Basketball Ireland SuperLeague Cup Quarter Final Weekend
Despite a weekend of tight games, upsets were few and far between in the SuperLeague Cup quarter finals with the heavy hitters advancing a step closer to glory.
The defending champions in both the mens and womens cups won their respective clashes with UL Eagles beating Killester and UL Huskies proving too strong for Singleton SupeValu Brunell.
Elsewhere there were wins for UCD Marian, Bord Gais Neptune and UCC Demons in the mens, while DCU Mercy, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork and WIT Wildcats were victors in the womens.
Speaking after his teams hard fought win over Dublin Inter in Neptune Stadium, Bord Gais Neptune coach Mark Scannell was delighted with the way his charges responded to an early onslaught of three point shooting by the visitors.
We were down by 15 there in the first half. They shot the ball exceptionally well and when they were making six or seven threes it was hard to play with, he said.
Credit our guys though they dug in. We knew this game was not going to be easy and we got ourselves back into it. We had a big run to end the second quarter which left us only four back and that was important.
Neptune continued that good stretch and went on to lead by three at the entering the fourth quarter before eventually winning 85 to 79 on a day when their regular top performer Ian McLoughlin was not at his best.
It meant other guys had to step up and they did. Matie (Rudak), our 17 year old kid, was fantastic. He scored 13 in the game but nine of them must have been in the fourth when we needed them most.
In Limerick, UL Eagles survived a similar early onslaught from the visiting team to defeat old rivals Killester of Dublin. After a high-scoring first half that saw just seven points separating the teams, Eagles turned up the defensive intensity to push out a lead in the third quarter that eventually saw them home to a 20 point win, 94 to 74.
We gave up 41 points in the first half which is way too much but when we turned up the defensive intensity in the third we started getting stops, were able to get out and run and that was the key to the game, said Eagles head coach Mark Keenan.
Eagles can now look forward to another SuperLeague Cup semi-final as they begin to prepare to face UCD Marian who hurdled the tricky challenge of Moycullen in Galway.
Despite being without their top-scoring American centre Pat Sullivan, who was out through injury, Moycullen entered the game full of confidence following a string of good results recently.
UCD Marian played like a determined team however and blitzed the young Galway outfit early to establish a 14 point first half lead.
While Moycullen chipped away steadily as they found their rhythm, some big baskets from Conor Meany when only a single score separated the sides late in the fourth quarter proved the difference as the Dubliners edged out 10 point winners for a finish.
We worked hard all week trying to stop Moycullens pick and roll and we played well defensively today, said Marian head coach Sasa Punosevac after the game.
We knew we had to play smart because the defence against us was very smart, with lots of traps and other looks so we are very very happy to have won here.
There was only one Sunday game up for decision as DCU Saints and UCC Demons battled it out for the last semi-final spot and a matchup with Bord Gais Neptune in the next round.
The main talking point prior to the game was the addition of senior Irish international and 6 foot 11 inch Conor Grace to the Saints lineup after he signed for the club mid-week. The talking point after the game however was very nearly Demons failure to convert crucial free throws, missing eight straight in the dying minutes.
With the game on the line, Ciaran OSullivan showed his class for the Leesiders and nailed six free throws from six to seal the win.
We showed great character. We lost a lead late and when that happens it can take a while to settle yourself again, said Demons head coach Paul Kelleher.
I thought we played the best defence of the season today and it was great team effort, sharing the ball so delighted to be looking forward now to a big January.
Basketball Ireland National Cup Weekend Results
Saturday 8th December 2012
Men's SuperLeague Cup - Quarter Finals
Moycullen 59 (28) (C Nihill 22, S Camps 13, S Tummon 8) UCD Marian 69 (41) (C Meany 23, J Galvin 14, D James 12)
Bord Gais Neptune 85 (41) (D Townes 20, G Walsh 19, M Rudak 13) Dublin Inter79 (45) (A Statkus 21, M Tamusaukas 19, A Dimiciukas 10)
UL Eagles 94 (48) (R Taylor 21, S Kinevane 20, J Killeen 19) Killester 74 (41) (M Westbrooks 17, M Bonaparte 16, P Sullivan 8)
Basketball Ireland Mens Senior National Cup - Quarter Finals
Maree 56 (28) (K Hansberry 17, C OHagan 12, C Crowley 10) St Brendans Tralee 60 (29) (R Leonard 20, M Quirkier 15, R O'Sullivan 7)
Basketball Ireland Mens U-18 National Cup
St Marys 69 (40) (D Jones 27, S O Connor 23, S O Connor 8) St Vincents 83 (35) (C Coombes 23, S Dermody 22, M Neary 10)
Neptune 87 (64) (M Rudzak 23, D Dowling 12, E McCarthy 10) Letterkenny Blaze 64 (40) (C Hickey 15, T Hickey 14, M Curly 13)
Sunday December 9th
Men's SuperLeague Cup - Quarter Finals
DCU Saints 72 (38) (P Glover 19, K Anderson 18, J Donnelly 11) UCC Demons 81 (49) (S Coughlan 21, C O'Sullivan 15, K Walker 14)
Basketball Ireland Mens Senior National Cup - Quarter Finals
St Vincents 55 (29) (A Neary 15, J Kelly 8, J Guilmartin 6) Team Garveys St Marys 73 (31) (D Wall 22, D Griffin 18, A Fitzgerald 11)
Ulster Elks 65 (35) (J Mowers 20, C Johnson 12, C Kucinkas 10) Blue Demons 88 (53) (K Hosford 17, S McCarthy 14, I Perious 12)
Basketball Ireland Mens U-18 National Cup Quarter Finals
Belfast Star 73 (38) (C Quinn 21, A Quinn 17, L Pettigrew 11) Templeogue Azzurri 59 (29) (A Rooney 17, S Flood 17, C McKeon 6)
Kubs 55 (25) (R McCann 15, A McDonnel 10, K O'Hanlon 10) Moycullen 60 (32) (S O'Brien 15, S Candon 15, D Costelloe 12)
Aer Lingus provides special airfares for guests attending the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic Mar 3, 2017, 12:00 PM | VICTORY SCHOLARS Jericho, New York, March 3, 2017 -- Aer Lingus, Irelands only 4 Star airline, has today announced special airfares for those traveling to the Emerald Isle for The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, a college basketball tournament held in conjunction with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Sport Chang... [read more]
Aer Lingus provides special airfares for guests attending the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic Mar 3, 2017, 12:00 PM | VICTORY SCHOLARS
Jericho, New York, March 3, 2017 -- Aer Lingus, Irelands only 4 Star airline, has today announced special airfares for those traveling to the Emerald Isle for The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, a college basketball tournament held in conjunction with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Sport Changes Life, Rory McIllroys Foundation, the Rory Foundation, and The SSE Arena, Belfast. The tournament, which will take place on December 1st and 2nd, will feature Holy Cross vs. Manhattan College and La Salle University vs. Towson University. As the official airline of the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, it's our privilege to not only fly the teams to the tournament, but also the loyal fans, who will travel across the Atlantic to show their support, said Jack Foley, Aer Lingus Executive Vice President, North America. We look forward to offering guests a warm welcome on board our flights. Special fares are available from across Aer Lingus East Coast transatlantic network of Boston (BOS); Hartford (BDL); New York (JFK and EWR), and Washington D.C. (IAD) for outbound travel to Ireland between November 17 and November 30, and return flights between December 3 and December 10, 2017. Roundtrip fares, inclusive of taxes and fees are as follows: From JFK, EWR, BDL $469* From BOS $479* From IAD $559* These fares are available exclusively through Aer Lingus Emerald Exclusives Desk, which operates Monday through Friday 9:30am 4:30 pm EST. They can be reached via telephone at 1-877-351-6665.
Killorglinhas won Cork Mens Basketball Board Boys U17 Billy Kelly Tournament after defeating Moycullen 53-52 in the final on 15-Apr-2017 in the Parochial Hall, Gurranabraher. Killorglinwere Pool 1 winners after the first day of the tournament. On the second day they defeated Templeogue and Blue Demons on the way to the final. Neptune was stopped byMoycullen at semi-final stage. It was a dramatic end of the final game of an excellent tournament having been down by two points with 10 secondsto play Killorglin tookthe win. From : www.corkbasketball.com
Congratulations toMoycullen BC on winning Boys U16A All Ireland Club Championship in Cork. Moycullen defeated Belfast Star 31-18 in the final game of the Championship on 23d of April 2017 in the Parochial Hall. Pool 3 winners Moycullen defeated Gneeveguilla in the first semi-final while Belfast were victorious over Corks Blue Demons. Blue Demons took the 3rd position in the overall ranking with Ballincollig taking the 5th. Well done to both Corks club. From : www.corkbasketball.com
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Donaghy the star as Tralee Warriors crowned Men's Champions Trophy champions - 25 days ago
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Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) was the star of the show in Letterkenny today as Tralee swooped home to glory and scooped the silverware in the final of the Basketball Ireland Men's Champions Trophy. It was a thrilling finale in Donegal as Donaghy drove down the court and laid the ball up in style to send another epic battle with Regular Season champions, Templeogue, to overtime (66-66). That last gasp bucket was just one story of many that can be told from today's game, with Jason Killeen (2... [read more]
Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) was the star of the show in Letterkenny today as Tralee swooped home to glory and scooped the silverware in the final of the Basketball Ireland Men's Champions Trophy. It was a thrilling finale in Donegal as Donaghy drove down the court and laid the ball up in style to send another epic battle with Regular Season champions, Templeogue, to overtime (66-66). That last gasp bucket was just one story of many that can be told from today's game, with Jason Killeen (211-C-85, college: Augusta) shining brightest for Templeogue in one of the closest Men's Super League clashes of the year. The story, however, lies with Tralee and the glory of their achievement and it is one that will be told for many years to come. From Donaghy to Trae Pemberton (193-G-92, college: Maryville, MO) - a guard who has dazzled for the Kingdom throughout the season - to Goran Pantovic (208-F-91, college: Drexel), the team worked as a unit throughout and managed to hold on in the dying seconds to add another page to the history books. It was Pemberton who stepped up to the mark with 7.8 seconds on the clock in overtime as they trailed Templeogue 73-70 and as hearts dropped around the court when his first effort did not find the mark, Donaghy was on hand for the offensive rebound to feed Pemberton once more and he made no mistake second time of asking to tie it yet again, 73-73. With double overtime looming, Donaghy had the final say of the game, adding a free throw in the dying seconds and it was with bated breath for all of Kerry as they watched the clock tick down in agonizing fashion. Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie
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