As the basketball season begins to pick up momentum so do the teams around the country. This weekend saw plenty of action, upsets and interesting results in the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague and the Nivea Womens SuperLeague.
It was Moycullen who registered the first attention grabbing result this weekend as they claimed their first win of the season when they beat UCD Marian in double overtime. This game definitely proved an exciting one as people in UCD Sports Complex took to the internet to keep people posted.
Speaking after the game, Moycullens Head Coach, Salva Camps was thrilled with the result, I am so happy for the team after that win. It was a tough game with both teams playing very good basketball.
Camps continued to praise his young side, To come away with a win after double overtime is a great achievement, it was an impressive result especially with such a young team.
Down in Limerick, it was UL Eagles who continued their winning ways after they claimed victory over Dublin Inter. With a game that was reported as sluggish and baskets difficult to come by it was another vital win for the Eagles as they push forward.
Head Coach of UL Eagles, Mark Keenan was happy to come away from the game with a win, It wasnt a pretty game we really had to dig deep and stick with it. We had to grind that game out until the very end.
Commenting on his team Keenan admitted, We didnt play together in the first half, everyone seemed more concerned about individual performances than the teams. In fairness to the guys though, we came together in the second half and really put in a team effort and played as a unit.
Meanwhile, UCC Demons remained undefeated this weekend after their win over Killester. Demons are now at the top of the table as they have yet to drop a game with a 6-0 record.
Paul Kelleher, Head Coach of UCC Demons said, We knew going into the game that Killesters guards were going to be very strong and to be honest that is what caused us massive problems.
Kelleher continued, I am happy that we have recorded another win but we still need to work on keeping a hold of a lead when we have it. Too many times we relax and let teams back in, we need to maintain a stronger hold throughout games.
It was Bord Gais Neptune who came away with another win this weekend when they travelled to Dublin to take on DCU Saints. The Cork side look as though they are turning a corner after their disappointing start to the season as they add another victory to their sheet.
After the game, Mark Scannell Head Coach of Bord Gais Neptune enthused, That was a good win for us on the road, DCU are a great side so to come away with the three points is brilliant. It was a real team performance for us with everyone chipping in. Ger Noonan showed great leadership down the stretch and our young guys like Mark stepped up and played great.
Scannell continued, I am really happy with where the team is at right now, we were unlucky at the start of the season but the hard work is paying off and we are getting the results we want and need.
BASKETBALL IRELAND WEEKEND RESULTS
Saturday, November 3rd 2012
Nivea For Men's SuperLeague
UCD Marian 72 (24) (J. Galvin 22; D. James 17; K Foley 12) Moycullen 77 (28) (P. Sullivan 30; S. Tummon 12; P. O'Brien 10) The game went into double overtime.
UL Eagles 66 (22) (N. Campbell 12; M. Hall 11; R. Taylor 10) Dublin Inter 38 (24) (A. Statkus 10; M. Tamusauskas 9; M. Cepliauskas 6)
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One
Maree 59 (31) (K.Hansberry 17; C.Crowley 11; T.Mitkus 10) Team Left Bank Kilkenny 55 (27) (J.O'Keeffe 19; J.Butler 9; E.Walsh 8)
Donegal Town 64 (32) (W Timoney 26; P Mchugh 23; J Carty 6) Ballon BC 100 (53) (R Vakulis 31; M Rantias 21; J Heering 14)
Sunday, November 4th 2012
Nivea For Mens SuperLeague
UCC Demons 89 (45) (N. O'Reilly 24; K. Walker 22; C. Cuff 18) Killester 78 (39) (P. Summers 22; M. Westbrooks 18; K. O' Brien 10)
DCU Saints 60 (36) (P. Glover 20; M. Provizors 11; J. Donnelly 10) Bord Gais Neptune 67 (27) (D. Townes 20; G. Noonan 16; M. McGinn 10)
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One
Blue Demons V Donegal Town - Cancelled
Ulster Elks 93 (39) (M. McDonald 20; C. Johnson 18; G. Celms 18) Team Garveys St Marys 90 (43) (A. Fitzgerald 24; D. Wall 23; D. Griffin 18) - OVERTIME
Ballon BC 77 (35) (J. Heering 22; R. Eidukas 21; E. Kumpys 12) Templeogue Azzurri 65 (35) (T. Swiatowy 18; L. Gamede 17; L. Thompson 14)
Basketball Ireland Mens U20 National Cup
Limerick Lakers 50 (20) (C. Devitt 15; R. Barnett 9; S. Halpin 9) Tolka Rovers 59 (24) (P. Caffrey 14; K. Fleming 13; P. Curran 12)
Aidan Quinn187-G-95Belfast Star
Conor Quinn187-G-95Belfast Star
Mark Ryan191-C-95UCD Marian
Oscar MoranTolka Rovers
Greg Petrovic Head Coach [read more]
Martin NearySt.Vincent II
Paul Kelleher Head CoachUCC Demons [read more]
Valencia Basket (ACB) parted ways with 23-year old American (has also Irish passport) swingman Will Hanley (200-93kg-90, college: Bowdoin, agency: Duran International). In four ACB games he recorded 4.5ppg and 3.5rpg this season. Hanley also played at Oviedo CB (LEB Silver) earlier that season. In 20 games he averaged impressive 17.7ppg, 11.2rpg and 1.6spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Hanley was voted NABC Division III All-Northeast Region 2nd Team in 2012 at his college time [read more]
Valencia Basket (ACB) parted ways with 23-year old American (has also Irish passport) swingman Will Hanley (200-93kg-90, college: Bowdoin, agency: Duran International). In four ACB games he recorded 4.5ppg and 3.5rpg this season. Hanley also played at Oviedo CB (LEB Silver) earlier that season. In 20 games he averaged impressive 17.7ppg, 11.2rpg and 1.6spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Hanley was voted NABC Division III All-Northeast Region 2nd Team in 2012 at his college time. Hanley graduated from Bowdoin College in 2012 and it is his first season as a professional player. On Hanley:
Will runs the floor very well. He is always a double- double threat on the court. He is really intense and hard mentality. Has shown the ability to guard smaller defenders and pressure ball handlers.
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