The weekend just past in Irish basketball saw UL Eagles lift the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague trophy for a second straight season on the same day that ULs womens team, UL Huskies, accepted the Nivea Womens SuperLeague regular season title for the third year running.
Meanwhile there were noteworthy wins for UCD Marian, DCU Saints, Killester and Bord Gais Neptune on the mens side, while Ulster Rockets, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork and WIT Wildcats all notched up victories heading into the womens playoffs.
Nivea For Mens SuperLeague
While their victorious homecoming celebrations may have been tempered by an upstart Bord Gais Neptune, UL Eagles can look back at a memorable weekend that saw the Limerick side capture the 2012/13 Nivea For Men s SuperLeague title.
The defending champions secured one of Irish basketballs most coveted trophies on Friday night with a win over Dublin Inter at the National Basketball Arena.
Having already let one opportunity to win the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague slip through their fingers a week earlier, head coach Mark Keenan was relieved to finally put the title race to bed.
We were all relieved to finally get the job done, said Keenan, who added that the speculation that they might blow the title served as motivation for his squad.
The players read the stuff on the Basketball Ireland website and other places questioning if we were going to blow it and I think that helped focus the minds and gave us a bit of motivation. We were very focused Friday night.
Despite that focus, Eagles trailed early in the game before benefiting from a major surge either side of half time that helped them win the second and third quarters by a combined 17 points.
On a night when their influential centre Jason Killeen led all scorers with 21 points, that push proved crucial as a late Inter comeback fell short with Eagles finishing winners by eight points.
I was never worried that we couldnt get it done. Inter are a good team but when we changed up to zone defence it broke their rhythm, said Keenan of the match.
As the party for Eagles began, Keenan was able to reflect on another season that has ended in a Nivea For Mens SuperLeague title. It is also his second straight back to back achievement having led Killester to the same mark in 2009 and 2010.
This Eagles team is as good as any other team I have coached, lauded Keenan.
We may not play up to our talent as much as wed like to but when we do, we are as good as any team that I have been with.
Neptune obviously did not get the message that Saturday was to be a Limerick celebration however and led by an inspired Mike McGinn, they toppled the champs on their home court 77 to 81.
Despite admitting that Eagles possibly didnt have much left in the tank after Friday, Neptune head coach Mark Scannell was still delighted with the result.
We needed this heading into [the Champions Trophy]. We had lost three in a row and that wasnt like us.
We have had a bad stretch since winning the cup and we know we cant just turn the tap on and off when we want. We have another tough one to finish the regular season in Galway against Moycullen coming up and we need that to get us ready.
While Neptunes place in the Champions Trophy is guaranteed after their cup triumph in January, several teams are scrapping for fourth and the final spot in the tournament.
Two of those teams are Killester and Moycullen, who met in Clontarf Saturday night, with the Dubliners getting the best of a physical affair.
Our depth was probably a key factor in the end, remarked Killester head coach Tom Doherty as he digested his teams 10 points win that leaves them right in the hunt for fourth.
We arent thinking about who needs to win or lose for us to go through. Leading up to this one we were totally just focused on we have two games left, lets win those and if we get through then great.
Whether they are focused on it or not however, Killester will need DCU Saints to drop a game if they are to advance. Saints showed no signs of letting up however when they toppled UCC Demons in Cork on Sunday afternoon, winning 73 to 80.
The result means that Saints now need just one win from their two games this coming weekend to wrap up fourth. They play Dublin Inter on Thursday before a rematch with Demons again on Saturday.
Elsewhere, UCD Marian continued their red-hot streak to record their fourth win in a row as they took down Dublin Inter 83 88 in the famed Oblate Hall in Inchicore. While the run comes too late for them to challenge for a place in the Champions Trophy, the south side Dublin club have shown why they were ranked so highly prior to the season.
Basketball Ireland Weekend Results
Friday March 1st
Nivea For Mens SuperLeague
Dublin Inter 64 (28) (J Killeen 21, S Kinevane 15, R Talyor 13) UL Eagles 72 (36) (M Tamusauskas 18, M Cepliauskas 14, A Statkus 13)
Saturday March 2nd
Nivea For Mens SuperLeague
Dublin Inter 83 (52) (A Statkus 23, L Jonaitis 14, M Tamusauskas 13) UCD Marian 88 (43) ( D James 27, T Viglianco 17, K Foley 9)
UL Eagles 77 (36) (R Taylor 26, J Killeen 19, S Kinevane 13) Bord Gais Neptune 81 (33) (M McGinn 26, G Noonan 18, D Townes 17)
Killester 77 (38) (M Westbrooks 19, A Casey 15, M Bonaparte 14) Moycullen 67 (39) (P Sullivan 30, N Cunningham 10, S Camps 6)
Basketball Ireland Mens Division One
Donegal Town 67 (31) (W Timoney 18, R Muldoon 15, D Muldoon 11) Fr Mathews 70 (33) (E O Callaghan 18, D Fleming 18, P O Driscoll 17)
Team Garveys St Marys 65 (37) (D Wall 17, D Griffin 14, A Fitzgerald 9) Templeogue Azzurri 68 (41) (L Thompson 18, I Gordon 16, P Taylor 14)
Maree 69 (36) (K Hansberry 15, T Mitkus 10, P Burke 8) Matt OFlaherty Chemist Titans 78 (40) (A Tongo 32, G Sedebeskis 11, C McMichael 8)
Sunday March 3rd
Nivea For Mens SuperLeague
UCC Demons 73 (39) (K Walker 20, N Murphy 16, S Coughlan 10) DCU Saints 80 (47) (M Trimmer 15, P Glover 12, M Chubb 11)
Basketball Ireland Mens Division One
Blue Demons 73 (40) (S McCarthy 16, K Hosford 14, C Anon 10) Team Left Bank Kilkenny 50 (31) (J OKeefe 13, P Brennan 11, J Butler 10)
Ulster Elks 108 (49) (J Mower 35, M Graves 28, A Hickey 16) Ballon BC 61 (33) (R Eidukas 19, B Valkuls 16, M Rubstavicius 7)
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 - 13 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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