#1. This week's number one is former international guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence, currently plays in Greece). He led PAOK to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked AGOR (5-3) 91-85 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game.
McGrath was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and added 5 passes in 39 minutes on the court.
PAOK Thessaloniki (6-2) is placed fourth in the A1.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's McGrath's first year with the team.
McGrath has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 63.6%(28-44), 3FGP: 41.5% and FT: 76.2% in the eight games he played so far.
McGrath is a naturalized American.
He played for the Irish senior national team four years ago.
Strangely McGrath has never played in Ireland.
#2. Second place goes to former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post, currently plays in United Kingdom). He managed to help UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders to win against the closely-ranked Worcester Wolves (7-7) crushing them 87-65 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game.
O'Reilly recorded 5 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders (8-3) is placed fourth in the BBL.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
This season O'Reilly has very high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 7.6rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 62.4%(53-85), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 87.5%.
O'Reilly played for the Irish national team in 2009.
#3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois, currently plays in France). He contributed to Chalons-Reims' victory against the 13th-ranked Lille Metropole (5-7) 67-55 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday.
Mullins scored only 3 points, had 5 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 4 balls in 27 minutes.
Chalons-Reims (8-4) is placed fourth in the ProB.
This year Mullins' overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.4apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 57.9% in the 12 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Mullins played for the Irish national team three years ago.
Apparently he has never played in Ireland.
#4. Center Sean McCarthy (208-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the NJIT to beat the Seton Hall University (0-0). He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones.
McCarthy scored only 1 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 22 minutes.
The NJIT lost 59-68 on the road to the Seton Hall University.
This year McCarthy's total stats are: 6.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg in the six games.
He used to play for the Irish U16 national team
back in 2009.
The list of other players, who all have Irish passport but never been selected to any of Irish national teams:
#1.Will Hanley (200-G/F-90, agency: Duran International, college: Bowdoin, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in an Oviedo CB's victory against the ninth-ranked Cafes Aitona (2-5) 57-51 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Hanley also added 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his first season in pro basketball. Oviedo Club Baloncesto (4-3) is placed fifth in the LEB Silver.
It's Hanley's first year with the team.
Hanley is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place).
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hanley averages: 17.4ppg, 9.7rpg and 1.6spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Apparently Hanley has never played in Ireland.
#2.Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Blusens Monbus (5-5) to beat Asefa Estudiantes (6-4).
He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes.
Blusens Monbus was crushed 89-66 on the road by the higher-ranked (#8) Asefa Estudiantes.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Kendall is currently eighth on the list of top scorers with 14.4ppg.
This year his other stats are: 5.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in the 10 games he played so far.
Kendall has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish.
#3.Owen McNally (203-F-87, college: Spring Hill, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Glasgow Rocks to win against one of league's weakest teams Manchester Giants (3-9) 83-77 in the British BBL on Friday night.
McNally recorded 5 points and blocked 2 blocks.
Glasgow Rocks (6-4) is placed sixth in the BBL.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
McNally's total stats this season are: 3.0ppg and 4.3rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
#4.Yaniv Strauss (190-F-92, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Hapoel Kazrin (3-5) in their game against Hod Hasharon (6-2) in the Israeli National League (second division).
Strauss scored 7 points in only 14 minutes.
Hapoel Kazrin was crushed 82-56 in Hod Hasharon by the higher-ranked (#5) Hod Hasharon.
It was Hapoel Kazrin's third consecutive loss in a row.
It's Strauss' first season with the team.
This year he averages only 2.9ppg in the eight games.
#5.Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to secure a victory for AEL (1-5) in their game against Etha (4-2) in the Cypriot Division A.
Pesic scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
AEL was defeated 85-72 at home by the higher-ranked Etha (#3).
It was AEL's fifth consecutive loss in a row.
It's Pesic's first season with the team.
His total stats this year are: 8.5ppg and 7.0rpg.
Pesic is another player who holds two passports: Irish and Serbian.
#6. Experienced Tony McCrory (199-G/F-77, college: Simon Fraser, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA couldn't help Starwings (1-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Starwings lost in an overtime 79-89 on their home court in Basel to the higher-ranked (#5) Lugano Tigers.
McCrory scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes.
He has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.6apg in the nine games.
McCrory has both Canadian and Irish nationalities.
#7.Orel Lev (195-SG-93, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Hapoel Kfar Saba's surprising victory against the second-ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata 80-73 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game.
He scored 5 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
Lev's total stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg.
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
Mihajlo Pesic (ex Apoel) signs at ALS Basket - 14 days ago
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NM1 newcomer Andrezieux Boutheon Loire Sud Basket landed experienced 35-year old Serbian-Irish power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-111kg-81). He played most recently at Apoel in Cypriot Division A, but left the team in Jan.'15. In 10 games he averaged 4.9ppg and 4.2rpg in 2014-15 season. Part of previous (2013-14) season Pesic spent at BC Apollon Limassol (also in Division A). He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was... [read more]
NM1 newcomer Andrezieux Boutheon Loire Sud Basket landed experienced 35-year old Serbian-Irish power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-111kg-81). He played most recently at Apoel in Cypriot Division A, but left the team in Jan.'15. In 10 games he averaged 4.9ppg and 4.2rpg in 2014-15 season. Part of previous (2013-14) season Pesic spent at BC Apollon Limassol (also in Division A). He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 3rd Team. Pesic also spent pre-season at Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol (also in Division A) that year. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 3rd Team. His team won Cyprus Supercup. Among other achievements Pesic received Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic League Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2012. He is a very experienced player. Pesic has played also professionally in Austria (UBSC Graz and Vienna), Germany (GiroLive-Ballers, USC Freiburg and Ansbach), Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain (Marin), Cyprus (Petrolina AEK Larnaca and Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios), Slovakia (Inter Bratislava) and Serbia (Napredak Rubin). It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at ALS Basket. Let's have closer look into Pesic's outlook:
A good athlete who plays both the forward positions; has good speed and quickness, and is a good offensive player who can score even from behind the 3 points arch;.
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