This weekend in the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague, UL Eagles maintained their top of the table position while Killester, Bord Gais Neptune and DCU Saints all enjoyed wins on their home courts.
UL Eagles entered their game against Moycullen confident after two strong wins the weekend previous. However, the young resilient Galway side made sure last years champions had to work hard for the win.
Speaking after the game, Head Coach of UL Eagles, Mark Keenan, was disappointed with his teams performance, That was a scrappy game, we didnt play at our full potential but a win is a win.
Keenan continued, Coming down the stretch, experience was a huge factor in the game and we were lucky it was on our side. It was not a good performance on our part at all but everyone chipped in to pull us over the line and come away with the win.
Meanwhile in Dublin, Killester saw off UCC Demons on a score-line of 85-77. With Killesters Assistant Coach, Tom Doherty, stepping in to call the shots this weekend and with new signing, Michael Bonaparte lacing up, Killesters new shape clearly caused the Cork side problems.
The northsiders entered the game off a weekend of mixed results as they fell to Moycullen on the road but regained composure the following evening to see off UCD Marian. Using these results as motivation they were ready to challenge the number two spot holders, Demons.
Killesters manager, Rachel OConnell, enthused, We are delighted to come away with the win this evening. Bonaparte did a great job for us, he fits in well with the team so it made sense to bring him in.
OConnell highlighted the importance of the win, Its been a tough week for everyone here but the guys worked together and things are starting to shape up nicely for us. Atmosphere is great in the camp and we are all looking forward to the cup game next weekend.
Staying in Dublin, DCU Saints overcame newcomers, Dublin Inter, after the game went into overtime. With both teams struggling to find momentum this season the northsiders welcomed the much needed win.
Head Coach of DCU Saints, David Donnelly admitted, We had to take it right back to basics this weekend if we wanted to overcome Dublin Inter and we did that, especially on defence.
Offensively, Eoin Quill hit some big shots to keep us in the game. We were lucky to make it into overtime but we made great plays down the stretch that paid off and saw us come out the better side of a close game.
In Cork, Bord Gais Neptune outworked UCD Marian to record another win over the Dublin side. As Neptunes injury issues begin to subside the team are coming into form nicely as the season progresses.
Speaking about his side, Head Coach of Bord Gais Neptune, Mark Scannell, credited the win on character, We came out strong in the second half and really put in a solid team performance. Our energy down the stretch allowed us to break away and enjoy another win on our home court. Both Townes and Noonan lead the team very well in that game and the younger guys are enjoying getting involved.
Scannell continued, Thats two on the bounce for us now so the mood is good within the team, we are healthy and on form at the moment so looking forward to the cup game next weekend.
Basketball Ireland Weekend Results
Friday November 30th
Basketball Ireland Mens U-20 National Cup
Killester: 70 (38) (C. Roe 12, M. Deegan 21, A. Colfer 14) Dublin Raiders: 60 (36) (L. Murphy 22, A. Bartley 19, B. ONeill 8)
Saturday December 1st
Nivea For Men's SuperLeague
Killester: 85 (33) (M. Boneparte 12, C. Roe 12, M. Westbrooks 11, R. Clarke 11) UCC Demons: 77 (36) (C. O'Sullivan 22, K. Walker 22, S. Colgan 16, N. O'Reilly 14)
Bord Gais Neptune:77 (44) (D. Townes 26, I. McLaughlin 17, G. Noonan 13) UCD Marian: 70 (44) (J. Galvin 24, K. Foley 13, D. James 9)
DCU Saints: 78 (30) (E. Quill 20; M. Provizors 17; K. Anderson 17) Dublin Inter: 72 (28) (M Tamusauskas 22; G Trakauskas 14; A Statkus 12)
UL Eagles: 88 ( 41) (J. Killeen 28, R. Taylor 24, N. Campbell 14) Moycullen: 72 (36) (P. O' Brien 16, S. Camps 14, C. Nihill 9)
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One
Team Left Bank Kilkenny: 63 (33) (J. O'Keeffee 17; J. Bulter 15; P. Morrissey 10) Team Garveys St Marys: 73 (35) (J. Teahan 20; D. Wall 15; N. Fitzpatrick 14)
Basketball Ireland Mens U-20 National Cup
Belfast Star: 86 (37) (O. Kerlin 25, C. Quinn 23, A. Quinn 14) Titans: 74 (50) (T. Fabriciuss 25, Brockman 20, Echefu 7)
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 - 9 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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