It was a major shock for the Cork side who were expected to get back to winning ways following last week’s defeat to Killester.
In a game that Saints dominated from the second quarter, Neptune trailed 40-28 at the break. Mike Trimmer and Pat Glover were magnificent in the opening half and although Neptune improved in the third quarter Saints still had an 11-point lead entering the final period.
The Cork side were blitzed coming down the stretch and were outscored 28-12 much to the delight of Saints coach David Donnelly.
“I would not forecast that we would defeat Neptune by 27 points but now we must focus on our Monday game with UL Eagles and that will be another interesting clash,” David said.
Naturally Neptune coach Mark Scannell was shell-shocked at what he had witnessed.
“I have to get to the bottom of why we have suddenly stopped playing as we are capable of better and I have no excuses about this loss as Saints basically overpowered us,” Scannell said.
In a very low scoring game UL Eagles defeated UCD Marian 56-54 in the battle of the colours at Belfield.
The Limerick side trailed 31-21 at the break but an improved second-half performance saw them deny UCD in the closing minute as Jason Killeen scored the all-important basket.
For the UL coach Mark Keenan this win could be the revival from their recent slump: “We needed this win but we were made to work all the way for it and now we have the acid test against DCU Saints to contend with on Bank Holiday Monday,” Keenan said.
Belfast Star and Galway side Moycullen clashed at Anderstown with both clubs seeking their first win of the season. After 40 plus minutes of pulsating action the sides were deadlocked at 64 points apiece.
In extra-time Moycullen, inspired by American Luke Enos (29) and Steve Tummon (17) who shot the crucial baskets, t secured an unexpected 77-75 win for the westerners.
Naturally the Moycullen captain Cathal Nihill was jubilant: “We have played well all season and should have another couple of wins under our belt but the passion we showed in extra time augurs well for the remainder of the season,” Cathal said.
In the Women’s SuperLeague both table toppers Team Montenotte and UL had convincing wins.
Team Montenotte hosted the in-form Ulster Rockets and comfortably defeated the northerners 66-51.
Once again the class of Niamh Dwyer (19) paved the way for this win as UL hosted Leixlip side Liffey Celtics and won in a canter 71-37.
Oblate Dynamos just got the better of Cork side Brunell 61-58 and Meteors’ trip to Waterford proved fruitful as they edged out the Déise side 60-58.
DCU got back to winning ways, overcoming Killester in a Dublin derby 58-45.