Stuart Robbins Memorial Tournament will take place in UL Arena on September 14th & 15th 2012.
Friday 14th Sept 2012 5.30pm - Stuart Robbins All Stars v USA 2 7pm- UL Eagles v Moycullen 8.30pm- USA 1 v UCC Demons
Saturday 15th Sept 2012 9.30am- USA 1 v Killester 10.45am- USA 2 v Neptune 12pm- UL Eagles v Dublin Inter- court 2 12pm- Killester v UCC Demons - court 3 1.15pm- Stuart Robbins All Stars v Neptune -court 2 2.30pm- Moycullen v Dublin Inter
Semi final One: 3.30pm - Winner of group 1 v Winner of group 2
Semi final Two: 4.45pm - Winner of group 3 v Best runner up.
Group 1 Stuart Robbins All Stars USA Select 2 Neptune
Group 2 USA Select 1 UCC Demons Killester
Group 3 UL eagles Moycullen Dublin Inter
Note: Game time is four 7 min quarters with 5 mins for half time. All games same length including semis and final, mostly on centre court, i.e. court 2.
Killester V University of Chicago:
Both Killester Men and Women Superleagues teams will face up to The University of Chicago at St Fintans gyn Sutton Dublin on September 18th next.The Ladies play the opening game at 7.p.m. with the Mens game at 8.45 p.m.
National League Fixtures 2012-13
The 2012-13 National League Basketball fixtures have been announced.
In the Nivea For Men's SuperLeague, newcomers Dublin Inter, previously known as Ballon Basketball Club, will host last season's beaten finalists DCU Saints in the opening game of the season at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on Friday, September 28th.
Reigning champions UL Eagles face a tricky opening encounter away to Neptune, while Moycullen and Killester take on UCC Demons and UCD Marian respectively.
In the Nivea Women's SuperLeague, which starts on the weekend of October 6th, champions UL, who went the entire of last season unbeaten, welcome Killester to the UL Arena and beaten finalists Team Montenotte Hotel have a date with Meteors.
DCU Mercy make the trip to Ulster Rockets and WIT Wildcats face Liffey Celtics.
In Division One, it promises to be a memorable campaign with a number of new additions set to participate.
Donegal Town will now have a team in the Men's Division One campaign as well as their senior ladies participating in the women's equivalent. Dublin Thunder, who claimed the Men's Senior Cup crown last January, will also make their debut along with newcomers Cork's Fr Mathews.
Templeogue, who have built on their success at underage level, are also set for Division One, while Ulster Elks, who ended their stint in the Nivea For Men's SuperLeague at the end of the 2010-11 season, also return to the second tier of Irish basketball. As well as making the step up to the SuperLeague, Ballon will also feature a side in Division One competition.
In Basketball Ireland's Women's Division One campaign, Laois will be represented by Portlaoise Panthers, while Oblate Dynamos will be hoping the experience gained from playing in the Nivea Women's SuperLeague will stand to them when they get ready for action in October.
From BasketballIreland .... 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.
Ian O'Leary agreed terms with Fuenlabrada - 12 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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