This weekend in the Nivea for Mens SuperLeague each team will take to the court on Saturday night. As the games continue to provide surprising results this weekend is sure to be no different.
First up on Saturday night will see northsiders, Killester, welcome UCC Demons to the I.W.A. in Clontarf. Coming off the back of a double weekend on the road, Killester will be eager to start the game strong on their home court. After their loss to Moycullen last Saturday evening the ever resilient side bounced back on Sunday to overtake a confident UCD Marian.
Speaking about the weekend gone, Head Coach, Darren ONeill said, Last weekend was a real mixed bag for us. It was tough to lose in Galway but we put in a team effort on Sunday to come away with the points we needed.
Commenting on the game ahead ONeill announced, We are looking forward to the battle against Demons. When we played them earlier this season it was a close game so we will hope to build on that performance while taking the positives of last weekend with us also.
UCC Demons also suffered a tough loss last weekend when last years champions, UL Eagles, broke their winning streak in Limerick.
Focusing on the game this weekend, Paul Kelleher, Head Coach of UCC Demons explained, Last time we came up against Killester it was a tough game for us and it was close. They are a dangerous side, especially on their home court. We need to improve on our performance from last week if we want to leave Dublin with a win come Saturday.
Down in Cork, Neptune Stadium will host Bord Gais Neptune as they take on UCD Marian. The Cork side will enter the game confident after their impressive victory over DCU Saints last weekend. This is also the third time for the two sides to meet this season with both teams recording a win each. Regardless of league standings, this game will see each side battle it out for bragging rights in order to find out who deserves the second win.
Head Coach of Bord Gais Neptune, Mark Scannell, said, The last two times that we have meet UCD Marian there has been nothing between the games. This encounter will be a tough one and we need to be prepared going into it if we want to come away with the win.
Sasa Punosevac, Head Coach of UCD Marian, was honest when he admitted, This game has come at a bad time for us especially after our poor performance last weekend at home. We will enter this game like every other and aim to come away with a win but we are looking forward to the cup game in two weeks to boost the team morale.
Meanwhile in Dublin, DCU Saints will take on Dublin Inter in DCU Complex. The last time these two teams faced off it was the opening game of the season and Dublin Inter came away with the win. DCU Saints will not only use this fixture as an opportunity to seek revenge but also to bounce back from a string of losses over the last few weeks.
David Donnelly, Head Coach of DCU Saints said, We are looking forward to this game and the opportunity to come back strong after a disappointing loss to Bord Gais Neptune last weekend. We lead at the end of the second quarter but were outworked in the second half.
Donnelly continued, This weekend we will take it right back to basics. We are going to rely on our defence to get us this win and challenge Inter.
Keeping it short and sweet, Head Coach of Dublin Inter, Audrius Jonusas, enthused, We are looking for another win this weekend and we will do whatever we have to in order to achieve it.
The final game in the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague will see UL Eagles take on Moycullen in the UL Arena. Last weekend, the defending champions, UL Eagles, overcame Dublin Inter and UCC Demons which in turn saw them fly to top of the league table. Moycullen also had a good weekend as they saw out Killester to claim their third win out of their last four games.
Looking forward to the game, Mark Keenan, Head Coach of UL Eagles said, We cant be complacent going into this game against Moycullen. They are a tricky side that have always given us a great battle. We need to keep our momentum up if we want to continue with good results.
Friday November 30th
Basketball Ireland Mens U-20 National Cup
Killester v Dublin Raiders, St Fintans HS, 20:00
Saturday December 1st
Nivea For Men's SuperLeague
Killester v UCC Demons, I .W.A Clontarf, 18:00 ; Bord Gais Neptune v UCD Marian, Neptune Stadium, 19:00 ; DCU Saints v Dublin Inter, DCU Complex, 19:00 ; UL Eagles v Moycullen, UL Arena, 19:30
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One
Team Left Bank Kilkenny v Team Garveys St Marys,O Loughlin Gaels Gym, 19:30
Basketball Ireland Mens U-20 National Cup
Belfast Star v Titans, UUJ, 15:00 ; Templeogue Azzurri v UCC Demons, St Catherines Marrowbone Lane, 15:00
Basketball Ireland Mens U-20 National Cup
Ballincollig v Tolka Rovers, Neptune Stadium, 15:30
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]
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) signed 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 averaged 9.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.6apg. The other team he played shortly was Anadolu Efes in Turkish league. In 5 Euroleague games he got 4.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0apg. McGrath also spent pre-season at La ICL Manresa (also in Liga Endesa) that year. He was a member of Irish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2008. McGrath is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki, AEK Athens and Egaleo), Italy (Openjobmetis VA, Verona and BancaTercas), Lithuania (Zalgiris) and Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg). McGrath attended Providence College until 2006 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
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]
Montakit Fuenlabrada (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 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. Among other achievements O'Leary played in the final of WCC Tournament in 2009. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Forward of the Year award back in 2011. O'Leary has played previously for four other teams: Blancos de Rueda, Palencia Baloncesto, Vigo and Oviedo CB. He attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2009 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball. The scouts decsribe him following way:
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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