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Super League Standings
 1. Glanmire 4-0 
 2. WIT Wildcats 3-1 
 3. Killester 2-1 
 4. Liffey Celtics 2-1 
 5. NUIG Mystics 2-2 
 6. DCU Mercy 1-1 
 7. Meteors 1-3 
 8. Brunell 0-3 
 9. P.Panthers 0-3 
Full Standings
Division 1 Standings
 1. Ulster Rockets 1-0 
 2. Fr.Mathews 1-1 
 3. Oblate Dynamos 1-1 
 4. UL Huskies 1-1 
 5. Ulster Elks 1-1 
 6. Denjoes 0-0 
 7. IT Carlow 0-0 
 8. Marble City Hawks 0-1 
Points Per Game
  Avg: 25
 1. Fairbanks, DCU M.25.0 
 2. Sterling, P.Pan.24.5 
 3. O'Connor, Liffey C.22.0 
 4. Wells, NUIG M.19.0 
 5. Neal, Meteors17.5 
 6. Clarke, Killester17.0 
 7. Kavanagh, WIT W.16.3 
 8. Alford, Glanmire16.0 
 9. Boone, Liffey Celt.15.5 
 10. Rockall, Glanmire15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monet NEAL
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Neal, Meteors17.5 
 2. Wells, NUIG M.11.7 
 3. Fechko, Killester11.5 
 4. Sterling, P.Pan.10.5 
 5. Kavanagh, WIT W.10.3 
 6. Boone, Liffey Celt.10.0 
 7. Fairbanks, DCU M.10.0 
 8. Dwyer, Glanmire10.0 
 9. Dunbar, WIT W.9.7 
 10. Maguire, DCU Mercy9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Brittney DUNBAR
  Avg: 8
 1. Dunbar, WIT W.8.0 
 2. Sullivan, DCU M.7.0 
 3. Deegan, WIT W.5.7 
 4. O'Sullivan, P.Pan.5.0 
 5. O'Connor, Liffey C.5.0 
 6. Nagle, Killester4.5 
 7. Sherwood, Killester4.5 
 8. Fairbanks, DCU M.4.0 
 9. McCann, Killester4.0 
 10. O'Connor, Liffey3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brittney DUNBAR
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Dunbar, WIT W.5.3 
 2. Fairbanks, DCU M.5.0 
 3. Fechko, Killester4.5 
 4. Sherwood, Killester3.5 
 5. Maguire, DCU Mercy3.0 
 6. Woods, DCU Mercy3.0 
 7. Melia, P.Panthers2.5 
 8. O'Sullivan, P.Pan.2.5 
 9. Clarke, Killester2.5 
 10. Daly, Killester2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Chantell ALFORD
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Alford, Glanmire2.3 
 2. Fairbanks, DCU M.2.0 
 3. Maguire, DCU Mercy2.0 
 4. Grace, Glanmire2.0 
 5. Kavanagh, WIT W.2.0 
 6. Neal, Meteors2.0 
 7. Dunbar, WIT W.1.7 
 8. O'Connor, Liffey C.1.5 
 9. Dwyer, Glanmire1.3 
 10. Melia, P.Panthers1.0 

Next Round Schedule

Round 5 (Regular Season)

Brunell Nov.6 Glanmire 99%
DCU Mercy 56% Nov.6 NUIG Mystic
Meteors 76% Nov.5 P.Panthers
Liffey Celti 60% Nov.5 Killester
National Cup Summary / Upcoming fixtures - Jan 29, 2013

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The stakes do not get any higher, as this week the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght hosted Irish basketballs showpiece event.

The National Cup finals are where every team wants to be and this years event was a wonderful spectacle for those lucky enough to secure tickets to the sold-out arena.

The highlight of this action-packed weekend came on Friday night as Bord Gais Neptune defeated UL Eagles to end 21 years of hurt and claim their first National Cup since 1992.

Neptune are one of the celebrated institutions in Irish basketball and the long wait for this trophy ensured there were wild scenes of jubilation at the buzzer. It was a stunning performance from the Neptune players and for many, this win represented a career defining achievement.

For Neptune veteran Ger Noonan, it was a particularly poignant moment.

"I cant believe it to be honest. My best friend died ten years ago last week. He was part of the team. I think its fitting that Neptune as a team and as a club dedicate this win to Emmett Neville. Im absolutely wrecked but its worth it," he said.

Neptune coach Mark Scannell was keen to pay tribute to Noonan, "Ger Noonan cant walk some nights after training. His body is breaking down but you look at his performance tonight, absolutely top drawer, he said.

In the womens final, UL Huskies sealed another National Cup with a win over Team Montenotte Hotel Cork. While clearly inspired by the games MVP Michelle Fahy and the tenacious Rachel Vanderwal, the nature of the ULs win spoke to a fantastic collective effort.

Coach James Weldon was certainly keen to stress the commitment of all involved with this UL side," Im running out of things to say to the girls when they win trophies. I just want to pay tribute to our backroom staff. We are not really about old school coaching here at UL. Its a team effort and all the little things that people do add up to success."

While much of the attention was focused on the SuperLeague sides, there was plenty of other action to enjoy over the course of the weekend. For Brunell of Cork, it was a very special weekend as they captured a historic U18 and U20 Womens double.

Coach Kieran OLeary believes the victories are a sign that future success is imminent for the senior side. "We are in SuperLeague at the moment, and with back-to-back U-18 titles Im confident we are going to get to the top of the table in the next few years. This is a great achievement for the club. I cant say enough about those kids. They are brilliant."

A star in both age-groups, young Edel Thornton collected MVP honours in the U18 and U20 final scoring a combined 52 points in the games.

Not satisfied with her incredible weekend haul, she already has her sights on yet bigger prizes in the years ahead.

"We want to come back here again next year again and win the U-18s and U-20s again. That will set us up well for the SuperLeague. We have to keep doing the right things and not become cocky," she said.

Meanwhile Belfast Star coach Adrian Fulton was sounding a little more contented after his U18 Mens cup triumph, claiming " the search for the holy grail is over" after his side defeated Moycullen 68-57 in the U-18 boys final.

"The last time we won a club All Ireland title was 1989.We have been so close before. Weve lost 5 semi-finals and a couple of finals,but what these guys have done is absolutely incredible," he said.

For teams outside the elite SuperLeague, the Division 1 finals were held on Saturday afternoon.

Oblate Dynamos secured their first ever national title with victory over Tralee Imperials, a victory which coach Terry Staunton was struggling to digest at full time.

"This has been an amazing season. We were struggling before Christmas. We brought Jolie Niland back and she has made the difference for us. To get here was brilliant but to win it is just unbelievable. This win is for our fans. They have been with us every step of the way," Staunton said.

In the Senior Mens National Cup final, Blue Demons enjoyed a convincing win 76-62 over Team Garveys St Marys 76-62. Coach Cormac ODonoghue was pleased that his side got over the line after a tempestuous encounter.

"I let the lads know at half time that we needed to keep focussed and keep the head. They did that in the second half and I think we controlled the game from there. Hopefully we can build on this win now," he added.

While Thornton looked ahead, Luke Thompson - who collected the MVP honours in the U20 Mens Cup final after his Templeogue side defeated Killester 64 to 49 took some time to look back and thank those who had helped him and the team reach the winners platform.

The development of this team has taken place over a number of years. We are very grateful to all the people who have helped us along to get here," Thompson said.

Basketball Ireland Weekend Results National Cup Finals

All games took place at the National Basketball Arena

Friday January 25th

Men's SuperLeague Cup Final

UL Eagles 65 (30) (N Campbell 18; R Taylor 15; J Killeen 11) Bord Gais Neptune 85 (43) (M Mcginn 28; D Townes 23; G Noonan 14)

Womens SuperLeague Cup Final

UL Huskies 69 (33) (R vanderwal 26; M Fahy 14; R Clancy 13) Team Momtenotte Hotel Cork 59 (31) (G Dwyer 20; T Bacic 15; M Breen 10)

Saturday January 26th

Mens Senior National Cup Final

Blue Demons 76 (42) (B ONeill 23; K Hosford 14; T Priou 11) Team Garveys St Marys 62 (38) (J Tehan 15; B Clernon 15; D Griffin 14)

Womens Senior National Cup Final

Tralee Imperials 49 (29) (S.Mackessy 20; E.Sherwood 13; D.Geaney 6) Oblate Dynamos 58 (24) (T.Harrison 14; J.Niland 11; G.McKenna 11; E.Curran 6)

Mens U18 National Cup Final

Belfast Star 68 (35) (C.Quinn 24; A.Quinn 18; L. Pettigrew 11) Moycullen 57 (32) (S.OBrien 20; P.Lyons 17; J.Tummon 8)

Womens U18 National Cup Final

Glanmire 54 (30) (S.Kenny 19; L.Mullins 9; L.Wilkinson 9; S.Geaney 6) Brunell 77 (39) (E. Thornton 19; M. OLeary 17; A.Waters 11; O. Connolly 11)

Sunday January 27th

Mens U20 National Cup Final

Templeogue Azzurri 64 (30) (L.Thompson 26; B.Morrison 12; T.Swiatowy 7) Killester 49 (21) (C.Roe 20; M.Deegan 9; P.Sullivan 6)

Womens U-20 National Cup Final

Killester 56 (24) (M.Clarke 19; E.Matthews 11; A.Russell 7; O.Keoghegan 7 Brunell 76 (36) (E.Thornton 35; M.OLeary 13; A.Kearney 11)

Basketball Ireland Upcoming Fixtures

Wednesday January 30th

Basketball Ireland Women's Division One

Team Tom McCarthys St Marys v Tralee Imperials, Castleisland CC, 19:00

Saturday January 2nd

Nivea Womens SuperLeague

Ulster Rockets v Singleton SuperValu Brunell, De La Salle, 18:30 ; Meteors v Killester, Colaiste Iosagain, 19:00 ; Liffey Celtics v DCU Mercy, Leixlip Centre, 19:30

Basketball Ireland Women's Division One

NUIG Mystics v Portlaoise Panthers, NUI Galway, 13:30 ; Team Tom McCarthys St Marys v UL Huskies, Castleisland, 19:45 ; Brittons Insurance Donegal Town v Tralee Imperials Abbey VS, 20:00

Sunday January 3rd

Nivea Womens SuperLeague

Team Montenotte Hotel Cork v Liffey Celtics, Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, 15:00

Courtesy .... Cian Nihill....

Rachel Clancy (175-G-88, college: Cal Poly - SLO)

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