGUE TABLE
Team P W L Pts
UL Eagles 21 16 5 53
Bord Gais Neptune 21 13 8 47
UCC Demons 21 13 8 47
DCU Saints 21 11 10 43
Killester 21 10 11 41
Moycullen 21 8 13 37
UCD Marian 21 8 13 37
Dublin Inter 21 5 16 29

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