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
32-year old Irish ex-international guard Donnie McGrath (193-90kg-84, college: Providence). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. McGrath played last season at Obradoiro in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 33 games he had 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.7apg. The previous (14-15) season he played at Krasny Oktyabr in Russian league where in 6 Eurocup games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 5.3apg. McGrath also played 17 games in VTB United League where he avera... [read more]
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) signed 32-year old Irish ex-international guard Donnie McGrath (193-90kg-84, college: Providence). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. McGrath played last season at Obradoiro in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 33 games he had 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.7apg. The previous (14-15) season he played at Krasny Oktyabr in Russian league where in 6 Eurocup games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 5.3apg. McGrath also played 17 games in VTB United League where he averaged 9.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.6apg. The other team he played shortly was Anadolu Efes in Turkish league. In 5 Euroleague games he got 4.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0apg. McGrath also spent pre-season at La ICL Manresa (also in Liga Endesa) that year. He was a member of Irish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2008. McGrath is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki, AEK Athens and Egaleo), Italy (Openjobmetis VA, Verona and BancaTercas), Lithuania (Zalgiris) and Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg). McGrath attended Providence College until 2006 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
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30-year old American (has also Irish passport) forward Ian O'Leary (201-101kg-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) from Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias. In 34 Liga Endesa games in Spain he recorded 4.5ppg and 2.7rpg last season. The previous (14-15) season O'Leary played at Gran Canaria where in 26 Liga Endesa games he averaged 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He also played 20 games in Eurocup where he had 6.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. A... [read more]
Montakit Fuenlabrada (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American (has also Irish passport) forward Ian O'Leary (201-101kg-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) from Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias. In 34 Liga Endesa games in Spain he recorded 4.5ppg and 2.7rpg last season. The previous (14-15) season O'Leary played at Gran Canaria where in 26 Liga Endesa games he averaged 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He also played 20 games in Eurocup where he had 6.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. Among other achievements O'Leary played in the final of WCC Tournament in 2009. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Forward of the Year award back in 2011. O'Leary has played previously for four other teams: Blancos de Rueda, Palencia Baloncesto, Vigo and Oviedo CB. He attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2009 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball. The scouts decsribe him following way:
Overlooked somewhat at college but has blossomed in Europe. Strong going to the basket and has good athletic ability. Working on being more consistent outside the 3pt line but provides a real mis match for teams.
A very good athlete he is able to play several positions effectively because of a great mix of size and quickness. Rebounds like a center but runs like a guard. Very effective mid range jumper causes a lot of problems cause he is able to just shoot over top of most defenders. Can handle the ball and has no problem handling pressure and being a release valve for any backcourt. Aggressive offensive mind set makes him lead by example. At college played in a system to showcase NBA Draft choice Patrick Mills, but his performance in Europe will be very different as he will be allowed to show his complete game. Has very long arms and consistently tips and blocks shots from the backside and weak side. A very complete player is capable of playing at very high levels as he continues to develop. Shoots the deep ball quite well and is extending his range which for a player his size will make him deadly.
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