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
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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