Basketball Ireland Weekend Review: Killester beat Belfast Star

This weekend ‘Cup Fever’ well and truly took over the Men’s Premier League as teams across the country took part in the competition’s first leg.


Most notably was the clash between the undefeated Killester and newcomers Belfast Star that saw the game go down to the final wire. In the end, Killester came out on top with a three point win on a score line of 83-80 despite the efforts of Star’s key scorer, Paul Dick recording 24 points on the night.


Elsewhere, defending National Cup Champions, Bord Gais Neptune, returned to good form after their harrowing defeat in the Premier League last week to C&S UCC Demons. They took on Moycullen and came out easy winners 104-59 as their power trio, Darren Townes, Ger Noonan and Mick McGinn utilised their experience against a young Galway side.


In Limerick, Mark Keenan’s UL Eagles were determined to claim a win early in the competition after their disappointing performance last season in the National Cup. Their familiarity with Cup competitions allowed them to record a convincing win over Dublin Inter 74-63 with their American, Delwan Graham proving this worth with 26 points to his name.


Unfortunately for Templegoue, the young side struggled against DCU Saints on Friday night in the National Basketball Arena when they fell 84-48 to the northsiders. This was a disappointing start for the newcomers in their first Men’s National Cup competition as they were forced to play without the strength of a full squad.


In Cork, C&S UCC Demons translated their Premier League success into the National Cup competition by continuing their winning ways after a very impressive win over Dublin side, UCD Marian 96-65.


Meanwhile in the Women’s Premier League, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork recorded their second win of the season over a resilient WIT Wildcats when they came out on top of the nail biting affair 72-69.


Killester 83 (44) Belfast Star 80 (40)


As Killester sail through the Premier League undefeated, this weekend saw Belfast Star rattle the Dubliner’s in the Men’s National Cup competition. Although the men in black and orange had beaten Star well the week previous, the northerners did not make it easy for them to claim the first leg of the competition.


Speaking to Killester’s head coach, Jonathan Grennell after the game he said, “We are happy to win but not happy with our performance in the fourth quarter. We had control of the game and didn’t do the little things needed to close out the game. They out hustled us and won the 50:50 battles.”


“Star have a lot of momentum heading back up to Belfast for the second leg next week but our guys are ready for the challenge. We know we have to win big games in the National Cup competition and this has to be one of them.”


Killester 83 (44) (M Bonaparte 19, A Casey 17, I Westbrooks 14) Belfast Star 80 (40) (P Dick 24, F Otis 13, Mckillop 10)


Bord Gais Neptune 104 (50) Moycullen 59 (31)


In Cork, defending National Cup Champions, Bord Gais Neptune proved why they should remain at the top after their impressive win over Moycullen. Although they suffered at the hands of their rivals, C&S UCC Demons the week previous in the Premier League their focus on retaining the National Cup title was evident as they bounced back in style this weekend.


Mark Scannell, head coach of Bord Gais Neptune said, “It is great to return to winning ways after last week’s defeat. Our goal was to keep Moycullen to 15 points a quarter and they finished with 59 so we achieved what we set out to do. We knew that if we took care of the defence that the rest would take care of itself.”


“In fairness they did make some runs that got them as close as eight points and with Moycullen it is never over. We know we have to face them in the second leg next weekend in Galway which will not be easy so we need to stay focused.”


“Of course there is a lot of pressure on us to retain the National Cup title this year and we know it won’t be made easy for us. We got our rotations correct in this game with everyone getting in, doing what they needed to and bringing a lot of energy in off the bench so we are ready to face the challenge ahead.”


Bord Gais Neptune 104 (50) (D Townes 26, G Noonan 16, M McGuinn 15) Moycullen 59 (31) (M Callaghan 25, S O Brien 12, P O Brien 11)


UL Eagles 74 (38) Dublin Inter 63 (23)


Reigning Premier League Champions, UL Eagles, were determined to claim a win early in the National Cup competition after their disappointing performance last season against Bord Gais Neptune. Their experience in National Cup competitions stood to them as they came out on top in what was described as a battle to the final whistle.


Speaking to UL Eagles’ head coach, Mark Kennan he said, “We were up 15 points at half time and felt like we were in a good place but Dublin Inter came out all guns blazing in the third quarter. They really punished us on the three point line, leaving us only six points up going into the fourth quarter. They upset our rhythm and while they were scoring we simply couldn’t.”


“It was a physical game, tough for the referees to control. Both sides were in foul trouble but we managed to steady the ship and come away with the win.”


“It was not our best performance and to be honest it didn’t have that National Cup feel after we won as this year the first round has two legs. We aren’t used to that and know that we need to be in top form next weekend to come away with the win. Next weekend will be different as it will decide who goes through to the next round so we are expecting ‘cup fever’ to take over.”


UL Eagles 74 (38) (D Graham 26, S King 18, N Campbell 17) Dublin inter 63 (23) (R Dimiciukas 21, M Tamusauskas 14, A Statkus 9)


Templeogue 48 (22) DCU Saints 84 (45)


Friday night saw two Dublin sides, newcomers Templeogue and DCU Saints go head to head. Unfortunately for Templeogue they came up short as a more experience DCU Saints side controlled the tempo of the game from start to finish.


David Donnelly, head coach of DCU Saints said, “Although Templeogue were missing players we played well and came away with the result that we needed. We have been stressing the importance of improving our defence, to be more intense and controlled and we did that.”


“We couldn’t afford to relax so worked hard to maintain our lead from start to finish. It was a good team performance and we moved the ball well. We also had the opportunity to go big as Martins Provizors was available so having him and Mike Trimmer inside was helpful to us. Everyone stepped up including our bench so we are looking forward to next week’s game.”


Templeogue 48 (22) (P Taylor 12, S Homan 11, T Swiatory 6) DCU Saints 84 (45) (P Lynch 21, E Quill 12, E Darling 12)


C&S UCC Demons 96 (47) UCD Marian 65 (38)


C&S UCC Demons continued their winning ways as they left the league to the side and focused on returning to National Cup glory once again. Their convincing win over Dublin side UCD Marian was due to the ruthless hard work from the dynamic duo, Lehmon Colbert and player coach Colin Reilly who together contributed 53 points to the team’s 96 point total.


C&S UCC Demons 96 (47) (L Colbert 29, C O Reilly 24, C O Sullivan 15, UCD Marian 65 (38) (M Chubb 15, N Baines 9, B O Rein 8)


Women’s Premier League


Team Montenotte Hotel Cork 72 (32) WIT Wildcats 69 (36)


This weekend there was only one fixture in the Women’s Premier League between Team Montenotte Hotel Cork and WIT Wildcats.


So far this season WIT Wildcats have proved that they are a force to be reckoned with as they entered this game with four wins and only one loss recorded to Singleton SuperValu Brunnell. However, the Cork girls had been struggling to maintain rhythm as they lost to DCU Mercy and UL Huskies and recorded just one win over Liffey Celtics in overtime.


Nonetheless, this game saw both sides battle it out to the final whistle with Team Montenotte returning to winning ways with a three point victory.


Paul Kelleher, head coach of Team Montenotte Hotel Cork said, “Although we started well we were down for most of the game. We feel asleep, were not disciplined and they punished us. Each time we caught up and made a break away from them they made a run at us.”


“I’m proud of the girls for the character that they showed to keep coming back and to keep fighting for this result. We only pulled away from WIT Wildcats with 80 seconds left on the clock. Emily Harmon was on top form for us both with her offensive rebounds and her excellent decision making.”


“Going forward we need to be more focused, I think this win has given us the confidence we need this season.”


Team Montenotte Hotel 72 (32) (E Harmon 21, C Rockall 18, N Dwyer 16) WIT Wildcats 69 (36) (R Roberts 29, C Kavanagh 16, N Mulally 13)






Men’s National Cup


Bord Gais Neptune 104 (50) (D Townes 26, G Noonan 16, M Mcguinn 15) Moycullen 59 (31) (M Callaghan 25, S O Brien 12, P O Brien 11)


Killester 83 (44) (M Bonaparte 19, A Casey 17, I Westbrooks 14) Belfast Star 80 (40) (P Dick 24, F Otis 13, Mckillop 10)


UL Eagles 74 (38) (D Graham 26, S King 18, N Campbell 17) Dublin inter 63 (23) (R Dimiciukas 21, M Tamusauskas 14, A Statkus 9)


Men’s National Cup: C&S UCC Demons 96 (47) (L Colbert 29, C O Reilly 24, C O Sullivan 15, UCD Marian 65 (38) (M Chubb 15, N Baines 9, B O Rein 8)



Men’s National Shield – Round 1


Portlaoise Panthers 74 (41) (S Danso 31, G Simkus 7, J Scully 6) Tolka Rovers 64 (28) (C Quinn 12, D O’Beirne 15, M Blanchfield 11)


Maree 60 (27) (K Hansberry 26, L Conroy 10, P Burke 9) JM&L Auctioneers Titans 70 (26) (T Mitkus 18, C Coyne 14, P Peldzius 14, T Fabriciuss 13)



Women’s Premier League


Team Montenotte Hotel 72 (32) (Harmon 21, Rockall 18, Dwyer 16) WIT Wildcats 69 (36) (Roberts 29, Kavanagh 16, Mulally 13)





Monday, November 11th


Men’s National Shield

UCD Marian V Dublin Lions, Oatland College, Dublin, 8:30pm;


Wednesday, November 13th


Men’s National Shield

Swords Thunder V Killester, ALSAA, Dublin, 8:15pm;


Friday, November 15th


U18 Men’s National Cup

Neptune V St. Brendan’s, Neptune Stadium, Cork, 7pm; Tolka Rovers V St. Vincents, Tolka Rovers Sports Complex, Dublin, 8:40pm;


U20 Women’s National Cup

Tolka Rovers V Killester, Tolka Rovers Sports Complex, Dublin 6:45pm;


Saturday, November 16th


Men’s National Cup – Round 1, Leg 2

Dublin Inter V UL Eagles, Mountview Y&C Club, 6:30pm; Moycullen V Bord Gais Neptune, NUIG Kingfisher, 6:30pm; DCU Saints V Templeogue, DCU Sports Complex, Dublin 7pm; UCD Marian V C&S UCC Demons, UCD Sports Centre, Dublin, 7pm;  Belfast Star V Killester, Methodist College, Belfast, 8pm;


Men’s National Shield

Donegal Town V Team Left Bank Kilkenny, Abbey VS, Donegal, 7pm;        Eanna V St Vincent’s, Colaiste Eanna,5pm;


Women’s Premier League

UL Huskies V Killester, PESS Building, UL, 5pm; Meteors V Ulster Rockets, Colaiste Iosagain, Dublin, 7pm;


Senior Women’s National Cup

Ballincollig V Firhouse Notre Dame, Parochial Hall, Cork, 7:30pm; Portlaoise Panthers V Tolka Rovers, St Mary’s Hall,Laois 7:30pm; Tom McCarthy’s St Mary’s V Killester, Castleisland CC, Kerry 7:30pm; Tralee Imperials V Donegal Town, Mercy Mounthawk, Kerry, 7:30pm; Oblate Dynamos V UL Huskies, Oblate Hall, Dublin, 7pm;


Men’s Division One

JM&L Auctioneer’s Titans V Team Left Bank Kilkenny, Renmore CC,Galway 3pm; Fr Mathews V Swords Thunder, Colaiste Chriost Ri, Cork, 7:15pm;


U20 Men’s National Cup

UCD Marian V Killester, Oatlands College, Stillorgan, 2:30pm; Portlaoise Panthers V Ballincollig, St Mary’s Hall, Laois, 5pm;


U20 Women’s National Cup

Glanmire Ladies V UCD Ladies, Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, Cork, 5pm; Templeogue V WIT Wildcats, St Catherine’s, Marrowbone Lane, 3:20pm; St Mary’s V Fr Mathews, Castleisland Community Centre, 2:30pm; Tralee Imperials V Singleton SuperValu Brunell, Mercy Mounthawk, Kerry 1pm;


Sunday 17 November 2013


Men’s Division One

Tolka Rovers V C&S Blue Demons, Tolka Rovers SC, Dublin, 3pm; Portlaoise Panthers V Team Garvey’s St Mary’s, St Mary’s Hall, Laois, 3:30pm;


Senior Women’s National Cup

IT Carlow V Fr Mathews, IT Carlow, 3pm; Glanmire Ladies V Meteors,         Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, Cork, 2pm;


U20 Men’s National Cup

KUBS V Moycullen, Carroll Arena, Greendale, 1pm; Fr Mathews V Titans, Douglas Community School, Cork, 2pm; UCC Demons Templeogue V Mardyke Arena, Cork 3:15pm; Belfast Star V Limerick Lakers, Methodist College, Belfast, 3:30pm;


U20 Women’s National Cup

DCU Mercy V Titans, DCU Sports Complex, Dublin, 1:30pm



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