Basketball Ireland review & results

In the Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague, DCU Saints remain in peak position after dual wins, UCC Demons overcome UL Eagles, Moycullen edged past Bord Gáis Neptune and UCD Marian coasted over Belfast Star.

Meanwhile, in the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague, UL extended their undefeated record, Ulster Rockets celebrated triumph in overtime and both11890 Killester and Waterford Wildcats had comfortable wins against
Oblate Dynamos and Liffey Celtics, respectively.

On Sunday, DCU Mercy sailed past Meteors to hold second position on the table.

DCU Saints remain in peak position in the Northern Conference after wins against Belfast Star and 11890 Killester, respectively.

The Saints met 11890 Killester on Saturday which resulted in a comfortable victory of 93-69 while Belfast Star were handed 79-63 defeat on Sunday.

Pat Glover piloted the two wins for DCU after contributing a total of 38 points.

“Pat has really been our consistent go-to guy,” said DCU Saints Head Coach Dave Donnelly.

“We tried some new substitutions this weekend and both Glover and Mike Trimmer really stepped up to the mark.”

“While the final score lines are flattering, they don’t really reflect the amount of effort put in by Glover and the team.”

UCC Demons narrowly escaped defeat after overcoming a defiant UL Eagles side, 75-71.

UCC Demons’ Head Coach Paul Kelleher credited his opponents for the difficulty in securing the win.

“UL share the ball quite well and everyone was scoring throughout the game,” said Kelleher,

“We had to play honest and make sure everyone was covered because they did not make it easy on us.”

Demons’ were led by 21 points from Shawn Atupem while Jason Killeen netted 17 for the Eagles.

On Saturday, Moycullen celebrated their second win of the season after defeating Bord Gáis Neptune on a final score line of 74-71.

Moycullen managed to keep pace with their Cork opponents courtesy of USA star Luke Enos’ 30 point contribution while team mate Cian Nihill added 22 points, respectively.

With less than a minute remaining in the game, the Galway outfit were behind by a single digit when Head Coach Ger Lyons called a time out in hopes of instructing the winning play.

However, a missed shot was rebounded and put back by Dylan Cunningham on the three point line with seconds to spare.

After Cunningham netted the winning shot, he managed to draw the foul to seal the three point victory for the home side.

“We were so nervous during this game because every player knew what was at stake,” said Head Coach Ger Lyons.

“Being down after the first quarter really could have turned the game either way but the guys made a bigger effort on defense and brought it back slowly.”

“We knew we should have won our last two games so this is a well-deserved win.”

UCD Marian coasted to victory against Belfast Star courtesy of a final score of 79-63.

UCD’s Donnie Stith and Dan James combined for 40 points which saw the Dublin side return to winning ways.

Head Coach Fran Ryan welcomed the win which was badly needed after their performance in the previous weekend.

“We really blew it last weekend so this win was needed to boost our confidence,” said Ryan,

“To experience your worst loss in three years and return with a 16 point victory is a demonstration that we are improving.”

Meanwhile, in the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague, UL extended their undefeated record, Ulster Rockets celebrated triumph in overtime and both11890 Killester and Waterford Wildcats had comfortable wins against
Oblate Dynamos and Liffey Celtics, respectively.

On Sunday, DCU Mercy sailed past Meteors to hold second position on the table.

UL continued their reign in the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague after defeating Team Montenotte Cork, 87-71.

UL’s Rachel Vanderwal piloted her side with a personal tally of 27 points while teammate Aoife McDermott added 12 points.

Team Montenotte maintained a close score line until their opponents switched to a zone which allowed UL to secure easy buckets.

UL Head Coach James Weldon credited the victory to supporting a deep bench.

“We had a great third quarter which allowed me to rotate players to keep the team fresh,” said Weldon.

“Everyone on the court at any time contributed at least one basket so it helped us to quickly build a comfortable lead.”

Ulster Rockets celebrated a thrilling overtime victory against Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell with a final score of 71-66.

Both sides maintained close proximity on the scoreboard with Brunell edging out the Rockets by seven points during the fourth quarter.

However, Ulster’s Meghan Houlihan netted crucial points in the closing minutes to keep victory hopes alive and send the game into overtime for the Rockets.

In extra time, Ulster Rockets powered a full court zone press that contained Brunell’s scoring threats of Danielle and Megan O’Leary and managed to increase their lead by ten points to seal victory.

“Regulation time came down to the free throw line and Brunell should be commended for their confidence under pressure,” said Rockets Head Coach Breda Dick,

“However, I knew that if we could get to extra time, we would win and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”

11890 Killester ended their losing streak after defeating Oblate Dynamos courtesy of a 66-56 score line.

Killester’s Aisling Sullivan had a game-high tally of 19 points while Tessa Solan led the way for Oblate with 15 points, respectively.

Killester Head Coach Mark Grennell credits the win to the trio of Sullivan , Alison Maguire and Hannah Fraser whose effort on the offensive end did not go unnoticed.

“It was so important for us to get back to winning ways and with Aisling’s and Alison’s contributions they have really come up big for us,” said Grennell.

“Fraser’s work ethic was amazing in the first half and Aisling and Alison sealed the deal in the second half with crucial buckets.”

Waterford Wildcats cruised to a comfortable victory against Liffey Celtics on a final score of 84-58.

Waterford were led by Jenny Coady’s 23 point contribution while teammates Niamh Mullally and Cathy Kavanagh combined for 33 points.

“We didn’t play to our potential in the first half and Liffey Celtics kept with us,” said Waterford Head Coach Tommy O’Mahoney.

“There was an intensity switch on defense in the second half and we managed to stop their offense which let us build up a run.”

Finally, Sunday saw DCU Mercy celebrate their second consecutive victory after defeating Meteors on a final score line of 70-31.

The victory ties DCU with Team Montenotte on the table with 16 points apiece, a mere five points behind table leaders, UL.

“The final score doesn’t matter much to me,” said DCU Mercy Head Coach Mark Ingle.

“What matters is that we are consistently trying to get better and close the points gap.”

Lindsay Peat steered DCU Mercy with 13 points while Lisa Palmer added 10 points.


Basketball Ireland Weekly Results

Saturday November 5th 2011

Nivea for Men SuperLeague

Moycullen 74 (34)(L Enos 30, C Nihill 22, S Tummon 10) Bord Gais Neptune 71 (33)(R Thompson 24, G Noonan 18, P Taylor 11)

UCD Marian 79 (44)(D Stith 27, D James 13, M Kelly 10) Belfast Star 63 (31)(T Johnson 31, F Toner 7, S Dawson 6)

11890 Killester 69 (33)(J Turner 23, P Madsen 16, M Gomez 12) DCU Saints 93(38)(M Provisors 17, K Anderson 17, P Glover 16)

Nivea Women’s SuperLeague

Waterford Wildcats 84 (38)(J Coady 23, N Mullally 19, C Kavanagh 14) Liffey Celtics 58 (A O’Connor 18, K Mealey 9, A Lowe 8)

11890 Killester 66 (36)(A Sullivan 19, A Maguire 12, H Fraser 12) Oblate Dynamos 56 (31)(T Solan 15, L Scully 10, G McKenna 10)

Ulster Rockets 71 (61)(25)(M Houlihan 25, M McNally 17, N Lenon 16) Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell 66 (61)(26)(D O’Leary 16, A Watters 15, M O’Leary 13, A Kearney 13)

Team Montenotte Hotel 71 (31)(N Dwyer 30, C Rockall 12, G Dwyer 10) UL 87 (40)(R Vanderwal 27, L Maher 12, A McDermott 12)

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One
Matt O’Flaherty Chemist Titans 85 (50)(P Peldzius 37, P Freeman 21, C MacMichael 11) Team Left Bank Kilkenny 55 (24)(J Butler 19, P Brennan 8, L O’Shaugnessey 6)

Team Loftus Recycling Ballina 76 (38)(P Papik 24, W Popplewell 18, S Popplewell 13) Team Meadowlands St.Brendan’s 74 (38)(F O’Sullivan 26, J Quirke 12, V Murphy 8)

Portlaoise 70 (31)(D Debosz 25, D Kearney 23, P O’Sullivan 8) Blue Demons 67 (26)(S McCarthy 14, R McGowan 12, S Buckley 11)

Basketball Ireland Women Division One

UL 66 (32)(S Phillips 22, E Milan 19, S Nihill 9) Foireann na Gaillimhe 73 (42)(A O’Leary 24, H Cohen 13, C Newell 9)

Team Tom McCarthy’s St.Mary’s 57 (30)(M Herlihy 14, E O’Connor 12, D McLoughlin 8) Scruffy’s St.Paul’s 56 (29)(L Jones 19, C O’Cornell 10, M Galway 7)

Basketball Ireland Under-20 Men’s National Cup

Maree 105 (62)(T Mitkus 54, K Hansberry 17, E Walsh 16) Brittons Insurance Donegal Town 60 (31)(J Carr 15, D Muldoon 14, P Carr 12)

Sunday November 6th 2011

Nivea for Men Superleague

UCC Demons 75 (35)(S Atupem 21, S Coughlan 20, N O’Reilly 12) UL Eagles 70 (36)(J Killeen 17, J Jefferson 14, M Hall 7)

DCU Saints 79 (42)(P Glover 22, M Provisors 16, J Donnelly 11) Belfast Star 63 (23) (T Johnson 23, S Summersgill 10, M McKillop 9)

Nivea Women’s SuperLeague

DCU Mercy 70 (34)(L Peat 13, L Palmer 10, S Woods 8, H Kenny 8, C Newton 8) Meteors 31 (16)(E Caffrey 6, B Meany 6, R Fitzgerald 4, S Fogarty 4)

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One

Neptune 42 (24)(K Reddy 11, C Hourigan 9, J Wilkinson 7) Ballon78 (37)(J Herring 27, Tamuskas 15, A Dimiciuras 14)

Maree 93 (51)(K Hansberry 27, C Crowley 25) Team Garvey’s St.Mary’s 88 (42)(S Marckevincius 25, D Wall 19, D Cahill 18)

Basketball Ireland Women Division One

Britton Insurance Donegal Town 58(33)(T Khan 21, L Deeney 11, C McHugh 10, B Murphy 10) Meteors 46 (25) (N Farell 10, K McDaid 10, R Ruthledge 8)


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