A number of intriguing sub-plots litter the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague schedule in week eight including a repeat of last years final, the first of back to back matchups and a cup game preview.
On Friday undefeated UCC Demons welcome Moycullen to the Mardyke Arena, a court that the Galway team have never secured a league victory on.
The men from Moycullen will be hoping to end that streak however as they enter the game on the back of two straight wins. They can also take solace from the fact that they played the current league leaders tight in Galway, losing by only eight points in the season opener despite the loss of their star point guard Salva Camps early in the contest.
Demons will likely be without powerful perimeter scorer Carlton Cuff who is struggling with a shoulder injury. Cuffe has been immense this season but his loss may be mitigated somewhat by the re-emergence of Ciaran OSullivan as a scoring threat after he netted 28 points the teams last outing.
Demons head coach, Paul Kelleher is wary of the challenge Moycullen pose but confident with the direction his team are headed in.
A team that wins two overtime games in a row is team that has no fear and they will certainly be coming into the Mardyke Arena with a lot of confidence, he said.
We have been steadily progressing in recent weeks and our defense last weekend was certainly better.
For UCD Marian and Killester, their Saturday evening meeting marks a significant opportunity to turn around recent losing trends as the two teams now play against each other in consecutive weekends.
Killester have lost their last three games with Marian in a four game funk. Two wins from the two encounters over separate weekends could be the catalyst for a renewed title challenge that would have been both teams ambition at the beginning of the season.
We are two teams on bad losing runs and two games against the same team is a great opportunity to get back on track. We are looking forward to what that will bring and hopefully getting two wins, said UCD Marian head coach Sasa Punosevac.
Killester fans will be relieved to hear that starting shooting guard, Robbie Clarke, who was ejected from last weekends game after a confrontation with UL Eagles guard Scottie Kinevane, has not been handed any ban and will be clear to play against Marian on Saturday.
The Bord Gais Neptune side that bested Marian last weekend will be aiming to leave the capital with a similar result this Saturday as they take on Dublin Inter at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.
Neptune, after a deceptively slow start to the season, have rattled off four straight wins. Inter head coach Audrius Jonusas is aware that stopping them now will be a real challenge.
The run and run and run and we will really have to try and stop their fastbreak if we are to win. It is an interesting game as we will play them in two weeks time in the cup, he said.
Inter can take some confidence from an excellent display last week that saw them come within five points of UCC Demons. With a full squad this weekend, except for the injured Irmantas Griksas, they should prove a handful for a travelling Neptune team.
Meanwhile DCU Saints will try to bounce back from a tough overtime loss in Galway last weekend when they play UL Eagles on Sunday. The matchup is a repeat of the 2011/12 league final when Eagles edged out a resilient Saints team. Eagles head coach Mark Keenan is expecting a similarly tight affair this weekend.
The two teams will line up pretty much similar to last years league final and I expect the same tough defensive game again. We must stay composed on offence and deal well with the Saints defensive pressure in order to win, commented Keenan.
Friday, November 16th 2012
Nivea For Mens SuperLeague
UCC Demons V Moycullen, Mardyke, 20:30
Saturday, November 17th 2012
Nivea For Men's SuperLeague
UCD Marian V Killester, UCD 19:10;
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One
Maree V Ulster Elks, Calsanctius College, 17:00; Fr Mathews 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;
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One
Blue Demons V Matt OFlahertys Chemists Titans, Mardyke, 15:00;Templeogue Azzurri V Donegal Town, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 13:30;
Basketball Ireland Super League Preview: 'This game is going to be a huge challenge,' admitted Mick Thompson, Commerical.ie Eanna's Head Coach as his side prepares to face off to table toppers Templeogue in the Men's Super League this weekend. 'We're missing one of our main scorers, Luke Thompson, but this is a local derby and our players are definitely up for it,' he continued. Indeed as all teams prepare to face back into Super League action again this weekend, Templeogue will be hopi... [read more]
Basketball Ireland Super League Preview:
'This game is going to be a huge challenge,' admitted Mick Thompson, Commerical.ie Eanna's Head Coach as his side prepares to face off to table toppers Templeogue in the Men's Super League this weekend. 'We're missing one of our main scorers, Luke Thompson, but this is a local derby and our players are definitely up for it,' he continued. Indeed as all teams prepare to face back into Super League action again this weekend, Templeogue will be hoping that they can do enough to make it a lucky 13 this weekend, as they finished off 2016 with 12 wins from 12 games. Head coach, Mark Keenan, however was preparing for a tough local battle this weekend. 'A local derby always raises team's games,' he reflected. 'We want to keep our momentum going and won't be taking anything for granted. We had a very tough game at home last season against Eanna so we won't be underestimating them. We do have more room to improve and we aren't forgetting what happened to us at this stage last season, so I believe that will drive us on for our remaining games.' An interesting clash also awaits in the ALSAA on Saturday evening as Griffith Swords Thunder gear up to host UCC Demons. "Saturday, we host Demons who, being honest, embarrassed us earlier this season in the Mardyke so we're hoping to return the favour," said Swords' Dave Baker. "It should be a great game." Elsewhere, UCD Marian will welcome Belfast Star, while KUBS travel to Kerry to face Garvey's Tralee Warriors, Pyrobel Killester are away to SSE Airtricity Moycullen and Radisson Blu UL Eagles face off to DCU Saints. In the Women's Super League meanwhile, Courtyard Liffey Celtics travel back to Cork to face Singleton SuperValu Brunell in the League on Sunday afternoon. 'We're really excited to be heading back to Cork this weekend to play Brunell,' said Head Coach Mark Byrne. 'We know they've some really good players and an excellent coach, so we're expecting a really tough challenge. After the Cup semi-final win last weekend, the mood in the camp is fantastic. We're excited to be heading to our first Cup final but we know that we have to park that for two weeks now and be 100% focused on the League.' Brunell's Francis O'Sullivan was also preparing his charges for the game as they attempt to bounce back from last weekend's Cup semi-final loss to Ambassador UCC Glanmire. 'We got back to work on Monday after the Cup weekend and our priority now is our League status,' he stated. 'The players have worked hard and showed a great attitude after our Cup defeat, so we're excited about the second round of the League and have a lot to play for.' Reigning Cup champions Glanmire will also play at home in Cork this weekend, and aim to continue their impressive unbeaten run at the top of the League when they welcome Portlaoise Panthers to the Mardyke on Sunday. 'We're delighted after the weekend and we're expecting a really tough game from a vastly improved Portlaoise team,' said Glanmire Head Coach, Mark Scannell. "They're strong and physical and we'll need to be at our best to match them - we want to keep our unbeaten run going.' Portlaoise's Peter O'Sullivan was not daunted by the task ahead against the table toppers: 'I'm really looking forward to the second half of the season,' he said. 'We've won our last there League games to put us right in the mix for a play off place. Facing an unbeaten Glanmire in the Mardyke will be a tough test, especially after their emphatic win in the Cup last weekend, but we've nothing to lose and we'll go in with the same attitude as we always have in that we can put it up to the best teams in the country on any given day." Meanwhile in the third game of the weekend, DCU Mercy will welcome Meteors to the National Basketball Arena on Sunday in a game that follows on from the re-fixed Hula Hoops Women's NICC semi-final between Muckno Lakers and Limerick Celtics which tips off in the Arena at 1pm on Sunday.
Basketball Ireland Upcoming Fixtures: January 14th and 15th
Saturday 14th January 2017 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Griffith Swords Thunder v UCC Demons, ALSAA-Dublin, 18:00; SSE Airtricity Moycullen v Pyrobel Killester, NUIG, 19:00; UCD Marian v Belfast Star, UCD, 19:00; Radisson Blu UL Eagles v DCU Saints, UL Arena-Limerick, 19:45; Garvey's Tralee Warriors v KUBS BC, Tralee, 20:00;
Basketball Ireland Men's Division 1: Keane's Supervalu Killorglin v BFG Neptune, Killorglin Sports Centre, 19:15; Fr Mathews v Team Kilkenny, Colaiste Chriost Ri, 19:15; EJ Sligo All-Stars v Dublin Lions, Mercy College, 19:30; Maree v LYIT Donegal, Calsanctius College, 19:45;
Basketball Ireland Women's Division 1: UL Huskies v Ulster Rockets, UL Arena-Limerick, 17:00; Marble City Hawks v Fr Mathews, O Loughlin Gaels Gym, 19:00; Oblate Dynamos v ITC Basketball, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 19:30;
Sunday 15th January 2017 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Templeogue v Commercial.ie Eanna, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 15:30;
Basketball Ireland Women's Super League: Singleton SuperValu Brunell v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, Parochial Hall, 14:45; Ambassador UCC Glanmire v Portlaoise Panthers, Mardyke Arena-Cork, 15:00; DCU Mercy v Meteors, National Basketball Arena, 15:30;
Hula Hoops Women's NICC semi-final: Muckno Lakers v Limerick Celtics, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, 13.00.
From : www.basketballireland.ie
Cork County Basketball Board under 15 Tournament :
The Tournament will take place tomorrow at The Gurranabraher Parochial Hall Cork City starting at 9.30 a.m. Teams : Galway Titans Fr Matthews Sligo All stars : St Vincents Limerick Lions Neptune : Ballincollig Liffey Celtics Mallow YC : Blue Demons St Brendans Tralee Moycullen.The Final is scheduled for 6.30 and I will be on hand throughout the tournament looking at players (players parents have an intergal role) who may have an interest in being a part of the soon to be established Panathinaikos Worldwide Basketball Academy (under 16 & under 18 with 40 players the total for 2 teams).I will secure contact details of interested parties to invite along to The Panathinaikos Basketball Academy Network Presentation penciled in for Thursday 16th February next at The Bank of Ireland Workbench space 70, St Patrick St, Cork City Ireland beginning at 7.15 and running to 9 p.m.Thanks again to The Bank of Ireland for providing me with the Workbench space towards getting this project up and running.
AEK Athens add McGrath to their roster - 6 days ago
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1) added to their roster 33-year old Irish guard Donnie McGrath (193-90kg-84, college: Providence). He just played at Long Island Nets (D-League) in the U.S. In 12 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 8.9apg this season. McGrath also spent pre-season at Lietuvos rytas (LKL) in Lithuanian league earlier that year. He won Lithuanian League championship title in 2013. McGrath was a member of Irish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2008. He is quite experienced player. McGrat... [read more]
AEK Athens (A1) added to their roster 33-year old Irish guard Donnie McGrath (193-90kg-84, college: Providence). He just played at Long Island Nets (D-League) in the U.S. In 12 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 8.9apg this season. McGrath also spent pre-season at Lietuvos rytas (LKL) in Lithuanian league earlier that year. He won Lithuanian League championship title in 2013. McGrath was a member of Irish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2008. He is quite experienced player. McGrath has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket), Italy (Openjobmetis VA, Verona and BancaTercas), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg and Krasny Oktyabr), Spain (La ICL Manresa and Blusens Monbus), Turkey (Anadolu Efes), Lithuania (Zalgiris) and Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki). He attended Providence College until 2006 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
John Carroll selected the top Irish playing abroad in last week's games - 6 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Irish who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. John Carroll #1. This week's number one is former U16 international forward John Carroll (203-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He could not help the Hartford in their last game. Despite Carroll's very good performance the Hartford was badly defeated 84-68 on the road by the Univer... [read more]
We bring you last week's top performances from Irish who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is former U16 international forward John Carroll (203-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He could not help the Hartford in their last game. Despite Carroll's very good performance the Hartford was badly defeated 84-68 on the road by the University of Maryland -Baltimore County.
He scored 15 points in 23 minutes on the court.
This year Carroll averages: 6.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 8.3% and FT: 56.8% in 16 games he played so far.
He played for the Irish U16 national team six years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international forward Brian Fitzpatrick (203-89, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Czech Republic). Fitzpatrick was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Prostejov in their game against USK Praha (8-10) in the Czech Republic NBL.
He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Prostejov this season.
Prostejov was crushed 96-69 in Praha by the higher-ranked USK Praha (#6).
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Fitzpatrick is a naturalized American.
He is in the roster of the Irish senior national team. Strangely Fitzpatrick has never played in Ireland.
#3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Paul Dick (193-91, agency: Duran International, college: Franklin Pierce, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to secure a victory for Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada (1-12) in their last game. Despite Dick's very good performance the 15th-placed Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada (1-12) lost 75-81 to the higher-ranked (#13) Torrelodones in the Group B.
He was the top scorer with 19 points. Dick also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes.
It was Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada's third consecutive loss in a row.
It's Dick's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 78.9% in eight games.
Dick is also a member of the Irish senior national team.
#4. Guard Aidan Quinn (185-95, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the Mayville State University in their game against the Bellevue University (3-1) in the NStar.
He recorded 9 points. It was his first game for Mayville State University this season.
Buthis team was crushed 84-48 in Bellevue, NE by the Bellevue University.
Quinn is also Irish national team player.
The list of other players, who all have Irish passport but never been selected to any of Irish national teams:
#1. Experienced Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Italy) could not help Angelico Biella (11-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Angelico Biella (11-5) lost 68-74 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#9) Mens Sana 1871 in the West group.
Hall had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 17 rebounds in 37 minutes.
It was Angelico Biella's third consecutive loss in a row.
Hall has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 12.9rpg, 3.1apg and 1.5spg in 15 games he played so far.
Hall is a naturalized American.
Strangely he has never played in Ireland.
#2.Will Hanley (201-G/F-90, agency: Duran International, college: Bowdoin, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an CB Canarias' victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (2-13) 79-74 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday.
Hanley recorded 8 points.
Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (11-4) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa.
This season Hanley averages: 4.6ppg and 2.2rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Hanley has never played in Ireland.
#3.Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Australia) led Illawarra Hawks to an easy victory against the closely-ranked United (10-10) 106-88 in the Australian NBL on Saturday night.
He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Ogilvy also added 6 assists in 27 minutes.
Illawarra Hawks (11-10) are placed second in the NBL.
It's Ogilvy's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.5bpg and 1.2spg in 21 games.
Ogilvy has a dual citizenship: Irish and Australian.
#4.Ian O'Leary (201-F-86, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in EuroCup) led his Spanish team Baloncesto Fuenlabrada to a victory against the closely-ranked Gran Canaria (0-2) 85-75 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game.
He scored 14 points.
Montakit Fuenlabrada (1-1) is placed third in group E.
There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical.
It's O'Leary's first season with the team.
This year O'Leary averages: 6.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely O'Leary has never played in Ireland.
#5.Patrick Carney (185-G-85, college: Chapman, currently plays in Germany) led Schalke to a victory over the fifth-ranked AstroStars (9-5) 86-77 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday.
He was MVP of the game. Carney scored 30 points (!!!) and added 5 passes.
FC Schalke 04 (7-7) is placed sixth in North group.
This season Carney has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.4apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Apparently Carney has never played in Ireland.
#6.Ako Adams (188-G-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Rice in their game against the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
Adams scored only 3 points in 12 minutes.
His team lost 81-88.
This year Adams' overall stats are: 2.2ppg and 1.3apg in 17 games.
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