#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.
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 - 26 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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