With the SuperLeague back in full swing, this weekend offers fans up and down the country more thrilling games to watch as the race to be crowned League Champions heats up.
In the Nivea for Mens SuperLeague, all eyes are on Limerick this Saturday evening when the Eagles face off with National Cup Champions, Bord Gais Neptune, marking the biggest fixture of the weekend.
However, DCU Saints kick off the games tonight when they meet Dublin rivals, UCD Marian in DCU Complex. Saints will continue their double weekend as they take on Dublin Inter at home on Saturday. Meanwhile, southsiders, UCD Marian, are also in for a double weekend as they face the challenge of UCC Demons in the National Basketball Arena on Saturday.
Elsewhere in Dublin, Moycullen will make the journey to the capital to take on Killester.
Entering February off the back of an extremely successful month, National Cup Champions, Bord Gais Neptune will travel to Limerick to take on last seasons double champions, UL Eagles.
The last time both teams meet was in the National Cup final in front of a sold-out National Basketball Arena and it was the Cork side who left Dublin with the cup held high. This time around, both teams understand the importance of the game and how it will affect their league status.
Mark Scannell, head coach of Bord Gais Neptune said, This is a must win game for us, if we lost this I cant really see a way back.
Scannell continued, I watched UL play last week and they have bounced back well from their loss in the Cup. Keenan is a clever coach and will learn a lot from the last time we meet so they will be prepared.
We are over the glory of the cup, we have come back down to earth and to basics. With our energy high, we are ready and prepared for the game this weekend.
Echoing Scannells sentiments, head coach of UL Eagles, Mark Keenan, highlighted the importance of the game, This is a huge one for us. We were disappointed with our result in the cup but we need to get a win over Neptune to secure a top of the table position down the stretch.
Before the weekend fixtures begin, tonight will see DCU Saints take on UCD Marian.
As both teams enter the game off the back of a string of losses it will be DCU Saints that will be quietly confident as they already secured two wins over the southsiders earlier this season.
However, head coach of DCU Saints, David Donnelly, is aware of the change in dynamics, The last time we played Marian they didnt have Thomas Viglianco and he is big for them inside. We will have Provizors with us this evening so it will make for an interesting match-up.
On the back of that Dublin derby, DCU Saints will also take on Dublin Inter this Saturday. During their last clash, the game was forced into over-time as Saints stole the win. This time however, Inter enter the game all guns blazing as they have recently secure three win on the bounce.
Speaking about Inter, head coach, Irmantas Griksas said, This is our most important game so far. We set our goal at achieving fourth place this season and we need to win this game over DCU Saints to stay in the running for that spot.
We have worked very hard to get to this position and are ready to take on Saints. Provizors and Emmet Donnelly will provide trouble for us so we know we need to be weary of them and their positive influence over their own team.
Donnelly also said, Inter are on a good run at the moment and we know the pressure they like to bring. We must step up our own defence and be ready to challenge every shot they put up.
Meanwhile, UCD Marian will play their second game this weekend against Corks UCC Demons in the National Basketball Arena.
Demons must secure a win over the Dublin side this weekend in order for them to keep their League Champions dreams alive come March. Coming off the back of a tough loss to UL Eagles last week, Demons will be rearing for the opportunity to set the record straight that they deserve a spot at the top of the table.
Finally for the men Killester will take on Moycullen in the IWA in Clontarf.
Both sides have had patches of good and bad spells this season with their last encountered ending with an impressive victory for the young Galway side.
Nonetheless, Killester will be rejuvenated entering the game as the last time the two teams meet the Dubliners were under different management and without their power-house inside man, Michael Bonaparte.
Basketball Ireland Upcoming Fixtures
Saturday February 9th
Nivea For Men's SuperLeague
DCU Saints v Dublin Inter, DCU Complex, 19:00 ; UCD Marian v UCC Demons, National Basketball Arena, 19:00 ; UL Eagles v Bord Gais Neptune, UL Arena, 19:30 ; Killester v Moycullen, I.W.A Clontarf, 20:00
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One
Maree v Blue Demons, Calasanctius College, 17:00 ; Team Left Bank Kilkenny v Matt OFlaherty Chemists Titans, O Loughlin Gaels Gym, 19:30
Sunday February 10th
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One
Ballon BC v Fr Mathews, Palmerstown, 14:30 ; Ulster Elks v Donegal Town, UUJ, 14:45 ; Blue Demons v Team Garveys St Marys, Mardyke, 15:15
Courtesy ....Elaine Caffrey ...www.basketballireland.ie Robert Taylor (188-G-83, college: Rider)
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.'
Countdown on to exciting weekend of Men's Super League This coming weekend, October 15th and 16th, is a weekend of basketball action you definitely don't want to miss. The countdown is officially on to the first Men'sSuper Seriesweekend of the 2016/17 season which will take place atthe National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on October 15th and 16th. The weekend is truly gearing up to be a superb showcase of basketball as all 12 of this year's Men's Super League teams make the trip to the... [read more]
Countdown on to exciting weekend of Men's Super League
This coming weekend, October 15th and 16th, is a weekend of basketball action you definitely don't want to miss. The countdown is officially on to the first Men'sSuper Seriesweekend of the 2016/17 season which will take place atthe National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on October 15th and 16th. The weekend is truly gearing up to be a superb showcase of basketball as all 12 of this year's Men's Super League teams make the trip to the national stadium for what will undoubtedly be a weekend not to be missed. Opening up the event will be Belfast Star and Pyrobel Killester who face off on the court at 2pm on Saturday, October 15th. Killester have just made their way on to the league table having overcome SSE Airtricity Moycullen at the weekend (83-74). They had lost their two opening games to Griffith Swords Thunder and Templeogue and a relieved Head Coach, Brian O'Malley was glad to get the win and finally be on the scoreboard. 'It's good to get on the board,' he said. 'It was a tough game, Moycullen really took us out of our comfort zone, it was a battle from start to finish. They are all hard wins, they are all hard games to get through. We're looking forward to Star now next weekend. They are always going to be a good team, they've good Irish players, Dan O'Neill is a very good coach so they are well drilled, they ran UCD really close up in Belfast on Saturday evening, they are probably unlucky as they have come out on the wrong side of a couple of very close games. We played them last year in the Cup and they turned us over in the Cup so we are under no illusions that it is going to be a tough game. We are going to work and improve on the errors we made last week and hopefully that'll be enough to get us across the line.' Meanwhile, Belfast Star are also having mixed fortunes in the League so far, having secured a hard-fought win against UL Eagles in the first game, but thenwent down againstnewcomers Irish TV Tralee Warriors and league leaders, UCD Marian at the weekend. They will be hoping to take home the win from their clash against Pyrobel Killester. Next up on Saturday, October 15th, will see Irish TV Tralee Warriors facing off against SSE Airtricity Moycullen at 4pm. Warriors have been enjoying their time in the Super League, securing a well-earned win over Belfast Star, and though they lost out to UCC Demons, went on to secure a 77-59 point win over KUBS BC at the weekend. SSE Airtricity Moycullenwill be hoping to get back to winning ways, having been defeated by DCU Saints and Pyrobel Killesterso far this season, with a win against KUBS BC their only one to date. Meanwhile, Commercial.ie Eanna and DCU Saints will round up the action on Day 1 of the Super Series weekend, when they go head-to-head at 6pm. With no win under their belt as of yet, Eanna will be hoping to get off the mark following defeats to UCD Marian, Griffith Swords Thunder and Templeogue. Saints have two wins from three so far, with wins over SSE Airtricity Moycullen and UL Eagles and will be hoping that this weekend's tie will bring home their third win of the season. Sunday, October 16th sees the action ramping up for a second day of theSuper Series, as Griffith Swords Thunder open proceedings when they take on UL Eagles at 2pm. Another interesting match-up, Thunder are going into this weekend's fixtures with two wins from three, having lost out to UCC Demons at the weekend. Eagles meanwhile have one win under their belts (against KUBS BC) and will be hoping to get back on track against Thunder this weekend. KUBS BC and UCC Demons are next into the arena for Game 2 at 4pm. KUBS BC are looking for their first win of the season, having suffered defeat at the hands of Irish TV Tralee Warriors, UL Eagles and SSE Airtricity Moycullen. Finally, the last game of the weekend will be one of the big highlights of the Super Series as it sees a top of the table clash between UCD Marian and Templeogue. Both teams are coming into the clash with three wins from three. UCD secured their wins against UCC Demons, Commercial.ie Eanna and Belfast Star, while Templeogue are coming in on the back of victories over Pyrobel Killester, DCU Saints and Commercial.ie Eanna. The two sides go head-to-head at 6pm in what will surely be a thrilling way to round up the action. This is certainly going to be super and a weekend of men's basketball not to be missed. Tickets priced at 5per day (under 16s go free) will be available on the door at the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght. Fixtures: Saturday, October 15th 2pmBelfast Star v Pyrobel Killester 4pm Irish TV Tralee Warriors v SSE Airtricity Moycullen 6pmCommercial.ie Eanna v DCU Saints
Sunday, October 16th 2pmGriffith Swords Thunder v UL Eagles 4pmKUBS BC v UCC Demons 6pm Templeogue BC v UCD Marian
Mihajlo Pesic (ex Apoel) signs at ALS Basket - 15 days ago
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NM1 newcomer Andrezieux Boutheon Loire Sud Basket landed experienced 35-year old Serbian-Irish power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-111kg-81). He played most recently at Apoel in Cypriot Division A, but left the team in Jan.'15. In 10 games he averaged 4.9ppg and 4.2rpg in 2014-15 season. Part of previous (2013-14) season Pesic spent at BC Apollon Limassol (also in Division A). He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was... [read more]
NM1 newcomer Andrezieux Boutheon Loire Sud Basket landed experienced 35-year old Serbian-Irish power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-111kg-81). He played most recently at Apoel in Cypriot Division A, but left the team in Jan.'15. In 10 games he averaged 4.9ppg and 4.2rpg in 2014-15 season. Part of previous (2013-14) season Pesic spent at BC Apollon Limassol (also in Division A). He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 3rd Team. Pesic also spent pre-season at Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol (also in Division A) that year. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 3rd Team. His team won Cyprus Supercup. Among other achievements Pesic received Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic League Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2012. He is a very experienced player. Pesic has played also professionally in Austria (UBSC Graz and Vienna), Germany (GiroLive-Ballers, USC Freiburg and Ansbach), Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain (Marin), Cyprus (Petrolina AEK Larnaca and Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios), Slovakia (Inter Bratislava) and Serbia (Napredak Rubin). It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at ALS Basket. Let's have closer look into Pesic's outlook:
A good athlete who plays both the forward positions; has good speed and quickness, and is a good offensive player who can score even from behind the 3 points arch;.
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