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)
32-year old Irish ex-international guard Donnie McGrath (193-90kg-84, college: Providence). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. McGrath played last season at Obradoiro in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 33 games he had 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.7apg. The previous (14-15) season he played at Krasny Oktyabr in Russian league where in 6 Eurocup games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 5.3apg. McGrath also played 17 games in VTB United League where he avera... [read more]
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) signed 32-year old Irish ex-international guard Donnie McGrath (193-90kg-84, college: Providence). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. McGrath played last season at Obradoiro in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 33 games he had 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.7apg. The previous (14-15) season he played at Krasny Oktyabr in Russian league where in 6 Eurocup games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 5.3apg. McGrath also played 17 games in VTB United League where he averaged 9.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.6apg. The other team he played shortly was Anadolu Efes in Turkish league. In 5 Euroleague games he got 4.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0apg. McGrath also spent pre-season at La ICL Manresa (also in Liga Endesa) that year. He was a member of Irish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2008. McGrath is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki, AEK Athens and Egaleo), Italy (Openjobmetis VA, Verona and BancaTercas), Lithuania (Zalgiris) and Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg). McGrath attended Providence College until 2006 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
Ian O'Leary agreed terms with Fuenlabrada - 12 days ago
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30-year old American (has also Irish passport) forward Ian O'Leary (201-101kg-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) from Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias. In 34 Liga Endesa games in Spain he recorded 4.5ppg and 2.7rpg last season. The previous (14-15) season O'Leary played at Gran Canaria where in 26 Liga Endesa games he averaged 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He also played 20 games in Eurocup where he had 6.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. A... [read more]
Montakit Fuenlabrada (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American (has also Irish passport) forward Ian O'Leary (201-101kg-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) from Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias. In 34 Liga Endesa games in Spain he recorded 4.5ppg and 2.7rpg last season. The previous (14-15) season O'Leary played at Gran Canaria where in 26 Liga Endesa games he averaged 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He also played 20 games in Eurocup where he had 6.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. Among other achievements O'Leary played in the final of WCC Tournament in 2009. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Forward of the Year award back in 2011. O'Leary has played previously for four other teams: Blancos de Rueda, Palencia Baloncesto, Vigo and Oviedo CB. He attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2009 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball. The scouts decsribe him following way:
Overlooked somewhat at college but has blossomed in Europe. Strong going to the basket and has good athletic ability. Working on being more consistent outside the 3pt line but provides a real mis match for teams.
A very good athlete he is able to play several positions effectively because of a great mix of size and quickness. Rebounds like a center but runs like a guard. Very effective mid range jumper causes a lot of problems cause he is able to just shoot over top of most defenders. Can handle the ball and has no problem handling pressure and being a release valve for any backcourt. Aggressive offensive mind set makes him lead by example. At college played in a system to showcase NBA Draft choice Patrick Mills, but his performance in Europe will be very different as he will be allowed to show his complete game. Has very long arms and consistently tips and blocks shots from the backside and weak side. A very complete player is capable of playing at very high levels as he continues to develop. Shoots the deep ball quite well and is extending his range which for a player his size will make him deadly.
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