A single basket was all that stopped the two top teams in the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague from losing at the weekend as UL Eagles and UCC Demons were both engaged in tight affairs.
While Demons emerged victorious from their scrap with Cork city rivals Bod Gais Neptune, UL Eagles suffered a shock defeat in Dublin at the hands of Killester. Elsewhere, DCU Saints continued their recent revival with a convincing win away to UCD Marian on Sunday.
Speaking after his teams heroic performance against UL Eagles in the IWA Centre in Clontarf on Saturday night, Killester head coach Tom Doherty was gushing with praise for his players.
These guys give everything, they epitomise hard work and unselfishness. Limerick have beaten us a few times in succession so pride was at stake and I think we deserved the win with the way, he said.
We wont be going overboard, there are a number of areas we need to improve on but we got a lot of things right [Saturday night].
A key area of success for Killester was their defensive rebounding as the inside rotation of Michael Bonaparte, Kieran OBrien, Alan Casey and Mike Westbrooks kept the powerful Eagles front court off the offensive boards.
Doherty also pointed to the containment job his team did on the potent UL backcourt of Rob Taylor and Scott Kinevane.
They (UL Eagles) are a class outfit and even when they were down 30 they came back at us to make it close in the end. Thankfully, unlike the Neptune game recently, we held our nerve and found a way to win when we needed to, said Doherty.
Killester will have little time to celebrate the win however as they are back in action mid-week in Cork against Bord Gais Neptune who will be eager to avenge their two point loss to UCC Demons over the weekend.
Despite trailing by 17 points at the half time mark in the Friday night fixture, Neptune rallied in the third and fourth quarter to bring the deficit down to just a single point with under a minute remaining.
However, Neptunes Darren Townes missed a golden opportunity to become the hero as his final shot attempt missed the target only to be rebounded by Demons Kenton Walker who was fouled and nailed one free-throw to secure victory for the home side as they improved to 10 wins on the season.
The game marked the second time this season that the Cork derby threw up a thrilling finish after a scrappy contest and sets up a hugely intriguing SuperLeague Cup semi-final in less than two weeks time between the sides when another capacity crowd is expected to enjoy the spectacle.
Perhaps conscious of that cup game ahead, Demons head coach Paul Kelleher was reluctant to be overly-joyous after the game.
We need to start improving our second half performances. That game should never have been that close at the end but we let them get out and start running in the second half which they can do exceptionally well.
We need to be more clinical, after a solid start by us they went on and buried us in the second half.
A contributing factor to Demons second half collapse was undoubtedly the absence of three key figures for them, namely Shane Duggan, Niall Murphy and Ciaran OSullivan with fatigue becoming a major factor late in the game.
Coach Kelleher will be hoping at least two of these will be back in full health come next weekend for their meeting with UCD Marian as well as the cup fixture with Neptune the following Friday night.
In their league match at the weekend, UCD Marian suffered from the absence of their American centre John Galvin as they fell to DCU Saints 65 to 81.
The win moves Saints to six wins and six losses on the season, placing them fourth in the league and just one game behind third placed Neptune.
There were strong performances from Saints inside out combination of Martins Provisors and Keith Anderson who combined for 44 points and had their team in a comfortable position throughout the game.
We talked before the game about the fact that we were bigger than them and we got a lot of use out of posting guys up which helped us build the lead, said Saints head coach Dave Donnelly.
They doubled down on us after a while and switched to zone which did cause us problems but Keith Anderson and Eoin Quill made some shots that stretched the floor again for us.
While the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague action took much of the attention over the weekend, the biggest basketball event was happening in Kerry as the 43rd Annual St Marys Basketball Blitz took place in Castleisland.
With over 183 games, 165 teams and 1650 plus competitors, the weekend is the biggest single basketball event in Ireland.
At the senior finals on Sunday an estimated crowd of 2,000 people attended to witness NUIG Mystics and Tralee Imperials in the womens final and home side Team Garveys take on Ballincollig in the mens.
The true essence of the blitz is in its sheer size however as competitions range from boys and girls in second class in primary school up to senior men and women playing in divisions one through four depending on their respective standard.
One of the finals that epitomised this range in level most was the enthralling encounter between Ultras and Lions in the Division 4 Mens final. Both teams comprise of friends who get together each Christmas just to play and after a brilliant game the score finished 16 to 16 and went into extra time.
In the last minute it was still level but the lions just had the edge and finished 21-18 winners with Rory McGrath walking away with the Most Valuable Players trophy.
Likewise, there was overtime in the fourth class primary school final as local schools Cordal and Scart played out a not-to-be-forgotten contest. After three minutes of added time and the loss of all the spectators fingernails, the girls from Cordal were the ones to lift the trophy courtesy of some late free-throws.
This has to be without a doubt one of the best blitz that we have had so far, from early St Stephens day the crowds have been in both hall supporting all the teams, remarked St Marys club PRO Brid Kenny on Sunday.
Basketball Ireland Weekend Results
Nivea For Mens SuperLeague
Friday December 28th
UCC Demons 68 (41) (K Walker 19 S Coughlin 18, C Cuff 16 ) Bord Gais Neptune: 66 (24) (D Townes 24, I McLaughlin 7, G Walsh 6)
Saturday December 29th
Killester 84 (42) (M Bonaparte 21, K O'Brien 12, A Casey 13) UL Eagles 76 (34) (R Taylor 14, J Killeen 19, S Kinevane 15)
Sunday December 30th
UCD Marian 65 (31) (K Foley 15, D James 15, C Meany 11) DCU Saints 81 (53) (M Provisors 22, K Anderson 22, P Glover 12)
MAREE were today crowned Basketball Ireland Men's Division One Regular Season champions for the second year in a row with a win over Ulster University Elks in Oranmore. In an extremely close and competitive game, it took Maree until the fourth quarter to put some breathing space between the two sides, with momentum swinging from end to end throughout the game. Good scoring from Kenneth Hansberry and Eoin Rockall (182-PG-98) sealed the deal in the end for the Galway side, and Maree were cr... [read more]
MAREE were today crowned Basketball Ireland Men's Division One Regular Season champions for the second year in a row with a win over Ulster University Elks in Oranmore. In an extremely close and competitive game, it took Maree until the fourth quarter to put some breathing space between the two sides, with momentum swinging from end to end throughout the game. Good scoring from Kenneth Hansberry and Eoin Rockall (182-PG-98) sealed the deal in the end for the Galway side, and Maree were crowned champions. 'It feels brilliant. We had a really tough game today, Ulster Elks are a really good team and they really put it up to us,' said a thrilled Head Coach, John Finn . 'We were nine points down going into the fourth quarter and played really well to win the game so we're delighted. I felt that if we could play to our ability we could win, but it wasn't until the fourth quarter that we played the way we can play.' Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie
Irish Super League round 22 best performance: Jermaine Turner - 1 day ago
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Naturalized American Forward Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) put on an amazing game in the last round for Killester, receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 42-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Eanna (#11, 5-16) 89-75. Killester maintains the 5th position in Irish Super League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Killester will need more victories to improve their... [read more]
Naturalized American Forward Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) put on an amazing game in the last round for Killester, receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22. The 42-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Eanna (#11, 5-16) 89-75. Killester maintains the 5th position in Irish Super League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Killester will need more victories to improve their 13-8 record. In the team's last game Turner had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Killester, through which he has constantly improved. Former Dowling College star has very solid stats this year. Turner is in league's top in points (5th best: 20.7ppg), rebounds (4th best: 12.5rpg) and averages impressive 1.7bpg and 55.1% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Mike Garrow (193-G-91) of UCD Marian. Garrow had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 25 rebounds. Bad luck as UCD Marian lost that game 66-94 to slightly higher-ranked Swords Thunder (#2, 18-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. UCD Marian still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 16-5 record is not bad at all. Garrow is a newcomer at UCD Marian, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of DCU Saints (#8). Provizors showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Provizors' great performance DCU Saints lost 64-76 to slightly higher-ranked UCC Demons (#6, 11-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of DCU Saints not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Provizors could try to bring DCU Saints' a little bit higher in the standings. Provizors has individually a great season in Ireland. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.1ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 16.7rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 69.5%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Paul Freeman (201-F-83) of Moycullen - 22 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Lorcan Murphy (182-PG-94) of Templeogue - 31 points and 5 rebounds 6. Jason Killeen (211-C-85) of Templeogue - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Justin Goldsborough (203-F) of Swords Thunder - 18 points and 12 rebounds 8. Dustan Moreira (202-F-89) of UCD Marian - 21 points and 10 rebounds 9. Isaac Westbrooks (189-PG-85) of Swords Thunder - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 14 assists 10. Michael Bonaparte (196-F-82) of Templeogue - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Basketball Ireland Detailed Results Basketball Ireland Men's Super League TEMPLEOGUE WILL be awash in a sea of red for the next few days as the men's Super League team stormed to a 96-93 point win over Garvey's Tralee Warriors at Oblate Hall this evening. This win, coupled with their midweek win over Pyrobel Killester, was enough to see them safe at the top of the table and they were officially crowned Basketball Ireland Men's Super League Regular Season champions 2016/17. 'Absolutely thrilled - we had to really dig deep after a slow start, maybe the occasion, maybe a bit nervy, but once we got going the boys were amazing,' said Head Coach Mark Keenan. 'We pulled that out of the fire. Our defense wasn't up to scratch early on, so we knew that needed to step up and it did. 'You're there and thinking is this one getting away from me? And then we put in that effort and I'm just over the moon and a little bit speechless - it's hard to take it in now.' While Tralee stormed into an early 17-31 point lead, Lorcan Murphy was the star of the second quarter for Templeogue, urging his team on with superb scores to close the gap to 48-54 by the half. It remained neck in neck throughout the third and fourth, with the real story of the game coming down to the last minute, which saw Mike Bonaparte soar through the air for a massive offensive rebound with 58 seconds on the clock and netted the ball home to send Templeogue into a three-point lead. Trae Pemberton took to the free throw line at the other end, and with the battle of the free throws well underway, it soon was back to a one-point game (94-93). However, Bonaparte was on hand to keep a cool head in the last 20 seconds, as he went to the line to shoot two and netted them with panache to see Templeogue home to their first League title, 96-93. Elsewhere, Mark Ingle's charges at KUBS are relishing the prospect of a showdown with Commercial.ie Eanna next Saturday evening, as they overcame Belfast Star in a cracking game up in Belfast on Saturday to put them on level pegging with Eanna on 15 points apiece. The KUBS win now ensures that next weekend's game will be an all-out battle as it's a must win for both teams in order to avoid relegation. Eanna meanwhile suffered an 89-75 point defeat at the hands of Pyrobel Killester, while SSE Airtricity Moycullen won out over Radisson Blu UL Eagles and UCC Demons overcame DCU Saints, while Griffith Swords Thunder overcame UCD Marian in emphatic fashion.
Griffith Swords Thunder 94-66 UCD Marian Top scorers Griffith Swords Thunder: Justin Goldsborough 18, Jose Maria Gil Narbon 17, Charlie Coombes 12, Alex Calvo 12 Top scorers UCD Marian: Mike Garrow 23, Dustan Moreira 21, Anthony Silverstein 8 Half time score Griffith Swords Thunder 57-29 UCD Marian
Belfast Star 57-60 KUBS Top scorers Belfast Star: Ryan Wilson 20, Paddy McGaharan 18, Sean Quinn 5 Top scorers KUBS: Corbin Jackson 16, Gary Barron 13, Kevin Foley 8 Half time score: Belfast Star 33-27 KUBS
Radisson Blu UL Eagles 70-80 SSE Airtricity Moycullen Top scorers Radisson Blu UL Eagles: Eoin Quigley 18, Seamus Hickey 12, Patrick McCarthy 11 Top scorers SSE Airtricity Moycullen: Phillip Lawrence-Ricks 26, Paul Freeman 22, James Loughnane 11 Half time score: Radisson Blu UL Eagles 37-47 SSE Airtricity Moycullen
Templeogue 96-93 Garvey's Tralee Warriors Top scorers Templeogue: Lorcan Murphy 31, Mike Bonaparte 25, Paul Cummins 11, Lawrence Summers 11 Top scorers Garvey's Tralee Warriors: Trae Pemberton 24, Kieran Donaghy 21, Dusan Bogdanovic 12 Half time score: Templeogue 48-54 Garvey's Tralee Warriors
Pyrobel Killester 89-75 Commercial.ie Eanna Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Jermaine Turner 27, Ciaran Roe 11, Niall Hegarty 10 Top scorers Commercial.ie Eanna: Neil Lynch 20, Nathaniel Musters 12, Aidan Dunne 12 Half times score: Pyrobel Killester 54-43 Commercial.ie Eanna
UCC Demons 76-64 DCU Saints Top scorers UCC Demons: Ciaran O Sullivan 22, Adrian O Sullivan 17, Jacob Lawson 14 Top scorers DCU Saints: Martins Provizors 19, Graham Brannelly 11, Eoin Darling 8 Half time score: UCC Demons 48-39 DCU Saints
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One It was a busy weekend in the Men's Division One, with Kestrels bagging a massive home win on Saturday evening when they overcame Maree by three points. Elsewhere, Team Kilkenny edged Dublin Lions by ten, ITC Basketball had to settle for second best against Ulster University Elks, while it was a close one between Keane's SuperValu Killorglin and Ej Sligo All Stars, with the former managing to hold on to a two point lead to win out in the end. Meanwhile, Neptune overcame LYIT and Titans had the better of Fr Mathews.
Team Kilkenny 68-58 Dublin Lions Top scorers Team Kilkenny: Jack Murphy 14, James Butler 14, Lughaidh O Neill 12, Lukasz Szulc 12 Top scorers Dublin Lions: Tomasz Swiatowy 18, Chris McNairney 14, Igor Markiewicz 13 Half time score: Team Kilkenny 33-31 Dublin Lions
Kestrels 83-80 Maree Top scorers Kestrels: Christopher Teasley 40, Liam Guinan 13, Aaron Whelan 13 Top scorers Maree: Kenneth Hansberry 20, Paulius Peldzius 13, Eoin Rockall 12 Half time score: Kestrels 37-40 Maree
ITC Basketball 80-102 Ulster University Elks Top scorers ITC Basketball: Jimmy Ward 27, Mike Klinger 21, Shane Maughan 18 Top scorers Ulster University Elks: Will Koppenhave 33, Darius Surginas 19, Eimantas Cernevicius 15 Half time score: ITC Basketball 47-49 Ulster University Elks
Keane's SuperValu Killorglin 94-92 EJ Sligo All Stars Top scorers Keane's SuperValu Killorglin: Andrew Fitzgerald 23, Ignus Sujinas 19, Darragh Jones 16 Top scorers Ej Sligo All Stars: Luke McLoughlin 31, Kaylim Noel 30, Emmet Keogh 16 Half time score: Keane's SuperValu Killorglin 51-41 EJ Sligo All Stars
BFG Neptune 98-80 LYIT Donegal Top scorers BFG Neptune: Gary Walsh 31, Tanner Brooks 22, Shane Duggan 16 Top scorers LYIT Donegal: Paul McHugh 20, Jordan McCelland 19, Jimmy Puha 15 Half time scorers BFG Neptune 39-30 LYIT Donegal
Fr Mathews 82-92 Titans Top scorers Fr Mathews: Peter Mullane 17, Paul O Driscoll 14, Evan Barrett 13 Top scorers Titans: Eugene Williams 43, Toms Fabriciuss 18, Eoin Coughlan 13 Half time score: Fr Mathews 46-47 Titans Players and Coaches of the Month for February announced
GARVEY'S TRALEE WARRIORS have secured a big double whammy of wins this week, as the club has been awarded both the Men's Super League Player of the Month and the Men's Super League Coach of the Month titles for the month of February. Head Coach Mark Bernsen has scooped the title of Coach of the Month for February after he helped his side to continue an unbeaten run of wins during the month, dating back to the start of December. Shooting star Trae Pemberton meanwhile has secured the title of Men's Super League Player of the Month after he made a huge impression on games throughout the month top scoring throughout February, bagging 35 points against Pyrobel Killester and 37 against UCD Marian. The Women's Super League awards meanwhile, sees the Coach of the Month award winging its way to Leixlip, with Courtyard Liffey Celtics Head Coach Mark Byrne scooping the title for this month after his side continues to enjoy a winning streak that has been firmly in place since their Cup final loss back in January to Ambassador UCC Glanmire. Speaking of Glanmire, Claire Rockall has won her second Player of the Month award for the season as she has landed the title after good displays for the Cork side throughout the month. Elsewhere, a phenomenal display from BFG Neptune star, Tanner Brooks, has ensured he has won the title of Player of the Month for the Men's Division One, with the Coach of the Month award making its way to Galway for the second time this season as John Finn of Maree has scooped the title once more. It's a double win for ITC Basketball in the Women's Division One meanwhile as the side - who were crowned Regular Season Champions 2016/17 - have also been awarded both the Coach of the Month and Player of the Month awards, with Martin Conroy netting the coach award as his side are still unbeaten in the League since January 2016. Instrumental guard Jamiyah Bethune meanwhile has scooped the Player of the Month award after yet more fantastic displays throughout the month. Basketball Ireland National League Monthly Awards - February Men's Super League Coach of the Month: Mark Bernsen (Garvey's Tralee Warriors)
Men's Super League Player of the Month: Trae Pemberton (Garvey's Tralee Warriors)
Men's Division One Coach of the Month: John Finn (Maree)
Men's Division One Player of the Month: Tanner Brooks (BFG Neptune)
Registered Table Officials needed for FIBA European Championship Mar 13,2017 Registered Table Officials needed for FIBA European Championships A number of registered table officials are neededto officiate at the FIBA Under 18 Women's European Championships Division B, which will be hosted in two locations in Dublin this coming August 4-13th.
Officials who wish to be considered for the role must meet the following requirements: Must be available for at least two of the playing days between August 4-13th. Must be available to attend a FIBA upskilling workshop which will be delivered by FIBA and Basketball Ireland in Dublin in May/June 2017 and will include the use of Digital Scoresheets. Appointments will be made later in the summer, with successful candidates notified in advance of the Championships and agreed fees for the Championships paid to those who are successful.
Applications should be made by email firstname.lastname@example.org March 31st. In your application, please state the current highest level of officiating that you have done to date (eg: National League).
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