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)
Basketball Ireland Men's Super League It was a big weekend for Mark Ingle's charges this weekend as KUBS secured a big win over Pyrobel Killester on Thursday evening and ran League leaders Templeogue very close (losing out 71-76 at the end of a nail-biter) on Sunday. Speaking about the win over Killester, Ingle said: 'It was a great win and good for the lads. They've been working hard all year and staying in with the better teams - we're hanging in and getting better every week.'
Elsewhere, UCD Marian maintained their impressive form winning 64-76 against Killester on Saturday, while DCU Saints had to settle for second best against a dominant Griffith Swords Thunder. Garvey's Tralee Warriors secured another good win on the road, overcoming Commercial.ie Eanna by 21 points, while SSE Airtricity Moycllen had 15 to spare over Belfast Star, and UCC Demons romped home to victory against Radisson Blu UL Eagles.
Pyrobel Killester 74-76 KUBS Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Jermaine Turner 18, Cian Nihill 17, Paddy Sullivan 13 Top scorers KUBS: Corbin Jackson 25, Brian Edwards 16, Conor James 10 Half time score: Pyrobel Killester 37-34 KUBS
Commercial.ie Eanna 68-89 Garvey's Tralee Warriors Top scorers Commercial.ie Eanna: Jonathan Riles 20, Aidan Dunne 14, Neil Lynch 8 Top scorers Garvey's Tralee Warriors: Kieran Donaghy 23, Fergal O Sullivan 21, Goran Pantovic 16 Half time score: Commercial.ie Eanna 24-52 Garvey's Tralee Warriors
DCU Saints 69-85 Griffith Swords Thunder Top scorers DCU Saints: Eoin Darling 25, Martins Provizors 15, Archie Macarenko 8 Top scorers Griffith Swords Thunder: Alex Dolenko 21, Conroy Baltimore 20, Isaac Westbrooks 12 Half time score: DCU Saints 32-48 Griffith Swords Thunder
Belfast Star 60-75 SSE Airtricity Moycullen Top scorers Belfast Star: Keelan Cairns 19, Paddy McGaharan 15, Fearghal Toner 7 Top scorers SSE Airtricity Moycullen: Dylan Cunningham 26, Paul Freeman 20, Patrick Lyons Half time score: Belfast Star 36-50 SSE Airtricity Moycullen
Pyrobel Killester 64-76 UCD Marian Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Jermaine Turner 16, Cian Nihill 13, Ciaran Roe 10 Top scorers UCD Marian: Anthony Silvestri 14, Dustan Moreira 13, Mike Garrow 11 Half time score: Pyrobel Killester 31-46 UCD Marian
UCC Demons 93-71 Radisson Blu UL Eagles Top scorers UCC Demons: Adrian O Sullivan 30, Jacob Lawson 12, Ronan O Sullivan 11 Top scorers Radisson Blu UL Eagles: Ryan Wilson 25, Patrick McCarthy 13, Eoin Quigley 13 Half time score: UCC Demons 49-30 Radisson Blu UL Eagles
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One Maree 109-98 BFG Neptune Top scorers Maree: Paulius Peldzius 26, Kenneth Hansberry 23, Eoin Rockall 19 Top scorers BFG Neptune: Tanner Brooks 27, Sean Jenkins 25, Gary Walsh 12, David Murray 12 Half time score: Maree 62-50 BFG Neptune
Titans 80-65 ITC Basketball Top scorers Titans: Toms Fabriciuss 23, Gene Williams 17, Kelvin Atu 14 Top scorers ITC Basketball: Mike Klinger 21, Jimmy Ward 11, Ronan Williams 11 Half time score: Titans 40-40 ITC Basketball
LYIT Donegal 88-82 Kestrels Top scorers LYIT Donegal: Jordan McClelland 21, Jack Mackey 21, Mark Cannon 12 Top scorers Kestrels: Christopher Teasley 31, Dan Debosz 21, Dainius Stankevicius 15 Half time score: LYIT Donegal 43-41 Kestrels
Ej Sligo All Stars 71-67 Team Kilkenny Top scorers Ej Sligo All Stars: Tobi Brockmann 15, Kaylim Noel 14, Philip Hamilton 12, Oisin O Reilly 12 Top scorers Team Kilkenny: Lukas Szulc 23, James Butler 19, Ryan Pepper 9 Half time score: Ej Sligo All Stars 32-31 Team Kilkenny
Ulster University Elks 84-73 Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Top scorers Ulster University Elks: Ryan Oliver 23, Darius Surginas 16, E Cernevicius 14, Will Koppenhaver 10 Top scorers Keane's SuperValu Killorglin: Garny Garcia 21, Ian McLoughlin 17, Seamus Brosnan 13 Half time score: Ulster University Elks 52-39 Keane's SuperValu Killorglin
Dublin Lions 66-70 Fr Mathews Top scorers Dublin Lions: Chris McNairney 14, Tomasz Swiatowy 11, Kevin Anyanwu 10 Top scorers Fr Mathews: Donal McCarthy 17, Owen Connolly 17, Daragh Fleming 11 Half time score: Dublin Lions 31-35 Fr Mathews
From : www.basketballireland.ie The Emmet Neville under 14 Memorial Tournament will be hosted by Neptune at The Neptune stadium on March 18th next with some places for teams still open.Contact Neptune Basketball club at +353 21 439 5873. From : https://www.facebook.com/neptune.bc?hc_ref=SEARCH
Tanner Brooks (185-G, college: St.Mary's, MD)
Best players of Irish Super League round 18 - 5 days ago
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American Mike Garrow (193-G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for UCD Marian and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 18 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team crushed DCU Saints (#8, 6-11) with 21-point margin 88-67. UCD Marian maintains the 3rd position in Irish Super League. They are still close to the very top. UCD Marian would have been even better if they kept winning... [read more]
American Mike Garrow (193-G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for UCD Marian and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18. The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 18 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team crushed DCU Saints (#8, 6-11) with 21-point margin 88-67. UCD Marian maintains the 3rd position in Irish Super League. They are still close to the very top. UCD Marian would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 14-3 record. In the team's last game Garrow had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be UCD Marian's top player in his first season with the team. Eastern Connecticut State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Garrow is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 15.4rpg) and averages solid 1.9bpg,5.9spg,57.3% FGP and 54.5% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old international point guard Stephen James (182-PG-92) of league's best team Templeogue. James impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 14 points and 10 assists. Of course he led Templeogue to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Belfast Star (#9, 5-12) 106-78. This victory allowed Templeogue to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team belongs to top of the standings with 15-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. James is one of the most experienced players at Templeogue and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was another Templeogue's star - Grenadian forward Michael Bonaparte (196-F-82). Bonaparte scored 23 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Templeogue, helping his team with a 106-78 easy win against the lower-ranked Belfast Star (#9, 5-12). Many experts and fans count Templeogue as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 15 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Bonaparte has a great season in Ireland. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.3ppg (7th best) and assists with 5.9apg (6th best). He also has FGP: 55.7% and 3PT: 44.7%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Trae Pemberton (193-G-92) of Tralee - 35 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Oleksandr Dolenko (191-PG-90) of Swords Thunder - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists 6. Nathaniel Musters (208-C-93) of Eanna - 13 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Isaac Westbrooks (189-PG-85) of Swords Thunder - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists 8. Dustan Moreira (202-F-89) of UCD Marian - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Patrick Lyons (187-F-95) of Moycullen - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists 10. Barry Drumm (186-G-87) of UCD Marian - 19 points and 6 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)
PREVIEW: We look ahead to this weekend's games THE countdown to the end of the season is officially on as, with just five rounds left for most of the teams in the Men's Super League, attention is now firmly focused on table standings. The pressure is on table toppers Templeogue at the moment to keep their first place position intact as Griffith Swords Thunder snap firmly at their heels and, with a number of big games ahead for both teams, neither can afford even the slightest slip up wi... [read more]
PREVIEW: We look ahead to this weekend's games
THE countdown to the end of the season is officially on as, with just five rounds left for most of the teams in the Men's Super League, attention is now firmly focused on table standings. The pressure is on table toppers Templeogue at the moment to keep their first place position intact as Griffith Swords Thunder snap firmly at their heels and, with a number of big games ahead for both teams, neither can afford even the slightest slip up with UCD Marian, Garvey's Tralee Warriors and Pyrobel Killester all waiting ready to pounce. Templeogue have a game in hand on Swords, and will be hoping that they can keep their lead intact as they face off to KUBS this coming weekend, while Swords take a short trip down the road to DCU Saints for their clash on Saturday evening. Templeogue have the advantage in the head-to-head with their nearest rivals, having overcome them 78-71 in their Super League clash back in December - just two weeks after Swords got the better of them in the Cup - and there's no doubt that there will be a packed hall for when these two sides meet again in the final game of the league in the ALSAA on March 18th. Elsewhere, Pyrobel Killester will be regrouping after their loss against fourth place Garvey's Tralee Warriors down in Kerry on Saturday evening, and they will be hoping that this weekend's double header of games for them will see them earn some crucial points. They welcome KUBS to the IWA in Clontarf this evening (Thursday) before taking on second place UCD Marian on Saturday. Commercial.ie Eanna meanwhile are in good form off the back of their win over Radisson Blu UL Eagles last weekend in what was a crucial tie for both teams as they attempt to stave off the threat of relegation. That win marked Eanna's fourth of the season, but they have a tough task ahead of them this coming Saturday as they face Garvey's Tralee Warriors in Colaiste Eanna. Belfast Star meanwhile will be licking their wounds after a double whammy of losses last weekend, which saw them take on the top two sides in the League - Swords and Templeogue - in the space of 48 hours, and come out the wrong side of each of those results. They welcome SSE Airtricity Moycullen to Belfast this weekend in a game that's set to be a cracker, as the last time these two sides met in both the Cup and the League, there was just the smallest of margins between them. UCC Demons will be hoping to bounce back after their crushing two-point defeat to Moycullen last Saturday in Galway meanwhile when they welcome bottom of the table Radisson Blu UL Eagles to the Mardyke on Sunday in a game that UL will be hoping to take the spoils from. The Women's Super League is even harder to predict, with the balance of power between second, third and fourth position changing week on week. League leaders, Ambassador UCC Glanmire suffered their second loss of the season last weekend against Courtyard Liffey Celtics, who revelled in avenging their Cup final loss in January. While this defeat for Glanmire was not enough to knock them off the top of the table, the win for Liffey Celtics was enough to send them to second place to change the League standings yet again. Pyrobel Killester meanwhile sit in fourth place after a win over Meteors last Saturday, and will be hoping to shake things up even more when they welcome Liffey Celtics to Clontarf this weekend in what is set to be a very closely-contested affair. Elsewhere, Portlaoise Panthers will be hoping to continue on from their win over Wildcats last Saturday when they welcome bottom of the table Meteors, while NUIG Mystics will need to bounce back well from their loss against Brunell in Cork last weekend as they play DCU Mercy. It's an all-Cork affair on Sunday as Ambassador UCC Glanmire face Singleton SuperValu Brunell at the Mardyke Arena while Maxol WIT Wildcats have a bye this weekend, but will be watching proceedings closely. There are some big clashes in the Men's and Women's Division One this weekend with Galway side Maree welcoming BFG Neptune to Oranmore on Saturday evening. Both teams come into this game with just one loss each (Maree to Ulster University Elks and BFG Neptune to Keane's SuperValu Killorglin). A win here for either side will put them in prime position going into the business end of the season. Another big game sees Ulster University Elks take on Keane's Supervalu Killorglin on Sunday afternoon, while in the Women's Division One, all eyes will be on Belfast as Ulster Rockets take on Marble City Hawks in a repeat of a thrilling Hula Hoops Senior Women's Cup final which saw Rockets win in overtime by just one point. Rockets need a win here in order to keep their hopes of topping the League alive as they face league leaders and unbeaten ITC Basketball next weekend, while Marble City Hawks will be hoping to avenge their Cup loss and claim a vital win over the Ulster side.
Basketball Ireland Fixtures February 16-19th
Thursday 16th February 2017 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Pyrobel Killester v KUBS BC, IWA-Clontarf, 20:00;
Saturday 18th February 2017 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Commercial.ie Eanna v Garvey's Tralee Warriors, Colaiste Eanna, 18:00; DCU Saints v Griffith Swords Thunder, DCU Complex, 19:00; Belfast Star v SSE Airtricity Moycullen, Methodist College, 19:00; Pyrobel Killester v UCD Marian, IWA-Clontarf, 20:00;
Basketball Ireland Women's Super League: NUIG Mystics v DCU Mercy, NUIG Galway, 15:00; Pyrobel Killester v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, IWA-Clontarf, 18:00; Portlaoise Panthers v Meteors, St Mary's, 19:00;
Basketball Ireland Men's Division 1: LYIT Donegal v Kestrels, LYIT, 16:00; Maree v BFG Neptune, Calsanctius College, 17:00; Titans v ITC Basketball, Colaiste Iognaid, 18:00; EJ Sligo All-Stars v Team Kilkenny, Mercy College, 19:30;
Basketball Ireland Women's Division 1: Ulster Rockets v Marble City Hawks, Methodist College, 16:30; Oblate Dynamos v Fr Mathews, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 19:30;
Sunday 19th February 2017 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: UCC Demons v Radisson Blu UL Eagles, Mardyke Arena-Cork, 15:00; KUBS BC v Templeogue, Carroll Arena, 16:00;
Basketball Ireland Women's Super League: Ambassador UCC Glanmire v Singleton SuperValu Brunell, Mardyke Arena-Cork, 13:00;
Basketball Ireland Men's Division 1: Dublin Lions v Fr Mathews, Colaiste Bride, 14:00; Ulster University Elks v Keane's Supervalu Killorglin, UUJ, 15:00;
Basketball Ireland Women's Division 1: Ulster University Elks v ITC Basketball, UUJ, 12:45; Volunteers needed for FIBA European Championships in Dublin
Basketball Ireland is seeking volunteers for the FIBA Under 18 Women's European Championships Division B, which will be held in Dublin from August 4th-13th 2017. Volunteers will be required for the event from August 2nd until August 14th at two locations in Dublin: The National Basketball Arena (Tallaght) and the National Indoor Arena (Blanchardstown) Training days and test events will be held in the lead up to the championships.
Volunteers are required in the following areas: *Media: i.e. journalists, social media, commentary, media liaisons, assistants. *Stewards (access control) *Field of play assistants (balls, team benches, floor wipers) (all events) *Team Attaches - where a second language is an advantage. *Referee/Commissioner Attaches *Administration assistants (i.e. accreditation team, assistant in organisers office) *Hotel Information Desk *Translators *Health Officials (doctors/nurses/physios/first aiders) *IT *Presentation Team (entertainment, opening and closing ceremony)
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