Basketball Ireland: National League Recap

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942609C&S UCC Demons are nine points clear at the top of the Men’s Premier League thanks to a 101-81 win over Templeogue at the Mardyke Arena. Colin O’Reilly’s side are now 10-0 in the league with the player coach netting 26 points in the first three quarters of yesterday’s win.

 

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UCD Marian had two wins in 24 hours to move up three places with wins at home to DCU Saints and on the road at UL Eagles.

 

DCU Saints were the first to fall on an 88-54 score line – Marian led 25-17 heading into the second frame when Preston Ross slammed open the scoring and followed up with a couple of successful drives. UCD were 25 points clear by half time, allowing them to conserve energy ahead of the trip to Limerick.

 

It was a tightly contested affair at the UL Arena but UCD Marian had the only run of the game and pulled clear in the third quarter. Dan James hit 6/9 three pointers and his free throw denied Eagles a losing bonus point with the last shot of the game.

 

BFG Neptune’s bid to climb back up the table fell apart in the second half as they lost 83-68 to Travelodge Swords Thunder at the ALSAA. Ger Noonan’s side were 13 points clear at half time after a blistering second quarter where they outscored Swords by 18 points.

 

The trend reversed after the break as Swords upped their intensity, moved the ball and used their size. Swingman Michael Goj was once again the chief marksman and finished the game with a season high 26 points while Michael Bonaparte broke the 20 point mark for the first time since October for the visitors. Neptune managed just 19 points in the second half.

 

League champions Killester put up their biggest score since mid-October to deny Dublin Inter a losing bonus point at the IWA.

 

Inter used their perimeter shooting ability to take an early lead and it was almost half time before the home side gained an edge. Jermaine Turner was the fulcrum of Killester’s attack and had 16 points in the first half. Killester upped the pace from the start of the second half but struggled to shake off the Dublin Inter challenge and it took good work from Niall Hegarty get the margin beyond six points.

 

Results:

 

Saturday Dec. 20th

 

Men’s Premier League

UCD Marian 88, DCU Saints 63

UCD Marian Top Scorers: Preston Ross 21, Neil Baynes 14, Dan James 13

DCU Saints Top Scorers: Martins Provizors 24, Mark Nagle 14, Eoin Darling 9

Half Time Score: UCD Marian 54, DCU Saints 29

Travelodge Swords Thunder 83, BFG Neptune 68

Travelodge Swords Thunder Top Scorers: Michael Goj 26, Spenser Mitchell 18, Juan Torres 16

BFG Neptune Top Scorers: Michael Bonaparte 21, Roy Downey 15, Ger Noonan 11

Half Time Score: Travelodge Swords Thunder 36, BFG Neptune 49

Killester 83, Dublin Inter 74

Killester Top Scorers: Jermaine Turner 29, John Behan 12, Michael Westbrooks 12

Dublin Inter Top Scorers: Mazvydas Cepliauskas 17, Audrius Dimiciukas 16, Irmantas Griksas 15.

 

Men’s Division One

JM&L Auctioneers Titans 75, Eanna 77

JM&L Auctioneers Titans Top Scorers: Tomas Mitkus 23, Darryl Durham 19, Tomas Fabriciuss 16

Eanna Top Scor7ers: Barry Glover 22, Neil Lynch 21, Alan O’Brien 10

Half Time Score: JM&L Auctioneers Titans 37, Eanna 41

Maree 63, Tolka Rovers 55

Maree Top Scorers: Cathal Finn 15, Ken Hansberry 14, Matt Hornbuckle 10, Padraig Burke 10

Tolka Rovers: David O’Beirne 13, Richard Sutton 12, Karl Fleming 11.

 

Sunday Dec. 21st

 

Men’s Division One

C&S Blue Demons 79, Fr Mathews 67

Andrew Fitzgerald 17, Shane McCarthy 15, David Murphy 13

Sean Cantwell 19, Michael McGinn 18, Donal McCarthy 7

Half Time Score: C&S Blue Demons 79, Fr Mathews 67

 

Men’s Premier League

C&S UCC Demons 101, Templeogue 81

C&S UCC Demons Top Scorers: Colin O’Reilly 26, Lehmon Colbert 12, Ciaran O’Sullivan 14.

Templeogue Top Scorers: Jason Killeen 26, Isaac Gordon 23, Lorcan Murphy 13.

Half Time Score: C&S UCC Demons 52, Templeogue 81

UL Eagles 71, UCD Marian 78

UL Eagles Top Scorers: Orlando Parker 16, Neil Campbell 15, Scott Kinevane 12

UCD Marian Top Scorers: Dan James 20, Conor Meany 20, Preston Ross 15

 

Upcoming Fixtures:

 

Friday 2 January 2015

Men’s Premier League

C&S UCC Demons v BFG Neptune, Mardyke Arena, Cork 20:00

 

Saturday 3 January 2015

Men’s Premier League

DCU Saints v Templeogue, DCU Sports Complex, Dublin 19:00

BFG Neptune v Dublin Inter, Neptune Stadium, Cork 19:00

Women’s Premier League

Meteors v Killester, Colaiste Iosagain, Dublin 16:00

Team Montenotte Hotel v UL Huskies, Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, Cork, 17:00

Maxol WIT Wildcats v DCU Mercy, Mercy SS Waterford 19:00

Men’s Division One

Eanna v Maree, Colaiste Eanna 17:00

JM&L Auctioneers Titans v SSE Airtricity Moycullen, Community Centre, Knocknacarra, 19:00

Fr Mathews v Tolka Rovers BC, Colaiste Chriost Ri, Cork 19:15

Women’s Division One

NUIG Mystics v Portlaoise Panthers, NUIG, 15:00

Team Denjoes American Style v Garveys Tralee Imperials, St. Marys Community Centre, 19:30

 

Sunday 4 January 2015

Men’s Premier League

Travelodge Swords Thunder v UL Eagles, National Basketball Arena, Dublin 14:00

UCD Marian v Killester, National Basketball Arena, Dublin 16:00

Men’s Division One

C&S Blue Demons v Team Left Bank Kilkenny, Mardyke Arena, Cork 15:15

 

***NOTE***

January 9th/10th/11th

National Cup Semi-Finals Weekend

 

Men’s Premier League

                                                P            W            L            F            A            BP            Points

1 C&S UCC Demons                        10            10            0            932            740            0            30

2 Travelodge Swords Thunder            8            7            1            642            562            0            21

3 Killester                                    10            7            3            710            685            0            21

4 UCD Marian                                    10            5            5            768            735            3            18

5 Templeogue                                    10            5            5            748            799            0            15

6 Belfast Star                                    10            3            7            731            764            4            13

7 BFG Neptune                                    10            4            6            840            861            0            12

8 DCU Saints                                    9            3            6            682            743            1            10

9 UL Eagles                                    9            2            7            618            690            3            9

10 Dublin Inter                                    10            2            8            707            799            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                                                7            5            2            519            464            1            16

3 C&S Blue Demons                        7            5            2            507            496            0            15

4 Eanna                                                7            4            3            498            463            1            13

5 JM&L Auctioneers Titans                        7            3            4            518            514            2            11

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

7 Fr Mathews                                    7            2            5            422            514            0            6

8 Tolka Rovers BC                                    7            1            6            409            542            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