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)
MAREE were today crowned Basketball Ireland Men's Division One Regular Season champions for the second year in a row with a win over Ulster University Elks in Oranmore. In an extremely close and competitive game, it took Maree until the fourth quarter to put some breathing space between the two sides, with momentum swinging from end to end throughout the game. Good scoring from Kenneth Hansberry and Eoin Rockall (182-PG-98) sealed the deal in the end for the Galway side, and Maree were cr... [read more]
MAREE were today crowned Basketball Ireland Men's Division One Regular Season champions for the second year in a row with a win over Ulster University Elks in Oranmore. In an extremely close and competitive game, it took Maree until the fourth quarter to put some breathing space between the two sides, with momentum swinging from end to end throughout the game. Good scoring from Kenneth Hansberry and Eoin Rockall (182-PG-98) sealed the deal in the end for the Galway side, and Maree were crowned champions. 'It feels brilliant. We had a really tough game today, Ulster Elks are a really good team and they really put it up to us,' said a thrilled Head Coach, John Finn . 'We were nine points down going into the fourth quarter and played really well to win the game so we're delighted. I felt that if we could play to our ability we could win, but it wasn't until the fourth quarter that we played the way we can play.' Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie
Irish Super League round 22 best performance: Jermaine Turner - 1 day ago
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Naturalized American Forward Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) put on an amazing game in the last round for Killester, receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 42-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Eanna (#11, 5-16) 89-75. Killester maintains the 5th position in Irish Super League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Killester will need more victories to improve their... [read more]
Naturalized American Forward Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) put on an amazing game in the last round for Killester, receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22. The 42-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Eanna (#11, 5-16) 89-75. Killester maintains the 5th position in Irish Super League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Killester will need more victories to improve their 13-8 record. In the team's last game Turner had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Killester, through which he has constantly improved. Former Dowling College star has very solid stats this year. Turner is in league's top in points (5th best: 20.7ppg), rebounds (4th best: 12.5rpg) and averages impressive 1.7bpg and 55.1% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Mike Garrow (193-G-91) of UCD Marian. Garrow had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 25 rebounds. Bad luck as UCD Marian lost that game 66-94 to slightly higher-ranked Swords Thunder (#2, 18-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. UCD Marian still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 16-5 record is not bad at all. Garrow is a newcomer at UCD Marian, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of DCU Saints (#8). Provizors showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Provizors' great performance DCU Saints lost 64-76 to slightly higher-ranked UCC Demons (#6, 11-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of DCU Saints not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Provizors could try to bring DCU Saints' a little bit higher in the standings. Provizors has individually a great season in Ireland. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.1ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 16.7rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 69.5%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Paul Freeman (201-F-83) of Moycullen - 22 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Lorcan Murphy (182-PG-94) of Templeogue - 31 points and 5 rebounds 6. Jason Killeen (211-C-85) of Templeogue - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Justin Goldsborough (203-F) of Swords Thunder - 18 points and 12 rebounds 8. Dustan Moreira (202-F-89) of UCD Marian - 21 points and 10 rebounds 9. Isaac Westbrooks (189-PG-85) of Swords Thunder - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 14 assists 10. Michael Bonaparte (196-F-82) of Templeogue - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 3 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)
Basketball Ireland Detailed Results Basketball Ireland Men's Super League TEMPLEOGUE WILL be awash in a sea of red for the next few days as the men's Super League team stormed to a 96-93 point win over Garvey's Tralee Warriors at Oblate Hall this evening. This win, coupled with their midweek win over Pyrobel Killester, was enough to see them safe at the top of the table and they were officially crowned Basketball Ireland Men's Super League Regular Season champions 2016/17. 'Absolutely thrilled - we had to really dig deep after a slow start, maybe the occasion, maybe a bit nervy, but once we got going the boys were amazing,' said Head Coach Mark Keenan. 'We pulled that out of the fire. Our defense wasn't up to scratch early on, so we knew that needed to step up and it did. 'You're there and thinking is this one getting away from me? And then we put in that effort and I'm just over the moon and a little bit speechless - it's hard to take it in now.' While Tralee stormed into an early 17-31 point lead, Lorcan Murphy was the star of the second quarter for Templeogue, urging his team on with superb scores to close the gap to 48-54 by the half. It remained neck in neck throughout the third and fourth, with the real story of the game coming down to the last minute, which saw Mike Bonaparte soar through the air for a massive offensive rebound with 58 seconds on the clock and netted the ball home to send Templeogue into a three-point lead. Trae Pemberton took to the free throw line at the other end, and with the battle of the free throws well underway, it soon was back to a one-point game (94-93). However, Bonaparte was on hand to keep a cool head in the last 20 seconds, as he went to the line to shoot two and netted them with panache to see Templeogue home to their first League title, 96-93. Elsewhere, Mark Ingle's charges at KUBS are relishing the prospect of a showdown with Commercial.ie Eanna next Saturday evening, as they overcame Belfast Star in a cracking game up in Belfast on Saturday to put them on level pegging with Eanna on 15 points apiece. The KUBS win now ensures that next weekend's game will be an all-out battle as it's a must win for both teams in order to avoid relegation. Eanna meanwhile suffered an 89-75 point defeat at the hands of Pyrobel Killester, while SSE Airtricity Moycullen won out over Radisson Blu UL Eagles and UCC Demons overcame DCU Saints, while Griffith Swords Thunder overcame UCD Marian in emphatic fashion.
Griffith Swords Thunder 94-66 UCD Marian Top scorers Griffith Swords Thunder: Justin Goldsborough 18, Jose Maria Gil Narbon 17, Charlie Coombes 12, Alex Calvo 12 Top scorers UCD Marian: Mike Garrow 23, Dustan Moreira 21, Anthony Silverstein 8 Half time score Griffith Swords Thunder 57-29 UCD Marian
Belfast Star 57-60 KUBS Top scorers Belfast Star: Ryan Wilson 20, Paddy McGaharan 18, Sean Quinn 5 Top scorers KUBS: Corbin Jackson 16, Gary Barron 13, Kevin Foley 8 Half time score: Belfast Star 33-27 KUBS
Radisson Blu UL Eagles 70-80 SSE Airtricity Moycullen Top scorers Radisson Blu UL Eagles: Eoin Quigley 18, Seamus Hickey 12, Patrick McCarthy 11 Top scorers SSE Airtricity Moycullen: Phillip Lawrence-Ricks 26, Paul Freeman 22, James Loughnane 11 Half time score: Radisson Blu UL Eagles 37-47 SSE Airtricity Moycullen
Templeogue 96-93 Garvey's Tralee Warriors Top scorers Templeogue: Lorcan Murphy 31, Mike Bonaparte 25, Paul Cummins 11, Lawrence Summers 11 Top scorers Garvey's Tralee Warriors: Trae Pemberton 24, Kieran Donaghy 21, Dusan Bogdanovic 12 Half time score: Templeogue 48-54 Garvey's Tralee Warriors
Pyrobel Killester 89-75 Commercial.ie Eanna Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Jermaine Turner 27, Ciaran Roe 11, Niall Hegarty 10 Top scorers Commercial.ie Eanna: Neil Lynch 20, Nathaniel Musters 12, Aidan Dunne 12 Half times score: Pyrobel Killester 54-43 Commercial.ie Eanna
UCC Demons 76-64 DCU Saints Top scorers UCC Demons: Ciaran O Sullivan 22, Adrian O Sullivan 17, Jacob Lawson 14 Top scorers DCU Saints: Martins Provizors 19, Graham Brannelly 11, Eoin Darling 8 Half time score: UCC Demons 48-39 DCU Saints
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One It was a busy weekend in the Men's Division One, with Kestrels bagging a massive home win on Saturday evening when they overcame Maree by three points. Elsewhere, Team Kilkenny edged Dublin Lions by ten, ITC Basketball had to settle for second best against Ulster University Elks, while it was a close one between Keane's SuperValu Killorglin and Ej Sligo All Stars, with the former managing to hold on to a two point lead to win out in the end. Meanwhile, Neptune overcame LYIT and Titans had the better of Fr Mathews.
Team Kilkenny 68-58 Dublin Lions Top scorers Team Kilkenny: Jack Murphy 14, James Butler 14, Lughaidh O Neill 12, Lukasz Szulc 12 Top scorers Dublin Lions: Tomasz Swiatowy 18, Chris McNairney 14, Igor Markiewicz 13 Half time score: Team Kilkenny 33-31 Dublin Lions
Kestrels 83-80 Maree Top scorers Kestrels: Christopher Teasley 40, Liam Guinan 13, Aaron Whelan 13 Top scorers Maree: Kenneth Hansberry 20, Paulius Peldzius 13, Eoin Rockall 12 Half time score: Kestrels 37-40 Maree
ITC Basketball 80-102 Ulster University Elks Top scorers ITC Basketball: Jimmy Ward 27, Mike Klinger 21, Shane Maughan 18 Top scorers Ulster University Elks: Will Koppenhave 33, Darius Surginas 19, Eimantas Cernevicius 15 Half time score: ITC Basketball 47-49 Ulster University Elks
Keane's SuperValu Killorglin 94-92 EJ Sligo All Stars Top scorers Keane's SuperValu Killorglin: Andrew Fitzgerald 23, Ignus Sujinas 19, Darragh Jones 16 Top scorers Ej Sligo All Stars: Luke McLoughlin 31, Kaylim Noel 30, Emmet Keogh 16 Half time score: Keane's SuperValu Killorglin 51-41 EJ Sligo All Stars
BFG Neptune 98-80 LYIT Donegal Top scorers BFG Neptune: Gary Walsh 31, Tanner Brooks 22, Shane Duggan 16 Top scorers LYIT Donegal: Paul McHugh 20, Jordan McCelland 19, Jimmy Puha 15 Half time scorers BFG Neptune 39-30 LYIT Donegal
Fr Mathews 82-92 Titans Top scorers Fr Mathews: Peter Mullane 17, Paul O Driscoll 14, Evan Barrett 13 Top scorers Titans: Eugene Williams 43, Toms Fabriciuss 18, Eoin Coughlan 13 Half time score: Fr Mathews 46-47 Titans Players and Coaches of the Month for February announced
GARVEY'S TRALEE WARRIORS have secured a big double whammy of wins this week, as the club has been awarded both the Men's Super League Player of the Month and the Men's Super League Coach of the Month titles for the month of February. Head Coach Mark Bernsen has scooped the title of Coach of the Month for February after he helped his side to continue an unbeaten run of wins during the month, dating back to the start of December. Shooting star Trae Pemberton meanwhile has secured the title of Men's Super League Player of the Month after he made a huge impression on games throughout the month top scoring throughout February, bagging 35 points against Pyrobel Killester and 37 against UCD Marian. The Women's Super League awards meanwhile, sees the Coach of the Month award winging its way to Leixlip, with Courtyard Liffey Celtics Head Coach Mark Byrne scooping the title for this month after his side continues to enjoy a winning streak that has been firmly in place since their Cup final loss back in January to Ambassador UCC Glanmire. Speaking of Glanmire, Claire Rockall has won her second Player of the Month award for the season as she has landed the title after good displays for the Cork side throughout the month. Elsewhere, a phenomenal display from BFG Neptune star, Tanner Brooks, has ensured he has won the title of Player of the Month for the Men's Division One, with the Coach of the Month award making its way to Galway for the second time this season as John Finn of Maree has scooped the title once more. It's a double win for ITC Basketball in the Women's Division One meanwhile as the side - who were crowned Regular Season Champions 2016/17 - have also been awarded both the Coach of the Month and Player of the Month awards, with Martin Conroy netting the coach award as his side are still unbeaten in the League since January 2016. Instrumental guard Jamiyah Bethune meanwhile has scooped the Player of the Month award after yet more fantastic displays throughout the month. Basketball Ireland National League Monthly Awards - February Men's Super League Coach of the Month: Mark Bernsen (Garvey's Tralee Warriors)
Men's Super League Player of the Month: Trae Pemberton (Garvey's Tralee Warriors)
Men's Division One Coach of the Month: John Finn (Maree)
Men's Division One Player of the Month: Tanner Brooks (BFG Neptune)
Registered Table Officials needed for FIBA European Championship Mar 13,2017 Registered Table Officials needed for FIBA European Championships A number of registered table officials are neededto officiate at the FIBA Under 18 Women's European Championships Division B, which will be hosted in two locations in Dublin this coming August 4-13th.
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