Defeated Tigers lose coach Bersen

A disastrous weekend for Abrakebabra Tigers ended with the departure of head coach Mark Bernsen following their surprise hammering at the hands of DCU Saints.

Meanwhile, DART Killester picked up their fourth win on the trot away to Ulster Elks.

Belfast Star proved too strong at home to Neptune with UCD/Marian maintaining their encouraging start to the season at the expense of Limerick Lions.

In today’s clash, UCC Demons continued to show why they are one of the favourites for the title with a thumping win over Hoops.

The Tigers have endured a miserable start to the season, with their opening game forced off due to condensation before their latest clash at the hands of DCU Saints ended in a 81-56 demoralizing defeat.

Mark Bernsen's final game in charge of Tralee proved to be the least memorable of his tenure.

Bernsen walks away from the job reportedly set to take up a role in Europe on the back of a 25-point hiding.

"I would like to thank the club and all the people in Tralee for making my stay here brilliant but an opportunity has come about even though the timing is awful," Bernsen told Radio Kerry.

The visitors had this game won after the opening 10 minutes. Led by Mike Trimmer and Emmet Donnelly, they were always in charge. Saints were 18-0 ahead by the time Tigers got their first basket, 6 and a half minutes into proceedings. The quarter ended with Tigers trailing 25-5.

Tigers brought the gap down to 10 in the second quarter but threes by Kevin Lacey and Martins Provizors put Saints back in pole position, leading 41-24 at half-time.

Tigers were heavily outpointed again in the third, 22-10. The gap was 63-34 going into what proved to be a pedestrian final quarter.

The story of the Ulster Elks season thus far has been of misfortune and bad luck, which has seen them slump to a 0 - 3 record.

Ulster Elks produced a brave display at home to one of the title favourites DART Killester but suffered an 80-59 defeat.

Playing some excellent basketball the Elks were able to produce offensively, and control one of Killester’s main threats in Michael Boneparte.

The second quarter though began to show up the Elks, when the visitors started to pull away. At half time Killester walked into the changing room with 10 point lead over the home team, 28 - 38.

The home side found themselves losing the third quarter by 9 points, 40 - 59, now down by 19 points going into the final 10 minutes.

Faced again with an unrelenting Killester team the Elks found it though going in the fourth, but still managed to hold their own. Adding a bit of a damper to the Killester victory the Elks fought back to win the final quarter by 3 points.

UCC Demons produced yet another fine display in today’s clash with Colin O’Reilly’s 26 points helping them to a 100-64 win over Hoops at the Mardyke Arena.

Demons held a 19-point advantage at the interval and never looked in serious trouble despite Hoops’ Jonathan Reed notching 30 points.

Demons face DART Killester next weekend in what should give an early indication of who will be favourites to be crowned league champions this season.

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