Basketball – Killester denies Brunell first win


screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-15-52-11CLONTARF in Dublin, was the place to be on Saturday evening, as Pyrobel Killester drove home to a 71-65 point over Singleton SuperValu Brunell in the Women’s Super League in a competitive game.

Speaking about their performance, Women’s Head Coach Karl Kilbride was happy with the win, but acknowledged that they have a lot to improve on ahead of their clash with DCU Mercy next weekend.

“I’m very happy with the win, but not so happy with the performance,” he admitted. “In the first quarter we were excellent offensively but were poor defensively – we gave away far too many points. We turned things around though and our fitness told towards the end – we were able to pull away a bit, keep the tempo high and the pressure on. There’s a lot that needs to be improved on, we’ve a big game next weekend so we’ll have to pick up our defensive display.”

Elsewhere, Ambassador UCC Glanmire continued their winning streak, with a 66-59 point win over DCU Mercy, Maxol WIT Wildcats had the better of Meteors, while Courtyard Liffey Celtics won out over Portlaoise Panthers (69-65) in a closely-contested affair.

It was a day of mixed emotions for UCD Marian Head Coach Ioannis Liapakis in the Men’s Super League meanwhile as, after a shaky middle two quarters, his side ran out 85-74 point winners over DCU Saints.

“It was a really difficult game,” he said. “We had a good first quarter, but they came back in the second and we missed some lay-ups and had a few turnovers which gave them the opportunity to run some fast breaks on us and score some easy baskets.

“We played some fantastic defence in the fourth and Mike Garrow and Dustan Moreira scored almost 60 points between them. We are really pleased with the result as it showed the team has great character and determination.”

Templeogue continued their impressive form to make it six wins from six against Belfast Star, Éanna had the better of Radisson Blu UL Eagles, and Pyrobel Killester ran out 83-80 winners over Irish TV Tralee Warriors. Elsewhere, UCC Demons and SSE Airtricity Moycullen had to settle the score in overtime after it finished 84-84, with Demons holding on to win 96-93, while Griffith Swords Thunder overcame KUBS.

RESULTS – November 12/13th

Men’s Super League: Eanna  74-67 Radisson Blu UL Eagles
Belfast Star 57 – 81 Templeogue
DCU Saints 74 – 85 UCD Marian
Pyrobel Killester 83-80 Irish TV Tralee Warriors
UCC Demons 96-93 SSE Airtricity Moycullen (after overtime)

Women’s Super League:  

Ambassador UCC Glanmire 66-59 DCU Mercy
Pyrobel Killester 71-65 Singleton SuperValu Brunell
Maxol WIT Wildcats 55-44 Meteors
Portlaoise Panthers 65-69 Courtyard Liffey Celtics

Men’s Division 1:
Fr Mathews 72-56 ITC Basketball
Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin 85-75 Team Kilkenny
Kestrels 80-81 BFG Neptune
Sligo All-Stars 104 (88) – 97 (88) Titans (after overtime)
Maree 91-39 Dublin Lions
Ulster University Elks 77-65 LYIT Donegal

Women’s Division 1:  
Ulster Rockets 58-61 ITC Basketball
UL Huskies 61-60 Marble City Hawks
Ulster University Elks 61-68 Fr Mathews

Hula Hoops Women’s National Intermediate Cup Competition:
Tridents Dublin 63-36 Carraig na Bhfear

Hula Hoops U20 Men’s National Cup:
Belfast Star 69-58 Blue Demons
Ongar Chasers 62-89 Moycullen BC
Ballincollig 60-93 KUBS BC
Maree 77-62 Tolka Rovers