Basketball Ireland Weekend Round Up

In the latest series of Nivea For Men’s SuperLeague action, DCU Saints remain in pole position in the Northern Conference after a comprehensive win over Belfast Star, 11890 Killester remain in close pursuit following their demolition of UCD Marian and Bord Gais Neptune accounted for Moycullen.

In the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague, DCU Mercy returned to winning ways away to Singleton’s Super Valu Brunell, while Team Montenotte Cork, 11890 Killester and Waterford Wildcats all claimed wins on Saturday.

DCU Saints remain nine points clear at the top of the Northern Conference after their 82-63 win over Belfast Star.

The Saints appeared in complete control at the break, leading by 20, but their Head Coach David Donnelly was unhappy with the way his side let their standards slip in the third quarter.

“We made hard work out of it,” said Donnelly. “We had a poor third quarter and they really pressurized us. I feel we can play much better. They were missing Paul Cummins so that weakened them.

“We have a few difficult away games on the horizon but it’s crucial we get top spot and have that home advantage in the Play-Off’s.”

The Saints’ Dublin rivals 11890 Killester made light work of their clash with UCD Marian, winning 93-54 to maintain the pressure at the top of the Northern Conference.

The win gave Head Coach Darren O’Neill a welcome boost after a disappointing couple of weeks, which saw them dumped out of the National Cup at the semi final stage and also suffer a league defeat to Moycullen.

“It was very important to get those wins particularly after those defeats,” said O’Neill. “It was also important to get the points considering the likes of Pete Madsen are out through injury. The win assures us of second and we can now push for that top spot.”

Bord Gais Neptune’s hopes of getting home advantage in the play-off’s remain intact after their 62-53 win at home to Moycullen.

Neptune’s American Ron Thompson was once again to the fore, scoring 25 points, while Phil Taylor and Ger Noonan also impressed. Moycullen were once again without their American Luke Enos.

“It was a tough win but we are delighted to get it,” said Neptune Head Coach Mark Scannell. They had no American, which didn’t help their cause but I am delighted with our defensive effort, restricting them to just 53 points, which is pleasing.

“We have five games left and the focus is on getting that place in the semi finals,” he added. “We managed to give time to 11 out of the 12 players, which is also encouraging.”

DCU Mercy put their National Cup disappointment behind them to record a 72-64 win away to Singleton’s Super Valu Brunell in the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague.

It’s a big win for Mercy, particularly coming just two days after their dreams of a three in a row cup triumph came to an end.

“We weren’t at full tilt, it was difficult to play so soon after Friday,” said Mercy Head Coach Mark Ingle. “We will move on, we have two months to get ready for the Play-Off’s now. They played well, shot the ball well but I have to praise my players for responding with a win.”

Team Montenotte Cork outlined their intentions for the remainder of the season with a 20 point win over Oblate Dynamos.

Key players, Grainne Dwyer, Claire Rockall and Niamh Dwyer were pivotal in the win as the Cork giants maintained the pressure on the newly crowned National Cup champions UL.

“It is a tough place to go but I felt we kept our discipline and put in a really professional display,” said Montenotte Head Coach Cormac O’Donoghue. “It was very important we got the win particularly with games coming up against Killester and DCU Mercy.

“UL’s excellent recent display in the cup final shows how difficult it will be but we will keep pushing and hopefully we will have a good end to the season.”

11890 Killester had 11 points to spare over Meteors (55-44) as they kept up their hopes of finishing in the play off positions.

Meteors have been showing good form in recent weeks but came unstuck against their capital rivals, who continue to be without the massively influential Ashling Sullivan.

“It was a big win for us as I was curious how we would react to the loss of Ashling Sullivan,” said Killester Head Coach Mark Grennell. “The girls were excellent at times. We relied heavily on our defence and it did not disappoint. It was a good all round team performance.”

Waterford Wildcats bounced back from their recent league hammering to DCU Mercy to claim a slender 56-51 win away to Liffey Celtics.

Niamh Mullaly secured 21 points in the win but the Wildcats were made to work for the three points by a gutsy Celtics.


Basketball Ireland Weekly Results

Friday February 3rd 2012

Men’s SuperLeague National Cup Final
UL Eagles 72 (34)(R Taylor 29, N Campbell 12, M Hall 9) UCC Demons 65 (39)(S Atupem 16, S Coughlan 11, K Hosford 9)

Women’s SuperLeague National Cup Final
DCU Mercy 27 (13)(L Peat 10, S Maguire 6, S Woods 4) UL 64 (23)(M Fahy 16, R Vanderwal 15, R Clancy 10)

Saturday February 4th 2012

Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague
Bord Gáis Neptune 62 (39)(R Thompson 25, P Taylor 15, G Noonan 10) Moycullen 53 (31)(C Nihill 21, P O’Brien 19, O Maxwell 4)

11890 Killester 93 (54)(J Turner 19 O Chubb 13 R Clarke 12) UCD Marian 54 (24)(K Foley 17 D James 11 C Meany 7)

Belfast Star 63 (25)(J Johnson 24, S Dawson 16, S Summersgill10) DCU Saints 82 (45)(K Anderson 27, M Trimmer 20, M Provisors 12)

Nivea Women’s SuperLeague
11890 Killester 55 (23)(L Gray 13, E Stone 12, M Clarke 5, C Flynn 5) Meteors 44 (16)(J Daly 12, R Fitzgerald 9, L Delaney 6)

Liffey Celtics 51 (18)(A Pupin 16, A O’Connor 13, K Mealey 9)Waterford Wildcats 56 (25)(N Mullally 21, E Kinnington 10, G Maher 9)

Oblate Dynamos 60(25)(L Scully 21, T Harrison 12, T Solan 7) TM Cork 80(44)(G Dwyer 22, C Rockall 17, N Dwyer 14)

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One
Team Left Bank Kilkenny 73 (39)(J O’Keeffe 24, J Butler 19, P Morrissey 15) Team Garvey’s St Mary’s 74 (34)(S Marcinkevicius 8, D Wall 25, A Fitzgerald 23)

Team Loftus Recycling Ballina 50 (24)(L McHale 19, R O’Malley 12, K McHale 5) Maree 77 (33)(L Conroy 15, K Hansberry 14, S Zublinskas 13)

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One
Team Tom McCarthy’s St.Mary’s 52 (23)(M Leane 14, R O’Loughlin 10, L O’Connor 9) Tralee Imperials 54 (23)(S Mackessy 15, E Sherwood 15, E Gallagher 9)

Sunday February 5th 2012

Nivea Women’s SuperLeague
Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell 64 (27)(M O’Leary 25, D O’Leary 19, A Kearney 12) DCU Mercy 72 (43)(S O’Connor 29, S Woods 12, L Peat 10)

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One
Blue Demons 78 (43)(N Hartigan 20, S McCarthy 16, T O Halloran 14) MOF Chemists Titans 83 (36)(P Peldgius 16, P Freeman 16, W Archambur 13)

Neptune 67 (44)(G Quinlan 13, J O’Donoghue 12, I Skeyres 10) Team Meadowlands St. Brendan’s 65 (31)(F O’Sullivan 23, L O’Sullivan 12, L O’Dowd 6)

Ballon 88 (44)(M Cepliauskas 15, I Aim 14, A Dimiciukas 13) Portlaoise 58 (20)(D Debosz 22, J Marchal 8, D Kearney 6)

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One
Brittons Insurance Donegal Town V Scruffys St. Paul’s Killarney, Abbey Vocational School, 13:00;

UL 47 (25)(A McGuire 9, K Murphy 8, N Power 6) Meteors 81 (43)(L Caffola 18, K McDaid 16, C Healy 13)


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