As the final whistle blows in the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague the top four teams look ahead to their Champions Trophy semi-final fixtures next weekend while the rest reflect on the season past.
Entering the weekend, all four top spots where filled however battles were fought around the country as each team looked to finish the season on a high.
In the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague, Bord Gais Neptune added another win to their record which saw them tie with UCC Demons for the second spot on the league table. Neptune overcame a young but resilient Moycullen in Galway on Saturday night on a score-line of 88-81.
Speaking about the game, head coach of Bord Gais Neptune, Mark Scannell said, Im happy with that win we finished strong and everyone got a good run.
We were never really in trouble and maintained control throughout the game. Our younger guys have been playing brilliantly so it was great for them to get so involved in this game too.
We are looking forward to next weekend and entering the game in good form especially as we have finished the season with such a strong record.
Meanwhile UCC Demons fell to DCU Saints 60-58 when they travelled to Glasnevin. The northsiders have enjoyed great success this weekend as they secured a mid-week win over Dublin Inter which allowed them to qualify for the final spot in the Champions Trophy competition.
Head coach of DCU Saints, David Donnelly said, We are delighted with the win but it wasnt a great performance. We were probably too comfortable at the beginning of the game after our win the other night over Dublin Inter.
However, I am proud of the lads at how well they came back and turned it around. Its a good sign that we found a way to win it.
Our match-up against UL Eagles next weekend wont be easy but we are coming into that game off a good run.
Elsewhere, UL Eagles proved why they are League Champions after they oversaw UCD Marian 90-63. The Limerick side where clearly out to prove a point after their loss to UCD back in February.
Under the watchful eye of assistant coach, Mike Hickey, the Limerick lads finished their successful season with a strong win. After the game, Hickey said, We knew coming into the game that we needed to work hard on defence and we did. From that our offensive game took off and we created great plays.
UCD had some key players missing but they still made us work for every basket. Overall it was a great team performance. We know how talented DCU are so we will have a tough week of practice ahead to make sure we are ready and prepared for that battle.
Finally, Killester secured their last win of the season at home in the I.W.A. Clontarf when they took on Dublin Inter and finished 82-76.
Although the result had no significant impact on the league or playoff standings Tom Doherty, head coach of Killester explains the importance of the game for his side.
He said, Tonight we played for pride and I really think we showed the strength and character of the team.
Back in November when the team went through changes and restructuring our season could have either deteriorated or improved. I believe that each of the lads had the desire and want to win and we stuck together.
The win over Dublin Inter was a mental victory. It was a tough and physical game but we had a little bit more in the tank and pulled away to get the win. It was great to finish the season with a win at home in front of our fans.
BASKETBALL IRELAND LATEST RESULTS
Saturday, March 9th
Nivea For Mens SuperLeague
Moycullen: 81 (30) (P. Sullivan 31, C. Nihill 13, P. O'Brien 13) Bord Gais Neptune: 88 (48) (D. Townes 23, I. McLoughlin 19, M. McGinn 17)
Killester: 82 (40) (M. Boneparte 22, A. Casey 10, M. Westbrooks 19) Dublin Inter: 76 (40) (M. Tamusauskas 22, A. Statkus 9, R. Dimiciukas 19)
DCU Saints: 60 (26) (M. Trimmer 20, M. Protvizors 11, E. Donnelly 10) UCC Demons: 58 (33) (Walker 15, C. O Sullivan 15, S Coughlan 13)
UL Eagles: 90 (47) (R. Taylor 24, J. Killeen 23, S. Kinevane 23) UCD Marian: 63 (34) (B. Drumm 16, T. Vigilanco 11, C. Meany 9)
Basketball Irelands Mens Division One Playoffs
Templeogue Azzurri: 79 (39) (P. Taylor 18, I. Gordon 17, L. Thompson 11) Team Garveys St Marys: 63 (31) (A. Fitzgerald 18, J. Teahan 12, D. Griffin 10)
Basketball Ireland's Men's Division One Playoffs
Blue Demons: 74 (35) (K. Hosford 28, T. O'Halloran 14, S. Rodgers 8) Ballon BC: 50 (25) (D. Tamosauskis 11, R. Eidukas 12, M. Rubsiauicus 9)
BASKETBALL IRELAND UPCOMING FIXTURES
Champions Trophy Semi-Finals
Friday, March 15th
Bord Gais Neptune v UCC Demons, Mardyke Arena Cork, 6.45pm
UL Eagles v DCU Saints, Mardyke Arena Cork, 8:45pm
Donaghy the star as Tralee Warriors crowned Men's Champions Trophy champions - 23 days ago
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Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) was the star of the show in Letterkenny today as Tralee swooped home to glory and scooped the silverware in the final of the Basketball Ireland Men's Champions Trophy. It was a thrilling finale in Donegal as Donaghy drove down the court and laid the ball up in style to send another epic battle with Regular Season champions, Templeogue, to overtime (66-66). That last gasp bucket was just one story of many that can be told from today's game, with Jason Killeen (2... [read more]
Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) was the star of the show in Letterkenny today as Tralee swooped home to glory and scooped the silverware in the final of the Basketball Ireland Men's Champions Trophy. It was a thrilling finale in Donegal as Donaghy drove down the court and laid the ball up in style to send another epic battle with Regular Season champions, Templeogue, to overtime (66-66). That last gasp bucket was just one story of many that can be told from today's game, with Jason Killeen (211-C-85, college: Augusta) shining brightest for Templeogue in one of the closest Men's Super League clashes of the year. The story, however, lies with Tralee and the glory of their achievement and it is one that will be told for many years to come. From Donaghy to Trae Pemberton (193-G-92, college: Maryville, MO) - a guard who has dazzled for the Kingdom throughout the season - to Goran Pantovic (208-F-91, college: Drexel), the team worked as a unit throughout and managed to hold on in the dying seconds to add another page to the history books. It was Pemberton who stepped up to the mark with 7.8 seconds on the clock in overtime as they trailed Templeogue 73-70 and as hearts dropped around the court when his first effort did not find the mark, Donaghy was on hand for the offensive rebound to feed Pemberton once more and he made no mistake second time of asking to tie it yet again, 73-73. With double overtime looming, Donaghy had the final say of the game, adding a free throw in the dying seconds and it was with bated breath for all of Kerry as they watched the clock tick down in agonizing fashion. Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie
Templeogue and Tralee reach Champions Trophy Final - 24 days ago
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Templeogue and Tralee Warriors advanced into the Champions Trophy Final. They earned victories in the respective semifinals on Saturday. Tralee Warriors nipped Swords Thunder 66:64. Trae Pemberton (193-G-92, college: Maryville, MO) provided 24 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. The Warriors jumped to a 36:27 halftime lead. Swords Thunder went on a determined comeback rally in the final period but came up short at the end. Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) and Ricardo Leonard (201-C-70,... [read more]
Templeogue and Tralee Warriors advanced into the Champions Trophy Final. They earned victories in the respective semifinals on Saturday. Tralee Warriors nipped Swords Thunder 66:64. Trae Pemberton (193-G-92, college: Maryville, MO) provided 24 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. The Warriors jumped to a 36:27 halftime lead. Swords Thunder went on a determined comeback rally in the final period but came up short at the end. Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) and Ricardo Leonard (201-C-70, college: ODU) netted 13 points each in the win. Oleksandr Dolenko (191-PG-90) responded with 13 points for the Thunder. Templeogue knocked down UCD Marian 71:64 behind 21 points and 14 rebounds from Jason Killeen (211-C-85, college: Augusta). The teams went neck and neck throughout first three periods. However Templeogue used a 22:14 rally in the fourth frame to ice the win. Lorcan Murphy (182-PG-94) produced 17 points and 7 boards in the victory. Conor Meany (185-PG-86) responded with 17 points for UCD Marian. Dustan Moreira (202-F-89) chipped in 16 points in the loss.
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