O’Reilly relieved as Demons edge past UL Eagles

UCC Demons player coach Colin O’Reilly had mixed emotions after guiding his team to a hard-earned 77-75 win over the champions UL Eagles in the Men’s Premier League.

Demons enjoyed a 17-point lead midway through the third quarter before going into meltdown. It took a late basket from American Lehmon Colbert to secure the points.

“It was a strange game because after starting slowly we took over and after playing some impressive basketball, led by 17, and in reality should have closed out the game,” O’Reilly said.

“Instead we made errors that players at this level should not make and suddenly we were in a dogfight. On the positive side we won, something Demons have found difficult to do on many occasions in Limerick over the last five years.”

Belfast Star, unlucky to lose at home to Bord Gais Neptune last week, bounced back to defeat DCU Saints 78-66 with Paul Dick chipping in with 17 points.

Killester look serious title challengers as they travelled to Belfield and toppled a highly-rated UCD Marian side, 93-87.

UCD led 48-46 at the break but a magnificent 31 points from Isaac Westbrooks pushed the Clontarf side over the line.

Premier League debutants Templeogue are still seeking their first win as they lost out to Dublin Inter. A late rally from Dublin Inter ensured them the all-important win.

Neptune remain unbeaten as they saw off the challenge of Moycullen 88-68 at Neptune Stadium yesterday. The Cork side led 44-40 at the break but inspired by Darren Townes (27) and Michael McGinn (22) they proved too strong for the westerners in the second half.

In the Women’s SuperLeague, champions UL Huskies gave a statement of intent disposing of Meteors by a staggering 41 points with Rachael Clancy hitting 26.

Liffey Celtics went through last season without a win but they almost toppled Team Montenotte at Leixlip before going down 74-64 in extra-time. The sides were deadlocked at 61-61 in normal time but the Cork side, inspired by the outstanding Niamh Dwyer, eventually surged home.

Celia Menendez (31) produced another stunning performance for Singletons Supervalu Brunell as they easily accounted for Ulster Rockets 70-55. Waterford’s Wildcats overcame Killester 70-57 with Rachael Roberts finishing with 27 points.

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