#1. This week's number one is former international guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence, currently plays in Greece). He led PAOK to a victory against the eighth-ranked Ikaros (6-9) 85-80 in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game.
McGrath scored 11 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 40 minutes on the court.
PAOK Thessaloniki (10-5) is placed fourth in the A1.
McGrath has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.9apg, 2FGP: 54.9%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 79.1% in the 15 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
McGrath played for the Irish senior national team five years ago.
Strangely he has never played in Ireland.
#2. Second place goes to former international point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProB (second division). Mullins could not help Chalons-Reims (14-7) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Chalons-Reims was defeated 83-75 on the road by the lower-ranked SPO Rouen (#10).
Mullins was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 rebounds.
Mullins is currently fourth on the list of most steals.
This season he averages: 8.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.1apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 67.5%.
Mullins is a naturalized American.
He played for the Irish national team in 2009.
Apparently Mullins has never played in Ireland.
#3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post, currently plays in United Kingdom). He managed to help UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders in a victory against the ninth-ranked Cheshire Phoenix (8-14) 100-93 in the British BBL last Sunday.
O'Reilly recorded only 4 points in 25 minutes.
UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders (14-6) is placed fourth in the BBL.
It's O'Reilly's first season with the team.
This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 58.3%(74-127), 3FGP: 36.3% and FT: 77.8% in the 20 games.
O'Reilly played for the Irish national team four years ago.
#4. Center Sean McCarthy (208-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Fisher College (8-14) crushing them 108-69 in the NCAA on Wednesday night.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds.
The New Jersey Institute of Technology has 3-1 conference record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
McCarthy has reliable stats this season: 13.2ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.7apg.
He used to play for the Irish U16 national team
back in 2009.
#5. Former international forward Mark Reynolds (197-84, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to help Durham Wildcats (7-15) in their game against Newcastle Eagles (17-2) in the British BBL.
Reynolds recorded only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court.
Durham Wildcats was crushed 106-65 in Newcastle by the leading Eagles.
This year Reynolds averages just 1.0ppg in the 19 games.
He used to play for the Irish national team
six years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Irish passport but never been selected to any of Irish national teams:
#1.Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Blusens Monbus (9-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Kendall's good performance Blusens Monbus was defeated 83-77 on the road by the lower-ranked UCAM Murcia (#12).
He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
This season Kendall has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg.
He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish.
#2.Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in Cyprus) was the major contributor in AEL's victory against the league outsider Omonia (3-14) 89-75 in the Cypriot Division A on Saturday night.
Pesic scored 25 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 38 minutes.
Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol (6-12) is placed sixth in the Division A.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Pesic is ranked fourth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (second place).
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Pesic averages: 16.9ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.3apg in the 12 games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: Irish and Serbian.
Bonaparte's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 5 hours ago
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34-year old forward Michael Bonaparte (196-F-82) had a great game in the last round for league's best team Templeogue and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat UCD Marian (#2, 3-1) 89-80. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Templeogue to consolidate first place in the Irish league. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season... [read more]
34-year old forward Michael Bonaparte (196-F-82) had a great game in the last round for league's best team Templeogue and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4. He had a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat UCD Marian (#2, 3-1) 89-80. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Templeogue to consolidate first place in the Irish league. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Templeogue already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Bonaparte had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Templeogue and it's hard to imagine this team without him. College of the Ozarks graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bonaparte is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 12.3rpg), assists (2nd best: 7.0apg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 54.5% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Brian Edwards of KUBS. He is a in his first season at KUBS. In the last game Edwards recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as KUBS was edged by the higher-ranked UCC Demons (#3, 3-1) 77-74. KUBS are still at the very bottom. 4 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Edwards is a newcomer at KUBS and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#3). He also registered 12.5 boards per game.
Third place about best performers goes to forward Jacob Lawson (203-F-92) of UCC Demons (#3). Lawson showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of UCC Demons, leading his team to a 77-74 win against KUBS (#12, 0-4). UCC Demons needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost game. Lawson has a great season in Ireland. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.0ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 11.7rpg (8th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Mike Garrow (193-G-91) of UCD Marian - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Phillip Lawrence (201-F) of Moycullen - 26 points and 15 rebounds 6. Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of DCU Saints - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) of Killester - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Stephen King (196-F-86) of UL Eagles - 18 points and 14 rebounds 9. Nathaniel Musters (208-C-93) of Eanna - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Kyle Hosford (175-PG-89) of UCC Demons - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 8 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)
Hula Hoops U18 Men's National Cup: Moycullen BC 60-52 Ongar Chasers, St Vincent's 64-70 Tolka; Malahide 78-76 Sligo
Detailed results: Hula Hoops Men's National Cup - Pat Duffy Cup: KUBS BC Head Coach Mark Ingle was delighted with his side's performance as they secured their first win of the 2016/17 season following a nail-biting game against Commercial.ie Eanna in the Hula Hoops Men's National Cup.
Fantastic scoring from Brian Edwards (23) and Kevin Foley (20) gave KUBS the edge to win out 72-65.
'We are so happy to get a win, it's our first win and now we go on to play them in the second leg and hopefully we can get a win there too,' said Head Coach, Mark Ingle.
Elsewhere in the Hula Hoops National Cup, UCD Marian overcame Radisson Blu UL Eagles, SSE Airtricity Moycullen just edged Belfast Star, Templeogue defeated UCC Demons, DCU Saints overcame Pyrobel Killester and Irish TV Tralee Warriors won against Griffith Swords Thunder.
UCD Marian 95-68 Radisson Blu UL Eagles Top scorers UCD Marian: Mike Garrow 32, Conor Meany 16, Anthony Silvestri 10 Top scorers Radisson Blu UL Eagles: Zedric Sadler 17, Neil Campbell 11, Rob Lynch 10 Half time score: UCD Marian 51, Radisson Blu UL Eagles 36 Templeogue 96-87 UCC Demons Top scorers Templeogue: Jason Killeen 21, Lorcan Murphy 21, Mike Bonaparte 19 Top scorers UCC Demons: Roy Downey 23, Jacob Lawson 22, Ciaran O Sullivan 13 Half time score: Templeogue 49, UCC Demons 39 KUBS BC 72-65 Commercial.ie Eanna Top scorers KUBS BC: Brian Edwards 23, Kevin Foley 20, Jonathan Riles 12 Top scorers Commercial.ie Eanna: Neill Lynch 17, Nathaniel Musters 13, Luke Thompson 11 Half time score: KUBS BC 32, Commercial.ie Eanna 38 Irish TV Tralee Warriors 61-55 Griffith Swords Thunder Top scorers Irish TV Tralee Warriors: Ryan Leonard 14, Trae Pemberton 13, Dusan Bogdanovic 11 Top scorers Griffith Swords Thunder: Jose Narbon 18, Isaac Westbrooks 18, Justin Goldsborough 6 Half time score: Irish TV Tralee Warriors 41, Griffith Swords Thunder 21 Pyrobel Killester 69-71 DCU Saints Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Cian Nihill 15, Eoghain Kiernan 14, Ciaran Roe 11 Top scorers DCU Saints: Arkadijs Mararenko 15, Eoin Darling 15, Martin Provizors 14, Daniel Nelms 11 Half time score: Pyrobel Killester 38, DCU Saints 19 SSE Airtricity Moycullen 72-71 Belfast Star Top scorers SSE Airtriciy Moycullen: Dylan Cunningham 17, Paul Freeman 16, James Loughnane 13 Top scorers Belfast Star: Greg Womack 17, Keelan Cairns 17, Conor Johnston 16 Half time score: SSE Airtricity Moycullen 36, Belfast Star 26
Basketeball Ireland Men's Division One: Meanwhile in the Men's Division One, it was a busy weekend of action, with wins for BFG Neptune, Kestrels, Sligo All-Stars, Keane's SuperValu Killorglin, Dublin Lions and Ulster University Elks.
BFG Neptune had a 101-59 point win over ITC Basketball in Carlow, but Head Coach Paul Kelleher had mixed emotions about the win. "We played in a hurried way, not the way we are used to playing," he reflected. "I thought we struggled defensively, we didn't work as hard as we normally do but I thought we did a much better job in the second half - we were more disciplined, we were more composed. We executed things a little bit better in the second, but my practise session is already lined out for next week, I know what we need to work on." ITC Basketball 59-101 BFG Neptune Top scorers ITC Basketball: Etienne Droullon 12, Mike Klinger 11, Jimmy Ward 11 Top scorers BFG Neptune: Gary Walsh 18, Adam Drummond 18, Tanner Brooks 18 Half time score: ITC Basketball 33, BFG Neptune 46 Kestrels 79-68 Team Kilkenny Top scorers Kestrels: Karolis Timofejevas 22, Mantas Vilimas 18, Dan Debosz 13 Top scorers Team Kilkenny: James Butler 24, Lukasz Szuk 16, Matt Van Pelt 12 Half time score: Kestrels 45, Team Kilkenny 33 Keane's SuperValu Killorglin 91-58 Fr Mathews Top scorers Keane's SuperValu Killorglin: Kevin Grey 25, Garny Garcia Nivar 20, Declan Wall 13 Top scorers Fr Mathews: Paul O Driscoll 13, Owen Connolly 12, Sean Cantwell 12 Half time score: Keane's SuperValu Killorglin 42, Fr Mathews 30 Sligo All-Stars 76-71 LYIT Donegal Top scorers Sligo All-Stars: Kalim Noel 19, Ronan McGarrity 13, Cian Lally 10 Top scorers LYIT Donegal: Oisin Kerlin 17, Kevin Stanley 16, Jack MacKey 10, T John Casiello 10 Half time score: Sligo All-Stars 31, LYIT Donegal 36 Dublin Lions 80-60 Titans Top scorers Dublin Lions: Tomasz Swiatowy 22, Jurgis Butkevicius 13, Hillary Netsiyanwa 9 Top scorers Titans: Gene Williams 21, Taific Mustapha 9, Emmanuel Saah 9 Half time score: Dublin Lions 40, Titans 26 Ulster University Elks 74-71 Maree Top scorers Ulster University Elks: McDonald 15, Oliver 13, Banys 13, McColgan 13 Top scorers Maree: Eoin Rockall 29, Kenneth Hansberry 14, E Solsona Leria 7 Half time score: Ulster University Elks 34-30 Maree
Hula Hoops Men's Intermediate Cup Moycullen BC 54-86 Phoenix BC Top scorers Moycullen BC: J Cunningham 15, O Carey 11, D Canavan 10 Top scorers Phoenix BC: D Lynn, 20, G Celms 17, D Erickson 12 Half time score: Moyculeen BC 20, Phoenix BC 49
Hula Hoops Under 18 Men's National Cup: KUBS BC 86-54 Limerick Lions Top scorers KUBS BC: Jordan Fallon 23, Eoin McCann 17, Sean Smith 9 Top scorers Limerick Lions: Nathan Moore 18, Karoles Vithaites 9, Jack Coyne 8 Half time score: KUBS BC 53, Limerick Lions 29
An oft repeated pattern of Basketball in Ireland is the segmenting of teams into a strong top group a significant middle grouping and a third group who from week to week as the Superleague progresses find the likelyhood that they will take one of the top teams on and beat them an unlikely proposition, a scenario where in The United states N.B.A. league it in reality can happen from time to time where playoff teams at least,lose to bottom of the basement outfits and thus make for at least from the fans perspective make every game potentially at least a viable investment of the hard earned dollar. This past weekend's Pat Duffy Cup games results wise mirrored the Superleague early season form of teams and thus continue to make competitions here interesting and more interesting perhaps given the added dimension of it being a 12 team affair as opposed to the more traditional 10 teams.The standout result in the home and away Cup format was the Templeogue win over U.C.C. Blue Demons at 96 plays 87 again pointing to the significance to Demons of the loss of player coach Colin O Reilly to The British Basketball League. Jacob Lawson the new import replacement for Lehmon Colbert though obviously not in the category of the superstars of the 80's (Marion Elie, Mike & Ray Smith, Bob Stephens, Kelvin Troy etc) is strong enough scoring wise to have the team change their approach offensively and focus on separating their offence into 2 and 3 man units as opposed to the sets being run at the minute which has Lawson waiting for things to happen team wise on offence negating his mental alertness and making things difficult for him to operate as best he might when he does receive the ball. In truth with his leaping ability and finishing skills he is potentially a 25/30 ppg average if set up differently. Lawson's defence too is sharp enough for a higher level competition given the opportunity. Table toppers Templeogue (4-0 after beating the now 3-1 UCD Marian the previous week) will in all probability go from strength to strength after establishing a 9 point advantage to take to game 2 against Demons. Tralee too for their part as returnees to competition after a lapse of 7 years continue to impress and for them too the 6 points advantage going into round 2 of the Cup will give them confidence as they continue to grow and develop together as a team unit. They have reignited interest in basketball locally and provide a home atmosphere many opponents will find more and more challenging as the competitions move on. The added advantage of having an import player to chop and change so to speak will too perhaps become significant.
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National League Gamezone: October 15th - 16th Oct 13,2016 Saturday 15th October 2016 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Belfast Star 60,Pyrobel Killester 77; Irish TV Tralee Warriors 85,SSE Airtricity Moycullen 69 Commercial.ie Eanna 77,DCU Saints 73 Hula Hoops U20 Men's National Cup Killester 62,KUBS BC 120;Dublin Lions 67,St Vincent's 2,53 Sunday 16th October 2016 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Griffith Swords Thunder 88-51UL Eagles; KUBS BC 74-77UCC Demons; Temple... [read more]
National League Gamezone: October 15th - 16th Oct 13,2016 Saturday 15th October 2016 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Belfast Star 60,Pyrobel Killester 77;
Irish TV Tralee Warriors 85,SSE Airtricity Moycullen 69
Commercial.ie Eanna 77,DCU Saints 73
Hula Hoops U20 Men's National Cup Killester 62,KUBS BC 120;Dublin Lions 67,St Vincent's 2,53
Sunday 16th October 2016
Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Griffith Swords Thunder 88-51UL Eagles;
KUBS BC 74-77UCC Demons;
Templeogue 89-80 UCD Marian
Hula Hoops U20 Men's National Cup Moycullen BC v Sligo All-Stars, The Jes, Galway, 13.30 Kildare Gliders v Queens BC, St Conleth's, Newbridge, 14.00 St Vincent's 1 v Drogheda Bullets, St Vincent's SS, Glasnevin 14.30 Tralee Imperials v Killorglin CYMS, Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee 15.30.
Detailed Results: Basketball Ireland Men's Super League Templeogue won the bragging rights in their top of the table clash with UCD Marian, as they overcame their close rivals 89-80 in the final game of the Men's Super Series weekend at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.
Bonapartetop scored for Templeogue in a game that was neck-in-neck throughout most of thesecond half.
Earlier on in the weekend, Commercial.ie Eanna secured their first win of the Men's Super League at the weekend as they overcame DCU Saints 77-73 in a nail-biter.
'We put a lot of work in during the week so we were more disciplined - that was the difference,' said a delighted Head Coach, Mick Thompson. 'We did what we had practised, and we're delighted. You can see how hard the lads are willing to work: it's just a matter of doing what we know we can do and hopefully get more results.'
Elsewhere, Pyrobel Killester overcame Belfast Star, Irish TV Tralee won out over SSE Airtricity Moycullen, Griffith Swords Thunder claimed victory against Radisson Blu UL Eagles while UCC Demons just had the edge on KUBS BC, 77-74, in an absolute thriller on Sunday afternoon.
Belfast Star 60-77 Pyrobel Killester Belfast Star Top Scorers: Keelan Cairns 17, Conor Johnston 13, Greg Womack 11 Pyrobel Killester Top Scorers: Jermaine Turner 19, Peder Madsen 11, Cian Nihill 9 Half time score: Belfast Star 26-36 Pyrobel Killester Irish TV Tralee Warriors 85-69SSE Airtricity Moycullen Top scorersIrish TV Tralee Warriors: Ryan Leonard 23, Dusan Bogdanovic 18, Trae Pemberton 17 Top scorers SSE Airtricity Moycullen: Phillip Lawrence-Ricks 26, Paddy Lyons 17, Dylan Cunningham 15 Half time score: Irish TV Tralee Warriors 45, SSE Airtricity Moycullen 34 Commercial.ie Eanna.ie 77, DCU Saints 73 Commercial.ie Eanna Top Scorers: Aidan Dunne 16, Nathaniel Musters 15, Neil Lynch 14 DCU Saints Top Scorers: Eoin Darling 23, Martins Provizors 19, Shane Davidson 8, Graham Brannelly 8 HT: Commercial.ie Eanna.ie 44, DCU Saints 31 Griffith Swords Thunder 88-53 Radisson Blu UL Eagles Top scorers Griffith Swords Thunder: Justin Goldsborough 16, Charlie Coombes 12, Alex Calvexe 12 Top scorers Radisson Blu UL Eagles: Zedric Sadler 21, Stephen King 14, Eoin Quigley 6 Half time score: Griffith Swords Thunder 42-24 Radisson Blu UL Eagles KUBS BC 74-77 UCC Demons Top scorers KUBS BC: Brian Edwards 27, Conor James 11, Kevin Foley 10 Top scorers UCC Demons: Kyle Hosford 20, Ciaran O Sullivan 14, Jacob Lawson 13 Half time score: KUBS BC 29 - UCC Demons 47 Templeogue 89-80 UCD Marian Top scorers Templeogue: Michael Bonaparte 25, Jason Killeen 14, Lorcan Murphy 13, Stephen James 13 Top scorers UCD Marian: Mike Garrow 22, Barry Drumm 13, Neil Baynes 12 Half time: Templeogue 43-31 UCD Marian
From : www.basketballireland.ie
The sports budget for 2017 (Ireland) has been cut by almost 30%, it was announced today (October 11th). Minister for Transport, Tourism and SportShane Rosssaw his department's budget increase by 72million but the allocation for sport went from 73.5m to 51.91m. Ross said that the decrease was due to the funds received last year for the constructionof the National Arena in Dublin. He said:'The only reason sports has gone down is the construction of the sports arena last year. It was a huge 22 million payment. 'I am happy we got a 4% increase in funding for my Department. It is well over the average.' Meanwhile, it was confirmed that horse racing is to receive an extra 4.8m, and there is also an increase for the Greyhound industry. Agriculture Minister Michael Creedsaid: 'A further 6 million has been allocated to the Horse & Greyhound Racing Fund, as per the Minister for Finance's commitment, and it will be divided 80-20 as usual between the two sports.' Details of another round of the Sports Capital Programme will be announced at a later date. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O'Donovan said: 'The capital allocation to Sport Ireland will provide for the continued development of the National Sports Campus at Abbotstown. 'This includes the completion of the National Indoor Arena and Office Accommodation.'
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