Hula Hoops U18 Men's National Cup: Moycullen BC 60-52 Ongar Chasers, St Vincent's 64-70 Tolka; Malahide 78-76 Sligo
Detailed results: Hula Hoops Men's National Cup - Pat Duffy Cup: KUBS BC Head Coach Mark Ingle was delighted with his side's performance as they secured their first win of the 2016/17 season following a nail-biting game against Commercial.ie Eanna in the Hula Hoops Men's National Cup.
Fantastic scoring from Brian Edwards (23) and Kevin Foley (20) gave KUBS the edge to win out 72-65.
'We are so happy to get a win, it's our first win and now we go on to play them in the second leg and hopefully we can get a win there too,' said Head Coach, Mark Ingle.
Elsewhere in the Hula Hoops National Cup, UCD Marian overcame Radisson Blu UL Eagles, SSE Airtricity Moycullen just edged Belfast Star, Templeogue defeated UCC Demons, DCU Saints overcame Pyrobel Killester and Irish TV Tralee Warriors won against Griffith Swords Thunder.
UCD Marian 95-68 Radisson Blu UL Eagles Top scorers UCD Marian: Mike Garrow 32, Conor Meany 16, Anthony Silvestri 10 Top scorers Radisson Blu UL Eagles: Zedric Sadler 17, Neil Campbell 11, Rob Lynch 10 Half time score: UCD Marian 51, Radisson Blu UL Eagles 36 Templeogue 96-87 UCC Demons Top scorers Templeogue: Jason Killeen 21, Lorcan Murphy 21, Mike Bonaparte 19 Top scorers UCC Demons: Roy Downey 23, Jacob Lawson 22, Ciaran O Sullivan 13 Half time score: Templeogue 49, UCC Demons 39 KUBS BC 72-65 Commercial.ie Eanna Top scorers KUBS BC: Brian Edwards 23, Kevin Foley 20, Jonathan Riles 12 Top scorers Commercial.ie Eanna: Neill Lynch 17, Nathaniel Musters 13, Luke Thompson 11 Half time score: KUBS BC 32, Commercial.ie Eanna 38 Irish TV Tralee Warriors 61-55 Griffith Swords Thunder Top scorers Irish TV Tralee Warriors: Ryan Leonard 14, Trae Pemberton 13, Dusan Bogdanovic 11 Top scorers Griffith Swords Thunder: Jose Narbon 18, Isaac Westbrooks 18, Justin Goldsborough 6 Half time score: Irish TV Tralee Warriors 41, Griffith Swords Thunder 21 Pyrobel Killester 69-71 DCU Saints Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Cian Nihill 15, Eoghain Kiernan 14, Ciaran Roe 11 Top scorers DCU Saints: Arkadijs Mararenko 15, Eoin Darling 15, Martin Provizors 14, Daniel Nelms 11 Half time score: Pyrobel Killester 38, DCU Saints 19 SSE Airtricity Moycullen 72-71 Belfast Star Top scorers SSE Airtriciy Moycullen: Dylan Cunningham 17, Paul Freeman 16, James Loughnane 13 Top scorers Belfast Star: Greg Womack 17, Keelan Cairns 17, Conor Johnston 16 Half time score: SSE Airtricity Moycullen 36, Belfast Star 26
Basketeball Ireland Men's Division One: Meanwhile in the Men's Division One, it was a busy weekend of action, with wins for BFG Neptune, Kestrels, Sligo All-Stars, Keane's SuperValu Killorglin, Dublin Lions and Ulster University Elks.
BFG Neptune had a 101-59 point win over ITC Basketball in Carlow, but Head Coach Paul Kelleher had mixed emotions about the win. "We played in a hurried way, not the way we are used to playing," he reflected. "I thought we struggled defensively, we didn't work as hard as we normally do but I thought we did a much better job in the second half - we were more disciplined, we were more composed. We executed things a little bit better in the second, but my practise session is already lined out for next week, I know what we need to work on." ITC Basketball 59-101 BFG Neptune Top scorers ITC Basketball: Etienne Droullon 12, Mike Klinger 11, Jimmy Ward 11 Top scorers BFG Neptune: Gary Walsh 18, Adam Drummond 18, Tanner Brooks 18 Half time score: ITC Basketball 33, BFG Neptune 46 Kestrels 79-68 Team Kilkenny Top scorers Kestrels: Karolis Timofejevas 22, Mantas Vilimas 18, Dan Debosz 13 Top scorers Team Kilkenny: James Butler 24, Lukasz Szuk 16, Matt Van Pelt 12 Half time score: Kestrels 45, Team Kilkenny 33 Keane's SuperValu Killorglin 91-58 Fr Mathews Top scorers Keane's SuperValu Killorglin: Kevin Grey 25, Garny Garcia Nivar 20, Declan Wall 13 Top scorers Fr Mathews: Paul O Driscoll 13, Owen Connolly 12, Sean Cantwell 12 Half time score: Keane's SuperValu Killorglin 42, Fr Mathews 30 Sligo All-Stars 76-71 LYIT Donegal Top scorers Sligo All-Stars: Kalim Noel 19, Ronan McGarrity 13, Cian Lally 10 Top scorers LYIT Donegal: Oisin Kerlin 17, Kevin Stanley 16, Jack MacKey 10, T John Casiello 10 Half time score: Sligo All-Stars 31, LYIT Donegal 36 Dublin Lions 80-60 Titans Top scorers Dublin Lions: Tomasz Swiatowy 22, Jurgis Butkevicius 13, Hillary Netsiyanwa 9 Top scorers Titans: Gene Williams 21, Taific Mustapha 9, Emmanuel Saah 9 Half time score: Dublin Lions 40, Titans 26 Ulster University Elks 74-71 Maree Top scorers Ulster University Elks: McDonald 15, Oliver 13, Banys 13, McColgan 13 Top scorers Maree: Eoin Rockall 29, Kenneth Hansberry 14, E Solsona Leria 7 Half time score: Ulster University Elks 34-30 Maree
Hula Hoops Men's Intermediate Cup Moycullen BC 54-86 Phoenix BC Top scorers Moycullen BC: J Cunningham 15, O Carey 11, D Canavan 10 Top scorers Phoenix BC: D Lynn, 20, G Celms 17, D Erickson 12 Half time score: Moyculeen BC 20, Phoenix BC 49
Hula Hoops Under 18 Men's National Cup: KUBS BC 86-54 Limerick Lions Top scorers KUBS BC: Jordan Fallon 23, Eoin McCann 17, Sean Smith 9 Top scorers Limerick Lions: Nathan Moore 18, Karoles Vithaites 9, Jack Coyne 8 Half time score: KUBS BC 53, Limerick Lions 29
An oft repeated pattern of Basketball in Ireland is the segmenting of teams into a strong top group a significant middle grouping and a third group who from week to week as the Superleague progresses find the likelyhood that they will take one of the top teams on and beat them an unlikely proposition, a scenario where in The United states N.B.A. league it in reality can happen from time to time where playoff teams at least,lose to bottom of the basement outfits and thus make for at least from the fans perspective make every game potentially at least a viable investment of the hard earned dollar. This past weekend's Pat Duffy Cup games results wise mirrored the Superleague early season form of teams and thus continue to make competitions here interesting and more interesting perhaps given the added dimension of it being a 12 team affair as opposed to the more traditional 10 teams.The standout result in the home and away Cup format was the Templeogue win over U.C.C. Blue Demons at 96 plays 87 again pointing to the significance to Demons of the loss of player coach Colin O Reilly to The British Basketball League. Jacob Lawson the new import replacement for Lehmon Colbert though obviously not in the category of the superstars of the 80's (Marion Elie, Mike & Ray Smith, Bob Stephens, Kelvin Troy etc) is strong enough scoring wise to have the team change their approach offensively and focus on separating their offence into 2 and 3 man units as opposed to the sets being run at the minute which has Lawson waiting for things to happen team wise on offence negating his mental alertness and making things difficult for him to operate as best he might when he does receive the ball. In truth with his leaping ability and finishing skills he is potentially a 25/30 ppg average if set up differently. Lawson's defence too is sharp enough for a higher level competition given the opportunity. Table toppers Templeogue (4-0 after beating the now 3-1 UCD Marian the previous week) will in all probability go from strength to strength after establishing a 9 point advantage to take to game 2 against Demons. Tralee too for their part as returnees to competition after a lapse of 7 years continue to impress and for them too the 6 points advantage going into round 2 of the Cup will give them confidence as they continue to grow and develop together as a team unit. They have reignited interest in basketball locally and provide a home atmosphere many opponents will find more and more challenging as the competitions move on. The added advantage of having an import player to chop and change so to speak will too perhaps become significant.
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Donnie McGrath selected the top Irish playing abroad in last week's games - 2 days ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Irish who are currently playing abroad. Experienced Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) led Angelico Biella to a victory over the tenth-ranked Lighthouse TR in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Irish who are currently playing abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Providence, currently plays in Greece). He contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Koroivos (7-15) crushing them 89-63 in the Greek A1 last Saturday.
McGrath recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
AEK Athens (17-5) is placed third in the A1.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This season McGrath averages: 5.8ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 25.8%.
He is a naturalized American.
McGrath played for the Irish senior national team nine years ago.
Strangely he has never played in Ireland.
#2. Second place goes to former international center Damian Matacz (204-79, college: N.Michigan, currently plays in Australia). He led Wanneroo to a 3-point victory against the eighth-ranked Cougars (0-1) 104-101 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday.
Matacz scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only a mere 13 minutes. It was his first game for Wanneroo this season.
His team are placed fourth in SBL group.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's Matacz's eighth year with the team.
He has a dual citizenship: Irish and Australian.
Former Mardyke UCC Demons Cork starter played for the Irish national team in 2008.
#3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Brian Fitzpatrick (203-89, also represented by Diamond Sports, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Czech Republic). Fitzpatrick contributed to Prostejov's victory against the fourth-ranked MMCITE Brno (10-18) 81-76 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night.
He scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Orli Prostejov (9-19) is placed sixth in Places 7-12 group.
They ended the series of eleven consecutive loses.
There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial.
Fitzpatrick's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 52.3% and FT: 68.0%.
He is a naturalized American.
Fitzpatrick is also a member of the Irish senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Ireland.
#4. Point guard Cian Hickey (183-96, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Manchester Magic to win against the seventh-ranked Storm (13-13) 103-96 in the British NBL D1 (second division) in Saturday night's game.
He scored 5 points.
Manchester Magic (18-5) is placed third in the NBL D1.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important.
Hickey's overall stats this season are: 2.9ppg and 1.1apg.
He used to play for the Irish U18 national team
back in 2014.
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) led Angelico Biella to a victory over the tenth-ranked Lighthouse TR (12-13) crushing them 79-55 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game.
He was MVP of the game. Hall had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in 34 minutes.
Angelico Biella (19-6) is placed first in West group.
Hall has relatively good stats this year: 14.7ppg, 13.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg in 25 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Hall has never played in Ireland.
#2.Will Hanley (201-G/F-90, agency: Duran International, college: Bowdoin, currently plays in Spain). Hanley could not help CB Canarias (18-6) to beat Valencia Basket (5-18).
He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes.
The league leader CB Canarias was edged 65-62 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#13) Valencia Basket.
It was CB Canarias' first loss after three consecutive victories.
This year Hanley's overall stats are: 5.0ppg and 2.5rpg in 24 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Apparently Hanley has never played in Ireland.
#3.Ian O'Leary (201-F-86, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in their game against Sevilla (8-15) in the Spanish Liga Endesa.
He recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was defeated 72-67 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Sevilla (#13).
O'Leary's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg and 3.9rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Apparently O'Leary has never played in Ireland.
#4.Patrick Carney (185-G-85, college: Chapman, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in Schalke's victory against the third-ranked Elchingen (15-7) 76-74 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game.
Carney scored 22 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 35 minutes.
FC Schalke 04 (11-11) is placed sixth in North group.
Carney has relatively good stats this year: 14.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.0apg in 24 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Interesting that Carney has never played in Ireland.
#5.Ako Adams (188-G-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Rice University to win against the University of San Francisco (10-8) 85-76 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 last Wednesday.
He recorded only 2 points and added 4 assists.
The Rice University has a solid 11-7 conference record this season.
The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA.
Adams' overall stats this season are: 3.0ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.2apg.
#6.Matt Wilson (206-C-92, college: Hartwick, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Leon in their game against Calidus Gal.COB in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
Wilson scored only 3 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 17 minutes.
His team was edged 68-66.
This year Wilson's overall stats are: 8.4ppg and 6.7rpg in 21 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Interesting that Wilson has never played in Ireland.
MAREE were today crowned Basketball Ireland Men's Division One Regular Season champions for the second year in a row with a win over Ulster University Elks in Oranmore. In an extremely close and competitive game, it took Maree until the fourth quarter to put some breathing space between the two sides, with momentum swinging from end to end throughout the game. Good scoring from Kenneth Hansberry and Eoin Rockall (182-PG-98) sealed the deal in the end for the Galway side, and Maree were cr... [read more]
MAREE were today crowned Basketball Ireland Men's Division One Regular Season champions for the second year in a row with a win over Ulster University Elks in Oranmore. In an extremely close and competitive game, it took Maree until the fourth quarter to put some breathing space between the two sides, with momentum swinging from end to end throughout the game. Good scoring from Kenneth Hansberry and Eoin Rockall (182-PG-98) sealed the deal in the end for the Galway side, and Maree were crowned champions. 'It feels brilliant. We had a really tough game today, Ulster Elks are a really good team and they really put it up to us,' said a thrilled Head Coach, John Finn . 'We were nine points down going into the fourth quarter and played really well to win the game so we're delighted. I felt that if we could play to our ability we could win, but it wasn't until the fourth quarter that we played the way we can play.' Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie
Irish Super League round 22 best performance: Jermaine Turner - 4 days ago
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Naturalized American Forward Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) put on an amazing game in the last round for Killester, receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 42-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Eanna (#11, 5-16) 89-75. Killester maintains the 5th position in Irish Super League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Killester will need more victories to improve their... [read more]
Naturalized American Forward Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) put on an amazing game in the last round for Killester, receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22. The 42-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Eanna (#11, 5-16) 89-75. Killester maintains the 5th position in Irish Super League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Killester will need more victories to improve their 13-8 record. In the team's last game Turner had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Killester, through which he has constantly improved. Former Dowling College star has very solid stats this year. Turner is in league's top in points (5th best: 20.7ppg), rebounds (4th best: 12.5rpg) and averages impressive 1.7bpg and 55.1% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Mike Garrow (193-G-91) of UCD Marian. Garrow had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 25 rebounds. Bad luck as UCD Marian lost that game 66-94 to slightly higher-ranked Swords Thunder (#2, 18-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. UCD Marian still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 16-5 record is not bad at all. Garrow is a newcomer at UCD Marian, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of DCU Saints (#8). Provizors showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Provizors' great performance DCU Saints lost 64-76 to slightly higher-ranked UCC Demons (#6, 11-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of DCU Saints not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Provizors could try to bring DCU Saints' a little bit higher in the standings. Provizors has individually a great season in Ireland. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.1ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 16.7rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 69.5%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Paul Freeman (201-F-83) of Moycullen - 22 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists 5. Lorcan Murphy (182-PG-94) of Templeogue - 31 points and 5 rebounds 6. Jason Killeen (211-C-85) of Templeogue - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Justin Goldsborough (203-F) of Swords Thunder - 18 points and 12 rebounds 8. Dustan Moreira (202-F-89) of UCD Marian - 21 points and 10 rebounds 9. Isaac Westbrooks (189-PG-85) of Swords Thunder - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 14 assists 10. Michael Bonaparte (196-F-82) of Templeogue - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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