As the fourth week of the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague kicks off, the first game on the agenda will see Dublin Inter welcome Killester to the National Basketball Arena on Friday night.
Coming off the back of two tough defeats, Dublin Inter Head Coach, Audrius Jonusas, is looking forward to the support of their home crowd. We are excited for what should be a great encounter. It has been difficult to come away from the last two games unsuccessful but we are looking forward to proving that we can compete in the SuperLeague.
Jonusas continued, At the moment we are just training once a week due to players working commitments and travel. I have respect for all of the teams we compete against but we are looking for a win this weekend to get us back on track.
Killester also suffered a disappointing result last weekend when they fell at home to northside rivals DCU Saints.
Speaking about the result Darren ONeill Head Coach of Killester admitted, It was a tough loss last weekend. In the third quarter we only managed to score 4 points which just wasnt enough. We feel slightly undermanned without the aid of Jermaine Turner so we need to play hard this weekend and come out strong to get the win.
However, ONeill is confident in his side saying, On our night we are as good as anyone.
Saturday evening will see Moycullen take on Bord Gais Neptune in NUIG Kingfisher. This game will also see two teams that suffered downfalls last weekend meet, so all is to play for.
Moycullen Head Coach, Salva Camps welcomes the home fixture for his young side, With this weekends game at home we need to use that to our advantage and hopefully play well for our dedicated home crowd.
Camps paid credit to Bord Gais Neptunes experience and strong inside game but is confident that the encounter will be an exciting one as they enter the game with a full squad.
Likewise Bord Gais Neptune will be eager to return to the league this week in full force as they missed out on a win last weekend when they were beaten by two points by Cork rivals UCC Demons.
Speaking about his team, Head Coach Mark Scannell said, Its been a hard few weeks for us having lost three very close games that could have gone either way. Were getting their though and preparing well for this weekends game.
Scannell admitted, Moycullen is not an easy place to win and we know that first hand from our encounter their last season. Both teams are looking for their first win of the season so we have to put it all out there.
Local bragging rights are up for grabs in DCU Sports Complex on Saturday night as DCU Saints take on UCD Marian. Both teams are coming into the game off a successful weekend so will look to maintain their winning ways.
DCU Saints Head Coach, David Donnelly is looking forward to the clash, Our game against UCD Marian will be an exciting one for us. We are both levelled with two wins and one loss so it will be a tough game. They play a very high intensive defensive game and we need to prepare for that.
Donnelly continued, I am happy with our performance last weekend, we are getting better each week but know that if we are to win this weekend we need to play hard.
UCD Marian Head Coach, Sasa Punosevac echoed Donnellys views, Both teams are playing very similar basketball this season so the game will be an interesting one. Our defensive game is aggressive and offensively our inside players are scoring great numbers for us.
Punosevac admired DCU Saints and their coaching staff, I have full respect for Donnelly and what he achieved last season, DCU have two dominate foreign players but their Irish guards are also very experienced. It should be an interesting game!
In Limerick, UL Eagles will face UCC Demons as both teams go into the game undefeated after 3 rounds of the league. The Eagles and Demons rivalry has seen a number of great games in recent years and Saturday should add another entry to that list. And, whilst it is early days in a long league campaign only one team can remain undefeated after this game.
Head Coach of UL Eagles Mark Keenan said, This is the type of game you look forward to in basketball with both teams keen to preserve their winning run. Naturally I want UL Eagles to win and I believe we can do that provided we bring our top game with us on the night.
Keenan continued, Both teams will unsurprisingly enter the top of the table game with confidence, hopefully there will be a great crowd there from both side to witness this battle!
Paul Kelleher Head Coach of UCC Demons is looking forward to the task at hand, UL are huge inside so we will need to maintain a strong fixture on both defence and offense. We are in good form and so are they but we will need to be at our best defensively to put a stop to them. That will in turn give us the confidence on the other end of the floor offensively.
Friday October 19th Nivea For Men's Superleague Dublin Inter v Killester, National Basketball Arena, 19:45
Saturday October 20th Nivea For Men's Superleague Moycullen v Bord Gais Neptune, NUI Galway, 15:45 DCU Saints v UCD Marian, DCU Complex, 19:00 UL Eagles v UCC Demons, UL Arena, 19:30
Mens Senior National Cup Neptune v Ulster Elks, Neptune Stadium, 17:15
U20 Mens National Cup Kubs v UCC Demons, Carrolls Arena, 19:30 St. Brendans v Maree, Mercy Mounthawk, 19:30
Mens Senior National Cup Blue Demons v Ballon BC, Mardyke, 15:15
U20 Mens National Cup Neptune v Fr. Mathews, Neptune Stadium, 14:00 Courtesy Elaine Caffery ....www.basketballireland.ie ....................................................................................................................................................... With round 4 of the men,s superleague scheduled for this weekend a point of note to date is the apparent lack of progress in terms of a return to 2 Americans per superleague team as was spotlighted in the media here a few months ago http://www.irishexaminer.com/archives/2012/0602/sport/plans-afoot-for-return-of-two-americans-on-court-196111.html .The critical issue in terms of growing the game here is an improvement in the product and to do this effectively a return to 2 americans is a must on the to do list.with the amount of talented wannabee pro players looking for an opportunity any opportunity to get a foot in the door of the pro ladder and launch themselves it,s not rocket science to put things together and facilitate this move given we are dealing with 8 teams and not 28 though for an effective strategy the principals should be the same.The emerging pattern regarding contenders even at this early stage already Last years Superleague and cup double winners U.L. Lions together with Cork,s U.C.C. Blue Demons are 3 for 3 each and likely to provide the most entertaining and competitive game at U.L. tomorrow evening with U.L. on their form of last season and with the home advantage the more likely team to secure the league points.Crucial here will though be the defensive assignments with both Killeen and Taylor capable of guarding Demon,s Graham probably equally though to spread any foul difficulties U.L. would do well to allow themselves to swith defensive assignments on Graham as both players can get into difficulty with fouls without adequate defensive pressure and help approach.Carlton cuffe now too back from U.L. with Demons with whom he played all his youth level basketball will be very familiar with U.L.,s team unit and it can give him an edge towards matching his high points tally against Neptune at the stadium last Friday night.the major difficulty for Demons can possibly be being competitive on the boards to keep U.L.from getting their running game going and also to limit killeen to as few put backs at the other end as possible.Demons will need a legetimate perimeter scoring game going to have Graham be effective with his inside game and to this end Niall O Reilly will need to up his percentage a degree or two to return to that of the level he achieved against Dublin inter a couple of weeks ago.Momentum critical to success in this now revised league top finishers implies league winners is the reward for which ever team comes out on top here saturday night.The Neptune / Moycullen game will probably give Neptune it,s first points this season given the narrow loss margins conceded to date in the 3 opening games and the fact the team will have learned to better conserve the energy levels of the more mature players,this said though not having a deep bench with experience may be difficult against a moycullen team capable of making capital of any team,s shortcomings with their scoring power.My guess here again is Neptune to win though by a very small margin.The Killester / Dublin Inter game given both teams performances to date also looks to be a very close affair and get,s underway tonight at the Tallagh Arena a venue which effectively will give Inter little home advantage though looking at them recently playing Demons they do have enough talent to compete to win if they can be more productive with their perimeter shooting.The biggest issue for Inter is availability of the panel of players for game nights.Killester for their part will be very hungry for points at this stage in an effort to remain in contention even again at this early stage of competition.This weekend,s final matchup is between DCU Saints and UCD Marian also tomorrow night and the outcome will decide possibly a further evening off of the individual teams positioning in the points ladder with one team closing in on the top and one team drifting a little but not too far.i expect a low scoring dogfight affair both teams focusing on defence and again very little between the teams by the time the final whistle is blown. John Galvin (203-F-88, college: Fair Dickinson)
National League Gamezone: October 15th - 16th Oct 13,2016 Saturday 15th October 2016 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Belfast Star 60,Pyrobel Killester 77; Irish TV Tralee Warriors 85,SSE Airtricity Moycullen 69 Commercial.ie Eanna 77,DCU Saints 73 Hula Hoops U20 Men's National Cup Killester 62,KUBS BC 120;Dublin Lions 67,St Vincent's 2,53 Sunday 16th October 2016 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Griffith Swords Thunder 88-51UL Eagles; KUBS BC 74-77UCC Demons; Temple... [read more]
National League Gamezone: October 15th - 16th Oct 13,2016 Saturday 15th October 2016 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Belfast Star 60,Pyrobel Killester 77;
Irish TV Tralee Warriors 85,SSE Airtricity Moycullen 69
Commercial.ie Eanna 77,DCU Saints 73
Hula Hoops U20 Men's National Cup Killester 62,KUBS BC 120;Dublin Lions 67,St Vincent's 2,53
Sunday 16th October 2016
Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Griffith Swords Thunder 88-51UL Eagles;
KUBS BC 74-77UCC Demons;
Templeogue 89-80 UCD Marian
Hula Hoops U20 Men's National Cup Moycullen BC v Sligo All-Stars, The Jes, Galway, 13.30 Kildare Gliders v Queens BC, St Conleth's, Newbridge, 14.00 St Vincent's 1 v Drogheda Bullets, St Vincent's SS, Glasnevin 14.30 Tralee Imperials v Killorglin CYMS, Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee 15.30.
Detailed Results: Basketball Ireland Men's Super League Templeogue won the bragging rights in their top of the table clash with UCD Marian, as they overcame their close rivals 89-80 in the final game of the Men's Super Series weekend at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.
Bonapartetop scored for Templeogue in a game that was neck-in-neck throughout most of thesecond half.
Earlier on in the weekend, Commercial.ie Eanna secured their first win of the Men's Super League at the weekend as they overcame DCU Saints 77-73 in a nail-biter.
'We put a lot of work in during the week so we were more disciplined - that was the difference,' said a delighted Head Coach, Mick Thompson. 'We did what we had practised, and we're delighted. You can see how hard the lads are willing to work: it's just a matter of doing what we know we can do and hopefully get more results.'
Elsewhere, Pyrobel Killester overcame Belfast Star, Irish TV Tralee won out over SSE Airtricity Moycullen, Griffith Swords Thunder claimed victory against Radisson Blu UL Eagles while UCC Demons just had the edge on KUBS BC, 77-74, in an absolute thriller on Sunday afternoon.
Belfast Star 60-77 Pyrobel Killester Belfast Star Top Scorers: Keelan Cairns 17, Conor Johnston 13, Greg Womack 11 Pyrobel Killester Top Scorers: Jermaine Turner 19, Peder Madsen 11, Cian Nihill 9 Half time score: Belfast Star 26-36 Pyrobel Killester Irish TV Tralee Warriors 85-69SSE Airtricity Moycullen Top scorersIrish TV Tralee Warriors: Ryan Leonard 23, Dusan Bogdanovic 18, Trae Pemberton 17 Top scorers SSE Airtricity Moycullen: Phillip Lawrence-Ricks 26, Paddy Lyons 17, Dylan Cunningham 15 Half time score: Irish TV Tralee Warriors 45, SSE Airtricity Moycullen 34 Commercial.ie Eanna.ie 77, DCU Saints 73 Commercial.ie Eanna Top Scorers: Aidan Dunne 16, Nathaniel Musters 15, Neil Lynch 14 DCU Saints Top Scorers: Eoin Darling 23, Martins Provizors 19, Shane Davidson 8, Graham Brannelly 8 HT: Commercial.ie Eanna.ie 44, DCU Saints 31 Griffith Swords Thunder 88-53 Radisson Blu UL Eagles Top scorers Griffith Swords Thunder: Justin Goldsborough 16, Charlie Coombes 12, Alex Calvexe 12 Top scorers Radisson Blu UL Eagles: Zedric Sadler 21, Stephen King 14, Eoin Quigley 6 Half time score: Griffith Swords Thunder 42-24 Radisson Blu UL Eagles KUBS BC 74-77 UCC Demons Top scorers KUBS BC: Brian Edwards 27, Conor James 11, Kevin Foley 10 Top scorers UCC Demons: Kyle Hosford 20, Ciaran O Sullivan 14, Jacob Lawson 13 Half time score: KUBS BC 29 - UCC Demons 47 Templeogue 89-80 UCD Marian Top scorers Templeogue: Michael Bonaparte 25, Jason Killeen 14, Lorcan Murphy 13, Stephen James 13 Top scorers UCD Marian: Mike Garrow 22, Barry Drumm 13, Neil Baynes 12 Half time: Templeogue 43-31 UCD Marian
From : www.basketballireland.ie
The sports budget for 2017 (Ireland) has been cut by almost 30%, it was announced today (October 11th). Minister for Transport, Tourism and SportShane Rosssaw his department's budget increase by 72million but the allocation for sport went from 73.5m to 51.91m. Ross said that the decrease was due to the funds received last year for the constructionof the National Arena in Dublin. He said:'The only reason sports has gone down is the construction of the sports arena last year. It was a huge 22 million payment. 'I am happy we got a 4% increase in funding for my Department. It is well over the average.' Meanwhile, it was confirmed that horse racing is to receive an extra 4.8m, and there is also an increase for the Greyhound industry. Agriculture Minister Michael Creedsaid: 'A further 6 million has been allocated to the Horse & Greyhound Racing Fund, as per the Minister for Finance's commitment, and it will be divided 80-20 as usual between the two sports.' Details of another round of the Sports Capital Programme will be announced at a later date. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O'Donovan said: 'The capital allocation to Sport Ireland will provide for the continued development of the National Sports Campus at Abbotstown. 'This includes the completion of the National Indoor Arena and Office Accommodation.'
Countdown on to exciting weekend of Men's Super League This coming weekend, October 15th and 16th, is a weekend of basketball action you definitely don't want to miss. The countdown is officially on to the first Men'sSuper Seriesweekend of the 2016/17 season which will take place atthe National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on October 15th and 16th. The weekend is truly gearing up to be a superb showcase of basketball as all 12 of this year's Men's Super League teams make the trip to the... [read more]
Countdown on to exciting weekend of Men's Super League
This coming weekend, October 15th and 16th, is a weekend of basketball action you definitely don't want to miss. The countdown is officially on to the first Men'sSuper Seriesweekend of the 2016/17 season which will take place atthe National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on October 15th and 16th. The weekend is truly gearing up to be a superb showcase of basketball as all 12 of this year's Men's Super League teams make the trip to the national stadium for what will undoubtedly be a weekend not to be missed. Opening up the event will be Belfast Star and Pyrobel Killester who face off on the court at 2pm on Saturday, October 15th. Killester have just made their way on to the league table having overcome SSE Airtricity Moycullen at the weekend (83-74). They had lost their two opening games to Griffith Swords Thunder and Templeogue and a relieved Head Coach, Brian O'Malley was glad to get the win and finally be on the scoreboard. 'It's good to get on the board,' he said. 'It was a tough game, Moycullen really took us out of our comfort zone, it was a battle from start to finish. They are all hard wins, they are all hard games to get through. We're looking forward to Star now next weekend. They are always going to be a good team, they've good Irish players, Dan O'Neill is a very good coach so they are well drilled, they ran UCD really close up in Belfast on Saturday evening, they are probably unlucky as they have come out on the wrong side of a couple of very close games. We played them last year in the Cup and they turned us over in the Cup so we are under no illusions that it is going to be a tough game. We are going to work and improve on the errors we made last week and hopefully that'll be enough to get us across the line.' Meanwhile, Belfast Star are also having mixed fortunes in the League so far, having secured a hard-fought win against UL Eagles in the first game, but thenwent down againstnewcomers Irish TV Tralee Warriors and league leaders, UCD Marian at the weekend. They will be hoping to take home the win from their clash against Pyrobel Killester. Next up on Saturday, October 15th, will see Irish TV Tralee Warriors facing off against SSE Airtricity Moycullen at 4pm. Warriors have been enjoying their time in the Super League, securing a well-earned win over Belfast Star, and though they lost out to UCC Demons, went on to secure a 77-59 point win over KUBS BC at the weekend. SSE Airtricity Moycullenwill be hoping to get back to winning ways, having been defeated by DCU Saints and Pyrobel Killesterso far this season, with a win against KUBS BC their only one to date. Meanwhile, Commercial.ie Eanna and DCU Saints will round up the action on Day 1 of the Super Series weekend, when they go head-to-head at 6pm. With no win under their belt as of yet, Eanna will be hoping to get off the mark following defeats to UCD Marian, Griffith Swords Thunder and Templeogue. Saints have two wins from three so far, with wins over SSE Airtricity Moycullen and UL Eagles and will be hoping that this weekend's tie will bring home their third win of the season. Sunday, October 16th sees the action ramping up for a second day of theSuper Series, as Griffith Swords Thunder open proceedings when they take on UL Eagles at 2pm. Another interesting match-up, Thunder are going into this weekend's fixtures with two wins from three, having lost out to UCC Demons at the weekend. Eagles meanwhile have one win under their belts (against KUBS BC) and will be hoping to get back on track against Thunder this weekend. KUBS BC and UCC Demons are next into the arena for Game 2 at 4pm. KUBS BC are looking for their first win of the season, having suffered defeat at the hands of Irish TV Tralee Warriors, UL Eagles and SSE Airtricity Moycullen. Finally, the last game of the weekend will be one of the big highlights of the Super Series as it sees a top of the table clash between UCD Marian and Templeogue. Both teams are coming into the clash with three wins from three. UCD secured their wins against UCC Demons, Commercial.ie Eanna and Belfast Star, while Templeogue are coming in on the back of victories over Pyrobel Killester, DCU Saints and Commercial.ie Eanna. The two sides go head-to-head at 6pm in what will surely be a thrilling way to round up the action. This is certainly going to be super and a weekend of men's basketball not to be missed. Tickets priced at 5per day (under 16s go free) will be available on the door at the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght. Fixtures: Saturday, October 15th 2pmBelfast Star v Pyrobel Killester 4pm Irish TV Tralee Warriors v SSE Airtricity Moycullen 6pmCommercial.ie Eanna v DCU Saints
Sunday, October 16th 2pmGriffith Swords Thunder v UL Eagles 4pmKUBS BC v UCC Demons 6pm Templeogue BC v UCD Marian
Mihajlo Pesic (ex Apoel) signs at ALS Basket - 14 days ago
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NM1 newcomer Andrezieux Boutheon Loire Sud Basket landed experienced 35-year old Serbian-Irish power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-111kg-81). He played most recently at Apoel in Cypriot Division A, but left the team in Jan.'15. In 10 games he averaged 4.9ppg and 4.2rpg in 2014-15 season. Part of previous (2013-14) season Pesic spent at BC Apollon Limassol (also in Division A). He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was... [read more]
NM1 newcomer Andrezieux Boutheon Loire Sud Basket landed experienced 35-year old Serbian-Irish power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-111kg-81). He played most recently at Apoel in Cypriot Division A, but left the team in Jan.'15. In 10 games he averaged 4.9ppg and 4.2rpg in 2014-15 season. Part of previous (2013-14) season Pesic spent at BC Apollon Limassol (also in Division A). He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 3rd Team. Pesic also spent pre-season at Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol (also in Division A) that year. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 3rd Team. His team won Cyprus Supercup. Among other achievements Pesic received Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic League Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2012. He is a very experienced player. Pesic has played also professionally in Austria (UBSC Graz and Vienna), Germany (GiroLive-Ballers, USC Freiburg and Ansbach), Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain (Marin), Cyprus (Petrolina AEK Larnaca and Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios), Slovakia (Inter Bratislava) and Serbia (Napredak Rubin). It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at ALS Basket. Let's have closer look into Pesic's outlook:
A good athlete who plays both the forward positions; has good speed and quickness, and is a good offensive player who can score even from behind the 3 points arch;.
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