January may be best known in Irish basketball for the magic of the cup but this weekends Nivea SuperLeague results will undoubtedly have huge bearing come March.
With just a point separating UL Eagles and UCC Demons atop the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague table both teams will need to overcome resurgent teams in DCU Saints and Killester. Meanwhile, Bord Gais Neptune will look to continue their recent run of good form when Moycullen come to town while UCD Marian and Dublin Inter round off the weekends action in the men.
Speaking ahead of their crucial tie with Killester, UCC Demons head coach Paul Kelleher praised the response from his players following a heart-breaking Cork derby loss to bitter rivals Bord Gais Neptune in the cup semi-final.
We talked about it for a few minutes on training Monday night and then we put it behind us. I though the application and attitude of the players was fantastic and a testament to their character.
We have one focus now and only one focus and that is Saturday night in the IWA Centre in Clontarf and getting a result against Killester, said Kelleher.
While they will be favourites, Demons were almost upstaged on their last journey to the capital as UCD Marian, without the services of their American player, came within a single basket of the Cork outfit.
The last meeting between these two sides was packed with side-stories as Killester introduced a new coach and new American player in Tom Doherty and Michael Bonaparte. Inspired by these additions to the team, Killester went on to stun Demons and will be hopeful that the matchup problems they caused that day will once again bear fruit this weekend.
In Limerick, a very similar storyline is present for the contest between defending champions UL Eagles and DCU Saints. The previous meeting between the teams saw Saints pull off a major upset and head coach Dave Donnelly is well aware that a superb performance will be needed this time around to avoid suffering from an inevitable Eagles backlash.
We did get a good result against them last time out but it will be a huge ask to go to Limerick and win and we know that. They are clearly one of the best teams, they are top of the league and in the cup final, said Donnelly.
Donnelly, who has seen a resurgence in form from his team after a shaky start was refusing to be drawn into how high up the table Saints can finish.
It has been a really topsy-turvy season and we need to just continue taking it one game at a time, play well and hopefully that will leave us in a good position by the end of the season.
While the two table-toppers are on court in Dublin and Limerick this weekend, their closest challenger, Bord Gais Neptune will be hosting Moycullen of Galway in Cork. Neptune currently lie two games off top spot and cannot afford any mistakes as the season nears its end.
Moycullen head coach Salva Camps is well aware that his young outfit will be facing a focused and currently in-form team in Neptune.
They won a big game last week in the cup semi-final against Demons and will be very confident. To win we will need to contain their centre Darren Townes who really hurt us last time out as well as stop Ger Noonan from getting down the lane whenever he wants.
The only other game on the schedule this weekend is an all-Dublin affair as UCD Marian and Dublin Inter square off in Belfield.
Boosted by the signing of Thomas Viglianco, Marian came agonisingly close to winning their cup semi-final last weekend only to be thwarted by a late UL Eagles rally.
Heading into this weekends games, UCD Marian guard Conor James is hoping the addition of Viglianco continues to see improved Marian performances.
As well as being a lights out shooter, Thomas is incredible at getting his team mates involved so he didnt have to make much of transition to fit in with our team, said James.
Despite being at the lower end of the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague table, Marian proved last weekend that they are still capable of beating any team in the counry.
The mood in camp is very good and we are starting to play with a lot of freedom. There isnt a whole lot of pressure on us anymore and we tend to play better playing as a team who has nothing to lose, said James.
The standout fixture in the Nivea Womens SuperLeague this weekend is without doubt the mouth-watering all Cork tie between a young up-and-coming Singleton SuperValu Brunell squad and the established top team Leeside, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork.
This is the Demons Neptune game for us. There has been a great rivalry between the teams and everyone is fit and ready to go for Sunday, said Brunell head coach Kieran OLeary.
We are obviously at somewhat of a disadvantage physically to them just because we are so much younger so playing tought defence and forcing them to shoot from outside will be crucial for us if we are going to win, OLeary went on to say.
Elsewhere in the Nivea Womens SuperLeague there is a an all-Dublin clash Clontarf as Killester tak on a DCU Mercy team that will be trying to recover from a deflating cup semi-final loss last weekend.
In Limerick, defending champions UL Huskies will be favourites to get the win against Liffey Celtics while Meteors and WIT Widlcats play out what looks like being a close affair in Colaiste Iosagain.
Basketball Ireland Upcoming fixtures
Saturday January 19th
Nivea For Men's SuperLeague
Killester v UCC Demons, IWA Clontarf, 18:00 ; UCD Marian v Dublin Inter, UCD Sports Complex, 19:10 ; Bord Gais Neptune v Moycullen, Neptune Stadium, 19:30 ; UL Eagles v DCU Saints, UL Arena, 19:30
Nivea Womens SuperLeague
UL Huskies v Liffey Celtics, UL Arena, 17:00 ; Meteors v WIT Wildcats, Colaiste Iosagain, 19:00 ; Killester v DCU Mercy, I.W.A Clontarf, 20:00
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One
Matt OFlaherty Chemists Titans v Fr Mathews, Renmore, 19:00 ; Templeogue Azzurri v Maree, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 19:00 ; Team Garveys St Marys v Team Left Bank Kilkenny, Castleisland, 19:45
Basketball Ireland Women's Division One
UL Huskies v Portlaoise Panthers, UL Arena, 14:30
Sunday January 20th
Nivea Womens SuperLeague
Singleton SuperValu Brunell v Team Montenotte Hotel Cork, Parochial Hall Cork, 14:45
Basketball Ireland Women's Division One
Oblate Dynamos v Team Tom McCarthys St Marys, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 13:30
KUBS BC tabs Corbin Jackson, ex Njardvik - 1 day ago
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Newly promoted KUBS BC (Super League) inked 25-year old American forward Corbin Jackson (203-95kg-92, college: Florida Tech). He started the season at UMFN Njardvik in Icelandic Dominos League. In four games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3bpg this season. Among other achievements Jackson's team made it to the SAC Tournament Semifinals in 2013. He received also All-SSC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2014, 2015 and 2016 at his college time. Jackson graduated fr... [read more]
Newly promoted KUBS BC (Super League) inked 25-year old American forward Corbin Jackson (203-95kg-92, college: Florida Tech). He started the season at UMFN Njardvik in Icelandic Dominos League. In four games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3bpg this season. Among other achievements Jackson's team made it to the SAC Tournament Semifinals in 2013. He received also All-SSC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2014, 2015 and 2016 at his college time. Jackson graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Basketball Ireland Men's Super League It was a big weekend for Mark Ingle's charges this weekend as KUBS secured a big win over Pyrobel Killester on Thursday evening and ran League leaders Templeogue very close (losing out 71-76 at the end of a nail-biter) on Sunday. Speaking about the win over Killester, Ingle said: 'It was a great win and good for the lads. They've been working hard all year and staying in with the better teams - we're hanging in and getting better every week.'
Elsewhere, UCD Marian maintained their impressive form winning 64-76 against Killester on Saturday, while DCU Saints had to settle for second best against a dominant Griffith Swords Thunder. Garvey's Tralee Warriors secured another good win on the road, overcoming Commercial.ie Eanna by 21 points, while SSE Airtricity Moycllen had 15 to spare over Belfast Star, and UCC Demons romped home to victory against Radisson Blu UL Eagles.
Pyrobel Killester 74-76 KUBS Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Jermaine Turner 18, Cian Nihill 17, Paddy Sullivan 13 Top scorers KUBS: Corbin Jackson 25, Brian Edwards 16, Conor James 10 Half time score: Pyrobel Killester 37-34 KUBS
Commercial.ie Eanna 68-89 Garvey's Tralee Warriors Top scorers Commercial.ie Eanna: Jonathan Riles 20, Aidan Dunne 14, Neil Lynch 8 Top scorers Garvey's Tralee Warriors: Kieran Donaghy 23, Fergal O Sullivan 21, Goran Pantovic 16 Half time score: Commercial.ie Eanna 24-52 Garvey's Tralee Warriors
DCU Saints 69-85 Griffith Swords Thunder Top scorers DCU Saints: Eoin Darling 25, Martins Provizors 15, Archie Macarenko 8 Top scorers Griffith Swords Thunder: Alex Dolenko 21, Conroy Baltimore 20, Isaac Westbrooks 12 Half time score: DCU Saints 32-48 Griffith Swords Thunder
Belfast Star 60-75 SSE Airtricity Moycullen Top scorers Belfast Star: Keelan Cairns 19, Paddy McGaharan 15, Fearghal Toner 7 Top scorers SSE Airtricity Moycullen: Dylan Cunningham 26, Paul Freeman 20, Patrick Lyons Half time score: Belfast Star 36-50 SSE Airtricity Moycullen
Pyrobel Killester 64-76 UCD Marian Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Jermaine Turner 16, Cian Nihill 13, Ciaran Roe 10 Top scorers UCD Marian: Anthony Silvestri 14, Dustan Moreira 13, Mike Garrow 11 Half time score: Pyrobel Killester 31-46 UCD Marian
UCC Demons 93-71 Radisson Blu UL Eagles Top scorers UCC Demons: Adrian O Sullivan 30, Jacob Lawson 12, Ronan O Sullivan 11 Top scorers Radisson Blu UL Eagles: Ryan Wilson 25, Patrick McCarthy 13, Eoin Quigley 13 Half time score: UCC Demons 49-30 Radisson Blu UL Eagles
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One Maree 109-98 BFG Neptune Top scorers Maree: Paulius Peldzius 26, Kenneth Hansberry 23, Eoin Rockall 19 Top scorers BFG Neptune: Tanner Brooks 27, Sean Jenkins 25, Gary Walsh 12, David Murray 12 Half time score: Maree 62-50 BFG Neptune
Titans 80-65 ITC Basketball Top scorers Titans: Toms Fabriciuss 23, Gene Williams 17, Kelvin Atu 14 Top scorers ITC Basketball: Mike Klinger 21, Jimmy Ward 11, Ronan Williams 11 Half time score: Titans 40-40 ITC Basketball
LYIT Donegal 88-82 Kestrels Top scorers LYIT Donegal: Jordan McClelland 21, Jack Mackey 21, Mark Cannon 12 Top scorers Kestrels: Christopher Teasley 31, Dan Debosz 21, Dainius Stankevicius 15 Half time score: LYIT Donegal 43-41 Kestrels
Ej Sligo All Stars 71-67 Team Kilkenny Top scorers Ej Sligo All Stars: Tobi Brockmann 15, Kaylim Noel 14, Philip Hamilton 12, Oisin O Reilly 12 Top scorers Team Kilkenny: Lukas Szulc 23, James Butler 19, Ryan Pepper 9 Half time score: Ej Sligo All Stars 32-31 Team Kilkenny
Ulster University Elks 84-73 Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Top scorers Ulster University Elks: Ryan Oliver 23, Darius Surginas 16, E Cernevicius 14, Will Koppenhaver 10 Top scorers Keane's SuperValu Killorglin: Garny Garcia 21, Ian McLoughlin 17, Seamus Brosnan 13 Half time score: Ulster University Elks 52-39 Keane's SuperValu Killorglin
Dublin Lions 66-70 Fr Mathews Top scorers Dublin Lions: Chris McNairney 14, Tomasz Swiatowy 11, Kevin Anyanwu 10 Top scorers Fr Mathews: Donal McCarthy 17, Owen Connolly 17, Daragh Fleming 11 Half time score: Dublin Lions 31-35 Fr Mathews
From : www.basketballireland.ie The Emmet Neville under 14 Memorial Tournament will be hosted by Neptune at The Neptune stadium on March 18th next with some places for teams still open.Contact Neptune Basketball club at +353 21 439 5873. From : https://www.facebook.com/neptune.bc?hc_ref=SEARCH
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Best players of Irish Super League round 18 - 6 days ago
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American Mike Garrow (193-G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for UCD Marian and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 18 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team crushed DCU Saints (#8, 6-11) with 21-point margin 88-67. UCD Marian maintains the 3rd position in Irish Super League. They are still close to the very top. UCD Marian would have been even better if they kept winning... [read more]
American Mike Garrow (193-G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for UCD Marian and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18. The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 18 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team crushed DCU Saints (#8, 6-11) with 21-point margin 88-67. UCD Marian maintains the 3rd position in Irish Super League. They are still close to the very top. UCD Marian would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 14-3 record. In the team's last game Garrow had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be UCD Marian's top player in his first season with the team. Eastern Connecticut State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Garrow is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 15.4rpg) and averages solid 1.9bpg,5.9spg,57.3% FGP and 54.5% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old international point guard Stephen James (182-PG-92) of league's best team Templeogue. James impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 14 points and 10 assists. Of course he led Templeogue to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Belfast Star (#9, 5-12) 106-78. This victory allowed Templeogue to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team belongs to top of the standings with 15-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. James is one of the most experienced players at Templeogue and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was another Templeogue's star - Grenadian forward Michael Bonaparte (196-F-82). Bonaparte scored 23 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Templeogue, helping his team with a 106-78 easy win against the lower-ranked Belfast Star (#9, 5-12). Many experts and fans count Templeogue as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 15 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Bonaparte has a great season in Ireland. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.3ppg (7th best) and assists with 5.9apg (6th best). He also has FGP: 55.7% and 3PT: 44.7%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Trae Pemberton (193-G-92) of Tralee - 35 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Oleksandr Dolenko (191-PG-90) of Swords Thunder - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists 6. Nathaniel Musters (208-C-93) of Eanna - 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Isaac Westbrooks (189-PG-85) of Swords Thunder - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists 8. Dustan Moreira (202-F-89) of UCD Marian - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Patrick Lyons (187-F-95) of Moycullen - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists 10. Barry Drumm (186-G-87) of UCD Marian - 19 points and 6 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)
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