While UCC Demons cemented their position atop the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague over the weekend, their closest challengers, UL Eagles, remained in hot pursuit with a win of their own while Dublin Inter and UCD Marian also enjoyed victories.
The surprise result of the weekend undoubtedly goes to Dublin Inter who ended Bord Gais Neptunes impressive four game winning streak.
Inter entered the game confident, having almost beaten undefeated UCC Demons the week before. Determined not to let another Cork side leave with a road win against them, Inter played inspired basketball en route to a 66 55 win, their second of the season.
At start of the season, many considered UCD Marian one of the favourites to be challenging for the title. Four straight losses coming into this weekend had put a complete halt to that discussion topic but a win against a similarly struggling Killester team on Saturday may be the catalyst they need to restart their challenge
It was a very important result for us to get the team back in good spirits, said Marian head coach Sasa Punosevac, speaking after his teams 84 61 win over Killester.
I am very pleased with the way we played defence, to hold them to 61 points was a great achievement but we have to forget about the game now. We play Killester again on Sunday and to win twice against them will be tough, we need complete focus on that next game.
DCU Saints must have thought they were on the verge of causing a second big upset of the weekend when they trailed by just three points to last years champions UL Eagles at half time and a home crowd cheering them on.
Unfortunately for Saints, Eagles proved too versatile and an efficient inside outside game saw their perimeter scorer Robert Taylor unleashed in the second half and his final tally of 24 points went a long way to his teams eventual 16 point win.
On Friday night, a young Moycullen team were brought firmly back down to earth when their quest for three straight wins was halted by undefeated UCC Demons in a one-sided affair in Cork.
Demons led from the offset courtesy of a shooting clinic that left the westerners with little chance as the home team eventually eased to a 30 point win.
We knew Moycullen were one of the form teams so we knew we needed to come out with purpose and I think we did that in the first half, remarked Demons head coach Paul Kelleher after the game.
A perfect eight wins from eight games has Kellehers Demons perched atop the league standings and he credits his teams focus for the hot start.
In seasons past I could have told you five weeks in advance who we were playing. This year, all I can tell you is we are playing UL Eagles next week. We are literally just focusing on whats ahead of us and it has been a big part of our success so far.
Basketball Ireland Weekend Results
Friday, November 16th 2012
Nivea For Mens SuperLeague
UCC Demons 96 (58) (K Walker 29, S Coughlan 25, D O Sullivan 15) Moycullen 66 (34) (P Sullivan 22, S Tummon 11, I Burke 8)
Saturday, November 17th 2012
Nivea For Men's SuperLeague
UCD Marian: 84 (37) (J Galvin 30, C Meany 14, L Conroy 8) Killester 61 (33) (A Casey 15, P Summers 13, C Roe 13)
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One
Maree 64 (38) (T Mitkus 15, K Hansberry 13, C O'Hagan 12) Ulster Elks 78 (36) (J Mower 28, G Celms 14, C Johnson 12)
Fr Matthews 82 (34) (P ODriscoll 32, M Brusevcs 19, E OCallaghan 14) Templeogue Azzurri 76 (26) (I Gamede 21, L Thomson 16, P Taylor 10)
Team Left Bank Kilkenny 63 (29) (J Butler 12, J OKeefe 12, J Malone 9)
Ballon BC 38 (17) (E Kumpus 10, D Dembo 8, J Geiniza 7)
Sunday, November 18th 2012
Nivea For Men's SuperLeague
Dublin Inter 66 (29) (A Statkus22, M Tamusauskas13, M Cepliauskas9) Bord Gais Neptune 55 (27) (D Townes18, I McLoughlin10, G Walsh 9)
DCU Saints 56 (30) (M Nagle 13, P Glover 13, K Anderson 10) UL Eagles 72 (33) (R Taylor 24, N Campbell 12, R Lynch 9)
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One
Templeogue Azzurri 104 (43) (C Lakes 20, L Thompson 19, P Taylor 10) Donegal Town 62 (22) (W Timoney 15, P McHugh 12, J Carty 8)
Blue Demons 74 (33) (B ONeil 19, S McCarthy 20, K Gosford 17) Matt O Flaherty Chemists Titans 92 (43) (A Tongo 33, P Peldzius 15, B Garlic 18)
Courtesy .... cian Nihill .... www.basketballireland.ie Robert Taylor (188-G-83, college: Rider)
Hula Hoops U18 Men's National Cup: Moycullen BC 60-52 Ongar Chasers, St Vincent's 64-70 Tolka; Malahide 78-76 Sligo
Detailed results: Hula Hoops Men's National Cup - Pat Duffy Cup: KUBS BC Head Coach Mark Ingle was delighted with his side's performance as they secured their first win of the 2016/17 season following a nail-biting game against Commercial.ie Eanna in the Hula Hoops Men's National Cup.
Fantastic scoring from Brian Edwards (23) and Kevin Foley (20) gave KUBS the edge to win out 72-65.
'We are so happy to get a win, it's our first win and now we go on to play them in the second leg and hopefully we can get a win there too,' said Head Coach, Mark Ingle.
Elsewhere in the Hula Hoops National Cup, UCD Marian overcame Radisson Blu UL Eagles, SSE Airtricity Moycullen just edged Belfast Star, Templeogue defeated UCC Demons, DCU Saints overcame Pyrobel Killester and Irish TV Tralee Warriors won against Griffith Swords Thunder.
UCD Marian 95-68 Radisson Blu UL Eagles Top scorers UCD Marian: Mike Garrow 32, Conor Meany 16, Anthony Silvestri 10 Top scorers Radisson Blu UL Eagles: Zedric Sadler 17, Neil Campbell 11, Rob Lynch 10 Half time score: UCD Marian 51, Radisson Blu UL Eagles 36 Templeogue 96-87 UCC Demons Top scorers Templeogue: Jason Killeen 21, Lorcan Murphy 21, Mike Bonaparte 19 Top scorers UCC Demons: Roy Downey 23, Jacob Lawson 22, Ciaran O Sullivan 13 Half time score: Templeogue 49, UCC Demons 39 KUBS BC 72-65 Commercial.ie Eanna Top scorers KUBS BC: Brian Edwards 23, Kevin Foley 20, Jonathan Riles 12 Top scorers Commercial.ie Eanna: Neill Lynch 17, Nathaniel Musters 13, Luke Thompson 11 Half time score: KUBS BC 32, Commercial.ie Eanna 38 Irish TV Tralee Warriors 61-55 Griffith Swords Thunder Top scorers Irish TV Tralee Warriors: Ryan Leonard 14, Trae Pemberton 13, Dusan Bogdanovic 11 Top scorers Griffith Swords Thunder: Jose Narbon 18, Isaac Westbrooks 18, Justin Goldsborough 6 Half time score: Irish TV Tralee Warriors 41, Griffith Swords Thunder 21 Pyrobel Killester 69-71 DCU Saints Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Cian Nihill 15, Eoghain Kiernan 14, Ciaran Roe 11 Top scorers DCU Saints: Arkadijs Mararenko 15, Eoin Darling 15, Martin Provizors 14, Daniel Nelms 11 Half time score: Pyrobel Killester 38, DCU Saints 19 SSE Airtricity Moycullen 72-71 Belfast Star Top scorers SSE Airtriciy Moycullen: Dylan Cunningham 17, Paul Freeman 16, James Loughnane 13 Top scorers Belfast Star: Greg Womack 17, Keelan Cairns 17, Conor Johnston 16 Half time score: SSE Airtricity Moycullen 36, Belfast Star 26
Basketeball Ireland Men's Division One: Meanwhile in the Men's Division One, it was a busy weekend of action, with wins for BFG Neptune, Kestrels, Sligo All-Stars, Keane's SuperValu Killorglin, Dublin Lions and Ulster University Elks.
BFG Neptune had a 101-59 point win over ITC Basketball in Carlow, but Head Coach Paul Kelleher had mixed emotions about the win. "We played in a hurried way, not the way we are used to playing," he reflected. "I thought we struggled defensively, we didn't work as hard as we normally do but I thought we did a much better job in the second half - we were more disciplined, we were more composed. We executed things a little bit better in the second, but my practise session is already lined out for next week, I know what we need to work on." ITC Basketball 59-101 BFG Neptune Top scorers ITC Basketball: Etienne Droullon 12, Mike Klinger 11, Jimmy Ward 11 Top scorers BFG Neptune: Gary Walsh 18, Adam Drummond 18, Tanner Brooks 18 Half time score: ITC Basketball 33, BFG Neptune 46 Kestrels 79-68 Team Kilkenny Top scorers Kestrels: Karolis Timofejevas 22, Mantas Vilimas 18, Dan Debosz 13 Top scorers Team Kilkenny: James Butler 24, Lukasz Szuk 16, Matt Van Pelt 12 Half time score: Kestrels 45, Team Kilkenny 33 Keane's SuperValu Killorglin 91-58 Fr Mathews Top scorers Keane's SuperValu Killorglin: Kevin Grey 25, Garny Garcia Nivar 20, Declan Wall 13 Top scorers Fr Mathews: Paul O Driscoll 13, Owen Connolly 12, Sean Cantwell 12 Half time score: Keane's SuperValu Killorglin 42, Fr Mathews 30 Sligo All-Stars 76-71 LYIT Donegal Top scorers Sligo All-Stars: Kalim Noel 19, Ronan McGarrity 13, Cian Lally 10 Top scorers LYIT Donegal: Oisin Kerlin 17, Kevin Stanley 16, Jack MacKey 10, T John Casiello 10 Half time score: Sligo All-Stars 31, LYIT Donegal 36 Dublin Lions 80-60 Titans Top scorers Dublin Lions: Tomasz Swiatowy 22, Jurgis Butkevicius 13, Hillary Netsiyanwa 9 Top scorers Titans: Gene Williams 21, Taific Mustapha 9, Emmanuel Saah 9 Half time score: Dublin Lions 40, Titans 26 Ulster University Elks 74-71 Maree Top scorers Ulster University Elks: McDonald 15, Oliver 13, Banys 13, McColgan 13 Top scorers Maree: Eoin Rockall 29, Kenneth Hansberry 14, E Solsona Leria 7 Half time score: Ulster University Elks 34-30 Maree
Hula Hoops Men's Intermediate Cup Moycullen BC 54-86 Phoenix BC Top scorers Moycullen BC: J Cunningham 15, O Carey 11, D Canavan 10 Top scorers Phoenix BC: D Lynn, 20, G Celms 17, D Erickson 12 Half time score: Moyculeen BC 20, Phoenix BC 49
Hula Hoops Under 18 Men's National Cup: KUBS BC 86-54 Limerick Lions Top scorers KUBS BC: Jordan Fallon 23, Eoin McCann 17, Sean Smith 9 Top scorers Limerick Lions: Nathan Moore 18, Karoles Vithaites 9, Jack Coyne 8 Half time score: KUBS BC 53, Limerick Lions 29
An oft repeated pattern of Basketball in Ireland is the segmenting of teams into a strong top group a significant middle grouping and a third group who from week to week as the Superleague progresses find the likelyhood that they will take one of the top teams on and beat them an unlikely proposition, a scenario where in The United states N.B.A. league it in reality can happen from time to time where playoff teams at least,lose to bottom of the basement outfits and thus make for at least from the fans perspective make every game potentially at least a viable investment of the hard earned dollar. This past weekend's Pat Duffy Cup games results wise mirrored the Superleague early season form of teams and thus continue to make competitions here interesting and more interesting perhaps given the added dimension of it being a 12 team affair as opposed to the more traditional 10 teams.The standout result in the home and away Cup format was the Templeogue win over U.C.C. Blue Demons at 96 plays 87 again pointing to the significance to Demons of the loss of player coach Colin O Reilly to The British Basketball League. Jacob Lawson the new import replacement for Lehmon Colbert though obviously not in the category of the superstars of the 80's (Marion Elie, Mike & Ray Smith, Bob Stephens, Kelvin Troy etc) is strong enough scoring wise to have the team change their approach offensively and focus on separating their offence into 2 and 3 man units as opposed to the sets being run at the minute which has Lawson waiting for things to happen team wise on offence negating his mental alertness and making things difficult for him to operate as best he might when he does receive the ball. In truth with his leaping ability and finishing skills he is potentially a 25/30 ppg average if set up differently. Lawson's defence too is sharp enough for a higher level competition given the opportunity. Table toppers Templeogue (4-0 after beating the now 3-1 UCD Marian the previous week) will in all probability go from strength to strength after establishing a 9 point advantage to take to game 2 against Demons. Tralee too for their part as returnees to competition after a lapse of 7 years continue to impress and for them too the 6 points advantage going into round 2 of the Cup will give them confidence as they continue to grow and develop together as a team unit. They have reignited interest in basketball locally and provide a home atmosphere many opponents will find more and more challenging as the competitions move on. The added advantage of having an import player to chop and change so to speak will too perhaps become significant.
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National League Gamezone: October 15th - 16th Oct 13,2016 Saturday 15th October 2016 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Belfast Star 60,Pyrobel Killester 77; Irish TV Tralee Warriors 85,SSE Airtricity Moycullen 69 Commercial.ie Eanna 77,DCU Saints 73 Hula Hoops U20 Men's National Cup Killester 62,KUBS BC 120;Dublin Lions 67,St Vincent's 2,53 Sunday 16th October 2016 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Griffith Swords Thunder 88-51UL Eagles; KUBS BC 74-77UCC Demons; Temple... [read more]
National League Gamezone: October 15th - 16th Oct 13,2016 Saturday 15th October 2016 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Belfast Star 60,Pyrobel Killester 77;
Irish TV Tralee Warriors 85,SSE Airtricity Moycullen 69
Commercial.ie Eanna 77,DCU Saints 73
Hula Hoops U20 Men's National Cup Killester 62,KUBS BC 120;Dublin Lions 67,St Vincent's 2,53
Sunday 16th October 2016
Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Griffith Swords Thunder 88-51UL Eagles;
KUBS BC 74-77UCC Demons;
Templeogue 89-80 UCD Marian
Hula Hoops U20 Men's National Cup Moycullen BC v Sligo All-Stars, The Jes, Galway, 13.30 Kildare Gliders v Queens BC, St Conleth's, Newbridge, 14.00 St Vincent's 1 v Drogheda Bullets, St Vincent's SS, Glasnevin 14.30 Tralee Imperials v Killorglin CYMS, Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee 15.30.
Detailed Results: Basketball Ireland Men's Super League Templeogue won the bragging rights in their top of the table clash with UCD Marian, as they overcame their close rivals 89-80 in the final game of the Men's Super Series weekend at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.
Bonapartetop scored for Templeogue in a game that was neck-in-neck throughout most of thesecond half.
Earlier on in the weekend, Commercial.ie Eanna secured their first win of the Men's Super League at the weekend as they overcame DCU Saints 77-73 in a nail-biter.
'We put a lot of work in during the week so we were more disciplined - that was the difference,' said a delighted Head Coach, Mick Thompson. 'We did what we had practised, and we're delighted. You can see how hard the lads are willing to work: it's just a matter of doing what we know we can do and hopefully get more results.'
Elsewhere, Pyrobel Killester overcame Belfast Star, Irish TV Tralee won out over SSE Airtricity Moycullen, Griffith Swords Thunder claimed victory against Radisson Blu UL Eagles while UCC Demons just had the edge on KUBS BC, 77-74, in an absolute thriller on Sunday afternoon.
Belfast Star 60-77 Pyrobel Killester Belfast Star Top Scorers: Keelan Cairns 17, Conor Johnston 13, Greg Womack 11 Pyrobel Killester Top Scorers: Jermaine Turner 19, Peder Madsen 11, Cian Nihill 9 Half time score: Belfast Star 26-36 Pyrobel Killester Irish TV Tralee Warriors 85-69SSE Airtricity Moycullen Top scorersIrish TV Tralee Warriors: Ryan Leonard 23, Dusan Bogdanovic 18, Trae Pemberton 17 Top scorers SSE Airtricity Moycullen: Phillip Lawrence-Ricks 26, Paddy Lyons 17, Dylan Cunningham 15 Half time score: Irish TV Tralee Warriors 45, SSE Airtricity Moycullen 34 Commercial.ie Eanna.ie 77, DCU Saints 73 Commercial.ie Eanna Top Scorers: Aidan Dunne 16, Nathaniel Musters 15, Neil Lynch 14 DCU Saints Top Scorers: Eoin Darling 23, Martins Provizors 19, Shane Davidson 8, Graham Brannelly 8 HT: Commercial.ie Eanna.ie 44, DCU Saints 31 Griffith Swords Thunder 88-53 Radisson Blu UL Eagles Top scorers Griffith Swords Thunder: Justin Goldsborough 16, Charlie Coombes 12, Alex Calvexe 12 Top scorers Radisson Blu UL Eagles: Zedric Sadler 21, Stephen King 14, Eoin Quigley 6 Half time score: Griffith Swords Thunder 42-24 Radisson Blu UL Eagles KUBS BC 74-77 UCC Demons Top scorers KUBS BC: Brian Edwards 27, Conor James 11, Kevin Foley 10 Top scorers UCC Demons: Kyle Hosford 20, Ciaran O Sullivan 14, Jacob Lawson 13 Half time score: KUBS BC 29 - UCC Demons 47 Templeogue 89-80 UCD Marian Top scorers Templeogue: Michael Bonaparte 25, Jason Killeen 14, Lorcan Murphy 13, Stephen James 13 Top scorers UCD Marian: Mike Garrow 22, Barry Drumm 13, Neil Baynes 12 Half time: Templeogue 43-31 UCD Marian
From : www.basketballireland.ie
The sports budget for 2017 (Ireland) has been cut by almost 30%, it was announced today (October 11th). Minister for Transport, Tourism and SportShane Rosssaw his department's budget increase by 72million but the allocation for sport went from 73.5m to 51.91m. Ross said that the decrease was due to the funds received last year for the constructionof the National Arena in Dublin. He said:'The only reason sports has gone down is the construction of the sports arena last year. It was a huge 22 million payment. 'I am happy we got a 4% increase in funding for my Department. It is well over the average.' Meanwhile, it was confirmed that horse racing is to receive an extra 4.8m, and there is also an increase for the Greyhound industry. Agriculture Minister Michael Creedsaid: 'A further 6 million has been allocated to the Horse & Greyhound Racing Fund, as per the Minister for Finance's commitment, and it will be divided 80-20 as usual between the two sports.' Details of another round of the Sports Capital Programme will be announced at a later date. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O'Donovan said: 'The capital allocation to Sport Ireland will provide for the continued development of the National Sports Campus at Abbotstown. 'This includes the completion of the National Indoor Arena and Office Accommodation.'
Countdown on to exciting weekend of Men's Super League This coming weekend, October 15th and 16th, is a weekend of basketball action you definitely don't want to miss. The countdown is officially on to the first Men'sSuper Seriesweekend of the 2016/17 season which will take place atthe National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on October 15th and 16th. The weekend is truly gearing up to be a superb showcase of basketball as all 12 of this year's Men's Super League teams make the trip to the... [read more]
Countdown on to exciting weekend of Men's Super League
This coming weekend, October 15th and 16th, is a weekend of basketball action you definitely don't want to miss. The countdown is officially on to the first Men'sSuper Seriesweekend of the 2016/17 season which will take place atthe National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on October 15th and 16th. The weekend is truly gearing up to be a superb showcase of basketball as all 12 of this year's Men's Super League teams make the trip to the national stadium for what will undoubtedly be a weekend not to be missed. Opening up the event will be Belfast Star and Pyrobel Killester who face off on the court at 2pm on Saturday, October 15th. Killester have just made their way on to the league table having overcome SSE Airtricity Moycullen at the weekend (83-74). They had lost their two opening games to Griffith Swords Thunder and Templeogue and a relieved Head Coach, Brian O'Malley was glad to get the win and finally be on the scoreboard. 'It's good to get on the board,' he said. 'It was a tough game, Moycullen really took us out of our comfort zone, it was a battle from start to finish. They are all hard wins, they are all hard games to get through. We're looking forward to Star now next weekend. They are always going to be a good team, they've good Irish players, Dan O'Neill is a very good coach so they are well drilled, they ran UCD really close up in Belfast on Saturday evening, they are probably unlucky as they have come out on the wrong side of a couple of very close games. We played them last year in the Cup and they turned us over in the Cup so we are under no illusions that it is going to be a tough game. We are going to work and improve on the errors we made last week and hopefully that'll be enough to get us across the line.' Meanwhile, Belfast Star are also having mixed fortunes in the League so far, having secured a hard-fought win against UL Eagles in the first game, but thenwent down againstnewcomers Irish TV Tralee Warriors and league leaders, UCD Marian at the weekend. They will be hoping to take home the win from their clash against Pyrobel Killester. Next up on Saturday, October 15th, will see Irish TV Tralee Warriors facing off against SSE Airtricity Moycullen at 4pm. Warriors have been enjoying their time in the Super League, securing a well-earned win over Belfast Star, and though they lost out to UCC Demons, went on to secure a 77-59 point win over KUBS BC at the weekend. SSE Airtricity Moycullenwill be hoping to get back to winning ways, having been defeated by DCU Saints and Pyrobel Killesterso far this season, with a win against KUBS BC their only one to date. Meanwhile, Commercial.ie Eanna and DCU Saints will round up the action on Day 1 of the Super Series weekend, when they go head-to-head at 6pm. With no win under their belt as of yet, Eanna will be hoping to get off the mark following defeats to UCD Marian, Griffith Swords Thunder and Templeogue. Saints have two wins from three so far, with wins over SSE Airtricity Moycullen and UL Eagles and will be hoping that this weekend's tie will bring home their third win of the season. Sunday, October 16th sees the action ramping up for a second day of theSuper Series, as Griffith Swords Thunder open proceedings when they take on UL Eagles at 2pm. Another interesting match-up, Thunder are going into this weekend's fixtures with two wins from three, having lost out to UCC Demons at the weekend. Eagles meanwhile have one win under their belts (against KUBS BC) and will be hoping to get back on track against Thunder this weekend. KUBS BC and UCC Demons are next into the arena for Game 2 at 4pm. KUBS BC are looking for their first win of the season, having suffered defeat at the hands of Irish TV Tralee Warriors, UL Eagles and SSE Airtricity Moycullen. Finally, the last game of the weekend will be one of the big highlights of the Super Series as it sees a top of the table clash between UCD Marian and Templeogue. Both teams are coming into the clash with three wins from three. UCD secured their wins against UCC Demons, Commercial.ie Eanna and Belfast Star, while Templeogue are coming in on the back of victories over Pyrobel Killester, DCU Saints and Commercial.ie Eanna. The two sides go head-to-head at 6pm in what will surely be a thrilling way to round up the action. This is certainly going to be super and a weekend of men's basketball not to be missed. Tickets priced at 5per day (under 16s go free) will be available on the door at the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght. Fixtures: Saturday, October 15th 2pmBelfast Star v Pyrobel Killester 4pm Irish TV Tralee Warriors v SSE Airtricity Moycullen 6pmCommercial.ie Eanna v DCU Saints
Sunday, October 16th 2pmGriffith Swords Thunder v UL Eagles 4pmKUBS BC v UCC Demons 6pm Templeogue BC v UCD Marian
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