More agony for Neptune and Killester

THERE was no refuge for beaten cup semi-finalists Bord Gáis Neptune and 11890 Killester on their return to the Nivea for Men SuperLeague.

The Cork side lost by thenarrowest of margins, 86-85, to DCU Saints, while Moycullen at Oranmore handed the Dubliners a shock 64-58 defeat.

Bord Gáis Neptune’s Ron Thompson, who limped off the court with an ankle injury in the cup loss to UCC Demons, led a comeback against DCU. He was back in form with 26 points and Phil Taylor added another 26.

“We got out of jail today,” admitted DCU coach David Donnelly.

“We had a 16-point lead at half-time, but we were down by a point with seven seconds to go. Thankfully, Pat Glover got a great shot from the baseline at the end. We could have lost it again after that so I’m happy we managed to squeeze the win.”

Moycullen threw the form book out the window to defeat reigning champions 11890 Killester despite the fact they were without their star American, Luke Enos.

“We had a lot of injures,” said Moycullen coach Ger Lyons. “We couldn’t play Luke Enos who has been our go-to guy all season and James O’Dowd was also injured so we were really up against it.

“Then we were trailing at half time but we felt we really should have been up at that stage. Before the game we were looking around and believed that we have nothing to lose so we gave it everything we had and managed to come out on top.”

Cup finalists UCC Demons and UL Eagles both recorded wins. Demons had a 30-point win over Belfast Star, 107-77, with Shawn Atupem scoring 37.

“We were very good in offence. We are playing well at the moment but I still believe we can be better,” said Demons’ coach Paul Kelleher. “Now we have to be ready for UL in the cup final.”

In the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork set aside the disappointment of last weekend’s cup exit with an 81-50 win in a derby clash with Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell.

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