A miserable Bank Holiday for Abrakebabra Tigers continued on Monday as they slumped to an 81-67 defeat away to Limerick Lions.
The reigning champions have endured a disastrous start to their defence with a forfeit on the opening day followed by Head Coach Mark Bernsen’s shock decision to leave the club on Saturday night.
Bernsen is expected to take up a coaching role in Europe and left in the wake of a humiliating 81-56 loss to DCU Saints on Saturday night.
Their latest defeat came at the hands of Lions, who were 49-31 ahead at the interval.
Their was no way back for a Tigers side, still without Kieran Donaghy and Michael Quirke, as a lively Lions collected their second win of the season with Sean Coffey maintaining his impressive start to the season with 25 points.
It was the perfect response for Limerick Lions Head Coach Sasa Punosevac after their trip to the capital ended in defeat at the hands of UCD/Marian on Saturday.
“It was a really positive performance considering the result in UCD,” said Punosevac. “Yes we had a nice fast break against their outside shooting and it was a fine result even without their main stars.”
DART will enter their mammoth clash with UCC Demons next weekend boasting a 100% after five games following their 85-75 over DCU Saints.
DCU Saints started brightly and lead 18-14 at the end of the first quarter but DART bounced back to hold a seven point advantage at the interval. (31-38)
DART maintained a slender led heading into the final quarter and won despite having Paddy Kelly and John Behan fouled.
David Donnelly put in a solid display with 16 points for the home side, while Michael Bonaparte, who returned to the club from Iceland last week, contributed 21 points in DART’s win.
Team Montenotte Hotel Cork Head Coach, Mark Scannell, was delighted to have made it three wins from three after they disposed of UL Aughinish at the UL Sports Centre on Bank Holiday Monday.
“We were solid throughout,” said Scannell. “We were missing the likes of Denise Walsh but we played extremely well and it’s a great result against a side like UL.
“They made a bit of a run but we maintained our focus and never let them back into the contest. It was a much better performance than last week. The defence deserves a huge amount of credit for holding a team like that.
“It was quite a physical game, but we can’t rest on our laurels as we are facing this side again in four weeks time in the cup.”
Irish international, Niamh Dwyer led the way for the Cork giants with 16 points and team mate Marie Breen contributed 13 in the contest.
The Limerick side struggled to match their opponents as they had only two players scoring double digits with Miriam Liston and Fiona Scally scoring a combined 25 points.
“We lost this game easy,” said UL Head Coach Punosevac, who had a busy Bank Holiday Monday coaching both the men and women of Limerick.
"We didn’t stop them,” he added. We were always playing catch up so it was difficult to get a foothold in the game.”
Nivea For Men’s SuperLeague
Limerick Lions 81 (49) (S Coffey 25, N Campbell 15, S Kinevane 12) Abrakebabra Tigers 67 (31) (CJ Hadley 23, J Gardiner 20, J Teahan 15)
DCU Saints 75 (31) (D Donnelly 16, M Trimmer 15, E Donnelly 10) DART Killester (38) 85 (M Bonaparte 21, J Behan 18, J Grabowski 13)
Basketball Ireland Women’s SuperLeague
UL Aughinish 52 (22) (M Liston 12, F Scally 11, E Liston 8) Team Montonette Hotel Cork 69 (37) (N Dwyer 16, M Breen 13, M Fahy 11)