Setanta to show We Got Game basketball documentary along with live SuperLeague Finals on Friday
Both finals live from 18:45 on Setanta Ireland followed by We Got Game: The Golden Age of Irish Basketball, a new documentary about Irish basketball in the 1980s.
Setanta Ireland will broadcast both of the SuperLeague National Cup Finals live on January 25th 2013, from the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght. The Womens final tips-off at 18:45 when UL Huskies take on TM Hotel Cork and then the Mens final at 20:45 when UL Eagles take on Bord Gais Neptune. Marie Crowe presents and she will be joined courtside by UCD Marians Conor Meany, Will Downing will be commentator for both games and on Co-Commentary are Breda Dick, coach of the Ulster Rockets for the womens final and Adrian Fulton, Former Irish International and current Belfast Star Coach for the mens final.
Following the two finals, at 22:30 Setanta will show We Got Game: The Golden Age of Irish Basketball, a documentary made by Motive Television that recalls a period when the popularity of Irish Basketball was at its greatest. Filled with unique, larger than life characters, it tells the story of when black America and small-town Ireland collided. The hour long documentary revisits a time when teams such as The Neptunes and The Blue Demons were all over the sport pages, and basketball went from being a small sport to one of the biggest spectacles in Ireland in the 80s.
We Got Game, looks at the origins of the game in Ireland before the introduction of American college players in 1979 when the maverick, Paudie OConnor of Killarney brought in the first two American professional players to play in the Irish league. The majority of these players who came to Ireland were young, black Americans, straight out of big-time college basketball, who had marginally missed out on the NBA. We see how the Cork clubs were supported by their own small scale Roman Abramovich-type backers and eventually caught up, and overtook Killarney as the top teams. They did this by bringing some of the all-time greats of this era such as, Terry Strickland, Jasper McElroy and Ray Smith. There is the incredible story of the relationship between Mario Elie and Kelvin Troy who played a season together with Killester. Mario went on to win three NBA Championships back home in the US with the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs, while Kelvin, his equal, still lives in Ireland, inspiring hoop dreams in new younger generations.
We are introduced to Dave Hopla, shooting coach to NBA stars like Kobe Bryant. He recalls his three years playing basketball in Belfast at the height of the troubles. We also meet, Liam McHale and Deora Marsh who transformed Ballina into one of the main forces of Irish basketball. This is not just a documentary about basketball Ireland, but a fascinating insight into a 1980s Ireland crippled by Recession, which found hope and enthusiasm in the exploits of a few basketball stars from the States. These players became local heroes and some of them made Ireland their home before the popularity of the game faded back.
Glanmire and Liffey Celtics into the Finals - 19 hours ago
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Glanmire and Liffey Celtics reached the Final of the league. Ambassador UCC Glanmire overcame Pyrobel Killester 72-58 on their way to defending their Women's Super League play off title. Claire Rockall (178-G-90, college: Iowa St.) top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Casey Grace (182-F-92, college: Fairfield) delivered 15. Mimi Clarke ended up with 22 points in defeat and Rebecca Nagle (173-G/F-92) poured in 10. Courtyard Liffey Celtics edged DCU Mercy 62-55. Jazmen Boone (1... [read more]
Glanmire and Liffey Celtics reached the Final of the league. Ambassador UCC Glanmire overcame Pyrobel Killester 72-58 on their way to defending their Women's Super League play off title. Claire Rockall (178-G-90, college: Iowa St.) top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Casey Grace (182-F-92, college: Fairfield) delivered 15. Mimi Clarke ended up with 22 points in defeat and Rebecca Nagle (173-G/F-92) poured in 10. Courtyard Liffey Celtics edged DCU Mercy 62-55. Jazmen Boone (173-G, college: William & Mary) led the way with 20 points, while Emma O'Connor (183-F-91, college: Marist),, Ailbhe O'Connor and Sorcha Tiernan brought 10 each. Ashley Perez finished the game with 19 points in a loss, whilst Sarah Woods and Sarah Fairbanks (185-F, college: St.Joseph's) added 13 apiece.
Fechko's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - 4 days ago
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22-year old guard Leah Fechko (173-G-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Killester and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
She had a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, while her team crushed NUIG Mystics (#8, 3-12) with 23-point margin 79-56. Killester maintains the 4th 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 i... [read more]
22-year old guard Leah Fechko (173-G-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Killester and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18. She had a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, while her team crushed NUIG Mystics (#8, 3-12) with 23-point margin 79-56. Killester maintains the 4th 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 9-7 record. Fechko turned to be Killester's top player in her first season with the team. St.Francis College (NY) graduate has very impressive stats this year. Fechko is in league's top in points (9th best: 15.7ppg), rebounds (5th best: 10.2rpg) and averages solid 5.9spg.
Second best performed player last round was Claire Melia (185-C-99) of P.Panthers. She is a center in her second season at P.Panthers. In the last game Melia recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as P.Panthers was edged by slightly higher-ranked DCU Mercy (#3, 10-5) 68-64. P.Panthers managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Melia is well-known at P.Panthers and she already established her position as one of the team's leaders.
Third place about best performers goes to another P.Panthers' star - forward Nicole Sterling (178-F-93). Sterling showcased her all-around game by recording 26 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Sterling's great performance P.Panthers lost 64-68 to slightly higher-ranked DCU Mercy (#3, 10-5). But her team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing P.Panthers needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 8 lost games. Sterling has a great season in Ireland. After 13 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.9ppg (2nd best), rebounds with 9.2rpg (8th best) and assists with 3.8apg (4th best). Sterling attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on her way to pro basketball.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Kaylee Kilpatrick (193-F/C-93) of Brunell - 18 points and 8 rebounds 5. Aishling Sullivan (175-G-88) of DCU Mercy - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Rachel Huijsdens (187-C-99) of DCU Mercy - 9 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Brittney Dunbar (173-G) of WIT Wildcats - 18 points and 3 rebounds 8. Ebony Wells (188-F/C) of NUIG Mystics - 11 points and 13 rebounds 9. Amy Waters (180-F/C-95) of Brunell - 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists 10. Maeve Phelan (175-G/F) of P.Panthers - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 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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