After a superb team performance from UCC Demons this weekend, the Cork side return to winning ways in the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague with convincing victories over Bord Gais Neptune and Dublin-Inter respectively.
UCC Demons oversaw a resilient Dublin-Inter after they pulled away 88-80. With both teams eager to record a win it was the Cork side that controlled the game from the tip but were kept hot on their heels to maintain the result.
Clearly Demons win over Bord Gais Neptune two nights previous allowed them to play with confidence and conviction as they looked to add more crucial performances to their current record with a 82-75 win over their rivals.
Friday nights Cork derby most definitely invited passion and hunger from Demons after their last encounter with Neptune in the National Cup semi-finals. With the game on their court in the Mardyke Arena a packed out gym was sure to witness an entertaining game.
From the jump the tense atmosphere set the tone for the game as Demons lead the scoring with Kenton Walker & Niall O Reilly stepping up only for Neptunes Darren Townes & Ger Noonan to respond with big scores.
However, the fourth quarter saw the intensity spill over and result in unsportsmanlike fouls and 6 technical fouls, even Demons captain, Shane Coughlan, had to leave the gym after he picked up his second unsportsmanlike when he challenging a loose ball.
When the game finally settled down it was Neptune who took the lead with 2.35 remaining. Nonetheless, Ciaran OSullivan hit two huge three's to give Demons a three point cushion with a minute remaining. Demons continued to push and in the end ran out winners.
Speaking about the games, head coach Paul Kelleher said, We played well in both games and in fairness to the team, we have been putting in great performance but this weekend we got results.
We seem to have bounced back and are building our confidence back up. Against Inter, we went up 15/16 points on three different occasions with everyone chipping in and adding to the score-line.
We are back playing the way we did for our first 8/9 games. Right now we are focused on the post-season and are looking to challenge the Champions Trophy.
Meanwhile, another local derby was in full swing on Saturday night when Killester travelled to DCU Complex to take on DCU Saints. Both sides have ensured testing seasons however, it was the army of black and orange who recorded the win this time as they saw off the Saints 76-71.
Tom ODoherty, head coach of Killester said, It was a very close game from the start but in the last quarter we came into our own and kept the lead coming down the stretch.
Even though we maintained the lead near the end we were weary of DCU as they are a team that can come back at any time.
The game was there to be won and we took it. Big performances from Bonaparte and Westbrooks really saw us over the line.
Across the Liffey, southsiders, UCD Marian added another momentous win to their season as they trumped Moycullen 77-55.
Not only was this the teams third win on the bounce but, a packed out gym squeezed into the bleachers as UCD favourite, Niall Meany, played his last home game for his club.
Fran Ryan, UCD Marian head coach enthused, That has to be the best atmosphere I have ever witnessed in Belfield. The entire club came out to support Niall and also to celebrate our last home game of the season. It was great to get the win.
The committee worked so hard to ensure a huge crowd, there was even players there from the 70s and 80s. It was the biggest crowd we have ever had at a home game.
Defensively, we were very strong. We corrected a lot of the mistakes we have been making and offensively, we played some great basketball. Overall, it was a great club night for UCD Marian.
BASKETBALL IRELAND LATEST RESULTS
Saturday, February 16th
Nivea For Mens SuperLeague
DCU Saints: 71 (42) (P. Glover 16, M. Trimmer 13, M. Protvizors 16) Killester: 76 (43) (M. Bonaparte 24, M. Westbrooks 13, A. Casey 12)
UCD Marian: 77 (37) (D. James 23, C. Meany 12, N. Meany 9) Moycullen: 55 (22) (P. Sullivan 17, S. Camps 13, S. Tummon 11)
Basketball Ireland Mens Division One
Donegal Town: 63 (34) (R. Muldoon 16; W. Timoney 14; J. Duignan 8) Team Garveys St Marys: 97 (48) (S. Brosnan 26; D. Wall 26; A. Fitzgerald 19)
MOF Chemists Titans: 79 (34) (B.Barile 23, P. Peldzius 23, A. Tongo 14) Blue Demons: 76 (36) (S. McCarthy 15, T. O'Halloran 15, B. O'Neill 15)
Templeogue Azzurri: 97 (47) (I. Gordon 31; P. Taylor 19; L. Thompson 9) Ballon BC: 72 (32) (D. Demoko 18; M. Rubstavicius 13; E. Kumpys 9)
Fr Mathews : 62 (29) (P. O'Driscol 20; M. Brusivecs 18; E. O'Callaghan 10) Ulster Elks : 86 (44) (C. Johnston 22; J. Mower 20; M. Greves 16)
Team Left Bank Kilkenny: 40 (18) (J. Butler 14; J. O'Keeffe 10; P. Brennan 9) Maree : 66 (34) (T. Mitkus 16; C. Crowley 13; K. Hansberry 12)
Sunday, February 17th
Nivea For Mens SuperLeague
UCC Demons: 88 (41) (K. Walker 31; S. Coughlan 15; Murphy 8) Dublin Inter: 80 (34) (M. Tamusakas 17; A. Stakus 16; Dimicukas 1
Basketball Ireland Mens Division One
Maree: 85 (42) (T. Mitkus 23; K.Hansberry 15; D. Hansberry 10; C. O'Hagan 10) Fr. Mathews: 59 (26) (M. Brusevics 22; D. Vucen 9; E. O'Callaghan 8)
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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