As another weekend jammed packed with games comes to an end, we take a look back to see which clubs emerged victorious as the hype of the cup is put to one side
In the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague, it was northsiders, Killester that pulled off an all-star performance on their home court when they saw off UCC Demons.
The Cork side, who currently sit in second position on the league table, were put to the test by Killester but failed to oversee them. And with Killesters head coach, Tom Doherty, unable to make the game, it was club favourite, Jonathon Grennell that took the reins on the evening.
Speaking after the game Grennell enthused, We needed to win this game to continue our chase of the fourth spot on the league table and we did that well over Demons.
Everyone chipped in for this win but our big guys OBrien and Casey really made a difference for us inside where we needed it. Westbrooks also changed the game for us and stepped up when Bonaparte caught himself in foul trouble.
However, across the Liffey, fellow Dubliners, UCD Marian, did not have as much luck when they came up against Dublin Inter.
Even with the help of their new signing, Thomas Viglianco, UCD, struggled to stay with the ever resilient newcomers as they controlled the tempo from the first jump to the final whistle.
Perhaps still feeling the pain from their cup semi-final defeat, it is unfortunate that the southsiders came so close to a spot in the National Cup finals yet find it difficult to see off a team that they had beaten earlier in the season.
Speaking after the game, Dublin Inter head coach, Irmantas Griksas was very happy with his sides performance, We are getting better each time we play together and this game was no different. Everyone stepped up and all 9 players got into the game.
Griksas reiterated the importance of the team contribution, Everyone is committed to the team which means we are getting better quality practise and that is translating to the higher quality of play we are engaging in.
Our confidence was high, we didnt play static which gave us the freedom on offence to take an early lead.
Meanwhile in Cork, National Cup finalists, Bord Gais Neptune, continued their winning ways when a young Moycullen came to visit them.
Neptune, who just recorded a historic victory over fellow Cork rivals, UCC Demons, displayed another strong performance for their home crowd with a double digit win over the young Galway side.
Head Coach of Bord Gais Neptune, Mark Scannell said, We are happy with the win, it was a good for us to get everyone in off the bench.
To see everyone step up and attack the game from the start is exactly what we want. Everyone contributed in the game. Most importantly everyone left the game with a clean bill of health as we prepare for the National Cup final next weekend.
In Limerick, reigning champions UL Eagles overcame DCU Saints with a comprehensive 20 point victory.
Although the Dubliners recorded a win over the Eagles before Christmas, it was clear the Limerick lads had their eye on the prize entering the game. And after their impressive display over UCD Marian in the cup semi-finals, the Eagles look as though they are returning to form ahead of their National Cup Final next week.
Mark Keenan, UL Eagles head coach spoke after game about his side, It was a comfortable win for us and I am delighted with the defensive effort that the guys brought. At times our offense was good but we need to up our shooting percentages if we want to continue winning big games.
courtesy ....Elaine Caffrey .... www.basketballireland.ie Gary Walsh (186-G-87)
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
Cork Celts last evening won The Cork County Basketball Board's Div 1 League Title for the second consecutive season Defeating Ballincollig.
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Donaghy the star as Tralee Warriors crowned Men's Champions Trophy champions - 27 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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