As the race to the top continues, this weekends fixtures could potentially decide which teams are crowned the 2012-2013 SuperLeague regular season winners for both mens and womens leagues.
In the Nivea for mens SuperLeague red-hot favourites and reigning league champions, UL Eagles will take on Dublin Inter as they look to secure the top spot with a win over the new boys.
Meanwhile, Cork rivals UCC Demons and Bord Gais Neptune will meet for the final time this season as the National Cup Champions hope to oversee a wounded Demons.
UCC Demons will also have the task of taking on a fearless Dublin-Inter side as both teams have a double weekend ahead.
Elsewhere in Dublin, northside opponents DCU Saints and Killester will battle it out as UCD Marian prepares to take on a feisty Moyculle
Coming off the back of a tough cup defeat, UL Eagles have been focused and motivated to retain their regular season title. Their performances over Demons and Neptune respectively have allowed them to play with confidence once more as they secure more vital wins.
Friday night will see them face off with Dublin Inter as they look to distance themselves from the rest on the league table.
Head coach of UL Eagles, Mark Keenan, said, We are fired up and ready to go. This is a huge game for us as we need two more wins from our next four games to win the league title and we want those wins as soon as possible.
This battle will be a real dog-fight. Depending on how other results go we have a chance of closing the league out this weekend. However, Inter have been playing very well and we are carrying a few injuries so we need to go out strong in order to get a good result this weekend.
Dublin Inters head coach, Irmantas Griksas, is excited for the challenge, It is an honour to play UL Eagles. They are the defending champions so we are hungry and motivated to put it up to them.
The beauty of this league is that everyone can beat everyone. We are hungry for more wins and that is what we will look for this weekend.
Friday night will also see the historic Cork rivalry between UCC Demons and Bord Gais Neptune http://static.quickmeme.com/media/social/qm.gifundertake take its final clash this season when both teams meet in the Mardyke.
As National Cup winners, Neptune will enter the game with confidence having knocked Demons out of the running for the title back in January. However, after a tough defeat to Eagles on the road the Mark Scannells side will need to regroup to get a result against an eager Demons side in their home gym.
Scannell said, This is a big game for us, we had a disappointing result last week and suffering with injuries didnt help us. We have an advantage coming into the game as cup champions but we need to remember the cup is over.
There is nothing more dangerous than a fired-up Demons on their home court. So we need to prepared for that and produce a performance worthy of a win.
We need Eagles to drop a game in order for us to challenge the league title, if they dont then it is between both ourselves and Demons to take that second spot.
Paul Kelleher, head coach of UCC Demons added, We have certain targets that we want to achieve this season, finishing the regular season strong and getting ready for the play-offs are the most important ones for us.
We need to focus on ourselves in order to get back on track. Injuries have slowed us down the last few weeks and halted our momentum, this is the first time in a while that our core seven players are in so we can get our rotations right.
This will be a physical game we need to stay sharp and focus if we want to get back on our feet.
Meanwhile, Saturday night will see DCU Saints take on their local rivals, Killester. Both teams have endured patches of good and bad results this season but as the race for play-off positions heats up it is obvious that both sides will be ready to go all guns blazing in order to get a win on the night.
Speaking about the game, David Donnelly, DCU Saints head coach said, We are doing well this week in practice. We know this is going to be a tough game but our approach is to apply good defence and capitalised on scoring more easy points from breaking the ball.
Unfortunately, we will be without the help of Conor Grace but Mike Trimmer has been back training with us and will suit up for the game.
On the other side of the city, UCD Marian will face off with Moycullen. The game will make for an interesting one as although the Galway lads that got the better of the southsiders twice before this season a new and rejuvenated Marian will look to sneak a win.
Marians head coach, Fran Ryan said, This is a hard one to call, we have home advantage and have been playing well but they did get the better of us before.
We have been playing much better basketball since Christmas and this is definitely reflected in the mood on the team. We are looking to build from our last performance and come away with a win this weekend.
Moycullens head coach, Salva camps added, We have had three great games with UCD Marian already this season, they have great scorers in Dan James, Conor Meany and Kevin Foley in particular and we cant afford to just trade baskets with them.
A win this weekend would be huge for us and keep us tied for fourth place with DCU Saints. Most people probably wouldnt have thought of us a team that could challenge for the postseason back in October but we knew we had a talented bunch here and with Pat (Sullivan) playing brilliant, leading the whole country in scoring, we deserve to be here and have no fears anymore about travelling to Dublin or Cork and getting wins.
Sunday will see UCC Demons and Dublin Inter meet once more as both teams are up for a double weekend of games.
Speaking about their clash against UCC Demons, Griksas added, We struggled against Demons the last two times we meet. They are a smart team but we know how they play now so we are prepared.
We will be a few players short for a game against Demons but everyone is excited about the chance to play two of the top teams in the league.
N.B. The game between U.L. Eagles and Inter has been postponed because of a request from Eagles and agreement by Inter.
KUBS BC tabs Corbin Jackson, ex Njardvik - 11 hours ago
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Newly promoted KUBS BC (Super League) inked 25-year old American forward Corbin Jackson (203-95kg-92, college: Florida Tech). He started the season at UMFN Njardvik in Icelandic Dominos League. In four games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3bpg this season. Among other achievements Jackson's team made it to the SAC Tournament Semifinals in 2013. He received also All-SSC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2014, 2015 and 2016 at his college time. Jackson graduated fr... [read more]
Newly promoted KUBS BC (Super League) inked 25-year old American forward Corbin Jackson (203-95kg-92, college: Florida Tech). He started the season at UMFN Njardvik in Icelandic Dominos League. In four games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3bpg this season. Among other achievements Jackson's team made it to the SAC Tournament Semifinals in 2013. He received also All-SSC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2014, 2015 and 2016 at his college time. Jackson graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
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
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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)
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