This weekend marked the beginning of the 2012-13 National League season. Reigning champions, UL Eagles, returned home with an impressive victory against Cork side Bord Gais Neptune while Killester came out on top after they clinched a close win at home to Dublin rivals UCD Marian.
UCC Demons beat a resilient Moycullen in Galway as Nivea For Mens SuperLeague newcomers, Dublin Inter, claimed their first win against last years beaten finalists, DCU Saints, in the National Basketball Arena.
Reigning Nivea For Mens SuperLeague champions, UL Eagles, came back from a 13 point deficit at half time to win with a buzzer beater over Bord Gais Neptune on a score line of 72-74.
Although the game had an exciting finish, UL Eagles started the game very sluggish. The second quarter seemed the most difficult for them as they struggled to close the gap with the cork team. Speaking about the game, Head Coach, Mark Keenan admitted, We made life difficult for ourselves and did not play well in the first half, we lacked composure. Keenan continued, During half-time we got it together and started the second half with determination. At one stage we went from being 13 points down to 9 points ahead. The guys put in great work to get back in the game. Unfortunately, we didnt maintain this lead by missing free throws that we should have put away. The game came down to the last possession and Taylor hit the shot on the buzzer. We were lucky. Although the Limerick side came away victorious Keenan declared, I am happy with the win and leaving Cork with two points but I am not happy with our overall performance.
Dublin Northsiders Killester fought hard for their 62-59 victory in their Dublin derby with UCD Marian.
Feeling slightly underhanded without the help of star player Jermaine Turner, Head Coach, Darren ONeill was delighted with his teams win, Its always nice to start the season off with a win. It was a tense affair from the jump and with the first quarter ending 11 a piece it wasnt necessarily great basketball. ONeill continued, Our defense was superb though! Down the stretch it came to us forcing turnovers which then gave us an open run for some easy baskets. Chubb was outstanding for us finishing up with 20 points but we grinded it out until the very end. UCC Demons enjoyed a win on the road against Moycullen as the game finished 80-72.
UCC Demons Head Coach, Paul Kelleher, played tribute to the Galway side as he expressed just how difficult it is to come out of their gym with a win, Galway is always a tough place for us to go. From our last three encounters there we have only won by a collective 9 points. They are always close games. Kelleher added, To win by 8 was definitely our best results against Moycullen. Sullivan and Nihill caused us a lot of trouble but Coughlan and OSullivan stepped up and made some great decisions when we needed smart play. Our win was a character victory for us and everyone played their part, it was a team effort.
Dublin Inter were keen to send out a serious signal to the rest of the league with their impressive 82-67 win over DCU Saints.
We are delighted with our first win in the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague, a first in the history of our club! said Head Coach, Audrius Jonusas. He continued to express how important the win was for his side, This win was fantastic for our team and management but also for the future of the club. Speaking about the game Jonusas said, The first half was very tough but once we slipped into a zone defense it worked well. Tamusauskad played a great game for us but everyone on the team played their part. I hope this result will send a message to the league that we are serious contenders this season!
BASKETBALL IRELAND WEEKLY RESULTS
Friday September 28th 2012
Nivea for Mens SuperLeague
Dublin Inter 82 (37) (M Tamusauskad 26; A Statkus 16; M Cepliauskas 13) DCU Saints 67 (31) (P Clover 14; E Quill 13; M Chubb 10)
Killester 62 (27) (E. Chubb 20; M. Westbrooks 13; L.Summers 8) UCD Marian 59 (30) (J. Galvin 26; C. Meany 9; B. Drumm 6)
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One
Brittons Insurance Donegal Town 58 (26) (D. Muldoon 13; R. Muldoon 13; W. Timoney 13) Dublin Thunder 103 (52) (M. Goj 35; E. Jankech 16; D. McGovern 15)
Fr Matthews 45 (22) (E. O'Callaghan 11; M. Bruseovs 11; D. Vucen 8) Maree 62 (25) (K. Hansberry 18; J. Brophy 10; C. O'Hagan 10)
Templeogue 64 (22) (P. Taylor 16; S. Homan 9; T. Swiatowy 9) Ulster Elks 78 (47) (P. McGaharan 22; M. McDonald 22; C. Johnson 18)
Team Left Bank Kilkenny 50 (25) (E. Walsh 12; P. Brennan 12; J. O'Keeffe 10) Blue Demons 63 (34) (S. McCarty 21; K. Hosford 14; T. O'Halloran 11)
Team Garveys St Marys 79 (34) (A. Fitzgerald 20; D. Wall 17; D. Griffin 10) MOF Chemists Titans 61 (36) (T. Fabriciuss 15; P. Peldzius 15; G. Sedebskis 9)
Sunday September 30th 2012
Nivea for Mens SuperLeague
Bord Gais Neptune 72 (41) (D. Townes 29; M. McGinn 12; M. Rodak 10) UL Eagles 74 (28) (E. Quigley 18; J. Killeen 10; S. Kinevane 10)
BASKETBALL IRELAND UPCOMING FIXTURES
Saturday October 6th 2012
Nivea For Mens Superleague DCU Saints v Moycullen, DCU Sports Complex, 19:00; UCD Marian v Bord Gais Neptune, UCD Sports Complex, 19:10; UL Eagles v Killester, UL Arena, 19:30
Basketball Ireland Mens Division One Maree v Donegal Town, Calasanctius College, 17:00; Matt OFlahertys Chemists Titans v Templeogue, Renmore Community Centre, 19:00; Dublin Thunder v Team Left Bank Kilkenny, OCarroll Arena, 20:00
Sunday October 7th 2012
Nivea For Mens Superleague UCC Demons v Dublin Inter, Mardyke Arena, 15:30
Basketball Ireland Mens Division One Blue Demons v Ballon, Mardyke Arena, 13:00; Team Left Bank Kilkenny v Fr. Mathews, Watershed Sports Centre, 15:30
Aer Lingus provides special airfares for guests attending the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic Mar 3, 2017, 12:00 PM | VICTORY SCHOLARS Jericho, New York, March 3, 2017 -- Aer Lingus, Irelands only 4 Star airline, has today announced special airfares for those traveling to the Emerald Isle for The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, a college basketball tournament held in conjunction with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Sport Chang... [read more]
Aer Lingus provides special airfares for guests attending the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic Mar 3, 2017, 12:00 PM | VICTORY SCHOLARS
Jericho, New York, March 3, 2017 -- Aer Lingus, Irelands only 4 Star airline, has today announced special airfares for those traveling to the Emerald Isle for The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, a college basketball tournament held in conjunction with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Sport Changes Life, Rory McIllroys Foundation, the Rory Foundation, and The SSE Arena, Belfast. The tournament, which will take place on December 1st and 2nd, will feature Holy Cross vs. Manhattan College and La Salle University vs. Towson University. As the official airline of the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, it's our privilege to not only fly the teams to the tournament, but also the loyal fans, who will travel across the Atlantic to show their support, said Jack Foley, Aer Lingus Executive Vice President, North America. We look forward to offering guests a warm welcome on board our flights. Special fares are available from across Aer Lingus East Coast transatlantic network of Boston (BOS); Hartford (BDL); New York (JFK and EWR), and Washington D.C. (IAD) for outbound travel to Ireland between November 17 and November 30, and return flights between December 3 and December 10, 2017. Roundtrip fares, inclusive of taxes and fees are as follows: From JFK, EWR, BDL $469* From BOS $479* From IAD $559* These fares are available exclusively through Aer Lingus Emerald Exclusives Desk, which operates Monday through Friday 9:30am 4:30 pm EST. They can be reached via telephone at 1-877-351-6665.
Killorglinhas won Cork Mens Basketball Board Boys U17 Billy Kelly Tournament after defeating Moycullen 53-52 in the final on 15-Apr-2017 in the Parochial Hall, Gurranabraher. Killorglinwere Pool 1 winners after the first day of the tournament. On the second day they defeated Templeogue and Blue Demons on the way to the final. Neptune was stopped byMoycullen at semi-final stage. It was a dramatic end of the final game of an excellent tournament having been down by two points with 10 secondsto play Killorglin tookthe win. From : www.corkbasketball.com
Congratulations toMoycullen BC on winning Boys U16A All Ireland Club Championship in Cork. Moycullen defeated Belfast Star 31-18 in the final game of the Championship on 23d of April 2017 in the Parochial Hall. Pool 3 winners Moycullen defeated Gneeveguilla in the first semi-final while Belfast were victorious over Corks Blue Demons. Blue Demons took the 3rd position in the overall ranking with Ballincollig taking the 5th. Well done to both Corks club. From : www.corkbasketball.com
Cork Celts last evening won The Cork County Basketball Board's Div 1 League Title for the second consecutive season Defeating Ballincollig.
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Donaghy the star as Tralee Warriors crowned Men's Champions Trophy champions - 25 days ago
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Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) was the star of the show in Letterkenny today as Tralee swooped home to glory and scooped the silverware in the final of the Basketball Ireland Men's Champions Trophy. It was a thrilling finale in Donegal as Donaghy drove down the court and laid the ball up in style to send another epic battle with Regular Season champions, Templeogue, to overtime (66-66). That last gasp bucket was just one story of many that can be told from today's game, with Jason Killeen (2... [read more]
Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) was the star of the show in Letterkenny today as Tralee swooped home to glory and scooped the silverware in the final of the Basketball Ireland Men's Champions Trophy. It was a thrilling finale in Donegal as Donaghy drove down the court and laid the ball up in style to send another epic battle with Regular Season champions, Templeogue, to overtime (66-66). That last gasp bucket was just one story of many that can be told from today's game, with Jason Killeen (211-C-85, college: Augusta) shining brightest for Templeogue in one of the closest Men's Super League clashes of the year. The story, however, lies with Tralee and the glory of their achievement and it is one that will be told for many years to come. From Donaghy to Trae Pemberton (193-G-92, college: Maryville, MO) - a guard who has dazzled for the Kingdom throughout the season - to Goran Pantovic (208-F-91, college: Drexel), the team worked as a unit throughout and managed to hold on in the dying seconds to add another page to the history books. It was Pemberton who stepped up to the mark with 7.8 seconds on the clock in overtime as they trailed Templeogue 73-70 and as hearts dropped around the court when his first effort did not find the mark, Donaghy was on hand for the offensive rebound to feed Pemberton once more and he made no mistake second time of asking to tie it yet again, 73-73. With double overtime looming, Donaghy had the final say of the game, adding a free throw in the dying seconds and it was with bated breath for all of Kerry as they watched the clock tick down in agonizing fashion. Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie
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