UL Eagles soared to the top of the Nivea for Mens Superleague table at the weekend with a comprehensive 84 to 59 win over old rivals Killester in Limerick.
They were quickly joined at the top by UCC Demons who overcame a depleted Dublin Inter side in Cork while there were also wins for UCD Marian, who scraped by a resilient Bord Gais Neptune outfit and DCU Saints who returned to winning ways with a good victory over Moycullen.
Speaking after the Killester Eagles game Saturday night, UL head coach Mark Keenan found it difficult to criticise any part of his teams performance in what turned out to be a resounding win.
We won all the battles really. It was a dominant performance. We got off to a great start and that set the mindset for the rest of the game. We blew the game open early and never really looked back, said Keenan.
The performance was much needed by Eagles, who despite winning the double last season, struggled in the early stages of that campaign. With the new league format this season abolishing playoffs, Eagles can ill-afford another poor pre-Christmas run of form.
A win such as Saturday night's over perennial contenders Killester should do a lot to raise the confidence in the defending champions camps following a shaky performance in the opener the week before where they were forced to overturn a big deficit to beat Bord Gais Neptune with a last second shot.
Unfortunately for Neptune, they were on the wrong side of another tight one Saturday night again, losing in a close affair away from home against UCD Marian. Tight throughout, Marian were able to find their shooting form when it mattered most to pull away by six points in the end, winning 70 to 64.
I thought we deserved to win the game. It was the second game in a row that we have played good defence and that is what I want this team to be based on, said Marian head coach Sasa Punosevac.
We didnt score a lot outside in the first half but in the final quarter we started to make some shots and that turned the game for us.
Meanwhile DCU Saints avoided a second surprise defeat in as many weeks by overturning a half time deficit at home against Moycullen to win comfortably 81 60.
Buoyed by the return of influential centre Martins Provisors, who missed week one with a broken cheekbone, Saints clamped down on Moycullen's early rhythm as the game entered the latter stages.
We took over in the second half. Moycullen played well in the first and caught us with a number of three pointers in transition as well as punishing us whenever we stuck a hand in, remarked Saints head coach Dave Donnelly.
At the break we stressed just honest defence and knuckled down. Martins back was a big factor and Mike Trimmer had a lot of success posting up for us.
A veteran of many campaigns, Trimmer managed to finish as top scorer with 18 points despite coming off the bench while fellow seasoned campaigner Pat Glover chipped in with 14.
Sundays sole game in the Nivea for Mens Superleague turned out to be somewhat less dramatic than many would have hoped as UCC Demons showed their class to clinically dispose of an under-strength Dublin Inter team 102 to 70.
After the game, Demons head coach Paul Kelleher praised his sides team work and ability to share to ball. Our decision making was very sharp and even though we started slow, when we did get going we punished them for not punishing us early on when they had their chances.
Nivea For Men's SuperLeague Results Saturday October 6th
DCU Saints 81, Moycullen 60;
UCD Marian 70, Bord Gais Neptune 64;
UL Eagles 84, Killester 59;
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One Results Saturday October 6th
Maree 111, Donegal Town 63;
MOF Chemists Titans 59, Templeogue 69;
Dublin Thunder 58, Team Left Bank Kilkenny 18;
Nivea For Men's SuperLeague Results Sunday October 7th
UCC Demons 102, Dublin Inter 70;
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One Results Sunday October 7th
Blue Demons 90, Ballon BC 65;
Team Left Bank Kilkenny 55, Fr Matthews 47
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The Demons / Ballon game was essentially a one sided affair throughout in demons favour essentially with the quicker style of play adopted by demons being the difference.Ballon missing 2 regular starters however may prove a different proposition next time round.Carlton Cuffe returning to Demons this season brings in more firepower and solid defence.New to demons this season is the advantage players can have from being together since last season.New import player Graham proved successful in adapting his game to his new team though will need to step up when games become more difficult and he will be relied upon to score even more and rebound effectively as well.Graham,s minutes were somewhat restricted today a strategy coach Kelleher will need to be careful with in the future given players can get "cold" on the bench.Niall O Reilly,s shooting touch today was superb and he must surely be asked to be included in the upcoming International against England.For Ballon a difference in styles meant some difficulty offensively where putting the ball on the floor with the intention of a dribble drive to the basket and a subsequent "dish" to a teamate for a shot proved innefective with turnovers occurring as an outcome as the demons players are anticipating and saying to themselves "hey this guy,s not really a scoring threat in the way we are used to from regularly styled players".the more regular european competitions have this as a base strategy and often have guys acting as spot up shooters to capitalise on the penetration to the paing.Ballon today however failed to connect on enough of the shots this penetrate and dish strategy produced something which if the team works on effectively can be very productive. Aurimas Statkus (201-F/C-81)
Basketball Ireland Men's Super League It was a big weekend for Mark Ingle's charges this weekend as KUBS secured a big win over Pyrobel Killester on Thursday evening and ran League leaders Templeogue very close (losing out 71-76 at the end of a nail-biter) on Sunday. Speaking about the win over Killester, Ingle said: 'It was a great win and good for the lads. They've been working hard all year and staying in with the better teams - we're hanging in and getting better every week.'
Elsewhere, UCD Marian maintained their impressive form winning 64-76 against Killester on Saturday, while DCU Saints had to settle for second best against a dominant Griffith Swords Thunder. Garvey's Tralee Warriors secured another good win on the road, overcoming Commercial.ie Eanna by 21 points, while SSE Airtricity Moycllen had 15 to spare over Belfast Star, and UCC Demons romped home to victory against Radisson Blu UL Eagles.
Pyrobel Killester 74-76 KUBS Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Jermaine Turner 18, Cian Nihill 17, Paddy Sullivan 13 Top scorers KUBS: Corbin Jackson 25, Brian Edwards 16, Conor James 10 Half time score: Pyrobel Killester 37-34 KUBS
Commercial.ie Eanna 68-89 Garvey's Tralee Warriors Top scorers Commercial.ie Eanna: Jonathan Riles 20, Aidan Dunne 14, Neil Lynch 8 Top scorers Garvey's Tralee Warriors: Kieran Donaghy 23, Fergal O Sullivan 21, Goran Pantovic 16 Half time score: Commercial.ie Eanna 24-52 Garvey's Tralee Warriors
DCU Saints 69-85 Griffith Swords Thunder Top scorers DCU Saints: Eoin Darling 25, Martins Provizors 15, Archie Macarenko 8 Top scorers Griffith Swords Thunder: Alex Dolenko 21, Conroy Baltimore 20, Isaac Westbrooks 12 Half time score: DCU Saints 32-48 Griffith Swords Thunder
Belfast Star 60-75 SSE Airtricity Moycullen Top scorers Belfast Star: Keelan Cairns 19, Paddy McGaharan 15, Fearghal Toner 7 Top scorers SSE Airtricity Moycullen: Dylan Cunningham 26, Paul Freeman 20, Patrick Lyons Half time score: Belfast Star 36-50 SSE Airtricity Moycullen
Pyrobel Killester 64-76 UCD Marian Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Jermaine Turner 16, Cian Nihill 13, Ciaran Roe 10 Top scorers UCD Marian: Anthony Silvestri 14, Dustan Moreira 13, Mike Garrow 11 Half time score: Pyrobel Killester 31-46 UCD Marian
UCC Demons 93-71 Radisson Blu UL Eagles Top scorers UCC Demons: Adrian O Sullivan 30, Jacob Lawson 12, Ronan O Sullivan 11 Top scorers Radisson Blu UL Eagles: Ryan Wilson 25, Patrick McCarthy 13, Eoin Quigley 13 Half time score: UCC Demons 49-30 Radisson Blu UL Eagles
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One Maree 109-98 BFG Neptune Top scorers Maree: Paulius Peldzius 26, Kenneth Hansberry 23, Eoin Rockall 19 Top scorers BFG Neptune: Tanner Brooks 27, Sean Jenkins 25, Gary Walsh 12, David Murray 12 Half time score: Maree 62-50 BFG Neptune
Titans 80-65 ITC Basketball Top scorers Titans: Toms Fabriciuss 23, Gene Williams 17, Kelvin Atu 14 Top scorers ITC Basketball: Mike Klinger 21, Jimmy Ward 11, Ronan Williams 11 Half time score: Titans 40-40 ITC Basketball
LYIT Donegal 88-82 Kestrels Top scorers LYIT Donegal: Jordan McClelland 21, Jack Mackey 21, Mark Cannon 12 Top scorers Kestrels: Christopher Teasley 31, Dan Debosz 21, Dainius Stankevicius 15 Half time score: LYIT Donegal 43-41 Kestrels
Ej Sligo All Stars 71-67 Team Kilkenny Top scorers Ej Sligo All Stars: Tobi Brockmann 15, Kaylim Noel 14, Philip Hamilton 12, Oisin O Reilly 12 Top scorers Team Kilkenny: Lukas Szulc 23, James Butler 19, Ryan Pepper 9 Half time score: Ej Sligo All Stars 32-31 Team Kilkenny
Ulster University Elks 84-73 Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Top scorers Ulster University Elks: Ryan Oliver 23, Darius Surginas 16, E Cernevicius 14, Will Koppenhaver 10 Top scorers Keane's SuperValu Killorglin: Garny Garcia 21, Ian McLoughlin 17, Seamus Brosnan 13 Half time score: Ulster University Elks 52-39 Keane's SuperValu Killorglin
Dublin Lions 66-70 Fr Mathews Top scorers Dublin Lions: Chris McNairney 14, Tomasz Swiatowy 11, Kevin Anyanwu 10 Top scorers Fr Mathews: Donal McCarthy 17, Owen Connolly 17, Daragh Fleming 11 Half time score: Dublin Lions 31-35 Fr Mathews
From : www.basketballireland.ie The Emmet Neville under 14 Memorial Tournament will be hosted by Neptune at The Neptune stadium on March 18th next with some places for teams still open.Contact Neptune Basketball club at +353 21 439 5873. From : https://www.facebook.com/neptune.bc?hc_ref=SEARCH
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Best players of Irish Super League round 18 - 2 days ago
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American Mike Garrow (193-G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for UCD Marian and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 18 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team crushed DCU Saints (#8, 6-11) with 21-point margin 88-67. UCD Marian maintains the 3rd position in Irish Super League. They are still close to the very top. UCD Marian would have been even better if they kept winning... [read more]
American Mike Garrow (193-G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for UCD Marian and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18. The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 18 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team crushed DCU Saints (#8, 6-11) with 21-point margin 88-67. UCD Marian maintains the 3rd position in Irish Super League. They are still close to the very top. UCD Marian would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 14-3 record. In the team's last game Garrow had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be UCD Marian's top player in his first season with the team. Eastern Connecticut State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Garrow is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 15.4rpg) and averages solid 1.9bpg,5.9spg,57.3% FGP and 54.5% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old international point guard Stephen James (182-PG-92) of league's best team Templeogue. James impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 14 points and 10 assists. Of course he led Templeogue to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Belfast Star (#9, 5-12) 106-78. This victory allowed Templeogue to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team belongs to top of the standings with 15-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. James is one of the most experienced players at Templeogue and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was another Templeogue's star - Grenadian forward Michael Bonaparte (196-F-82). Bonaparte scored 23 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Templeogue, helping his team with a 106-78 easy win against the lower-ranked Belfast Star (#9, 5-12). Many experts and fans count Templeogue as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 15 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Bonaparte has a great season in Ireland. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.3ppg (7th best) and assists with 5.9apg (6th best). He also has FGP: 55.7% and 3PT: 44.7%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Trae Pemberton (193-G-92) of Tralee - 35 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Oleksandr Dolenko (191-PG-90) of Swords Thunder - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists 6. Nathaniel Musters (208-C-93) of Eanna - 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Isaac Westbrooks (189-PG-85) of Swords Thunder - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists 8. Dustan Moreira (202-F-89) of UCD Marian - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Patrick Lyons (187-F-95) of Moycullen - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists 10. Barry Drumm (186-G-87) of UCD Marian - 19 points and 6 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
PREVIEW: We look ahead to this weekend's games THE countdown to the end of the season is officially on as, with just five rounds left for most of the teams in the Men's Super League, attention is now firmly focused on table standings. The pressure is on table toppers Templeogue at the moment to keep their first place position intact as Griffith Swords Thunder snap firmly at their heels and, with a number of big games ahead for both teams, neither can afford even the slightest slip up wi... [read more]
PREVIEW: We look ahead to this weekend's games
THE countdown to the end of the season is officially on as, with just five rounds left for most of the teams in the Men's Super League, attention is now firmly focused on table standings. The pressure is on table toppers Templeogue at the moment to keep their first place position intact as Griffith Swords Thunder snap firmly at their heels and, with a number of big games ahead for both teams, neither can afford even the slightest slip up with UCD Marian, Garvey's Tralee Warriors and Pyrobel Killester all waiting ready to pounce. Templeogue have a game in hand on Swords, and will be hoping that they can keep their lead intact as they face off to KUBS this coming weekend, while Swords take a short trip down the road to DCU Saints for their clash on Saturday evening. Templeogue have the advantage in the head-to-head with their nearest rivals, having overcome them 78-71 in their Super League clash back in December - just two weeks after Swords got the better of them in the Cup - and there's no doubt that there will be a packed hall for when these two sides meet again in the final game of the league in the ALSAA on March 18th. Elsewhere, Pyrobel Killester will be regrouping after their loss against fourth place Garvey's Tralee Warriors down in Kerry on Saturday evening, and they will be hoping that this weekend's double header of games for them will see them earn some crucial points. They welcome KUBS to the IWA in Clontarf this evening (Thursday) before taking on second place UCD Marian on Saturday. Commercial.ie Eanna meanwhile are in good form off the back of their win over Radisson Blu UL Eagles last weekend in what was a crucial tie for both teams as they attempt to stave off the threat of relegation. That win marked Eanna's fourth of the season, but they have a tough task ahead of them this coming Saturday as they face Garvey's Tralee Warriors in Colaiste Eanna. Belfast Star meanwhile will be licking their wounds after a double whammy of losses last weekend, which saw them take on the top two sides in the League - Swords and Templeogue - in the space of 48 hours, and come out the wrong side of each of those results. They welcome SSE Airtricity Moycullen to Belfast this weekend in a game that's set to be a cracker, as the last time these two sides met in both the Cup and the League, there was just the smallest of margins between them. UCC Demons will be hoping to bounce back after their crushing two-point defeat to Moycullen last Saturday in Galway meanwhile when they welcome bottom of the table Radisson Blu UL Eagles to the Mardyke on Sunday in a game that UL will be hoping to take the spoils from. The Women's Super League is even harder to predict, with the balance of power between second, third and fourth position changing week on week. League leaders, Ambassador UCC Glanmire suffered their second loss of the season last weekend against Courtyard Liffey Celtics, who revelled in avenging their Cup final loss in January. While this defeat for Glanmire was not enough to knock them off the top of the table, the win for Liffey Celtics was enough to send them to second place to change the League standings yet again. Pyrobel Killester meanwhile sit in fourth place after a win over Meteors last Saturday, and will be hoping to shake things up even more when they welcome Liffey Celtics to Clontarf this weekend in what is set to be a very closely-contested affair. Elsewhere, Portlaoise Panthers will be hoping to continue on from their win over Wildcats last Saturday when they welcome bottom of the table Meteors, while NUIG Mystics will need to bounce back well from their loss against Brunell in Cork last weekend as they play DCU Mercy. It's an all-Cork affair on Sunday as Ambassador UCC Glanmire face Singleton SuperValu Brunell at the Mardyke Arena while Maxol WIT Wildcats have a bye this weekend, but will be watching proceedings closely. There are some big clashes in the Men's and Women's Division One this weekend with Galway side Maree welcoming BFG Neptune to Oranmore on Saturday evening. Both teams come into this game with just one loss each (Maree to Ulster University Elks and BFG Neptune to Keane's SuperValu Killorglin). A win here for either side will put them in prime position going into the business end of the season. Another big game sees Ulster University Elks take on Keane's Supervalu Killorglin on Sunday afternoon, while in the Women's Division One, all eyes will be on Belfast as Ulster Rockets take on Marble City Hawks in a repeat of a thrilling Hula Hoops Senior Women's Cup final which saw Rockets win in overtime by just one point. Rockets need a win here in order to keep their hopes of topping the League alive as they face league leaders and unbeaten ITC Basketball next weekend, while Marble City Hawks will be hoping to avenge their Cup loss and claim a vital win over the Ulster side.
Basketball Ireland Fixtures February 16-19th
Thursday 16th February 2017 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Pyrobel Killester v KUBS BC, IWA-Clontarf, 20:00;
Saturday 18th February 2017 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Commercial.ie Eanna v Garvey's Tralee Warriors, Colaiste Eanna, 18:00; DCU Saints v Griffith Swords Thunder, DCU Complex, 19:00; Belfast Star v SSE Airtricity Moycullen, Methodist College, 19:00; Pyrobel Killester v UCD Marian, IWA-Clontarf, 20:00;
Basketball Ireland Women's Super League: NUIG Mystics v DCU Mercy, NUIG Galway, 15:00; Pyrobel Killester v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, IWA-Clontarf, 18:00; Portlaoise Panthers v Meteors, St Mary's, 19:00;
Basketball Ireland Men's Division 1: LYIT Donegal v Kestrels, LYIT, 16:00; Maree v BFG Neptune, Calsanctius College, 17:00; Titans v ITC Basketball, Colaiste Iognaid, 18:00; EJ Sligo All-Stars v Team Kilkenny, Mercy College, 19:30;
Basketball Ireland Women's Division 1: Ulster Rockets v Marble City Hawks, Methodist College, 16:30; Oblate Dynamos v Fr Mathews, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 19:30;
Sunday 19th February 2017 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: UCC Demons v Radisson Blu UL Eagles, Mardyke Arena-Cork, 15:00; KUBS BC v Templeogue, Carroll Arena, 16:00;
Basketball Ireland Women's Super League: Ambassador UCC Glanmire v Singleton SuperValu Brunell, Mardyke Arena-Cork, 13:00;
Basketball Ireland Men's Division 1: Dublin Lions v Fr Mathews, Colaiste Bride, 14:00; Ulster University Elks v Keane's Supervalu Killorglin, UUJ, 15:00;
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