Two wins by UL Eagles on Friday and Saturday saw the defending champions soar to the top of the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague table. The weekend also saw wins for Moycullen, Bord Gais Neptune and UCD Marian.
UCC Demons entered the weekend undefeated and atop the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague but were knocked off that perch Saturday night when UL Eagles proved too much for the Cork city club in Limerick.
Speaking after his sides 83 to 72 victory, Eagles head coach Mark Keenan pointed to his teams experience as a major contributing factor to the outcome.
I have to give our guys a lot of credit, we shared the ball great all night and kept our composure when it mattered. A lot of guys came up with big plays throughout.
We were in control for most of the game. They came out very strong at the start of the second half and made a few threes but we never lost our discipline and we also did a great job on their American defensively which kept their scoring low.
The win for Eagles was all the more impressive considering they had just come off a tough encounter with Dublin Inter less than 24 hours earlier on Friday night in Tallaght where most of their key players were forced to play significant minutes.
The Inter game really was a tough game. We had to make sure we didnt get ahead of ourselves and have one eye on the Demons match the next night. It was level at the half but we got a really nice push in the third quarter which was the winning of the game.
The nearest challengers to Demons and Eagles are Bord Gais Neptune who edged closer to breaking into that top two with a win at home against DCU Saints.
Struggling with several injuries, Neptunes head coach Mark Scannell was pleased with the contributions he received from a number of younger plays who are breaking into the squad this season.
Mattie (Mateusz Rudak) came in and gave us some great energy on defence and fellas like Stephen OSullivan and Dylan Lenihan did well.
We played well but didnt start great and the bit of fresh legs and a change-up worked really well for us.
Scannell can also be pleased with the performance of a couple of his more veteran Irish guards, Gary Walsh and Ian McLoughlin, who combined for 33 points in the game, while American centre Darren Townes contributed 20 despite struggling with injury all game.
In Galway, Moycullen completed a fantastic month of November for their young side, winning their third game in four when they easily saw off the challenge of Killester, 79 to 58.
Things are beginning to click for us a little bit, said Moycullen American centre Pat Sullivan, who leads the league in scoring on 25 points per game.
Killester are a great club so any day you beat them by 20 points is one to savour. We attacked well early on and forced them to switch to a zone defence which left our shooters a lot of space and we were able to capitalise on that, said Sullivan.
Despite the loss, Killester managed to regroup in time to defeat UCD Marian in Dublin on Sunday, a win that head coach Darren ONeill was delighted to salvage from the weekend.
Everyone played really well today. Puff Summers probably had his best game of the season but it would be hard to single any one person out, the team as a whole played great. We were a lot better defensively today than we had been which was the big difference from recent games.
Basketball Ireland Weekend Results
Friday, November 23rd
Nivea For Men's SuperLeague
Dublin Inter 55 (31) (M Tamusauskas 16, A Statkus 14, G Trakauskas 6) UL Eagles 73 (31) (R Taylor 19, J Killeen 13, N Campbell 14)
Saturday, November 24th
Nivea For Men's SuperLeague
Moycullen79 (39) (P Sullivan 23, S Camps 13, C Nihill 10) Killester 58 (25) (E Chubb 19, A Casey 12, P Summers 9)
Bord Gais Neptune 88 (38) (D Townes 20, I McLoughlin 20, G Walsh 13) DCU Saints 74 (41) (P Glover 25, K Anderson 14, M Trimmer 13)
UL Eagles 83 (39) (R Taylor 27, J Killeen 17, S Kinevane 15) UCC Demons 72 (27) (S Coughlan 20, N O Reilly 14, S Duggan 14)
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One
Donegal Town 65 (31) (W Timoney 18, P Mchugh 18, R Muldoon 15) Ulster Elks 91 (47) (J Mower 36, M McDonald 15, M Graeves 15)
Templeogue Azzurri 85 (41) (P Taylor 27, A O'Neil 15, L Thompson 11) Team Left Bank Kilkenny 48 (22) (P Brennan 14, J Butler 13, J O'Keefe 7)
Team Garveys St Marys 45 (25) (D Griffin 12 D Wall 8) Blue Demons 68 (39) (K Hosford 18, T OHalloran 17, S McCarthy 15)
Sunday, November 25th
Nivea For Men's SuperLeague
UCD Marian 64 (31) (J Galvin 24, C Meany 9, M Kelly 9) Killester 74 (32) (L Summers 25, A Casey 15, M Westbrooks 11)
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One
Ballon BC 56 (25) (E Kumpys 14, D Tamosauskis 7, M Kraniauskas7) Matt OFlaherty Chemists Titans 93 (46) (P Torigo 22, P Peldzius 16, C McMichael 10)
A slow start from which they never despite several rallies really recovered from caused U.C.C. Blue Demons to lose their unbeaten record last evening away against Limerick Lions.Lions on paper have a distinct advantage which they use effectively in that they have 2 players with N.c.A.A. experience and given Robert Taylor plays either guard or forward with Jason killeen in the post this provides the team with good balance too.The major bugbear for demons early was their lack of co-ordination in terms of ball movement and player movement which up to now had Walker playing at both ends in the post contributing points and rebounds.Had Demons had a slicker pg able to feed Walker in the post things would have not been so easy for Jason Killeen with his work rate and focus allowing him get the better of Walker at least in this particular game.With Lions making their shots and Demons missing theirs despite the "looks" being on a par with Lions Lions opened a 17 to 10 lead with points coming from the perimeter,inside and even fast break points (this scoring balance too meant Demons were stretched defensively to cover everything as Lions capitalised with a good team offence and good decision making).To look deeper too the number of their own Boards Demons gave up with poor blocking out allowed Lions a few almost uncontested put backs, second chance opportunities which with good dicipline were too converted into more points.At the half Lions lead 39 to demons 27 though as I commented on facebook Demons still had the firepower to create problems for Lions and did dragging themselves back to within a few points on the back of excellent perimeter shooting from Ciaran O sullivan and points off the dribble drive from shane Duggan who is improving game on game.Walker too spending all but a couple of minutes of the third quarter on the bench did not contribute to Demon,s cause.For Lions Taylor had a big game with 27 points and although Killeen had 17 he more than matched Taylors contribution with rebounding at both ends consistantly.Scott Kinevane too all in all had a sharper all round game than probably any of the Demons guys (15 points).Lions had too a little more than demons coming off the bench in terms of actual contributions and this too added to their strengths.Walkers lack of scoring one could point to it and say "well where were the points from the import" though in truth he consistantly put himself in good positions and got no ball with Demons relying on O Reilly and Coughlan who this game with Lions defence did not have that extra time luxury to take and make their regular shots even though Coughlan did finish with 20 points and O Reilly on 14.
Duane Johnson (ex DCU Saints) signs at Black Star - 4 days ago
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Black Star Mersch (N2) landed 25-year old American power forward Duane Johnson (201-86kg-91, college: E.Stroudsburg). He played most recently at DCU Saints in Irish Premier League. In 12 games he was the best scorer with impressive 26.2ppg and recorded 18.7rpg (leader !!!), 3.9apg, 2.6spg (in top 5) and 3.1bpg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Irish Premier League Center of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Johnson played in the... [read more]
Black Star Mersch (N2) landed 25-year old American power forward Duane Johnson (201-86kg-91, college: E.Stroudsburg). He played most recently at DCU Saints in Irish Premier League. In 12 games he was the best scorer with impressive 26.2ppg and recorded 18.7rpg (leader !!!), 3.9apg, 2.6spg (in top 5) and 3.1bpg last season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Irish Premier League Center of the Year and selected to 1st Team. Johnson played in the final of Australian Big V in 2014. He has played also professionally in Australia (Stingrays). Johnson attended East Stroudsburg until 2013 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Ulster Elks enter National League for 2016/17 - 14 days ago
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Ulster Elks have been granted a license to compete in the Basketball Ireland National League for the 2016/2017 season. The club will compete in the Men's Division One and play their home games in the Ulster University Sports Centre in Jordanstown. Ulster Elks compete in the Basketball Northern Ireland Wingfoot Premier League and were in the Men's National League as recently as 2012. The Men's Division One side will be coached by Patrick O'Neill, who has been at the helm for the last five... [read more]
Ulster Elks have been granted a license to compete in the Basketball Ireland National League for the 2016/2017 season. The club will compete in the Men's Division One and play their home games in the Ulster University Sports Centre in Jordanstown. Ulster Elks compete in the Basketball Northern Ireland Wingfoot Premier League and were in the Men's National League as recently as 2012. The Men's Division One side will be coached by Patrick O'Neill, who has been at the helm for the last five years. Elks will be the third Ulster side competing in the Men's National League this season. Belfast Star will continue in the Men's Premier League while the newly formed LYIT BC will be based in Letterkenny in Donegal and play against Ulster Elks in Men's Division One. As C&S Blue Demons will not be competing in the Men's National League this season, the number of clubs remains at 24. 'Three Ulster clubs in our National League is certainly not the end of our ambitions,' said Men's National League Commissioner and Basketball Ireland Secretary General Bernard O'Byrne. 'We were impressed with the presentation from Ulster Elks. All clubs who enter the National League are subject to a one year license in their first season. It's about ensuring standards both on and off the court in terms of clubs' organisation. Having 24 teams in the National League is going to be great.' Ulster Elks will also learn this week if their application has been successful to play in the Women's National League for the first time. Ulster Rockets look set to play in the Women's Division One in 2016/17, having finished fifth in their return season. Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie
Colin O'Reilly (ex UCC Demons) takes over Cheshire Phoenix - 1 month ago
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Cheshire Phoenix (BBL) agreed terms with 32-year old Irish coach Colin O'Reilly. He has coached for the last three seasons at UCC Demons in Irish Premier League. He helped them to win the league title. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Irish Premier League Coach of the Year. O'Reilly has been coaching Irish Senior National Team between 2015 and 2016 and coached also U18 National Team last year. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Unit... [read more]
Cheshire Phoenix (BBL) agreed terms with 32-year old Irish coach Colin O'Reilly. He has coached for the last three seasons at UCC Demons in Irish Premier League. He helped them to win the league title. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Irish Premier League Coach of the Year. O'Reilly has been coaching Irish Senior National Team between 2015 and 2016 and coached also U18 National Team last year.
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