Basketball Ireland: National League Recap

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Portmarnock v St Munchins Limerick - All-Ireland Schools Cup U16C Boys FinalTempleogue’s run of form continued as they came through a tense contest with UL Eagles by 65-62 at the National Basketball Arena. Mark Keenan’s side are now 5-1 since their upturn and move to fourth in the Premier League Table. “It was a dogfight,” said the head coach. “You can see it from the score with both teams playing heard but we ground it out today and winning becomes a habit.” C&S UCC Demons continued their unbeaten run with an 87-62 win over Dublin Inter. The result leaves Demons nine points clear in the Men’s Premier League and Dublin Inter rooted to the bottom. Travelodge Swords Thunder are up to second place having come from behind to beat Belfast Star 92-85 while the return of Preston Ross helped UCD Marian to a 75-65 win at BFG Neptune.

In the Women’s Premier League, DCU Mercy ended Team Montenotte Hotel’s 13 game streak in determined style with a 61-56 win in Glanmire. Mercy Head Coach Mark Ingle was unsurprised by his side’s performance. ‘I expected us to win,’ he said. ‘We’ve been improving since the start of the season and even quicker than I’d planned for lately”.

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Courtyard Liffey Celtics will top the Women’s Premier League through Christmas and into the New Year following an 80-62 win over Maxol WIT Wildcats. Suzanne Maguire was in superb scoring form for the Kildare side with a 23 point game high.

A buzzer beating floater from Megan O’Leary gave Singleton SuperValu Brunell a comeback victory over Killester and a 3-0 run in the Women’s Premier League.

UL Huskies picked up their second league win of the season in beating Meteors 64-56 at the UL Arena.

 

Portlaoise Panthers maintained their unbeaten run in the Women’s Division One with a 79-70 over Oblate Dynamos in Portlaoise. Oblate led by 13 points at the break but sisters Maeve and Catherine O’Sullivan combined for 31 points to see Panthers through.

IT Carlow had their first home game of the season on Saturday and made it count with a 76-71 win over Team Denjoe’s American Style. It was another sister act that did the damage as Aisling and Edel Hayden has 33 points between them.

 

Maree got back to winning ways in the Men’s Division One with an 88-76 win over JM&L Auctioneers Titans.

Titans looked to come back when Maree’s Cathal Finn fouled out but 16 year old Point Guard Eoin Rockall had the skill and maturity to hit some key baskets down the stretch in a 20 point performance.

Maree returned to second place but SSE Airtricity Moycullen maintained their six point lead with a 91-49 win over Tolka Rovers.

36 points from Sean Cantwell wasn’t enough to help Fr Mathews to their first home win of the season. Instead, Team Left Bank Kilkenny overtook them in 6th place with a 74-62 win at Coláiste Chríost Rí.

 

The draw for the Men’s National Cup Semi-Final was also completed yesterday. UCD Marian were drawn against UL Eagles while C&S UCC Demons will play the winners of a one-off quarter final between Templeogue and Travelodge Swords Thunder.

 

RESULTS:

Saturday 13 December 2014

Women’s Premier League

Team Montenotte Hotel 56, DCU Mercy 61

Team Montenotte Hotel Top Scorers: Niamh Dwyer 19, Grainne Dwyer 9, Marie Breen 8

DCU Mercy Top Scorers: Caroline Stewart 17, Sarah Woods 12, Erica Smith 10, Rachel Brittenham 10

Half Time Score: Team Montenotte Hotel 25, DCU Mercy 37

 

UL Huskies 64, Meteors 56

UL Huskies Top Scorers: Laura Hughes 17, Kelsey Harris 14, Cathy Grant 14

Meteors Top Scorers: Beth Meany 11, Christine Ganser 6, Kate O’Flaherty 6

Half Time Score: UL Huskies 32, Meteors 20

 

Killester 73, Singleton SuperValu Brunell 75

Killester Top Scorers: Robin Murphy 23, Mimi Clarke 16, Olivia 14

Singleton SuperValu Brunell Top Scorers: Kate Hanneman 25, Edel Thornton 19, Danielle O’Leary 18

Half Time Score: Killester 44, Singleton SuperValu Brunell 35

Maxol WIT Wildcats 62, Courtyard Liffey Celtics 80

Maxol WIT Wildcats Top Scorers: Olivia Applewhite 17, Claire Leavey 14, Helena Rohan 12

Courtyard Liffey Celtics Top Scorers: Suzanne Maguire 23, Aine O’Connor 17, Shelby Smith 14

Half Time Score: Maxol WIT Wildcats 31, Courtyard Liffey Celtics 40

 

Men’s Division One

JM&L Auctioneers Titans 76, Maree 88

JM&L Auctioneers Titans Top Scorers: Darryl Durham 17, Tomas Mitkus 14, Gintaras Sedebskis 12

Kenneth Hansberry 24, Eoin Rockall 20, Cathal Finn 14

Half Time Score: JM&L Auctioneers Titans 34, Maree 41

 

Fr Mathews 62, Team Left Bank Kilkenny 74

Fr Mathews Top Scorers: Sean Cantwell 36, Michael McGinn 12, Anthony Coughlan 6

Team Left Bank Kilkenny Top Scorers: Puff Summers 20, James Butler 18, Julian O’Keeffe 14

Half Time Score: Fr Mathews 35, Team Left Bank Kilkenny 43

Tolka Rovers 49, SSE Airtricity Moycullen 91

Tolka Rovers Top Scorers: David O’Beirne 12, Sean Moore 10, Karl Fleming 9

SSE Airtricity Moycullen Top Scorers: Chris McNairney 15, Paul Freeman 12, Peter Lynch 11

Half Time Score: Tolka Rovers 22, SSE Airtricity Moycullen 53

 

Women’s Division One

IT Carlow 76, Team Denjoes American Style 71

IT Carlow Top Scorers: Aisling Hayden 20, Aine Sheehy 15, Edel Hayden 13

Team Denjoes American Style Top Scorers: Aoife Nolan 15, Eileen O’Connor 14, Lorraine Scanlon 14

Half Time Score: IT Carlow 40, Team Denjoes American Style 36

 

Portlaoise Panthers 79, Oblate Dynamos 70

Portlaoise Panthers Top Scorers: Kelsey Wolfe 25, Maeve O’Sullivan 20, Catherine O’Sullivan 13

Oblate Dynamos Top Scorers: Jennifer Morabito 16, Heather Meagher 14, Shannon Farrell 7

Half Time Score: Portlaoise Panthers 24, Oblate Dynamos 37

 

Sunday 14 December 2014

 

Men’s Premier League 2014-15

 

Templeogue 65, UL Eagles 62

Templeogue Top Scorers: Isaac Gordon 25, Lorcan Murphy 16, Jason Killeen 12

UL Eagles Top Scorers: Orlando Parker 17, Stephen King 14, Neil Campbell 9

Half Time Score: Templeogue 26, UL Eagles 27           

 

Belfast Star 85, Travelodge Swords Thunder 92

Belfast Star Top Scorers: Ricky Taylor 38, Aidan Quinn 21, Conor Quinn 10

Travelodge Swords Thunder Top Scorers: Isaac Westbrooks 16, Kevin Lacey 16, Michael Goj 16

Half Time Score: Belfast Star 46, Travelodge Swords Thunder 45

 

BFG Neptune 65, UCD Marian 75

BFG Neptune Top Scorers: Ger Noonan 18, Roy Downey 9, Michael Bonaparte 7

UCD Marian Top Scorers: Preston Ross 19, Kevin Foley 13, Neil Baynes 9

Half Time Score: BFG Neptune 65, UCD Marian 40

 

Dublin Inter 62, C&S UCC Demons 87

Dublin Inter Top Scorers: Mazhvydas Cepliauskas 20, Irmantas Griksas 20, Audrius Dimiciukas 11

C&S UCC Demons Top Scorers: Colin O’Reilly 20, Lehmon Colbert 19, Kyle Hosford 12

Half Time Score: Dublin Inter 34, C&S UCC Demons 45

 

UPCOMING FIXTURES:

 

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Wednesday 17 December 2014

Men’s National Cup Quarter Final

Travelodge Swords Thunder v Templeogue ALSAA, Dublin, 20:30;

 

Saturday 20 December 2014

Men’s Premier League

Travelodge Swords Thunder v BFG Neptune, ALSAA, Dublin, 18:00;

UCD Marian v DCU Saints, UCD Sports Centre, Dublin, 19:00;

Killester v Dublin Inter, IWA Clontarf, Dublin, 20:00;

Men’s Division One

JM&L Auctioneers Titans v Eanna, Colá¡iste Iognáid, Galway, 19:00;

Maree v Tolka Rovers BC, Calasanctius College Oranmore, Galway, 19:45;

 

Sunday 21 December 2014

Men’s Premier League

C&S UCC Demons            v Templeogue, Mardyke Arena, Cork, 15:15

UL Eagles v UCD Marian, UL Sport Arena, Limerick, 15:30

Men’s Division One 2014-15

C&S Blue Demons v Fr Mathews, Mardyke Arena, Cork, 13:00

 

 

 

CURRENT LEAGUE TABLES:

 

Men’s Premier League

P            W            L            F            A            BP            Points

1 C&S UCC Demons                        9            9            0            831            659            0            27

2 Travelodge Swords Thunder            7            6            1            559            494            0            18

3 Killester                                    9            6            3            627            611            0            18

4 Templeogue                                    9            5            4            667            698            0            15

5 Belfast Star                                    10            3            7            731            764            4            13

6 BFG Neptune                                    9            4            5            772            778            0            12

7 UCD Marian                                    8            3            5            602            610            3            12

8 DCU Saints                                    8            3            5            628            655            1            10

9 UL Eagles                                    8            2            6            547            612            3            9

10 Dublin Inter                                    9            2            7            633            716            1            7

 

Women’s Premier League

P            W            L            F            A            Points

1 Courtyard Liffey Celtics                        8            6            2            534            460            20

2 Team Montenotte Hotel                        7            6            1            488            371            19

3 Singleton Supervalu Brunell            8            5            3            533            546            18

4 DCU Mercy                                    6            4            2            422            361            14

5 Maxol WIT Wildcats                        8            3            5            470            505            14

6 UL Huskies                                    9            2            7            487            636            13

7 Meteors                                    6            3            3            399            376            12

8 Killester                                    8            1            7            463            541            10

 

Men’s Division One

P            W            L            F            A            BP            Points

1 SSE Airtricity Moycullen                        7            6            1            553            423            1            19

2 Maree                                                6            4            2            456            409            1            13

3 C&S Blue Demons                        6            4            2            428            429            0            12

4 Eanna                                                6            3            3            421            388            1            10

5 JM&L Auctioneers Titans                        6            3            3            443            437            1            10

6 Team Left Bank Kilkenny                        7            2            5            508            518            1            7

7 Fr Mathews                                    6            2            4            355            435            0            6

8 Tolka Rovers BC                                    6            1            5            354            479            1            4

 

Women’s Division One

P            W            L            F            A            Points

1 Garveys Tralee Imperials                        4            3            1            247            231            10

2 Portlaoise Panthers                        3            3            0            244            199            9

3 Oblate Dynamos                        5            2            3            327            340            9

4 ITC Basketball                                    5            2            3            281            312            9

5 NUIG Mystics                                    4            1            3            258            270            6

6 Team Denjoes American Style            3            1            2            189            194            5