UCC Demons 72-66 KUBS BC WATCH BACK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_apQ1l63hpE
UCD Marian 88-82 Templeogue WATCH BACK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uqdFOLDRHA
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One Dublin Lions 65-103 BFG Neptune Maree 71-69 Team Kilkenny LYIT Donegal 68-66 ITC Basketball Titans 90-97 Keane's SuperValu Killorglin EJ Sligo All-Stars 98-72 Fr Mathews Ulster University Elks 94-86 Kestrels Detailed Results
Basketball Ireland Men's Super League TEMPLEOGUE saw their winning streak at the top of the Basketball Ireland Men's Super League come to an end this weekend as they lost out 88-82 to UCD Marian in a nail-biting game in the National Basketball Arena.
The two sides were neck-in-neck throughout the game, with UCD driving into an early 17-9 point lead midway through quarter one and an impressive display from Mike Garrow saw them ahead 47-42. A comeback from Templeogue seemed to suggest that they would go on to win, but UCD had other ideas and a fantastic fourth quarter display saw them take the victory, 88-82.
Pyrobel Killester, Garvey's Tralee Warriors and DCU Saints all winning their respective games in the Men's Super Series at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on Sunday. Pyrobel Killester looked in control throughout their tie with Belfast Star, holding a comfortable 51-30 point lead at half time and drove on to a 71-56 point victory.
Tralee and SSE Airtricity Moycullen went head-to-head in the second game and though Tralee were without the services of Kieran Donaghy, an incredible display from Trae Pemberton saw them home to victory as he netted a whopping 41 points on the day.
DCU Saints took the spoils against Commercial.ie Eanna in the last game, turning over their loss the last time the two sides met to win 80-55.
Sunday saw another two more games aside from the Templeogue game, with Griffith Swords Thunder easing to victory over Radisson Blu UL Eagles, with the ever-impressive Isaac Westbrooks guiding the win throughout. That was Eagles' second loss of the weekend having gone down to KUBS On Friday night.
KUBS meanwhile just didn't have enough to close out and win against UCC Demons in the second game. The last time these two sides met, Demons just pipped KUBS, so it was set to be another close game and it certainly lived up to its billing, with the sides drawing level numerous times throughout the game. Demons showed that extra bit more experience though to push out and win 72-66 in the end.
KUBS 85-60 Radisson Blu UL Eagles Top scorers KUBS: Conor James 24, Kevin Foley 20, Jonathan Riles 13 Top scorers Radisson Blu UL Eagles: Ryan Wilson 13, Pat McCarthy 11, Eoin Quigley 7 Half time score: KUBS 51-30 Radisson Blu UL Eagles
Pyrobel Kilester 71-56 Belfast Star Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Niall Hegarty 18, Jermaine Turner 15, Cian Nihill 10 Top scorers Belfast Star: Dillon Stith 16, Keelan Cairns 11, Liam Pettigrew 8 Half time score: Pyrobel Killester 51-30 Belfast Star
SSE Airtricity Moycullen 75-90 Garvey's Tralee Warriors Top scorers SSE Airtricity Moycullen : Phillip Lawrence-Ricks 27, James Loughnane 16, Paul Freeman 8 Top scorers Garvey's Tralee Warriors: Trae Pemberton 41, Dusan Bogdanovic 20, Goran Pantovic 12 Half time score: SSE Airtricity Moycullen 39-51 Garvey's Tralee Warriors
DCU Saints 80-55 Commercial.ie Eanna Top scorers DCU Saints: Eoin Darling 23, Martins Provizors 15, Kevin O Hanlon 12 Top scorers Commercial.ie Eanna: Aidan Dunne 26, Regimus Dimiciskus 14, Nathaniel Musters 7 Half time score: DCU Saints 47-25 Commercial.ie Eanna
Radisson Blu UL Eagles 52-89 Griffith Swords Thunder Top scorers UL Eagles: Jonathan Dogbo 23, Seamus Hickey 8, Patrick McCarthy 7 Top scorers Griffith Swords Thunder: Jose Maria Gil Narbon 21, Isaac Westbrooks 13, Kevin Lacey 10 Half time score: Radisson Blu UL Eagles 24-48 Griffith Swords Thunder
UCC Demons 72-66 KUBS Top scorers UCC Demons: Jacob Lawson 25, Roy Downey 14, Carlton Cuff 12 Top scorers KUBS: Conor James 20, Brian Edwards 16, Kevin Foley 9 Half time score: UCC Demons 33-36 KUBS
UCD Marian 88-82 Templeogue Top scorers UCD Marian: Mike Garrow 30, Dustan Moreira 14, Conor Meany 14 Top scorers Templeogue: Mike Bonaparte 25, Jason Killeen 14, Baolach Morrison 13 Half time score: UCD Marian 47-42 Templeogue
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One BFG Neptune romped home to another win this weekend as they overcame Dublin Lions 65-103 in Clondalkin on Saturday afternoon to ensure they stay at the top of the table. Keane's SuperValu Killorglin are also celebrating a win after they overcame Titans, while Maree and Team Kilkenny played out a close and competitive game in Galway, with the home side just winning out by two. Elsewhere, it was a nervy day for LYIT Donegal as they managed to hold on to a two-point lead over ITC Basketball to win 68-66, while Ulster University Elks had the better of Kestrels on Sunday afternoon.
Dublin Lions 65-103 BFG Neptune Top scorers Dublin Lions: Igor Markiewicz 17, Adam O Reilly 14, Kevin Anyanwu 13 Top scorers BFG Neptune: Tanner Brooks 23, Shane Duggan 18, Sean Jenkins 15 Half time score: Dublin Lions 32-54 BFG Neptune
Maree 71-69 Team Kilkenny Top scorers Maree: Paulius Peldzius 18, Kenneth Hansberry 18, Eoin Rockall 13 Top scorers Team Kilkenny: Lukasz Szulc 19, James Butler 18, Matt Van Pelt 11 Half time score: Maree 35-29 Team Kilkenny
LYIT Donegal 68-66 ITC Basketball Top scorers LYIT Donegal: Vytaras Jankus 19, Kevin Stanley 12, Paul McHugh 11 Top scorers ITC Basketball: David Glynn 16, Jimmy Ward 14, Mike Klinger 13 Half time score: LYIT Donegal 26-39 ITC Basketball
Titans 91-97 Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Top scorers Titans: Eugene Williams 33, Toms Fabriciuss 18, Emmanuel Saah 14 Top scorers Keane's SuperValu Killorglin: Ian McLaughlin 18, Daragh Jones 17, Garny Garcia Nivar 16 Half time score: Titans 36-48 Keane's SuperValu Killorglin
Ulster University Elks 94-86 Kestrels Top scorers Ulster University Elks: Ryan Oliver 31, Will Koppenhaver 16, Stephen Crothers 10 Top scorers Kestrels: Christopher Teasley 34, Glen Mitchell 14, Mantas Vilimas 11 Half time score: Ulster University Elks 48-40 Kestrels
Pete Strickland to host three Coaching Clinics
Jan 18,2017 New Irish Senior Men's Head Coach, Pete Strickland, is arriving in Dublin this weekend and will be hosting a number of coaching clinics around the country during his stay. Strickland, who was appointed to the role back in November, will be in Ireland for the Men's Super Series weekend in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght this coming Saturday and Sunday (January 21st and 22nd) and also for the Hula Hoops National Cup finals next weekend (January 27-29th). While here, he will be hosting three major coaching clinics in Dublin, Galway and Cork, details of which were announced this week.
Cork On Monday, January 23rd, Strickland will do a session with any senior schools players who have been involved in an International Programme in Neptune Stadium from 1pm to 4pm. Girls are invited to attend from 1pm to 2.30pm with the boys' session taking place from 2.30pm to 4pm. On Tuesday, January 24th, Strickland will run a Coaching Clinic and Q&A with Cork coaches with John McHale as MC. The clinic will be held in the Ambassador Hotel with sign in at 7.30pm and the event running from 8pm - 10pm with a 5 entry fee.
Galway On Wednesday, January 25th, Strickland will visit Co. Galway and will visit the Galway Primary Schools Jamboree from 10am to 1.30pm where he will present the children with certificates on the day. On Thursday, January 26th, clubs are being invited to send in four players for a practice session with Strickland, which will be followed by a Q&A session with NUIG Development officers (all sports) and local Basketball coaches - this will run from 6pm to 8pm in NUIG Kingfisher Gym with an entry fee of 5.
Dublin The Dublin coaching clinic with Pete Strickland will take place in Tallaght Community School on Saturday, January 28th from 10am to 1pm. An underage basketball team will be in attendance on the day to demonstrate the different drills and tactics that Pete will be outlining. There will be an entry fee of 5.
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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