As the final curtain falls on the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague, this weekend will see the last of the regular season games played out across the country.
In particular, DCU Saints will find themselves battling for the fourth position on the league table that will also guarantee them the final spot for a semi-final playoff for the elite Champions Trophy. Elsewhere in the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague top three teams will look to use this weekend as preparation for the new competition while others look to finish the 2012-2013 season on a high.
The action will start tonight in the Nivea Mens SuperLeague when DCU Saints welcome Dublin Inter to Glasnevin. Both teams are one-a-piece going into the clash so all is to play for.
Speaking about his side, head coach of DCU Saints, David Donnelly, said, We have been in good form recently, winning both of our last two games on the bounce.
Inter have been shooting very well lately so we know we need to close down their guards on the perimeter. The last game went into over-time too so we need a big performance tonight.
Dublin Inters head coach, Irmantas Griskas understands how close this contest will be, There is nothing between both teams. DCU are probably our biggest rivals so I know we may enter the game a little nervous but we are determined to prove that we can take them.
Moving into the weekend both teams will take to the floor again as they are booked for double weekends.
For the northsiders, DCU, will take on UCC Demons. Only last week the Dubliners overcame the Cork side when they finished on a score-line of 73-80. However, this weekend the game holds greater significance as DCU must win one of their games to qualify and compete in the Champions Trophy semi-finals.
Donnelly once again stressed the importance of the teams focus, We know we need a win and the opportunity to compete in the Champions Trophy has given us the incentive to do so.
We will treat each game in isolation, maintain our efforts and look to finish strong.
As Demons have already secured their semi-final draw against cork rivals, Bord Gais Neptune, this game will give them the opportunity to change their momentum of late and record a win on the road.
Paul Kelleher, head coach of UCC Demons said, Weve had a lot of setbacks recently between players being injured, ill or having working commitments. Unfortunately, this weekend, well be going without Niall Murphy after he left the game injured last week.
However, we are eager to get back on track and back to the consistent team that I know we can be. We are lacking confidence but we wont let anything interfere. We want to win our next three games and the positive atmosphere around the team tells me we can do it.
Elsewhere, Dublin Inters second game of the weekend will see them challenge Killester in the I.W.A. Clontarf.
Griskas attitude is much the same entering this game as it is for the DCU Saints clash, We are one-a-piece with Killester also, so we know we can take this game.
This weekend we want to prove to everyone that we will not be pushed around and will finish the season strong. Our aim is to win both games and to make it difficult for our opponents to try and take us on.
Meanwhile, if DCU were to drop both games this weekend, it would give Killester the opportunity to slip through the cracks and nab the fourth position once they secure their home win.
Killesters head coach, Tom Doherty, said, We want to focus on winning this weekend, everything else is out of our hands.
Inter are an excellent team that have really excelled this season so we will have a close game.
Our lads are working hard and we want to finish the season on a high at home so Saturday night is a big one for us.
In Galway, Moycullen will take on Bord Gais Neptune as they look to finish their most successful season to date in the SuperLeague with a win.
Head coach of Moycullen, Salva Camps, said, We may have been knocked out of the race for the Champions Trophy last weekend but Saturday is still a huge game for us. Its the last game of the season and its on our home court. Well want to play with heart to thank the supporters who have been behind us all year and also to reward ourselves as a team for all the work weve put in since August.
Neptune play with great speed and try to get up and down the court quick but that wont scare us too much. We have a young team and should be able to run with them, we just need to make sure we keep our concentration and dont let them leak out for easy scores on the break too often.
Mark Scannell, Bord Gais Neptunes head coach is excited for his side, We want to win, to give us a chance to tie the second spot with Demons if they lose. It would be a great achievement for us considering other peoples expectations at the start of the season.
I am very proud of the team for everything that they have achieved this season, especially the National Cup title.
Over the last few weeks a lot of our younger boys have earned more court time and they have been coming up trumps. This weekend I want to increase their time and enter the Champions Trophy with a win to give us momentum.
We have respect for Moycullen and know what they are capable of at home so we need to hit the ground running against them.
Meanwhile League Winners, UL Eagles will take on a resilient UCD Marian who saw the better of them only two weeks previous.
Speaking about the game, UL Eagles assistant coach, Mike Hickey said, This is an important game for us in preparation for the semi-final next weekend.
We left a bit behind us when we played them last and we know that once we focus on our defence this time around we can secure the win.
Basketball Ireland Super League Preview: 'This game is going to be a huge challenge,' admitted Mick Thompson, Commerical.ie Eanna's Head Coach as his side prepares to face off to table toppers Templeogue in the Men's Super League this weekend. 'We're missing one of our main scorers, Luke Thompson, but this is a local derby and our players are definitely up for it,' he continued. Indeed as all teams prepare to face back into Super League action again this weekend, Templeogue will be hopi... [read more]
Basketball Ireland Super League Preview:
'This game is going to be a huge challenge,' admitted Mick Thompson, Commerical.ie Eanna's Head Coach as his side prepares to face off to table toppers Templeogue in the Men's Super League this weekend. 'We're missing one of our main scorers, Luke Thompson, but this is a local derby and our players are definitely up for it,' he continued. Indeed as all teams prepare to face back into Super League action again this weekend, Templeogue will be hoping that they can do enough to make it a lucky 13 this weekend, as they finished off 2016 with 12 wins from 12 games. Head coach, Mark Keenan, however was preparing for a tough local battle this weekend. 'A local derby always raises team's games,' he reflected. 'We want to keep our momentum going and won't be taking anything for granted. We had a very tough game at home last season against Eanna so we won't be underestimating them. We do have more room to improve and we aren't forgetting what happened to us at this stage last season, so I believe that will drive us on for our remaining games.' An interesting clash also awaits in the ALSAA on Saturday evening as Griffith Swords Thunder gear up to host UCC Demons. "Saturday, we host Demons who, being honest, embarrassed us earlier this season in the Mardyke so we're hoping to return the favour," said Swords' Dave Baker. "It should be a great game." Elsewhere, UCD Marian will welcome Belfast Star, while KUBS travel to Kerry to face Garvey's Tralee Warriors, Pyrobel Killester are away to SSE Airtricity Moycullen and Radisson Blu UL Eagles face off to DCU Saints. In the Women's Super League meanwhile, Courtyard Liffey Celtics travel back to Cork to face Singleton SuperValu Brunell in the League on Sunday afternoon. 'We're really excited to be heading back to Cork this weekend to play Brunell,' said Head Coach Mark Byrne. 'We know they've some really good players and an excellent coach, so we're expecting a really tough challenge. After the Cup semi-final win last weekend, the mood in the camp is fantastic. We're excited to be heading to our first Cup final but we know that we have to park that for two weeks now and be 100% focused on the League.' Brunell's Francis O'Sullivan was also preparing his charges for the game as they attempt to bounce back from last weekend's Cup semi-final loss to Ambassador UCC Glanmire. 'We got back to work on Monday after the Cup weekend and our priority now is our League status,' he stated. 'The players have worked hard and showed a great attitude after our Cup defeat, so we're excited about the second round of the League and have a lot to play for.' Reigning Cup champions Glanmire will also play at home in Cork this weekend, and aim to continue their impressive unbeaten run at the top of the League when they welcome Portlaoise Panthers to the Mardyke on Sunday. 'We're delighted after the weekend and we're expecting a really tough game from a vastly improved Portlaoise team,' said Glanmire Head Coach, Mark Scannell. "They're strong and physical and we'll need to be at our best to match them - we want to keep our unbeaten run going.' Portlaoise's Peter O'Sullivan was not daunted by the task ahead against the table toppers: 'I'm really looking forward to the second half of the season,' he said. 'We've won our last there League games to put us right in the mix for a play off place. Facing an unbeaten Glanmire in the Mardyke will be a tough test, especially after their emphatic win in the Cup last weekend, but we've nothing to lose and we'll go in with the same attitude as we always have in that we can put it up to the best teams in the country on any given day." Meanwhile in the third game of the weekend, DCU Mercy will welcome Meteors to the National Basketball Arena on Sunday in a game that follows on from the re-fixed Hula Hoops Women's NICC semi-final between Muckno Lakers and Limerick Celtics which tips off in the Arena at 1pm on Sunday.
Basketball Ireland Upcoming Fixtures: January 14th and 15th
Saturday 14th January 2017 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Griffith Swords Thunder v UCC Demons, ALSAA-Dublin, 18:00; SSE Airtricity Moycullen v Pyrobel Killester, NUIG, 19:00; UCD Marian v Belfast Star, UCD, 19:00; Radisson Blu UL Eagles v DCU Saints, UL Arena-Limerick, 19:45; Garvey's Tralee Warriors v KUBS BC, Tralee, 20:00;
Basketball Ireland Men's Division 1: Keane's Supervalu Killorglin v BFG Neptune, Killorglin Sports Centre, 19:15; Fr Mathews v Team Kilkenny, Colaiste Chriost Ri, 19:15; EJ Sligo All-Stars v Dublin Lions, Mercy College, 19:30; Maree v LYIT Donegal, Calsanctius College, 19:45;
Basketball Ireland Women's Division 1: UL Huskies v Ulster Rockets, UL Arena-Limerick, 17:00; Marble City Hawks v Fr Mathews, O Loughlin Gaels Gym, 19:00; Oblate Dynamos v ITC Basketball, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 19:30;
Sunday 15th January 2017 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Templeogue v Commercial.ie Eanna, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 15:30;
Basketball Ireland Women's Super League: Singleton SuperValu Brunell v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, Parochial Hall, 14:45; Ambassador UCC Glanmire v Portlaoise Panthers, Mardyke Arena-Cork, 15:00; DCU Mercy v Meteors, National Basketball Arena, 15:30;
Hula Hoops Women's NICC semi-final: Muckno Lakers v Limerick Celtics, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, 13.00.
From : www.basketballireland.ie
Cork County Basketball Board under 15 Tournament :
The Tournament will take place tomorrow at The Gurranabraher Parochial Hall Cork City starting at 9.30 a.m. Teams : Galway Titans Fr Matthews Sligo All stars : St Vincents Limerick Lions Neptune : Ballincollig Liffey Celtics Mallow YC : Blue Demons St Brendans Tralee Moycullen.The Final is scheduled for 6.30 and I will be on hand throughout the tournament looking at players (players parents have an intergal role) who may have an interest in being a part of the soon to be established Panathinaikos Worldwide Basketball Academy (under 16 & under 18 with 40 players the total for 2 teams).I will secure contact details of interested parties to invite along to The Panathinaikos Basketball Academy Network Presentation penciled in for Thursday 16th February next at The Bank of Ireland Workbench space 70, St Patrick St, Cork City Ireland beginning at 7.15 and running to 9 p.m.Thanks again to The Bank of Ireland for providing me with the Workbench space towards getting this project up and running.
AEK Athens add McGrath to their roster - 5 days ago
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1) added to their roster 33-year old Irish guard Donnie McGrath (193-90kg-84, college: Providence). He just played at Long Island Nets (D-League) in the U.S. In 12 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 8.9apg this season. McGrath also spent pre-season at Lietuvos rytas (LKL) in Lithuanian league earlier that year. He won Lithuanian League championship title in 2013. McGrath was a member of Irish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2008. He is quite experienced player. McGrat... [read more]
AEK Athens (A1) added to their roster 33-year old Irish guard Donnie McGrath (193-90kg-84, college: Providence). He just played at Long Island Nets (D-League) in the U.S. In 12 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 8.9apg this season. McGrath also spent pre-season at Lietuvos rytas (LKL) in Lithuanian league earlier that year. He won Lithuanian League championship title in 2013. McGrath was a member of Irish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2008. He is quite experienced player. McGrath has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket), Italy (Openjobmetis VA, Verona and BancaTercas), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg and Krasny Oktyabr), Spain (La ICL Manresa and Blusens Monbus), Turkey (Anadolu Efes), Lithuania (Zalgiris) and Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki). He attended Providence College until 2006 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
John Carroll selected the top Irish playing abroad in last week's games - 5 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Irish who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. John Carroll #1. This week's number one is former U16 international forward John Carroll (203-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He could not help the Hartford in their last game. Despite Carroll's very good performance the Hartford was badly defeated 84-68 on the road by the Univer... [read more]
We bring you last week's top performances from Irish who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is former U16 international forward John Carroll (203-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He could not help the Hartford in their last game. Despite Carroll's very good performance the Hartford was badly defeated 84-68 on the road by the University of Maryland -Baltimore County.
He scored 15 points in 23 minutes on the court.
This year Carroll averages: 6.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 8.3% and FT: 56.8% in 16 games he played so far.
He played for the Irish U16 national team six years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international forward Brian Fitzpatrick (203-89, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Czech Republic). Fitzpatrick was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Prostejov in their game against USK Praha (8-10) in the Czech Republic NBL.
He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Prostejov this season.
Prostejov was crushed 96-69 in Praha by the higher-ranked USK Praha (#6).
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Fitzpatrick is a naturalized American.
He is in the roster of the Irish senior national team. Strangely Fitzpatrick has never played in Ireland.
#3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Paul Dick (193-91, agency: Duran International, college: Franklin Pierce, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to secure a victory for Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada (1-12) in their last game. Despite Dick's very good performance the 15th-placed Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada (1-12) lost 75-81 to the higher-ranked (#13) Torrelodones in the Group B.
He was the top scorer with 19 points. Dick also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes.
It was Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada's third consecutive loss in a row.
It's Dick's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 78.9% in eight games.
Dick is also a member of the Irish senior national team.
#4. Guard Aidan Quinn (185-95, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the Mayville State University in their game against the Bellevue University (3-1) in the NStar.
He recorded 9 points. It was his first game for Mayville State University this season.
Buthis team was crushed 84-48 in Bellevue, NE by the Bellevue University.
Quinn is also Irish national team player.
The list of other players, who all have Irish passport but never been selected to any of Irish national teams:
#1. Experienced Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Italy) could not help Angelico Biella (11-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Angelico Biella (11-5) lost 68-74 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#9) Mens Sana 1871 in the West group.
Hall had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 17 rebounds in 37 minutes.
It was Angelico Biella's third consecutive loss in a row.
Hall has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 12.9rpg, 3.1apg and 1.5spg in 15 games he played so far.
Hall is a naturalized American.
Strangely he has never played in Ireland.
#2.Will Hanley (201-G/F-90, agency: Duran International, college: Bowdoin, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an CB Canarias' victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (2-13) 79-74 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday.
Hanley recorded 8 points.
Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (11-4) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa.
This season Hanley averages: 4.6ppg and 2.2rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Hanley has never played in Ireland.
#3.Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Australia) led Illawarra Hawks to an easy victory against the closely-ranked United (10-10) 106-88 in the Australian NBL on Saturday night.
He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Ogilvy also added 6 assists in 27 minutes.
Illawarra Hawks (11-10) are placed second in the NBL.
It's Ogilvy's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.5bpg and 1.2spg in 21 games.
Ogilvy has a dual citizenship: Irish and Australian.
#4.Ian O'Leary (201-F-86, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in EuroCup) led his Spanish team Baloncesto Fuenlabrada to a victory against the closely-ranked Gran Canaria (0-2) 85-75 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game.
He scored 14 points.
Montakit Fuenlabrada (1-1) is placed third in group E.
There are only four games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical.
It's O'Leary's first season with the team.
This year O'Leary averages: 6.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely O'Leary has never played in Ireland.
#5.Patrick Carney (185-G-85, college: Chapman, currently plays in Germany) led Schalke to a victory over the fifth-ranked AstroStars (9-5) 86-77 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday.
He was MVP of the game. Carney scored 30 points (!!!) and added 5 passes.
FC Schalke 04 (7-7) is placed sixth in North group.
This season Carney has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.4apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Apparently Carney has never played in Ireland.
#6.Ako Adams (188-G-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Rice in their game against the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
Adams scored only 3 points in 12 minutes.
His team lost 81-88.
This year Adams' overall stats are: 2.2ppg and 1.3apg in 17 games.
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