Basketball Ireland Cup Quarter Final Weekend Preview
The annual drama of the National Cup gets into full swing this weekend as the quarter final round kicks off in the Men and Womens SuperLeague Cup.
For many teams, the cup is a welcome escape from league struggles and for all the teams competing this weekend, regardless of their season so far, lie just two wins from a cup final and live TV exposure.
One team glad for the distraction is UCC Demons, the early pacesetters in the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague who have recently relinquished their grip on first place with back to back losses.
They will need to rediscover that form quickly as they travel to Dublin this weekend to play DCU Saints, a formidable team fresh off a dramatic overtime win against Dublin Inter.
We are going to have to match their enthusiasm and energy and if we do that we will be there or there about and thats all we can ask for, said Demons head coach Paul Kelleher.
Weve actually played reasonably well recently and we are back to full strength. Carlton Cuffe played last weekend but showed a bit of rust, which is to be expected, and having him back into our rotation properly this weekend should make a big difference.
Opposing Kelleher on the sideline will be Saints head coach Dave Donnelly, who described the game simply as massive and knows that his team, who will be without the services of an injured Mark Nagle, must contain Demons star players to be in with a chance.
Cup games are massive for all the teams. We slipped early in the league a little bit so there has been a little bit of extra focus on the cup and the lads have been going really hard in training all week.
Shane Coughlan controls the tempo for them and he hurt us earlier in the season with some big scores. We need to limit his influence and that of their American (Kenton Walker).
Meanwhile, the only two teams to have beaten Demons this year meet in Limerick as UL Eagles take on Killester.
After a dismal start saw them plummet towards the bottom of the table, Killester have won their last two games and seem reinvigorated by the addition of Michael Bonaparte to the line-up.
Despite the disruption of losing head coach Darren ONeill last week, Killester kept their focus against a Demons side looking to exact revenge for their first loss of the season a week earlier, winning by eight points.
Weve had a good week of practice coming off the momentum of that win and Michael Bonaparte is settling in really well, said Killester team manager Rachel OConnell.
A tough challenge awaits Killester this weekend however. As if a trip to play the defending champions in Limerick was not difficult enough, the Dubliners will be without star guard Eoin Chubb, whose knee problems leave him side-lined.
Despite this, Eagles head coach Mark Keenan is taking nothing for granted.
Killester have shown how good they can be by beating UCD Marian and UCC Demons in the last few weeks. Mike Bonaparte has made an immediate impact for them. We will need a big performance from all our players if we want to go through to the cup semi-finals.
In Cork, Bord Gais Neptune are getting into the Christmas spirit for their cup quarter final against Dublin Inter in Neptune Stadium and have been busy distributing free tickets to help people experience the magic of cup basketball in Ireland.
"We are trying to have a sort of carnival of basketball," said Neptune head coach, Mark Scannell who encouraged fans to check out the U18 cup quarter final preceding the senior game when Neptune play Letterkenny Blaze in the stadium at 2pm (SuperLeague Cup game at 7pm).
We are playing well at the minute but the fact that we were beaten by Inter in Dublin will be on our minds. We had a lot of injury worries recently but everyone is back to playing health and it has actually stood to us as we have a deeper rotation due to so many bench guys stepping in and playing very well in that time.
Inter will have the extra burden of enetering the game with a new head coach after they parted ways with Audrius Jonusas by mutual agreement. Their Basketball Ireland Mens Division One coach, Irmantas Griksas, has agreed to fill the role for the remainder of the year.
A statement released by Dublin Inter stated that the first year at the highest level of Irish basketball has been demanding to all involved and it has taken lot of the time and commitment - players and management would like to thank Audrius for his passion and dedication over the years for the benefit of the club and team and we wish all the best in future to him.
The final cup quarter final pits old rivals UCD Marian against Moycullen with the unique venue of Leitir Moir in the Galway Gaeltacht being used for the fixture.
We have had a lot of success playing games in Leitir Moir and there is a great basketball community out there that really appreciate the chance to see top teams playing in their area, said Moycullen guard James OBrien.
Marian have a great team and we will have to keep a handle on their scorers to be in with a chance but we have beaten them once this year and are confident that if we play we have a team good enough to make a real run at the cup.
Basketball Ireland Upcoming Fixtures
Saturday 8th December 2012
Men's SuperLeague Cup - Quarter Finals
Moycullen V UCD Marian, Sportlann Mhicil Mhor, 15:45; Bord Gais Neptune V Dublin Inter, Neptune Stadium, 19:00; UL Eagles V Killester, UL Arena, 19:30;
Basketball Ireland Mens Senior National Cup - Quarter Finals
Maree V St Brendans Tralee, Calsanctius College, 17:00;
Basketball Ireland Mens U-18 National Cup
St Marys V St Vincents, Castleisland, 13:30;Neptune V Letterkenny Blaze, Neptune Stadium, 14:00;
Sunday 09th December 2012
Men's SuperLeague Cup - Quarter Finals
DCU Saints V UCC Demons, DCU Complex, 15:30;
Basketball Ireland Mens Senior National Cup - Quarter Finals
St. Vincents V Team Garveys St Marys, St. Vincents 14:00; Ulster Elks V Blue Demons, UUJ, 16:00;
Basketball Ireland Mens U-18 National Cup
Belfast Star V Templeogue Azzurri, UUJ, 13:15;Kubs V Moycullen, St Fintans HS, 15:00;
Basketball Ireland Super League Preview: 'This game is going to be a huge challenge,' admitted Mick Thompson, Commerical.ie Eanna's Head Coach as his side prepares to face off to table toppers Templeogue in the Men's Super League this weekend. 'We're missing one of our main scorers, Luke Thompson, but this is a local derby and our players are definitely up for it,' he continued. Indeed as all teams prepare to face back into Super League action again this weekend, Templeogue will be hopi... [read more]
Basketball Ireland Super League Preview:
'This game is going to be a huge challenge,' admitted Mick Thompson, Commerical.ie Eanna's Head Coach as his side prepares to face off to table toppers Templeogue in the Men's Super League this weekend. 'We're missing one of our main scorers, Luke Thompson, but this is a local derby and our players are definitely up for it,' he continued. Indeed as all teams prepare to face back into Super League action again this weekend, Templeogue will be hoping that they can do enough to make it a lucky 13 this weekend, as they finished off 2016 with 12 wins from 12 games. Head coach, Mark Keenan, however was preparing for a tough local battle this weekend. 'A local derby always raises team's games,' he reflected. 'We want to keep our momentum going and won't be taking anything for granted. We had a very tough game at home last season against Eanna so we won't be underestimating them. We do have more room to improve and we aren't forgetting what happened to us at this stage last season, so I believe that will drive us on for our remaining games.' An interesting clash also awaits in the ALSAA on Saturday evening as Griffith Swords Thunder gear up to host UCC Demons. "Saturday, we host Demons who, being honest, embarrassed us earlier this season in the Mardyke so we're hoping to return the favour," said Swords' Dave Baker. "It should be a great game." Elsewhere, UCD Marian will welcome Belfast Star, while KUBS travel to Kerry to face Garvey's Tralee Warriors, Pyrobel Killester are away to SSE Airtricity Moycullen and Radisson Blu UL Eagles face off to DCU Saints. In the Women's Super League meanwhile, Courtyard Liffey Celtics travel back to Cork to face Singleton SuperValu Brunell in the League on Sunday afternoon. 'We're really excited to be heading back to Cork this weekend to play Brunell,' said Head Coach Mark Byrne. 'We know they've some really good players and an excellent coach, so we're expecting a really tough challenge. After the Cup semi-final win last weekend, the mood in the camp is fantastic. We're excited to be heading to our first Cup final but we know that we have to park that for two weeks now and be 100% focused on the League.' Brunell's Francis O'Sullivan was also preparing his charges for the game as they attempt to bounce back from last weekend's Cup semi-final loss to Ambassador UCC Glanmire. 'We got back to work on Monday after the Cup weekend and our priority now is our League status,' he stated. 'The players have worked hard and showed a great attitude after our Cup defeat, so we're excited about the second round of the League and have a lot to play for.' Reigning Cup champions Glanmire will also play at home in Cork this weekend, and aim to continue their impressive unbeaten run at the top of the League when they welcome Portlaoise Panthers to the Mardyke on Sunday. 'We're delighted after the weekend and we're expecting a really tough game from a vastly improved Portlaoise team,' said Glanmire Head Coach, Mark Scannell. "They're strong and physical and we'll need to be at our best to match them - we want to keep our unbeaten run going.' Portlaoise's Peter O'Sullivan was not daunted by the task ahead against the table toppers: 'I'm really looking forward to the second half of the season,' he said. 'We've won our last there League games to put us right in the mix for a play off place. Facing an unbeaten Glanmire in the Mardyke will be a tough test, especially after their emphatic win in the Cup last weekend, but we've nothing to lose and we'll go in with the same attitude as we always have in that we can put it up to the best teams in the country on any given day." Meanwhile in the third game of the weekend, DCU Mercy will welcome Meteors to the National Basketball Arena on Sunday in a game that follows on from the re-fixed Hula Hoops Women's NICC semi-final between Muckno Lakers and Limerick Celtics which tips off in the Arena at 1pm on Sunday.
Basketball Ireland Upcoming Fixtures: January 14th and 15th
Saturday 14th January 2017 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Griffith Swords Thunder v UCC Demons, ALSAA-Dublin, 18:00; SSE Airtricity Moycullen v Pyrobel Killester, NUIG, 19:00; UCD Marian v Belfast Star, UCD, 19:00; Radisson Blu UL Eagles v DCU Saints, UL Arena-Limerick, 19:45; Garvey's Tralee Warriors v KUBS BC, Tralee, 20:00;
Basketball Ireland Men's Division 1: Keane's Supervalu Killorglin v BFG Neptune, Killorglin Sports Centre, 19:15; Fr Mathews v Team Kilkenny, Colaiste Chriost Ri, 19:15; EJ Sligo All-Stars v Dublin Lions, Mercy College, 19:30; Maree v LYIT Donegal, Calsanctius College, 19:45;
Basketball Ireland Women's Division 1: UL Huskies v Ulster Rockets, UL Arena-Limerick, 17:00; Marble City Hawks v Fr Mathews, O Loughlin Gaels Gym, 19:00; Oblate Dynamos v ITC Basketball, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 19:30;
Sunday 15th January 2017 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Templeogue v Commercial.ie Eanna, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 15:30;
Basketball Ireland Women's Super League: Singleton SuperValu Brunell v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, Parochial Hall, 14:45; Ambassador UCC Glanmire v Portlaoise Panthers, Mardyke Arena-Cork, 15:00; DCU Mercy v Meteors, National Basketball Arena, 15:30;
Hula Hoops Women's NICC semi-final: Muckno Lakers v Limerick Celtics, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, 13.00.
From : www.basketballireland.ie
Cork County Basketball Board under 15 Tournament :
The Tournament will take place tomorrow at The Gurranabraher Parochial Hall Cork City starting at 9.30 a.m. Teams : Galway Titans Fr Matthews Sligo All stars : St Vincents Limerick Lions Neptune : Ballincollig Liffey Celtics Mallow YC : Blue Demons St Brendans Tralee Moycullen.The Final is scheduled for 6.30 and I will be on hand throughout the tournament looking at players (players parents have an intergal role) who may have an interest in being a part of the soon to be established Panathinaikos Worldwide Basketball Academy (under 16 & under 18 with 40 players the total for 2 teams).I will secure contact details of interested parties to invite along to The Panathinaikos Basketball Academy Network Presentation penciled in for Thursday 16th February next at The Bank of Ireland Workbench space 70, St Patrick St, Cork City Ireland beginning at 7.15 and running to 9 p.m.Thanks again to The Bank of Ireland for providing me with the Workbench space towards getting this project up and running.
AEK Athens add McGrath to their roster - 5 days ago
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1) added to their roster 33-year old Irish guard Donnie McGrath (193-90kg-84, college: Providence). He just played at Long Island Nets (D-League) in the U.S. In 12 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 8.9apg this season. McGrath also spent pre-season at Lietuvos rytas (LKL) in Lithuanian league earlier that year. He won Lithuanian League championship title in 2013. McGrath was a member of Irish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2008. He is quite experienced player. McGrat... [read more]
AEK Athens (A1) added to their roster 33-year old Irish guard Donnie McGrath (193-90kg-84, college: Providence). He just played at Long Island Nets (D-League) in the U.S. In 12 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 8.9apg this season. McGrath also spent pre-season at Lietuvos rytas (LKL) in Lithuanian league earlier that year. He won Lithuanian League championship title in 2013. McGrath was a member of Irish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2008. He is quite experienced player. McGrath has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket), Italy (Openjobmetis VA, Verona and BancaTercas), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg and Krasny Oktyabr), Spain (La ICL Manresa and Blusens Monbus), Turkey (Anadolu Efes), Lithuania (Zalgiris) and Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki). He attended Providence College until 2006 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
John Carroll selected the top Irish playing abroad in last week's games - 5 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Irish who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. John Carroll #1. This week's number one is former U16 international forward John Carroll (203-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He could not help the Hartford in their last game. Despite Carroll's very good performance the Hartford was badly defeated 84-68 on the road by the Univer... [read more]
We bring you last week's top performances from Irish who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is former U16 international forward John Carroll (203-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He could not help the Hartford in their last game. Despite Carroll's very good performance the Hartford was badly defeated 84-68 on the road by the University of Maryland -Baltimore County.
He scored 15 points in 23 minutes on the court.
This year Carroll averages: 6.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 8.3% and FT: 56.8% in 16 games he played so far.
He played for the Irish U16 national team six years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international forward Brian Fitzpatrick (203-89, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Czech Republic). Fitzpatrick was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Prostejov in their game against USK Praha (8-10) in the Czech Republic NBL.
He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Prostejov this season.
Prostejov was crushed 96-69 in Praha by the higher-ranked USK Praha (#6).
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Fitzpatrick is a naturalized American.
He is in the roster of the Irish senior national team. Strangely Fitzpatrick has never played in Ireland.
#3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Paul Dick (193-91, agency: Duran International, college: Franklin Pierce, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to secure a victory for Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada (1-12) in their last game. Despite Dick's very good performance the 15th-placed Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada (1-12) lost 75-81 to the higher-ranked (#13) Torrelodones in the Group B.
He was the top scorer with 19 points. Dick also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes.
It was Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada's third consecutive loss in a row.
It's Dick's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 78.9% in eight games.
Dick is also a member of the Irish senior national team.
#4. Guard Aidan Quinn (185-95, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the Mayville State University in their game against the Bellevue University (3-1) in the NStar.
He recorded 9 points. It was his first game for Mayville State University this season.
Buthis team was crushed 84-48 in Bellevue, NE by the Bellevue University.
Quinn is also Irish national team player.
The list of other players, who all have Irish passport but never been selected to any of Irish national teams:
#1. Experienced Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Italy) could not help Angelico Biella (11-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Angelico Biella (11-5) lost 68-74 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#9) Mens Sana 1871 in the West group.
Hall had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 17 rebounds in 37 minutes.
It was Angelico Biella's third consecutive loss in a row.
Hall has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 12.9rpg, 3.1apg and 1.5spg in 15 games he played so far.
Hall is a naturalized American.
Strangely he has never played in Ireland.
#2.Will Hanley (201-G/F-90, agency: Duran International, college: Bowdoin, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an CB Canarias' victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (2-13) 79-74 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday.
Hanley recorded 8 points.
Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (11-4) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa.
This season Hanley averages: 4.6ppg and 2.2rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Hanley has never played in Ireland.
#3.Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Australia) led Illawarra Hawks to an easy victory against the closely-ranked United (10-10) 106-88 in the Australian NBL on Saturday night.
He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Ogilvy also added 6 assists in 27 minutes.
Illawarra Hawks (11-10) are placed second in the NBL.
It's Ogilvy's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.5bpg and 1.2spg in 21 games.
Ogilvy has a dual citizenship: Irish and Australian.
#4.Ian O'Leary (201-F-86, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in EuroCup) led his Spanish team Baloncesto Fuenlabrada to a victory against the closely-ranked Gran Canaria (0-2) 85-75 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game.
He scored 14 points.
Montakit Fuenlabrada (1-1) is placed third in group E.
There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical.
It's O'Leary's first season with the team.
This year O'Leary averages: 6.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely O'Leary has never played in Ireland.
#5.Patrick Carney (185-G-85, college: Chapman, currently plays in Germany) led Schalke to a victory over the fifth-ranked AstroStars (9-5) 86-77 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday.
He was MVP of the game. Carney scored 30 points (!!!) and added 5 passes.
FC Schalke 04 (7-7) is placed sixth in North group.
This season Carney has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.4apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Apparently Carney has never played in Ireland.
#6.Ako Adams (188-G-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Rice in their game against the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
Adams scored only 3 points in 12 minutes.
His team lost 81-88.
This year Adams' overall stats are: 2.2ppg and 1.3apg in 17 games.
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