Montenotte go top after battling effort

Team Montenotte moved to the top of the Women’s Premier League with a hard earned 64-55 win over Liffey Celtics.

Montenotte go top after battling effort

Leading 33-29 at the break Montenotte extended it to nine points entering the final quarter. The Kildare side reduced the deficit reduced to 58-54 with three minutes remaining. However, Montenotte responded to see off the Leixlip based side and coach Mark Scannell praised his team’s efforts declaring: “It was a true test as the stakes were high but we won without showing our best form and that’s always a bonus.

There was joy for Killester when securing their first win of the season when defeating UL Huskies 89-62 with American Robin Murphy contributing a game high 24 points.

Singletons Supervalu Brunell were made battle before seeing off the stiff WIT Wildcats challenge 65-60 with American Katie Hannemann contributing 16 points.

In the Men’s Premier league Swords Thunder stayed in contention when defeating DCU Saints 86-84.

Swords trailed 41-33 at the break before a late rally secured a crucial win.

For coach Dave Baker this was another crucial win in their debut season in the Premier League: “We are only a two points behind Demons and I would like to think we can maintain that challenge,” Baker said.

DCU Saints coach Joey Boylan reflected on his team’s brave effort.

Boylan said: “We batted hard but just came up short and I cannot fault the effort of my players.”

Leaders C & S UCC Demons had little trouble beating UL Eagles 94-73 at the Mardyke Arena.

Demons grabbed the initiative early on and surged into a 50-32 interval lead.

American Lehmon Colbert led the scoring with an impressive 30 points with player coach Colin O’Reilly chalking up 22 in his 23 minutes on court.

The Shannonsiders were always chasing the game much to the delight of the Demons coach.

O’Reilly said: “It was a good run out for us and to be honest I expected to win this game and the plus was that I got a chance to use different rotations.”

BFG Neptune travelled north and despite commanding a healthy 18 point first quarter lead they were eventually worn down by a rampant Belfast Star side that ran out 101-89 winners.

The win was more significant as key Star players were involved in the U20 Men’s National Cup on the eve of this game against St Brendan’s in Tralee.

It also proved a memorable day for Star’s American Ricky Taylor who finished with a 42 point tally.

Delighted coach Neil McCotter said: “This was all about the belief that’s come into my team and now we can look forward to our national Cup game against Templeogue on Saturday.”

Killester travelled to Mountview and came away with a 69-61 win.

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