As the final whistle blows this weekend in the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague we take a look back on the surprise results and upsets that occurred.
It was Moycullen who caused an unexpected result when they overcame an experienced DCU Saints team. Once again, the Galway side carried the game into overtime ensuring that their home crowd was kept entertained. This win marks their second victory of the season with both games spilling into overtime. For DCU, the Dubliners unfortunately now record their third loss in a row.
Speaking after the game, Head Coach of Moycullen, Salva Camps enthused, That was a great competitive game of basketball and our guys played from start to finish!
Salva added how important their supporters are to the team, The home crowd were fantastic, they were our sixth man tonight. I am so happy for the club, the supporters and fans! It is a great result for the team.
Meanwhile UCC Demons continued their unbeaten run after they faced off with Dublin Inter in the National Basketball Arena. The Cork side came away with the win on the road as newcomers Inter fought until the very end. Regrettably for Dublin Inter, they suffer another loss as they adjust to playing in the SuperLeague.
Head Coach of UCC Demons, Paul Kelleher is happy with his teams progress, We played well as a team and moved the ball nicely. We were on point with our shot selection and defence but failed to keep our performance tight in the fourth quarter.
Kelleher continued to pay tribute to his teams progression, We are taking a step in the right direction. Dublin Inter were very impressive in the fourth quarter but we stuck with it. We made good decisions by recognising who was hot and feeding them the ball, I can really see the growth in the team as the games go on.
In Dublin, the UL Eagles landed in the IWA Clontarf and added another win to their sheet after their victory over Killester. With the Eagles on a nice run at the moment a win again Killester sets them up nicely in the league standings behind UCC Demons.
Mark Keenan, Head Coach of UL Eagles admitted, We got off to a slow start and to be honest, Killester had the better exchanges in the first quarter. However, we settled ourselves and pushed out an eleven point lead at half time.
Keenan highlighted the effort his side put together, We only had 8 on the bench tonight but four of our guys were in double figures! Robert Taylor was in a league of his own also. It was a tough ask playing in the IWA but the team pulled it off.
Bord Gais Neptune welcomed another victory to their record after an impressive win over UCD Marian. This is the second time for the two sides to meet this season, on the first occasion it was UCD who left the game successful however, it seems Neptune learned their lesson as they stole the win this time around. Unfortunately for UCD they now record their fourth loss on the bounce.
Happy with the result, Head Coach of UCC Demons, Mark Scannell said, We had to dig deep to come away with that win, our American was out injured during the week but the Irish lads really stepped it up a gear.
Scannell continued, We were 6 down with 4 minutes to go but stepped up the defensive and it made a big difference. It was a tough game but I am delighted that we have another win under our belt.
Moycullen 88 (32) (P. Sullivan 40; C. Nihill 16; S. Tummon 10) DCU Saints 79 (35) (P. Glover 23; E. Quill 16; K. Anderson 13) - Overtime
Dublin Inter 69 (32) (M.Tamusauskas 28; A.Statkus 23; M.Cepliauskas 5) UCC Demons: 74 (40) (C. O'Sullivan 27, K. Walker 15; S. Coughlan11)
Killester 71 (37) (C. Roe 16; K. O'Brien 13; P. Summers 10) UL Eagles 89 (48) (R. Taylor 32; S. Kinovan 18; J. Kileen 16) IWA Clontarf
Bord Gais Neptune 64 (31) (M. McGinn 19; G. Noonan 14; G. Walsh 13) UCD Marian 55 (33) (J. Galvin 20; N. Meany 9; D. James 9)
Basketball Ireland Senior Mens National Cup
Donegal Town 50 (20) (P Mchugh 16, D Muldoon 10, J Duignan 7) Killester 79 (50) (S McGrath 16, B O'Malley 11, M Deegan 10)
St. Vincent's 74 (34) (P. Roche 15, S. Kieran 12, J. Kelly 11) LYIT Ravens 56 (25) (M. Cannon 15, S. Cannon 12, B. Banda 11)
MOF Chemists Titans 81 (50) (P. Peldzius 20; B. Barile 17; T. Fabriciuss 12; C, MscMochael 12) Ulster Elks 91 (40) (C. Johnson 26; A. Hickey 18; G. Celma 12)
Team Garveys St. Mary's V Dublin Thunder, Castleisland CC; 19:45; - Cancelled
Basketball Ireland U20 Mens National Cup
Belfast Star 88 (42) (A. Quinn 23, O. Kerlin 17, C. Quinn 15) Phoenix 68 (35) (D. Durkan 20; P. Ferguson 15, M. Gorman 6)
Ballincollig 75 (38) (D. Manning 20; B. Kiely 18; L. Livingstone 10) Donegal Town 32 (16) (Z. Balogan 10; A .Sallagher 8; L. McHugh 6)
Sunday, November 11th 2012
Basketball Ireland Senior Mens National Cup
Blue Demons 75 (42) Team Left Bank Kilkenny 51 (22)
Tolka Rovers 60 (35) (C. Quinn 18; D. O'Bierne 13; D. Lowdes 12) UCD Marian 61 (35) (C. Dunne 17; G. Edge 16; M. Ryan 11)
St. Brendans 69 (40) (B. O'Neill 25; K. Hosford 11; T. O' Halloran 10) Templeogue 54 (33) (E. Walsh 13; J. Butler 9; P. Brennan 11)
Basketball Ireland U20 Mens National Cup
UCC Demons 84 (41) (R. Murphy 26; L. Carmody 18; C. Forde 14) Fr. Matthews 66 (37) (S. Cantwell 21; A. O'Sullivan 15; D. Fleming 11)
Swords BC 57 (19) (G. Reid 16; P. Lacey 10; A. Odunga 9) Dublin Raiders 69 (35) (L. Murphy; A. Bartley 17; J. McCann 11)
Titans 74 (38) (T. Fabriciuss 17; O. Brockmann 12; R. Kniuras 12; S. Garrity 10) Moycullen 49 (37) (E. Bleasdale 14; P. Lyons 13; S. Candon 7)
Killester 82 (44) (P. Sullivan 21; A. Colfer 16; M. Deegan 11) St Vincents 52 (26) (C. Gilligan 16; C. O'Mara 14; C. Combes 10)
Basketball Ireland Upcoming Fixtures
Saturday, November 17th 2012
Nivea For Men's SuperLeague
UCC Demons V Moycullen, Mardyke, 17:00; UCD Marian V Killester, UCD 19:10;
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One
Maree V Ulster Elks, Calsanctius College, 17:00; MOF Chemists Titans V Dublin Thunder, Renmore, 19:00; Fr Matthews V Templeogue Azzurri, Colaiste Chriost Ri, 19:15; Team Left Bank Kilkenny V Ballon BC, O Loughlin Gaels Gym, 19:30;
Sunday, November 18th 2012
Nivea For Men's SuperLeague
Dublin Inter V Bord Gais Neptune, National Arena, 14:00; DCU Saints V UL Eagles, DCU Complex, 15:30;
Blue Demons V MOF Chemists Titans, Mardyke, 13:00;Templeogue Azzurri V Donegal Town, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 13:00;
BASKETBALL IRELAND TABLES
NIVEA FOR MENS SUPERLEAGUE TABLE
Team Played Won Lost Points
UCC Demons 7 7 0 21
UL Eagles 7 6 1 19
Bord Gais Neptune 7 4 3 15
DCU Saints 7 3 4 13
UCD Marian 7 2 5 11
Killester 7 2 5 11
Moycullen 6 2 4 10
Dublin Inter 6 1 5 8
BASKETBALL IRELAND MENS DIVISION ONE NORTHERN CONFERENCE TABLE
Team P W L Pts
Dublin Thunder 2 2 0 6
Templeogue Azzurri 3 1 2 5
Ulster Elks 3 2 1 7
Ballon BC 4 2 2 8
Donegal Town 4 0 4 4
BASKETBALL IRELAND MENS DIVISION ONE SOUTHERN CONFERENCE TABLE
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]
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Ian O'Leary agreed terms with Fuenlabrada - 10 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]
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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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