Glanmire forced into late battle by Meteors

Team Ambassador UCC Glanmire had to withstand a late Meteors rally before taking maximum points 62-59 in the Women’s Super League.

The Cork side had a comfortable 12-point lead entering the final quarter but Meteors American Monet Neal began finding her touch at the post. In the end, Glanmire held out for a hard earned win much to the relief of coach Mark Scannell.

“We looked comfortable for the majority of the game but credit to Meteors they have good squad,” he said .

Liffey Celtics are also undefeated but they were made battle before eventually taking maximum points against league debutants NUIG Mystics.

Wildcats, narrow losers to UCC Glanmire last week, got back to winning ways when taking maximum points against Killester, 65-60.

DCU Mercy had far too much class for an understrength Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell when they ran out comfortable 80-48 winners.

The Dublin side were seldom troubled by their Cork opponents with American Sarah Fairbanks leading the scoring on 26 points.

Meanwhile there was plenty of action in the Men’s Super League where Eanna produced the shock of the weekend when disposing of DCU Saints 77-73.

Eanna were always in control, leading 44-31 at the break with Adam Dunne (16) and Nathaniel Musters (15) leading their scoring they secured maximum points and their first of the season.

“We simply didn’t show up but credit to Eanna they battled from start to finish and when you put that sort of effort in you usually end up winning,” said DCU Saints coach Joey Boylan.

Irish TV Tralee warriors are another side showing impressive form in their first season back in the league as they made three wins on the trot when disposing of Moycullen 85-69.

The form of 17-year-old Ryan Leonard is certainly taking the league by storm as he once again led his teams scoring with 23 points.

Killester were always dominant in their clash with Belfast Star before running out 77-60 winners.

It has been quite a season to date for veteran American Jermaine Turner as he once again had a 19-point tally that helped see off the northeners.

Griffith Swords Thunder bounced back from last weeks defeat to UCC Demons when they trounced UL Eagles 88-53.

This game was settled early as Thunder played high tempo basketball from tip off that saw them command an 18 point interval lead.

UCC Demons were almost slipped in Dublin against basement side Kubs before eventually running out 77-74 winners.

The game looked over as a contest at the break with Demons commanding a 47-29 lead but in the second half Kubs rallied as the Cork side went into meltdown.

For Demons coach Tim O’Halloran it was a disappointing overall performance from his team.

“We played excellent basketball in the first half but in the second we basically collapsed and if the truth be known we could have easily lost,” O’Halloran said.

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