'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.
Donnie McGrath selected the top Irish playing abroad in last week's games - 3 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 - 5 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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