Demons’stunning recovery staggers Killester

UCC Demons produced a stunning fourth quarter performance to defeat Killester 77-72 in a pulsating top of the table men’s Premier League clash at Clontarf on Saturday.

In a game played at a ferocious pace, Demons’ Kyle Hosford notched a staggering 23 points to help the Leesiders over the line.

In a hard fought first half a late basket from the Killester American Michael Bonaparte helped his side into a 41-37 interval lead.

Demons’ Spanish ace Christian Anon set the tone for his team’s win by restricting Bonaparte to two points for the entire second half.

Demons still trailed 61-56 entering the final quarter but helped by American Lehmon Colbert, Adrian O’Sullivan and Hosford they outscored their opponents 21-10 to snatch a memorable win.

Interestingly the teams were drawn against each other for the Premier National Cup semi-final but Demons player coach Colin O’Reilly was only interested in this game.

“Naturally when we listened to the cup draw on radio we spoke about it for a few minutes but our goal was to win this game and I cannot praise my players enough in the manner they took the game to Killester,” O’Reilly said.

In another twist Bord Gáis Neptune were drawn against Dublin Inter and these teams were involved in a highly entertaining league clash at the Neptune Stadium. Dublin Inter will rue their indiscipline as they held a commanding 15-point lead 38 seconds before the interval until they were punished with a dubious technical foul that saw the Cork side reduce the deficit to 48-38.

In the second half tremendous individual performances from Darren Townes and Ian McLoughlin ensured Neptune clawed their way back to secure a hard fought three point win — 83-80.

“Dublin Inter basically shot the lights out but once we got to grips with them in the second half I felt we were always going to win the game,” Neptune coach Mark Scannell said.

Templeogue were given an early Christmas present when they shocked defending champions UL Eagles 91-80 at Inchicore with Luke Thompson and Phil Taylor contributing 26 points each.

DCU Saints got back to winning ways when they easily accounted for Moycullen 82-66 with Eoin Darling chipping in with 28 points.

The big game in the Women’s Premier League was the Cork derby between Singletons Supervalu Brunell and Team Montenotte that attracted the biggest attendance of the season to the Parochial Hall. Despite getting off to a slow start Glanmire took complete control and commanded 13-point interval lead 43-30. Brunell were punished with their poor shooting options as this game was settled long before the final buzzer with a 25-point Gráinne Dwyer contribution helping them to an impressive 73-53 win.

Defending champions UL Huskies has to rely on an impressive Rachael Vanderwal 30 points to see off a stern Liffey Celtics side 74-69. Fellow title challengers DCU Mercy were also pushed all the way before getting the better of WIT Wildcats 67-63. Killester defeated Meteors in a Dublin derby 75-55.

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