#1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Providence, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He was the major contributor in a 1-point AEK Athens' victory against the fourth-ranked Juventus (8-6) 78-77 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game.
McGrath recorded 14 points in a mere 19 minutes on the court.
AEK Athens (9-5) is placed second in group E.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
McGrath has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 28.6%, 3FGP: 58.3% and FT: 88.9% in three games he played so far.
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 an international forward Brian Fitzpatrick (203-89, also represented by Diamond Sports, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Czech Republic). Fitzpatrick could not help Prostejov (8-14) to beat CEZ Nymburk (21-1).
He recorded 6 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
The second-placed Prostejov (8-14) was crushed 100-58 on the road by the leading CEZ Nymburk in the Places 7-12 group.
It was Prostejov's sixth consecutive loss in a row.
This season Fitzpatrick averages: 8.0ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 66.7%.
He is a naturalized American.
Fitzpatrick is in the roster of the Irish senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Ireland.
#3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international point guard Cian Hickey (183-96, currently plays in United Kingdom). He managed to help Manchester Magic in a victory against the ninth-ranked Leicester Warriors (6-10) crushing them 96-58 in the British NBL D1 (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Hickey scored only 4 points and added 3 assists in 11 minutes.
Manchester Magic (7-2) is placed third in the NBL D1.
It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row.
This year Hickey's overall stats are: 2.5ppg, 1.2apg, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.0% in six games.
He played for the Irish U18 national team three years ago.
#4. Guard Conor Quinn (185-95, currently plays in NAIA) was not able to help the Mayville State University (0-0) in their game against the Bellevue University (3-1) in the NStar.
Quinn scored only 4 points.
his team was badly defeated 73-55 in Bellevue by the University.
Quinn's total stats this season are: 2.5ppg and 1.2apg.
He is also Irish national team player.
The list of other players, who all have Irish passport but never been selected to any of Irish national teams:
#1.Ian O'Leary (201-F-86, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Spain) led Baloncesto Fuenlabrada to a victory against the fourth-ranked Movil Estudiantes (12-5) 103-97 in a derby game in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday.
O'Leary scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Montakit Fuenlabrada (9-10) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa.
It's O'Leary's first season with the team.
This year he averages: 6.1ppg and 3.5rpg.
O'Leary is a naturalized American.
Apparently he has never played in Ireland.
#2.Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Cairns Taipans (13-13) 90-73 in the Australian NBL on Friday night.
Ogilvy had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 28 minutes.
Illawarra Hawks (14-13) are placed second in the NBL.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
It's Ogilvy's first season with the team.
This year Ogilvy has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5bpg and 1.1spg in 27 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Irish and Australian.
#3.Ako Adams (188-G-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of North Texas (1-0) 95-80 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Adams scored 6 points in 21 minutes.
The Rice University has 2-3 conference record this season.
This year Adams' overall stats are: 2.9ppg and 1.2apg in 23 games.
#4.Patrick Carney (185-G-85, college: Chapman, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in Schalke's victory against the second-ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (14-2) 88-81 in the German ProB (third division) on Sunday night.
He scored 21 points.
FC Schalke 04 (9-9) is placed sixth in North group.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
This season Carney has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.2apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Interesting that Carney has never played in Ireland.
Donaghy the star as Tralee Warriors crowned Men's Champions Trophy champions - 21 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 - 22 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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