#1. This week's number one is former international guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, college: Providence, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Lithuania. McGrath could not help Zalgiris (4-6) to beat Real Madrid (9-1).
He recorded 9 points.
But the sixth-placed Zalgiris was edged in an overtime 105-104 at home by the leading Real Madrid in the group E of Euroleague.
There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Top 16. So now every game will be critical.
This season McGrath averages: 7.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 3FGP: 66.7%.
He is a naturalized American.
McGrath played for the Irish senior national team five years ago.
Strangely he has never played in Ireland.
#2. Second place goes to former international point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois, currently plays in France). Mullins contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked JL Bourg (14-12) crushing them 75-37 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night.
He scored 10 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 5 balls in 32 minutes.
Chalons-Reims (17-9) is placed fourth in the ProB.
Mullins is currently third on the list of most steals with 2.2spg.
This year his other stats are: 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 64.0% in the 26 games he played so far.
Mullins is a naturalized American.
He played for the Irish national team in 2009.
Apparently Mullins has never played in Ireland.
#3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Conor Grace (210-82, college: Davidson, currently plays in Sweden). He contributed to a LF Basket's victory against the league outsider Eco Orebro (5-28) 94-90 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game.
Grace scored 8 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists.
LF Basket (17-16) is placed seventh in the Basketligan.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial.
Grace's overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3FGP: 45.8%(11-24).
Former DCU St.Vincents Dublin starter played for the Irish national team four years ago.
#4. Forward Mark Reynolds (197-84, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Durham Wildcats to win against the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-26) 87-76 in the British BBL last Friday.
He scored only 1 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Durham Wildcatsis placed fourth in the BBL.
This season Reynolds averages just 1.2ppg.
He used to play for the Irish national team
back in 2007.
#5. Former U16 international center Sean McCarthy (208-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the NJIT (6-2) in their game against the University of Texas-Pan American (5-3) in the NCAA. McCarthy cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 1 points in 4 minutes on the court.
The NJIT was badly defeated 76-59 on the road by the University of Texas-Pan American.
They ended the series of three consecutive victories.
The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA.
This year McCarthy averages just 1.2ppg in the 25 games.
He used to play for the Irish U16 national team
four years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Irish passport but never been selected to any of Irish national teams:
#1.Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain) led Blusens Monbus to a victory over the 14th-ranked Cajasol (9-15) 71-63 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game.
He was MVP of the game. Kendall had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in 33 minutes.
Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (12-12) is placed tenth in the ACB.
Kendall has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in the 24 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish.
#2.Will Hanley (200-G/F-90, agency: Duran International, college: Bowdoin, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked La Palma (5-15) crushing them 89-59 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday.
He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds in 27 minutes.
Oviedo Club Baloncesto (14-4) is placed first in the LEB Silver.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Hanley's first season with the team.
Hanley is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place).
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hanley averages: 17.4ppg, 11.7rpg and 1.4spg in the 18 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Interesting that Hanley has never played in Ireland.
#3. Experienced Tony McCrory (199-G/F-77, college: Simon Fraser, currently plays in Switzerland) was the major contributor in Starwings' victory against the closely-ranked BBC Nyon (4-18) 90-79 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night.
He scored 19 points and added 4 assists.
Starwings Basket Regio Basel (8-15) is placed seventh in the LNA.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
It's McCrory's fifth season with the team.
McCrory has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.6apg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Irish.
#4.Brian McCotter (186-G-84, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British EBL D1 (second division) could not help Northumbria (13-7) to beat Bristol Acadamy Flyers (12-8).
McCotter recorded 6 points in only 9 minutes.
Northumbria lost 58-66 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Bristol Acadamy Flyers.
This year McCotter averages only 3.0ppg in the two games.
Aer Lingus provides special airfares for guests attending the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic Mar 3, 2017, 12:00 PM | VICTORY SCHOLARS Jericho, New York, March 3, 2017 -- Aer Lingus, Irelands only 4 Star airline, has today announced special airfares for those traveling to the Emerald Isle for The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, a college basketball tournament held in conjunction with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Sport Chang... [read more]
Aer Lingus provides special airfares for guests attending the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic Mar 3, 2017, 12:00 PM | VICTORY SCHOLARS
Jericho, New York, March 3, 2017 -- Aer Lingus, Irelands only 4 Star airline, has today announced special airfares for those traveling to the Emerald Isle for The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, a college basketball tournament held in conjunction with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Sport Changes Life, Rory McIllroys Foundation, the Rory Foundation, and The SSE Arena, Belfast. The tournament, which will take place on December 1st and 2nd, will feature Holy Cross vs. Manhattan College and La Salle University vs. Towson University. As the official airline of the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, it's our privilege to not only fly the teams to the tournament, but also the loyal fans, who will travel across the Atlantic to show their support, said Jack Foley, Aer Lingus Executive Vice President, North America. We look forward to offering guests a warm welcome on board our flights. Special fares are available from across Aer Lingus East Coast transatlantic network of Boston (BOS); Hartford (BDL); New York (JFK and EWR), and Washington D.C. (IAD) for outbound travel to Ireland between November 17 and November 30, and return flights between December 3 and December 10, 2017. Roundtrip fares, inclusive of taxes and fees are as follows: From JFK, EWR, BDL $469* From BOS $479* From IAD $559* These fares are available exclusively through Aer Lingus Emerald Exclusives Desk, which operates Monday through Friday 9:30am 4:30 pm EST. They can be reached via telephone at 1-877-351-6665.
Killorglinhas won Cork Mens Basketball Board Boys U17 Billy Kelly Tournament after defeating Moycullen 53-52 in the final on 15-Apr-2017 in the Parochial Hall, Gurranabraher. Killorglinwere Pool 1 winners after the first day of the tournament. On the second day they defeated Templeogue and Blue Demons on the way to the final. Neptune was stopped byMoycullen at semi-final stage. It was a dramatic end of the final game of an excellent tournament having been down by two points with 10 secondsto play Killorglin tookthe win. From : www.corkbasketball.com
Congratulations toMoycullen BC on winning Boys U16A All Ireland Club Championship in Cork. Moycullen defeated Belfast Star 31-18 in the final game of the Championship on 23d of April 2017 in the Parochial Hall. Pool 3 winners Moycullen defeated Gneeveguilla in the first semi-final while Belfast were victorious over Corks Blue Demons. Blue Demons took the 3rd position in the overall ranking with Ballincollig taking the 5th. Well done to both Corks club. From : www.corkbasketball.com
Cork Celts last evening won The Cork County Basketball Board's Div 1 League Title for the second consecutive season Defeating Ballincollig.
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Donaghy the star as Tralee Warriors crowned Men's Champions Trophy champions - 28 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
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