Cup heroes UL Eagles showed no signs of complacency as they beat Moycullen on their return to Nivea For Men's SuperLeague affairs, while Belfast star stunned 11890 Killester with an overtime success.
On Sunday, Bord Gais Neptune beat UCD Marian 89-71, while UCC Demons recovered from their recent cup final loss to beat DCU Saints 91-76.
UL Eagles ended their 10 year wait for a trophy last week when they claimed the Men's SuperLeague National Cup and there was no sign of a hangover as they beat Moycullen 80-59.
'This could have been a potential banana skin coming off the cup win but delighted with the effort from the squad,' said Eagles Head Coach Mark Keenan. 'It turned out to be a comfortable win but they did put it up to us in the first half.
'Jason (Killeen) did a superb job on the boards with 30 rebounds and 34 points.'
The Eagles led from the off and had built up an eight point gap early in the first quarter, a lead they sustained until the end of the game. Moycullen had difficulties dealing with Jason Killen throughout the game with the big Limerick Centre contributing 34 points and 30 rebounds in the game.
Bord Gais Neptune inflicted further woe on UCD Marian as they ran out comfortable winners by 18 points. (89-71)
Marian were without their American Donnie Stith and Neptune took advantage to keep them well in the hunt for home advantage in the Play-Offs.
We did enough, we got off to a good start in the first quarter, opening up a 15 point lead, said Neptune Head Coach Mark Scannell. I was delighted we got the opportunity to give the youngsters a run out and overall I felt our scoring was very good. The win keeps us on track but we still have a long way to go.
UCC Demons produced the perfect response to their recent National Cup heartbreak, by handing a rare defeat to Northern Conference leaders DCU Saints on a healthy 91-76 scoreline.
Demons Shawn Atupem was in determined mood, contributing 38 points, while Shane Coughlan enjoyed another good day for the Cork giants.
We played well in patches, said Demons Head Coach Paul Kelleher. We have been good offensively for the majority of the season. Sadly for us we had a bad day in that department in the cup final but we were more like ourselves against the Saints. Its a great response and we hope we can finish the season on a high.
Belfast Star secured just their second win of the season and did so in the most dramatic of circumstances by beating 11890 Killester 112-109 in double overtime.
The Northerners last win came away to Moycullen in the latter stages of November but the long wait for their next three points could not have been more exciting.
With just a second left in overtime, Scott Summersgill ensured another period of drama when he forced the game into double overtime with a basket. It was to prove a rare day of joy for Star as a couple of free throws from Stephen Dawson sealed the win.
We couldnt score in the first quarter (21 to 3 points) but Paul Cummins started hitting shots and we began to get back into the contest, said Star Head Coach Danny Fulton. We played good defence on Jermaine Turner with a lot of his points coming from the free throw line. We had five players in double figures which was pleasing. It was a great game for the crowd and a great advertisement for the game.
Basketball Ireland Weekly Results
Saturday February 11th 2012
Nivea for Mens SuperLeague
Belfast Star 112 (101) (89) (35) (P Cummins 29, S Summersgill 22, J Johnson 21) 11890 Killester 109 (101) (89) (49) (J Turner 45, E Chubb 15, K OBrien 12)
UL Eagles 80 (42) (J Killeen 34, R Taylor 17, E Quigley 9) Moycullen 59 (29) (C Nihill 20, S Camps 13, D Cunningham 11)
Basketball Ireland Mens Division One
Matt OFlaherty Chemist Titans 70 (44) (P Freeman 18, P Peldzius 13, T Fabriciuss 10) Portlaoise 60 (28) (D Debosz 24, G Dunne 15, J Marchal 10)
Team Meadowlands St. Brendans 53 (22) (R OSullivan 16, P McMahon 12, L OSullivan 10) Team Left Bank Kilkenny 63 (39) (J OKeeffe 16, P Morrissy 16, J Butler 13)
Sunday February 12th 2012
Nivea for Mens SuperLeague
Bord Gis Neptune 89 (37) (R Thompson 29, G Noonan 24, P Taylor 15) UCD Marian 71 (37) (K Foley 16, K Meany 12, C Meany 10)
UCC Demons 91 (44) (S Atupem 38, S Coughlan 19, N OReilly 17) DCU Saints 76 (46) (M Trimmer 15, P Glover 12, K Anderson 13)
Basketball Ireland Mens Division One
Blue Demons 78 (43) (S OCornell 15, S McCarthy 13, S Buckley 8) Team Loftus Recycling Ballina 39 (17) (B Powell 11, C OMalley 8, D McGarrity 9)
Neptune 66 (35) (J ODonoghue 13, S OSullivan 9, K Reddy 8) Team Garveys St. Marys 70 (39) (A Fitzgerald 21, D McCarthy 10, P Fleming 9)
Courtesy Jolie Niland .... www.basketballireland.ie Roy Downey
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.
Ian O'Leary agreed terms with Fuenlabrada - 11 days ago
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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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