Basketball Weekly Round-Up 19th December


    UL Eagles and 11890 Killester will start the New Year in pole position in their respective conferences after wins over UCD Marian and Moycullen in the latest series of Nivea For Men’s SuperLeague fixtures.
    Ulster Elks secured their second win of the season after a fine performance away to DCU Saints.
    In the IrishSport.TV Women’s SuperLeague, UL secured a huge win over DCU Mercy while 11890 Killester earned their first league win of the season after a hard fought win over Meteors.
    UL Eagles’ defence proved too strong for UCD Marian as they maintained top spot in the Southern Conference following a 92-63 success on Saturday night.
    The Eagles built up a 15-point lead in the first quarter with scores from USA player Cameron Mitchell and Irish International Scott Kinevane.
    UCD Marian battled back from an 11-point deficit in the third quarter largely due to the scoring of James Crowder and Dan James. However, their combined effort of 38 points wasn’t enough to overcome the powerful Limerick team.
    The shared effort of UL’s Mitchell, Kinevane and Neil Campbell collected 65 points in the victory and point guard Scott Kinevane realized his sides’ depth allows any player to be able to step into the scoring role.
    “I hit a few lucky three-pointers,” said Kinevane who netted 23 points in the contest. “We have a lot of guys who can score so it’s not about who can be the main scorer with our team, it’s about who is going to step up into that role for the game at hand.”
    Both Kinevane and Head Coach Mark Bernsen believe that the Eagles’ success this season has been a product of their defensive stance taken on the other end of the floor.
    “We controlled 30 minutes of the game and were able to put ourselves into our comfort zone due to our work on both sides of the floor,” said Bernsen.
    Kinevane stressed that the defensive work Eagles have put in is beginning to pay off. “Our defence has been our foundation for the past few games,” said Kinevane.
    “We want to show that we are taking the league and cup seriously and this has been proven in our last few performances.”
    Northern Conference leaders 11890 Killester ensured they finished 2010 with a perfect record after a comfortable victory against Moycullen on a scoreline of 94-72.

    11890 Killester demonstrated a spread of scoring with five players netting in the double-digits. Led by Jermaine Turner with 14 points, Turner’s teammate John Behan also contributed 13 in the contest.
    Moycullen proved troublesome for the Dublin side in the second half as Mason Ambler challenged the score line by adding to his 24-point contribution and teammate Stephen Tummon sliced through the Killester defence to net 22 points.
    However, Killester’s depth and strength proved too much for the Galway team as the Dubliners’ pressed on for the victory.
    “It wasn’t an easy game for us” said 11890 Killester Head Coach Mark Keenan. “(Stephen) Tummon really gave us problems and our defence was not up to the mark”.
    “We never really showed the fire that we had in the first quarter and we let our foot off the gas in the second half.
    “I’m happy that we had a good spread in scoring and shared the ball. It’s great when different players step up. I am delighted with the win and now we have a bit of a break until we need to get ready for the cup.”
    On Thursday, Ulster Elks returned to winning ways in Dublin at the expense of DCU Saints by virtue of a 101-87 scoreline.
    Elks’ Ciaran McEvilly led the scoring with 29 points as the Northern team enjoyed a 14-point lead at halftime.
    However, Saints’ Emmet Donnelly added to his 17-point contribution by closing the gap to a mere three points with the help of teammates Martins Provisors and Mark Nagle in a valiant effort on the Dublin side that fell short.
    “We have been disappointed in our consistency in the league but I believe this game really showed our character,” said Elks Head Coach Deirdre Brennan. “Although we let the Saints back into the game, we preserved and proved we could win.”
    UL atoned for their recent National Cup loss to DCU Mercy on Sunday when they overcame Mark Ingle’s side 62-52 in the IrishSport.TV Women’s SuperLeague.
    “We have to push on from here,” said UL Head Coach James Weldon. “It wasn’t our best performance but I will take a bad performance and a win against a quality side like DCU any day.

    “We made a step up in terms of performance from our cup loss to DCU,” he added. “We got a lot more off our bench and we had some fine performances from the likes of Michelle Fahy, Natalie Taylor and Louise Galvin.

    “Hopefully, this will be a huge psychological boost ahead of the New Year but we face DCU again and any game in their place is a difficult one.”

    UL started impressively with Caitriona Foley contributing the first six points, while Natalie Taylor was proving successful from the three point mark to help the Limerick side to a 15-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

    Michelle Fahy inflicted further damage on DCU in the second quarter, with her 10 point tally helping build up a 33-24 half time lead. DCU’s Lindsey Peat struck a three pointer to keep her side in close pursuit.
    UL extended their advantage to 11 points with three minutes remaining in the third quarter but a late rally from DCU, with Shauna O’Connor on form, saw the margin reduced to just six points heading into the final quarter.
    The gap was still six points in favour of UL with five minutes to go before James Weldon’s side ensured the points on a final scoreline of 62-52.

    11890 Killester registered their first league win of the season by defeating Dublin rivals Meteors 65-59.
    Meteors’ were led by Eimear Máirtin who contributed 15 points in the contest but it was Killester’s Alison Maguire who provided the scoring assault for the home side.
    Maguire tallied 22 points and was able to pilot the Killester score line to a 16 point lead with three minutes remaining in the game. Teammates Julie Kavanagh and Louise Gray assisted in the scoring by combining for 20 points respectively.


    Friday, December 17th 2010 Women’s SuperLeague
    Oblate Black Forge Dynamos V UL, Oblate Hall, OFF

    Saturday, December 18th 2010

    Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague
    UL Eagles 92 (47) (C Mitchell 30, S Kinevane 23, N Campbell 12) UCD Marian 63 (36) (J Crowder 27, D James 11, C Meany 9)

    11890 Killester 94 (44) (J Turner 14, J Behan 13, M Goj 13) Moycullen 72 (35) (M Ambler 24, S Tummon 22, N Cunningham 9)

    Belfast Star V Bord Gais Neptune, De La Salle College, Anderstown, OFF Women’s SuperLeague
    11890 Killester 65 (28) (A Maguire 22, J Kavanagh 10, L Gray 10) Meteors 59 (24) (E Martin 15, K McDaid 9, E Irwin

    Waterford Wildcats V Team Montenotte Hotel Cork, Mercy Secondary School, 18:00 OFF

    Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One
    Tolka Rovers 70 (37) (B Bilbe 21, C Reidy 8, D Madsen Waterford 51 (26) (J Butler 17, L Murphy 13, D Hogan

    Portlaoise V Neptune, St. Mary’s Sports Hall, OFF;

    Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s V Maree, Castleisland Community Centre, OFF

    Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One
    Liffey Celtics 84 (46) (A O’Connor 22, M Foley 22, K Mealey 17) Meteors 38 (17) (S Fogarty 13, S Boyle 7, J Daly 6)

    Team Tom McCarthy’s St. Mary’s V UL, Castleisland Community Centre, OFF

    Sunday, December 19th 2010

    Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague
    Ulster Elks V UCC Demons, University of Ulster HPC, OFF Women’s SuperLeague
    UL Basketball Club 62 (33) (M Fahy 19, L Galvin 15, N Taylor 11) DCU Mercy 52 (24) (C Newton 9, L Peat 9, S O’Connor

    Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One
    Blue Demons V Team Meadowlands St. Brendan’s, Mardyke Arena, OFF;
    CHM Ballon V Team Loftus Recycling Ballina, Palmerstown Sports Complex, OFF

    Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One
    Brunell 69 (25) (D O’Leary 20, K Canty 14, M White 9) Thurles Knights 61 (35) (N Mullally 17, J Coady 15, M Bourke 9)

    Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague Tables

    Northern Conference

    Team P W L Pts
    11890 Killester 10 10 0 30
    DCU Saints 11 5 6 21
    UCD Marian 11 5 6 21
    Belfast Star 9 3 6 15
    Ulster Elks 10 2 8 14
    Southern Conference

    Team P W L Pts
    UL Eagles 10 8 2 26
    Bord Gais Neptune 10 6 4 22
    UCC Demons 8 5 3 18
    Moycullen 11 1 10 13 Women’s SuperLeague

    Team P W L P

    TM Hotel Cork 5 5 0 15

    DCU Mercy 6 4 2 14

    BF Oblate Dynamos 5 3 2 11

    UL Basketball Club 4 3 1 10
    11890 Killester 6 1 5 8

    Waterford Wildcats 3 1 2 5

    Meteors 5 0 5 5


    Thursday, December 30th 2010

    Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague

    UCC Demons V Bord Gáis Neptune, Mardyke Arena, 20:00

    Sunday, January 2nd 2011

    Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague

    Bord Gáis Neptune V Ulster Elks, Neptune Stadium, 15:00; Moycullen V UL Eagles, Kingfisher, NUIG, 15:00; DCU Saints V 11890 Killester, DCU Sports Complex, 15:30

    Monday, January 3rd 2011

    Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague

    UCC Demons V UCD Marian, Mardyke Arena, 15:15


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