Basketball – UL Huskies pull together for maiden win

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10 January 2015; Rebecca Nagle, Killester, in action against Cathy Grant, UL Huskies. Basketball Ireland Women's National Cup, Semi-Final, Killester v UL Huskies, Neptune Stadium, Cork. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
10 January 2015; Rebecca Nagle, Killester, in action against Cathy Grant, UL Huskies. Basketball Ireland Women’s National Cup, Semi-Final, Killester v UL Huskies, Neptune Stadium, Cork. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

UL HUSKIES picked up their first win of the season to breathe life into their bid for survival in the Basketball Ireland Women’s Premier League. The Limerick side iced a 71-60 win over Meteors from the free throw line but it took a crucial drive to the basket from Cathy Grant to maintain control in the final period.

“This is the culmination of our senior players taking on more responsibility and our younger players stepping up also,” according to Coach Des O’Sullivan. “Hopefully it can be a turning point for us.”

36 points from Jazmen Boone helped Maxol WIT Wildcats to end Pyrobel Killester’s home run in Clontarf. The American put in an all-round performance as a 9-0 run helped the Waterford side come from behind with less than two minutes to play.

DCU Mercy returned to the top of the table with their second win of the campaign over Singleton SuperValu Brunell while Team Montenotte Hotel were too strong for Portlaoise Panthers.

C&S UCC Demons survived the second quarter ejection of Kyle Hosford to return to the top of the Men’s Premier League on Sunday. Colin O’Reilly put up 20 points in the first half to see them through 106-87 at the Mardyke Arena while a win at Eanna on Saturday made it a six-point weekend for the champions.

Templeogue took their win streak to seven games with a tough 79-70 win at UCD Marian. The win sees them go level on points with Demons with a game in hand.

Pyrobel Killester strengthen their grip on third place with with a 79-65 win at UL Eagles. “We put the foot down in the third quarter,” said Coach Brian O’Malley. “Guys starting making their shots and we were better in transition.” Paul Dick made a scoring debut for Killester.

Friday 27 November 2015
Men’s Division One: BFG Neptune 74, Kestrels 99 Senior Women’s National Cup Last 16: Ulster Rockets 74, Longford Falcons 37 Hula Hoops U20 Women’s National Cup Quarter-Final: Glanmire BC 56, Brunell 65
Saturday 28 November 2015
Men’s Premier League: Eanna BC 72, C&S UCC Demons 93; UCD Marian 70, Templeogue BC 79; GCD Swords Thunder 81, SSE Airtricity Moycullen 67; UL Eagles 65, Pyrobel Killester 79 Women’s Premier League: UL Huskies 71, Meteors 60; Team Montenotte Hotel 70, Portlaoise Panthers 56; Pyrobel Killester 72 Maxol WIT Wildcats 80 Men’s Division One: ITC Basketball 95, KUBS 107; JM&L Auctioneers Titans 78, BFG Neptune 96; Fr Mathews 77, Team Kilkenny 95 Women’s Division One: ITC Basketball 58, Longford Falcons 44; NUIG Mystics 82, Oblate Dynamos 63; Ulster Rockets 68, Fr Mathews 79; Team Garvey’s Tralee 79, Marble City Hawks 46
Sunday 29 November 2015
Men’s Premier League: C&S UCC Demons 106, GCD Swords Thunder 87 Women’s Premier League: Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell 69, DCU Mercy 82
Men’s Division One: Maree BC 83, JM&L Auctioneers Titans 70 Women’s Division One: ITC Basketball 58, Team Denjoes American Style 70 Hula Hoops U20 Men’s National Cup Quarter-Final: Templeogue 85, Fr Mathews 69; Maree L-L Moycullen Hula Hoops U20 Women’s National Cup Quarter-Final: Liffey Celtics 114, St Colms BC 23

Wednesday 2 December 2015
FIBA Europe Cup, Group F
Hibernia v CEZ Nymburk, National Basketball Arena, 19:30
Hula Hoops President’s National Cup Quarter Finals
Pyrobel Killester v St Vincent’s BC 2, St Fintans HS, Dublin, 20:30

Thursday 3 December 2015
Hula Hoops Senior Women’s National Cup Quarter Finals
Killester BC v Oblate Dynamos, St. David’s CBS, 20:45

Friday 4 December 2015
Hula Hoops Men’s National Cup Round One, Leg 2/2
C&S UCC Demons v UL Eagles, Mardyke Arena, Cork, 20:00
Hula Hoops Men’s National Intermediate Club Championships Quarter Finals
Phoenix BC v St Brendans, Methodist College, Belfast, 20:15
Hula Hoops Women’s National Intermediate Club Championships Quarter Finals
Trident’s, Dublin v Carraig Na Bhfear, Blanchardstown IT, 20:30
Hula Hoops U18 Men’s National Cup Quarter Finals
Tolka Rovers v Templeogue BC, Tolka Rovers SC, Dublin, 19:30

Saturday 5 December 2015
Hula Hoops Men’s National Cup Round One, Leg 2/2
DCU Saints v UCD Marian, DCU Sports Complex, Dublin, 19:15
Templeogue BC v SSE Airtricity Moycullen, Oblate Hall,Dublin, 19:30
Eanna BC v GCD Sword Thunder, Colaiste Eanna, 17:00
Pyrobel Killester v Belfast Star, IWA Clontarf, Dublin, 20:00
Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup Quarter Finals
Team Montenotte Hotel v Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell, Neptune Stadium, Cork, 16:45
Courtyard Liffey Celtics v Meteors BC, Leixlip Amenities Centre, Kildare, 19:30
Maxol WIT Wildcats v UL Huskies, Mercy SS Waterford, 19:00
Pyrobel Killester v DCU Mercy, IWA Clontarf, Dublin, 18:00
Hula Hoops President’s National Cup Quarter Finals
Keanes SuperValu Killorglin v C&S Blue Demons, Killorglin Sports Centre, Kerry, 19:15
Hula Hoops Senior Women’s National Cup Quarter Finals
Team Denjoes American Style v Fr Mathews, Castleisland CC, Kerry, 18:30
NUIG Mystics v Meteors BC, Calasanctius College Oranmore, Galway, 18:00
Ulster Rockets v Team Garveys Tralee, Methodist College, Belfast, 14:00
Hula Hoops U18 Men’s National Cup Quarter Finals
Maree BC v Tralee Imperials BC, Calasanctius College Oranmore, Galway, 15:30
Hula Hoops U18 Women’s National Cup Quarter Finals
Fr. Mathews v Ulster Elks, Parochial Hall, Cork, 19:15

Sunday 6 December 2015
Hula Hoops President’s National Cup Quarter Finals
UCD Marian v Maree BC, Oatlands College Stillorgan, 13:30
Hula Hoops U18 Men’s National Cup Quarter Finals
Neptune BC v KUBS BC, Neptune Stadium, Cork, 15:00
Moycullen BC v St. Mary’s Castleisland, Coláiste Iognáid, Galway, 15:00
Hula Hoops U18 Women’s National Cup Quarter Finals
Maree BC v Brunell Ladies BC, Calasanctius College Oranmore, Galway, 13:00
Portlaoise Panthers BC v Liffey Celtics BC, CBS Borris Little, Portlaoise, 15:00
DCU Mercy v Meteors BC, DCU Sports Complex, Dublin, 12:30

TBC – Hula Hoops President’s National Cup Quarter Finals: Fr Mathews v Neptune