Basketball Ireland weekly review

Killester inflict more woe on Bord Gais Neptune after their four point win on Sunday, while UCC Demons fought back to end recent speculation, with a convincing win away to UL Eagles. Elsewhere, Moycullen edged closer to securing their first win of the season as they came within two points of UCD Marian, while DCU Saints remain unbeaten following their victory over Belfast Star on Saturday.

In the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague, UL maintained their excellent run with double header success over Killester and Brunell respectively. Killester suffered a double blow as Waterford Wildcats clinched the points. Team Montenotte Hotel Cork proved too strong for Dublin rivals DCU Mercy. Elsewhere, Ulster Rockets and Meteors emerged from their encounters with Liffey Celtics and Oblate Dynamos respectively.

Killester inflict more woe on Bord Gais Neptune after their four point win on Sunday (64-68).

Killester show resilience as Neptune went in search of revenge following last year’s League Final. Bord Gais Neptune went into this game with confidence on the back of an excellent cork derby victory. However Killester took the early lead with a nine point advantage at half time. Although Neptune got back into the game, Killester proved too strong and ensured their 100% record would not be relinquished.

Killester Head Coach Darren O’Neill was pleased with the win “It is always great to win in Neptune.” “Both teams were unbeaten going into the game so it was important that we had a strong performance” added O’Neill. “We are missing key players from last season, however confidence is high and we are building momentum.”

UCC Demons returned to winning ways away to UL Eagles (58-72) following last week’s defeat to Cork rivals Bord Gais Neptune.

UCC Demons secured a much needed win against UL Eagles on Saturday night. American, Shawn Atupem got the attention of the SuperLeague as he led UCC Demons to victory with a thirty point contribution.

“There was a lot of speculation this week following the defeat to Neptune,” said UCC Demons Head Coach Paul Kelleher. “We done a great job to come back and get a win after the disappointment of two consecutive defeats. We had a strong defensive performance, and ultimately this won us the game”.

UCD inflict more misery on Moycullen as the Dubliners edged out a two point win 65-67.

It’s the second time in the space of a week that the Westerners, who are still looking for their first win of the season, have lost by just two points.

“I have sympathy for Moycullen,” said UCD Marian Head Coach Fran Ryan. “They lost last week by a small margin, and we were lucky to get out with a two point win. I think the difference was our experience, we knew how to close out a game, and we had that over them”. Coach Ryan says, “Moycullen will win a lot of basketball this year”.

DCU Saints manage to beat Belfast outfit 84-61 to continue their excellent start to the season.
DCU Saints showed their strength and depth as they retained their unbeaten run. Trimmer, Darling and Glover came off the bench mid-way through the third quarter to ensure the Dublin side kept their momentum.

“We have had a positive start to the season,” said Head Coach David Donnelly. “However it is early days and we have to keep ourselves grounded as there is still a lot of basketball to be played. Nevertheless we are delighted to have achieved four wins from four and hope to continue this momentum”.

UL maintained their unbeaten record in the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague following double header success over Dublin outfit Killester (68-60) and newcomers Brunell (61-84)

“Huge credit must go to Killester,” said UL Head Coach James Weldon. “Killester produced a big third quarter when we should have had the game killed off. We will need a better performance tomorrow against Brunell”. Weldon reflected on the team’s success following Sunday’s win over league newcomers Brunell. “We were disappointed to give away sixty points at home to Killester, said Weldon, but the girls had an excellent performance on the road to Brunell on Sunday. It is important to keep this momentum going as we face an impressive Glanmire side in two weeks”.

Team Montenotte Hotel Cork Head Coach, Cormac O’Donoghue, was pleased as his side emerged from the encounter with Dublin rivals DCU Mercy (73-49).

“We had a much improved performance, “said Head Coach O’Donoghue. “We are delighted to retain our 100% record, but at this stage of the season it’s about taking each game as it comes trying to get points on the board for later in the year.”

Ulster Rockets secured their second win of the season as they comfortably saw off the challenge of Liffey Celtics with an impressive 83-30 victory on Saturday evening.

Speaking after the game, Head Coach, Breda Dick was delighted with her team’s performance. “We always knew we had a good chance to get some points from this game, but we didn’t expect to win by such a margin”. “It was a real team performance, and assistant coach Tony McGahan has brought a real energy to the team.”

Meteors coast to their first win of the league campaign with a 67-47 win over Oblate Dynamos in the Dublin derby on Saturday night.

“It was great to get our first win in the league,” said Meteors Head Coach Hugh Kilbride. “We are absolutely delighted, and it was an important win for us as we are on the road for the next few weeks. We start with Waterford Wildcats next week, followed by DCU, so it is important we have some confidence to take with us”.

Waterford Wildcats bounce back following last week’s defeat to secure a 13 point win over Dubliners Killester 72- 59.

Waterford Wildcats Head Coach, Tommy O’Mahony was delighted with the manner of the win. “I was looking for a strong performance, I knew we were capable of winning today, but we needed that performance. It was important to bounce back with a win following last week’s poor display against Ulster Rockets.”


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