Colin O’Reilly proud as C&S UCC Demons crowned

C&S UCC Demons were crowned Men’s Premier league champions following an emphatic 112-83 win over UCD Marian at the Mardyke Arena yesterday.

Colin O’Reilly proud as C&S UCC Demons crowned

Demons dominated from the second quarter and the game was over as a contest at the interval when they led by 18 points.

Inspired by captain Shane Coughlan and Kyle Hosford, Demons produced champagne basketball and, entering the final quarter, they had increased their lead to 87-61.

Coming down the stretch, Demons player coach Colin O’Reilly could afford to use various rotations and he paid tribute to his players after the game: “This is a special group of players and at this present time we are playing basketball that teams in this country are struggling to contain,” he said.

This was Demons’ 18th consecutive win in the league and O’Reilly believes the business is not yet completed: “We play away to UL Eagles and then we finish our campaign on March 15 with our final league game at home to Dublin Inter.”

The Sunday’s Well club have won the Champions Trophy for the past two seasons but O’Reilly wants his club to finish their campaign by completing the elusive treble.

O’Reilly added: “No celebrations yet as we have unfinished business and I know the players are very determined to finish the season on a high.”

It was a dramatic weekend, with Travelodge Swords Thunder faint title hopes ended when they went down to Killester 74-62.

The Dublin side however bounced back yesterday when easily disposing of BFG Neptune 97-80 that will guarantee them the runner-up berth.

In the words of coach Dave Baker, it was no more than his team deserved.

“You cannot argue about this Demons squad, as in my book they are a quality squad, and for my team to finish runner up to them is a major achievement in our debut season in this league,” Baker said.

Templeogue looked in control in their clash with Belfast Star when commanding a 12-point interval lead but were hanging on at the death before running out 67-65 winners.

DCU Saints put last week’s drubbing to Demons behind them when easily accounting for Dublin Inter 91-71.

In the Women’s Premier League, Killester avoided relegation with a stunning 76-55 win over Liffey Celtics at Leixlip.

Killester, one of the oldest clubs in Irish basketball, produced a stunning first half to command a 17-point interval lead. There was no let-up in the second half as captain Aishling O’Sullivan led by example with a 20-point game high contribution as coach Mark Grennell paid tribute to his players.

“This was a pressure game but the players responded to the wake-up call and deserve lots of credit in the manner they took the game to Liffey Celtics,” Mark said.

By virtue of this result, UL Huskies are relegated to Division One next season despite the outstanding efforts of coach Dave Keogh to maintain their status.

Team Montenotte continued their winning run when disposing of WIT Wildcats 83-38 with Niamh Dwyer leading the scoring for the third consecutive week with 18 points.

DCU Mercy ended Meteors play-off chance when running out 75-70 winners, with captain Sarah Woods having a superb game with 29 points.

Meteors needed a win but DCU, despite trailing 34-28 at the break, produced quality basketball coming down the stretch much to the delight of coach Mark Ingle. Ingle said: “It was a quality game that could have went either way but I was pleased in the manner my players dug deep when the game was threatening to run away from us.”

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