#1. This week's number one is former international guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence, currently plays in Greece). McGrath was the major contributor in PAOK's victory against the league outsider Kavala (0-5) crushing them 91-70 in the Greek A1 last Sunday.
He scored 15 points.
PAOK Thessaloniki (4-2) is placed fourth in the A1.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
McGrath has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 59.1%(13-22), 3FGP: 41.4% and FT: 77.8%.
He is a naturalized American.
McGrath played for the Irish senior national team four years ago.
Strangely he has never played in Ireland.
#2. Second place goes to former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post, currently plays in United Kingdom). O'Reilly led Plymouth Raiders to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Durham Wildcats (3-6) crushing them 113-68 in the British BBL on Sunday night.
He recorded 22 points and added 3 passes in 28 minutes.
UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders (5-2) is placed fifth in the BBL.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
It's O'Reilly's first year with the team.
O'Reilly has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 8.1rpg, 3.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 58.2%(32-55), 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 85.7% in the seven games he played so far.
O'Reilly played for the Irish national team in 2009.
#3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois, currently plays in France). Mullins managed to help Chalons-Reims in a victory against the league outsider Bordeaux (1-8) crushing them 88-63 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday.
He scored 5 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 6 assists and stole 6 balls in 28 minutes.
Chalons-Reims (6-3) is placed fifth in the ProB.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This year Mullins' overall stats are: 7.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.3apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 61.5% in the nine games.
He is a naturalized American.
Mullins played for the Irish national team three years ago.
Apparently he has never played in Ireland.
#4. Forward Mark Reynolds (197-84, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL could not help Durham Wildcats (3-6) to beat London Lions (3-6).
He recorded 5 points in 11 minutes.
Durham Wildcats was crushed 101-74 on the road by the higher-ranked (#7) London Lions.
It's Reynolds' first season with the team.
This year Reynolds averages only 1.1ppg in the eight games.
He used to play for the Irish national team
back in 2007.
#5. Former international forward Conor Grace (210-82, college: Davidson, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help Eco Orebro (3-7) in their game against Uppsala Basket (6-3) in the Swedish Basketligan. Grace cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones.
He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Eco Orebro was defeated 72-64 at home by the much higher-ranked Uppsala Basket (#4).
Grace's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.3apg.
He used to play for the Irish national team
three years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Irish passport but never been selected to any of Irish national teams:
#1.Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Blusens Monbus (4-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance Blusens Monbus lost 69-73 on the road to the lower-ranked (#13) UCAM Murcia.
Kendall recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Kendall is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place).
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Kendall averages: 16.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3bpg in the seven games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish.
#2.Will Hanley (200-G/F-90, agency: Duran International, college: Bowdoin, currently plays in Spain) led Oviedo CB to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Lan Mobel ISB (3-1) crushing them 79-57 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting the same number of rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Hanley's first season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Oviedo Club Baloncesto (3-1) is placed second in the LEB Silver.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
Hanley is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of most steals (second place).
He has very reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 8.8rpg and 2.8spg.
Hanley is a naturalized American.
Apparently he has never played in Ireland.
#3. Experienced Tony McCrory (199-G/F-77, college: Simon Fraser, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help the league outsider Starwings (0-6) in their game against Geneve Lions (4-2) in the Swiss LNA. Despite his very good performance on Sunday night McCrory scored 16 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
McCrory is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Starwings' roster.
This season he has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.3apg.
McCrory is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Irish.
#4.Yaniv Strauss (190-F-92, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Kazrin/Galil in a victory against the closely-ranked Elitzur Ramla crushing them 98-74 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Tuesday night.
Strauss scored only 4 points in 12 minutes.
Kazrin/Galil (3-2) is placed seventh in the National League.
This year Strauss averages just 2.0ppg in the five games.
#5.Orel Lev (195-SG-93, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Hapoel Kfar Saba (1-4) in their game against Ironi Ramat Gan (4-1) in the Israeli National League (second division). He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones.
Lev scored only 2 points.
Hapoel Kfar Saba was crushed 78-57 in Ramat Gan by the leading Ironi.
Lev's total stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 1.3rpg.
#6.Bar Maor (191-PG-92, currently plays in Israel) is a teammate of previously mentioned Yaniv Strauss and both played together in the last Israeli National League game.
Maor contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Elitzur Ramla crushing them 98-74.
He scored only 2 points in 20 minutes.
This year Maor's total stats are: 2.3ppg and 1.3spg in the four games.
Aer Lingus provides special airfares for guests attending the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic Mar 3, 2017, 12:00 PM | VICTORY SCHOLARS Jericho, New York, March 3, 2017 -- Aer Lingus, Irelands only 4 Star airline, has today announced special airfares for those traveling to the Emerald Isle for The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, a college basketball tournament held in conjunction with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Sport Chang... [read more]
Aer Lingus provides special airfares for guests attending the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic Mar 3, 2017, 12:00 PM | VICTORY SCHOLARS
Jericho, New York, March 3, 2017 -- Aer Lingus, Irelands only 4 Star airline, has today announced special airfares for those traveling to the Emerald Isle for The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, a college basketball tournament held in conjunction with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Sport Changes Life, Rory McIllroys Foundation, the Rory Foundation, and The SSE Arena, Belfast. The tournament, which will take place on December 1st and 2nd, will feature Holy Cross vs. Manhattan College and La Salle University vs. Towson University. As the official airline of the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, it's our privilege to not only fly the teams to the tournament, but also the loyal fans, who will travel across the Atlantic to show their support, said Jack Foley, Aer Lingus Executive Vice President, North America. We look forward to offering guests a warm welcome on board our flights. Special fares are available from across Aer Lingus East Coast transatlantic network of Boston (BOS); Hartford (BDL); New York (JFK and EWR), and Washington D.C. (IAD) for outbound travel to Ireland between November 17 and November 30, and return flights between December 3 and December 10, 2017. Roundtrip fares, inclusive of taxes and fees are as follows: From JFK, EWR, BDL $469* From BOS $479* From IAD $559* These fares are available exclusively through Aer Lingus Emerald Exclusives Desk, which operates Monday through Friday 9:30am 4:30 pm EST. They can be reached via telephone at 1-877-351-6665.
Killorglinhas won Cork Mens Basketball Board Boys U17 Billy Kelly Tournament after defeating Moycullen 53-52 in the final on 15-Apr-2017 in the Parochial Hall, Gurranabraher. Killorglinwere Pool 1 winners after the first day of the tournament. On the second day they defeated Templeogue and Blue Demons on the way to the final. Neptune was stopped byMoycullen at semi-final stage. It was a dramatic end of the final game of an excellent tournament having been down by two points with 10 secondsto play Killorglin tookthe win. From : www.corkbasketball.com
Congratulations toMoycullen BC on winning Boys U16A All Ireland Club Championship in Cork. Moycullen defeated Belfast Star 31-18 in the final game of the Championship on 23d of April 2017 in the Parochial Hall. Pool 3 winners Moycullen defeated Gneeveguilla in the first semi-final while Belfast were victorious over Corks Blue Demons. Blue Demons took the 3rd position in the overall ranking with Ballincollig taking the 5th. Well done to both Corks club. From : www.corkbasketball.com
Cork Celts last evening won The Cork County Basketball Board's Div 1 League Title for the second consecutive season Defeating Ballincollig.
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Donaghy the star as Tralee Warriors crowned Men's Champions Trophy champions - 25 days ago
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Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) was the star of the show in Letterkenny today as Tralee swooped home to glory and scooped the silverware in the final of the Basketball Ireland Men's Champions Trophy. It was a thrilling finale in Donegal as Donaghy drove down the court and laid the ball up in style to send another epic battle with Regular Season champions, Templeogue, to overtime (66-66). That last gasp bucket was just one story of many that can be told from today's game, with Jason Killeen (2... [read more]
Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) was the star of the show in Letterkenny today as Tralee swooped home to glory and scooped the silverware in the final of the Basketball Ireland Men's Champions Trophy. It was a thrilling finale in Donegal as Donaghy drove down the court and laid the ball up in style to send another epic battle with Regular Season champions, Templeogue, to overtime (66-66). That last gasp bucket was just one story of many that can be told from today's game, with Jason Killeen (211-C-85, college: Augusta) shining brightest for Templeogue in one of the closest Men's Super League clashes of the year. The story, however, lies with Tralee and the glory of their achievement and it is one that will be told for many years to come. From Donaghy to Trae Pemberton (193-G-92, college: Maryville, MO) - a guard who has dazzled for the Kingdom throughout the season - to Goran Pantovic (208-F-91, college: Drexel), the team worked as a unit throughout and managed to hold on in the dying seconds to add another page to the history books. It was Pemberton who stepped up to the mark with 7.8 seconds on the clock in overtime as they trailed Templeogue 73-70 and as hearts dropped around the court when his first effort did not find the mark, Donaghy was on hand for the offensive rebound to feed Pemberton once more and he made no mistake second time of asking to tie it yet again, 73-73. With double overtime looming, Donaghy had the final say of the game, adding a free throw in the dying seconds and it was with bated breath for all of Kerry as they watched the clock tick down in agonizing fashion. Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie
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