In the Nivea for Mens SuperLeague, DCU Saints edged past Bord Gis Neptune, UCC Demos secured another win over Belfast Star, Moycullen recorded a huge upset against 11890 Killester and UL Eagles managed to edge pass UCD Marian. Meanwhile, in the Nivea Womens SuperLeague, Team Montenotte Hotel returned to winning ways and 11890 Killester bounced back to defeat Oblate Dynamos. Also, UL and DCU Mercy warmed up for their cup final clash with wins over Liffey Celtics and Waterford Wildcats respectively while Meteors won out against Ulster Rockets. DCU Saints eked out an 86-85 victory at the end of a nail-biting encounter against Bord Gais Neptune. DCU Coach David Donnelly was hugely relieved at the final whistle. We got out of jail today. We had a 16 point lead at half time, but we were down by a point with seven seconds to go. Thankfully Pat Glover got a great shot from the baseline at the end. We could have lost it again after that so Im happy we managed to squeeze the win in the end, he said. UCC Demons warmed up for their cup final clash with UL with a convincing 107-77 victory over Belfast Star. UCC Demons Coach Paul Kelleher said It wasnt a very good performance from us today. We were very good in offense. We are playing well at the moment but I still believe we can be better. Now we have to be ready for UL in the cup final. The shock of the weekend saw Moycullen defeat reigning champions 11890 Killester 64-58 after a fantastic performance in Oranmore. Moycullen lie at the foot of the Southern conference, yet made light of their league standing to defeat Killester, a win made all the more impressive as the Galway outfit were without the key personnel of USA star Luke Enos. Moycullen coach Ger Lyons was understandably proud at the end. We had a lot of injures. We couldnt play Luke Enos who has been our go-to guy all season and James O Dowd was also injured so we were really up against it. We were trailing at half time but we felt we really should have been up at that stage. Before the game we were looking around and believed that we have nothing to lose so we gave it everything we had and managed to come out on top. Lyons said. The defeat will be a further blow to Killester who have now lost two games on the bounce having suffered a dramatic defeat to UL Eagles last weekend in the cup semi-final. UL Eagles are beginning to gather momentum, following up last weeks victory with a 75-68 win over UCD Marian at the UL Arena. Coach Mark Keenan believes that his side are finding form at the right time, despite a poor opening against Marian. We found it difficult early on. It was always going to be hard to get to the standard of last week. There was a lot of emotion then, and maybe we struggled to find a rhythm today because the stakes were so high in the last game. The guys showed good character again. They fought for one another which is a good sign. We have lost more games this season than I would like but things are starting to come right for us now. That is what you really want to be aiming for at this time of year, he said. In the Nivea Womens SuperLeague, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork set aside the disappointment of last weekends cup exit, returning to winning ways after an 81-50 in a derby clash with Singletons SuperValu Brunell. Montenotte Head Coach Cormac O Donoghue was pleased with the performance of his side after what has been a difficult week. We felt that last weekend we missed an opportunity. We had chances to win against UL and unfortunately we couldnt take them. So there was some obvious disappointment there after we lost that game. From my point of view it was very encouraging to see everybody ready and willing to start again in training on Tuesday. The girls trained hard all week and got their just rewards tonight. We had a very good third quarter, particularly in defence, and in the end I think we were fairly comfortable.
Elsewhere, 11890 Killester eventually saw of the challenge of Oblate Dynamos after a slow start courtesy of a final score line of 54-43. Killester Head Coach Mark Grennell believes the final score wasnt pretty. The score was 18-14 at half time. I think psychologically the girls might still have been carrying some scars after last week. But we got it together at half time. The girls put up 40 points in the second half, so that is a big positive. I think we can move on now. UL continued their impeccable campaign with a massive 99-49 victory over Liffey Celtics. The victory means UL have now won all thirteen league games this season and James Weldons side also have a cup final appearance to look forward to next weekend. Weldon is clearly pleased with the progress his side are making. Everybody managed to get on the score-sheet so that is good from a team perspective. It was important to get the win ahead of the cup final. Were in good shape but it will be a huge game against DCU. DCU Mercy made light work of the challenge of Waterford Wildcats, running out impressive 84-31 winners. DCU will face UL in the national cup final next weekend and DCU Head Coach Mark Ingle is happy with the way his side are performing. We are definitely better than we were six or eight weeks ago. Defensively in the last two games we have conceded less than 40 points. Thats a good sign. We just have to keep doing what we are doing and hopefully we can find a way to beat UL. We are all looking forward to that now. I think its going to be a great cup final, he said. Meteors made it five wins in a row with a 70-59 win away at Ulster Rockets. Meteors Head Coach Hugh Kilbride said Ulster are a difficult team to play, but we are in really good form at the moment. Confidence was at an all-time low at the end of last season but the girls have managed to stick together. You can now see the confidence is back in the team, and we have some crucial games coming up so that will be important. Basketball Ireland Weekly Results
Saturday January 21st 2012 Nivea for Men Superleague Moycullen 64 (30) (C Nihill 18, S Camps 16, P OBrien 14) 11890 Killester 58 (33) (J Turner 21, E Chubb 11, K OBrien 8) UL Eagles 75 (34) (R Taylor 21, S Kinevane 14, N Campbell 12) UCD Marian 68 (29) (D Stith 15, C Meany 15, K Foley 14) Nivea Womens SuperLeague Ulster Rockets 59 (30) (M Houlihan 19, M McNally 10, S Smye 9) Meteors 70 (32) (R Nagle 17, L Delaney 16, J Daly 10) Oblate Dynamos 43 (18) (L Scully 9, L Dunne 8, E Curren 7) Killester 54 (14) (L Grey 16, F Ward 8, H Frazer 6) Team Montenotte Hotel 81 (38) (N Dwyer 19, V ODriscoll 18, G Dwyer 18) Singletons SuperValu Brunell 50 (23) (A Kearney 10, M OLeary 10, G OMahony 8) Liffey Celtics 49 (31) (A Lowe 21, A Pupin 6, M Foley 6) UL 99 (54) (R Vanderwal 24, A McDermott 18, M Fahy 12) Waterford Wildcats 31 (11) (N Mullally 9, C Kavanagh 8, J Coady 7) DCU Mercy 84 (43) (S Woods 19, S OConnor 18, L Peat 10) Basketball Ireland Mens Division One Matt OFlaherty Chemist Titans 77 (37) (W Achambault 25, P Freeman 16, C MacMichael 13) Ballon 75 (50) (M Tamusauskas 25, A Dimicukas 16, G Trakauskas 13) Team Loftus Recycling Ballina 50 (29) (R OMalley 15, L McHale 12, D McGarrity 11) Neptune 37 (19) (S OSullivan 10, K Reidy 10, I Skeirys 10) Team Garveys St.Marys 84 (46) (D Wall 27, A Fitzgerald 24, S Brosnan 12) Team Meadowlands St.Brendans 73 (43) (J Quirke 27, L Dowd 12, F OSullivan 10) Basketball Ireland Women Division One Tralee Imperials 50 (33) (S Mackessy 14, M Barry 12, L Raymond 9) UL 26 (11) (K Murphy 12, L Dunne 6, C McCarthy 5) Scruffys St.Pauls Killarney 56 (31) (M Galwey 12, M Finnegan 9, L Jones 8) Team Tom McCarthys St.Marys 71 (32) (P OConnor 19, M Lane 17, R OLoughlin 15) Foireann na Gaillimhe 43 (22) (M Canavan 11, H Coen 10, A OReilly 10) Meteors 60 (33) (N Farrell 12, K Meany 11, L Caffola 11) Sunday January 22nd 2012 Nivea for Mens Superleague Bord Gis Neptune 85 (36) (R Thompson 26, P Taylor 26, R Downey 9) DCU Saints 86 (54) (P Glover 18, K Anderson 17, M Provisors 14) UCC Demons 107 (60) (S Atupem 37, N OReilly 11, S Coughlan 11) Belfast Star 77 (46) (J Johnson 33, P Cummins 18, S Dawson 11) Basketball Irelands Mens Division One Maree 74 (35) (K Hansberry 13, E Walsh 12, C OHagan 10, J Conroy 10) Portlaoise 51 (23) (D Kearney 16, G Egan 13, S ONeill 10) Courtesy : Jolie Niland . www.basketballireland.ie
Donnie McGrath selected the top Irish playing abroad in last week's games - 19 hours ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Irish who are currently playing abroad. Experienced Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) led Angelico Biella to a victory over the tenth-ranked Lighthouse TR in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Irish who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Providence, currently plays in Greece). He contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Koroivos (7-15) crushing them 89-63 in the Greek A1 last Saturday.
McGrath recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
AEK Athens (17-5) is placed third in the A1.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This season McGrath averages: 5.8ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 25.8%.
He is a naturalized American.
McGrath played for the Irish senior national team nine years ago.
Strangely he has never played in Ireland.
#2. Second place goes to former international center Damian Matacz (204-79, college: N.Michigan, currently plays in Australia). He led Wanneroo to a 3-point victory against the eighth-ranked Cougars (0-1) 104-101 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday.
Matacz scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only a mere 13 minutes. It was his first game for Wanneroo this season.
His team are placed fourth in SBL group.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's Matacz's eighth year with the team.
He has a dual citizenship: Irish and Australian.
Former Mardyke UCC Demons Cork starter played for the Irish national team in 2008.
#3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Brian Fitzpatrick (203-89, also represented by Diamond Sports, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Czech Republic). Fitzpatrick contributed to Prostejov's victory against the fourth-ranked MMCITE Brno (10-18) 81-76 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night.
He scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Orli Prostejov (9-19) is placed sixth in Places 7-12 group.
They ended the series of eleven consecutive loses.
There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial.
Fitzpatrick's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 52.3% and FT: 68.0%.
He is a naturalized American.
Fitzpatrick is also a member of the Irish senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Ireland.
#4. Point guard Cian Hickey (183-96, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Manchester Magic to win against the seventh-ranked Storm (13-13) 103-96 in the British NBL D1 (second division) in Saturday night's game.
He scored 5 points.
Manchester Magic (18-5) is placed third in the NBL D1.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important.
Hickey's overall stats this season are: 2.9ppg and 1.1apg.
He used to play for the Irish U18 national team
back in 2014.
The list of other players, who all have Irish passport but never been selected to any of Irish national teams:
#1. Experienced Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Italy) led Angelico Biella to a victory over the tenth-ranked Lighthouse TR (12-13) crushing them 79-55 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game.
He was MVP of the game. Hall had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in 34 minutes.
Angelico Biella (19-6) is placed first in West group.
Hall has relatively good stats this year: 14.7ppg, 13.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg in 25 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Hall has never played in Ireland.
#2.Will Hanley (201-G/F-90, agency: Duran International, college: Bowdoin, currently plays in Spain). Hanley could not help CB Canarias (18-6) to beat Valencia Basket (5-18).
He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes.
The league leader CB Canarias was edged 65-62 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#13) Valencia Basket.
It was CB Canarias' first loss after three consecutive victories.
This year Hanley's overall stats are: 5.0ppg and 2.5rpg in 24 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Apparently Hanley has never played in Ireland.
#3.Ian O'Leary (201-F-86, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in their game against Sevilla (8-15) in the Spanish Liga Endesa.
He recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was defeated 72-67 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Sevilla (#13).
O'Leary's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg and 3.9rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Apparently O'Leary has never played in Ireland.
#4.Patrick Carney (185-G-85, college: Chapman, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in Schalke's victory against the third-ranked Elchingen (15-7) 76-74 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game.
Carney scored 22 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 35 minutes.
FC Schalke 04 (11-11) is placed sixth in North group.
Carney has relatively good stats this year: 14.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.0apg in 24 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Interesting that Carney has never played in Ireland.
#5.Ako Adams (188-G-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Rice University to win against the University of San Francisco (10-8) 85-76 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 last Wednesday.
He recorded only 2 points and added 4 assists.
The Rice University has a solid 11-7 conference record this season.
The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA.
Adams' overall stats this season are: 3.0ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.2apg.
#6.Matt Wilson (206-C-92, college: Hartwick, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Leon in their game against Calidus Gal.COB in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
Wilson scored only 3 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 17 minutes.
His team was edged 68-66.
This year Wilson's overall stats are: 8.4ppg and 6.7rpg in 21 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Interesting that Wilson has never played in Ireland.
MAREE were today crowned Basketball Ireland Men's Division One Regular Season champions for the second year in a row with a win over Ulster University Elks in Oranmore. In an extremely close and competitive game, it took Maree until the fourth quarter to put some breathing space between the two sides, with momentum swinging from end to end throughout the game. Good scoring from Kenneth Hansberry and Eoin Rockall (182-PG-98) sealed the deal in the end for the Galway side, and Maree were cr... [read more]
MAREE were today crowned Basketball Ireland Men's Division One Regular Season champions for the second year in a row with a win over Ulster University Elks in Oranmore. In an extremely close and competitive game, it took Maree until the fourth quarter to put some breathing space between the two sides, with momentum swinging from end to end throughout the game. Good scoring from Kenneth Hansberry and Eoin Rockall (182-PG-98) sealed the deal in the end for the Galway side, and Maree were crowned champions. 'It feels brilliant. We had a really tough game today, Ulster Elks are a really good team and they really put it up to us,' said a thrilled Head Coach, John Finn . 'We were nine points down going into the fourth quarter and played really well to win the game so we're delighted. I felt that if we could play to our ability we could win, but it wasn't until the fourth quarter that we played the way we can play.' Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie
Irish Super League round 22 best performance: Jermaine Turner - 3 days ago
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Naturalized American Forward Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) put on an amazing game in the last round for Killester, receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 42-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Eanna (#11, 5-16) 89-75. Killester maintains the 5th position in Irish Super League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Killester will need more victories to improve their... [read more]
Naturalized American Forward Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) put on an amazing game in the last round for Killester, receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22. The 42-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Eanna (#11, 5-16) 89-75. Killester maintains the 5th position in Irish Super League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Killester will need more victories to improve their 13-8 record. In the team's last game Turner had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Killester, through which he has constantly improved. Former Dowling College star has very solid stats this year. Turner is in league's top in points (5th best: 20.7ppg), rebounds (4th best: 12.5rpg) and averages impressive 1.7bpg and 55.1% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Mike Garrow (193-G-91) of UCD Marian. Garrow had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 25 rebounds. Bad luck as UCD Marian lost that game 66-94 to slightly higher-ranked Swords Thunder (#2, 18-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. UCD Marian still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 16-5 record is not bad at all. Garrow is a newcomer at UCD Marian, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of DCU Saints (#8). Provizors showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Provizors' great performance DCU Saints lost 64-76 to slightly higher-ranked UCC Demons (#6, 11-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of DCU Saints not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Provizors could try to bring DCU Saints' a little bit higher in the standings. Provizors has individually a great season in Ireland. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.1ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 16.7rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 69.5%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Paul Freeman (201-F-83) of Moycullen - 22 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Lorcan Murphy (182-PG-94) of Templeogue - 31 points and 5 rebounds 6. Jason Killeen (211-C-85) of Templeogue - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Justin Goldsborough (203-F) of Swords Thunder - 18 points and 12 rebounds 8. Dustan Moreira (202-F-89) of UCD Marian - 21 points and 10 rebounds 9. Isaac Westbrooks (189-PG-85) of Swords Thunder - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 14 assists 10. Michael Bonaparte (196-F-82) of Templeogue - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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