Basketball – Killester establish title prospects in Women’s Premier League

molten_basketball_105397PYROBEL Killester ended DCU Mercy’s unbeaten streak to move to third place in the Women’s Premier League. The Dublin club have amassed more wins since October than in the entirety of last season, including the beating of reigning champions Team Montenotte Hotel.

“We’ve been genuine contenders all along,” said Head Coach Karl Kilbride after the 87-81 win. “We’ve had a chip on our shoulder that after we beat Glanmire, people were only talking about Glanmire losing. There isn’t a single person in our dressing room who believes we can’t win the league and we can’t win the cup.”

Maxol WIT Wildcats toughed out an overtime win away to Courtyard Liffey Celtics to maintain their early season form. “We really like to scrap and get after it,’ said Point Guard Katie Fox. “Going toe-to-toe with Celtics in overtime shows we can basically play with anyone for as long as it takes to get the win.”

Elsewhere, Portlaoise Panthers beat UL Huskies for their maiden win at home.  It lifts the midlanders to seventh place in the table and four points clear of the relegation zone.

In the Men’s Premier League, Templeogue are now the outright leaders thanks to a 109-84 win over UL Eagles. Michael Bonaparte consolidated his status as the league’s leading scorer with a game-high 25 points.

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DCU Saints picked up their first win of the season with the help of debutante Duane Johnson. The American had 27 rebounds, 18 points and six blocks in a three-point win over UCD Marian.

Belfast Star picked up their second away win of the campaign at SSE Airtricity Moycullen. Neal McCotter’s side pulled through 74-71. “They missed from 17 feet with 15 seconds to go and Matthew Jackson iced the game with two free throws,” said the Head Coach. “We were actually quite poor tonight but we’ve played well and lost before so this was a good result.”

Thursday November 19th
Women’s Premier League: Team Montenotte Hotel 75, Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell 55
Saturday 21 November 2015
Men’s Premier League: SSE Airtricity Moycullen 71, Belfast Star 74; DCU Saints 73, UCD Marian 70; Templeogue BC 109, UL Eagles 84; Pyrobel Killester 101, Eanna BC 65
Women’s Premier League: Pyrobel Killester 87 DCU Mercy 81; Portlaoise Panthers 64, UL Huskies 50; Courtyard Liffey Celtics 55, Maxol WIT Wildcats 59
Men’s Division One: ITC Basketball 65, Maree BC 78; JM&L Auctioneers Titans 86, Kestrels 73; BFG Neptune 88, C&S Blue Demons 83; Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin 75, Team Kilkenny 69; KUBS 73, Fr Mathews 64
Women’s Division One: Ulster Rockets 70, Team Denjoes American Style 59;
Fr Mathews 75, Oblate Dynamos 54
Sunday 22 November
Women’s Division One:
Longford Falcons 43, Team Garvey’s Tralee 54; Marble City Hawks 47, NUIG Mystics 76
Hula Hoops Women’s National Intermediate Club Championships
Carraig Na Bhfear 63, Phoenix BC 49; Brunell BC 42, Tridents 43