Basketball Ireland weekly review & results

Saints stun Neptune

In the Nivea For Men’s SuperLeague, DCU Saints maintained their 100 per cent start to the season and sent out a serious signal to the rest of the league with a stunning 87-60 win over Bord Gais Neptune, while UL Eagles and Moycullen gained morale boosting wins at the expense of UCD Marian and Belfast Star.

In the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague, UL and Team Montenotte Hotel proved too strong for Liffey Celtics and Ulster Rockets respectively, Oblate Dynamos got their first win of the campaign at home to Singleton Super Valu Brunell, while Meteors emerged from their trip away to Waterford Wildcats with maximum points.

On Sunday, DCU Mercy bounced back to beat Dublin rivals 11890 Killester 58-45.

DCU Saints Head Coach, David Donnelly, believes while it is still very early days in the season, their 87-60 win over Bord Gais Neptune should give his players a massive bolt of confidence that they can make a big impact this season.

The Saints managed to extend their advantage to 20 points in the third quarter of this clash and ensured no way back for Southern Conference leaders Neptune. Martins Provizors continued his excellent form, while Mike Trimmer also impressed.
“Any questions whether we can compete at this level, we answered those questions with this win,” said Saints’ Head Coach David Donnelly. “The 27 point win was somewhat flattering but we were excellent defensively and I think the players can take a lot from this performance.
“You don’t win anything in October but the win gives us a platform to which we can build from,” added Donnelly. “We face UL Eagles next and it’s important we don’t switch off and ensure we maintain the good run we are on.”
Moycullen ended their search for their first win of the season with a dramatic 77-75 win away to Belfast Star in overtime.
The Westeners have suffered the agony of two consecutive defeats by just two points but they managed to hold their nerve to get their first three points on the board.
Moycullen would have been forgiven for thinking the worse when Star pushed the game into overtime but one of their heroes on the night, Cian Nihill, admitted his relief after his side finally put a halt to their losing run.

“It does make it all the sweeter after the heartbreak and devastating nature of our previous two defeats at home,” said Nihill, who hit five points in the crucial overtime period. “We can’t get ahead of ourselves, we should have won the last two weeks but hopefully this will give us a boost ahead of our next couple of games.
“Of course, there was a nagging doubt when the game went into overtime but overcoming that makes this win so satisfying.”
UL Eagles got their season back on track with a slender 56-54 win away to UCD Marian.
The Eagles appeared to be heading for defeat when Donnie Stith was clear with 20 seconds remaining but his failure to convert was to prove costly for the Students. Rob Lynch capitalized for the visitor’s with a basket before adding one from the free throw line to give the Limerick side a much needed three points.
“We are relived to get the win,” said UL Head Coach Mark Keenan. “We were 10 points down at half time, five in the final quarter but we pulled it out of the bag and stole the win.
“It is a tough place to come and get a win,” added Keenan. “Nothing went right at times but we showed great character and we should take a lot of positivity from this.”
In the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague, DCU Mercy returned to winning ways with a 58-45 win at home to 11890 Killester.

“It was a very intense battle, they shot the ball very well,” said Mercy Head Coach Mark Ingle. “It’s an important win after last week’s loss and we had some good performances from the likes of Christina Newton and Lindsey Peat.”
UL managed to cope without some of their star names as they earned their sixth consecutive league win with a 71-37 win over Liffey Celtics.
The holders were missing Rachel Vanderwal, Michelle Fahy and Loretto Maher but the likes of Aoife McDermott and Louise Galvin were to the fore as the Limerick side maintained their excellent start to the season.
“The game represented an opportunity for other players to step in and they certainly did that,” said UL Head Coach James Weldon. “We are building every week, and hopefully we will be peaking by the time January comes around.”
Team Montenotte Hotel got another win under their belts but were made to worry by league newcomers Ulster Rockets in the 66-51 success.
The win ensures their battle with UL next weekend will see the only two remaining unbeaten teams in the league clash.
“It’s good to keep the winning run going but we face a massive test next week when UL come to town,” said Montenotte Head Coach Cormac O’Donoghue. “UL have been exceptional this season and will be extremely difficult opponents.”
Oblate Dynamos earned their first win of the season after a hard fought 61-58 win at home to Singleton SuperValu Brunell. The win will hopefully act as a springboard for a positive run of results for the Dublin side, according to their Head Coach Greg Petrovic.

“I am happy for the players, we played good defence but it is important we don’t rest on our laurels now,” said Dynamos Head Coach Greg Petrovic. “Brunell proved very difficult opponents so it is a big three points for us.”
Meteors claimed their second win in a row with a thrilling 60-58 win away to Waterford Wildcats on Saturday evening.
Hugh Kilbride’s side got their first win of the season away to Oblate Dynamos last weekend and followed it up with this overtime success.


Basketball Ireland Upcoming Fixtures

Saturday, October 29th 2011

Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague
DCU Saints 87 (40) (P Glover 20, M Trimmer 18, K Anderson 12) Bord Gáis Neptune 60 (28) (R Thompson 21, G Noonan 9, M McGinn 6)

UCD Marian 54 (31) (D James 15, C Meany 12, D Stith 11) UL Eagles 56 (21) (J Killeen 14, R Lynch 11, E Quigley 9)

Belfast Star 75 64 (35) (T Johnson 19, P Cummins 10, C McVeigh 9)
Moycullen 77 64 (34) (L Enos 26, S Tummon 17, C Nihill 11) 0VERTIME

Nivea Women’s SuperLeague
Waterford Wildcats 58 (34) (J Coady 17, C Kavanagh 12, N Mullally 9) Meteors 60 (43) (J Daly 20, E Browne 10, F Meany 7) OVERTIME

Oblate Dynamos 61 (27) (L McLoughlin 16, T Solan 11, L Scully 9) Singleton SuperValu Brunell 58 (26) (A Waters 18, D O’Leary 14, M O’Leary 13)

UL Basketball Club 71 (35) (A McDermott 20; L Galvin 16; C Grant 9) Liffey Celtics 37 (15) (MA Foley 10; A O’Connor 10; K Mealey 9)

Team Montenotte Hotel 66 (43) (N Dwyer 19, C Rockall 16, A McKenna 14) Ulster Rockets 51 (23) (M Houlihan 15, N Lennon 9, M McNally 6)

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One
Team Left bank Kilkenny 61 (27) (J O’Keefe 22, J Butler 14, E Walsh 18) Maree 50 (32) (K Hansberry 23, J Brophy 11, T Mitkus 8)

Loftus Recycling Ballina 88 (52) (W Popplewell 25, P Papik 22, P Barrett 12)
Portlaoise BC 67 (28) (D Deposz 13, P Duignan 11, D Kearney 7)

Team Garveys St Marys 86 (39) (D Wall 18, A Fitzgerald 18, D Cahill 11)
Neptune 58 (26) (S O’Sullivan 9, K Reddy 8, A King 7)

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One
Foireann na Gaillimhe 50 (33) (A O’Reilly 16, M Malone 16, M Canavan 8) Tralee Imperials 56 (24) (S Mullessey 18, L Raymond 12, E Sherwood)

Britton Insurance Donegal Town 56 (29) (L Deeney 14, L McGill 10, T Khan 12) Team Tom McCarthy’s St. Mary’s 65 (32) (P O’Connor 21, R O’Loughlin 7, E O’Connor 9)

Sunday, October 30th 2011

Nivea Women’s SuperLeague
DCU Mercy 58 (32) (C Newton 14, L Peat 10, L Palmer 10) 11890 Killester 45 (18) (A Sullivan 16, E Stone 8, L Gray 7)

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One
Ballon 73 (36) (M Cepliauskas 19, G Trakauskas 18, M Tamusauskas 14) Blue Demons 64 (28) (N Hartigan 13, S Buckley 13, S McCartney 7)

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One
Meteors 69 (39) (E Walsh 16, K Meaney 12, L Cafolla 8) UL Basketball Club 37 (27) (E Mullane 12, C McCarthy 7, S Nihill 7)

Monday, October 31st 2011

Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague
11890 Killester V Moycullen, IWS, 15:00; DCU Saints V UL Eagles, DCU Sports Complex, 15:30


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