This was Demons at their very best as despite a sluggish start the class of Kyle Hosford eventually helped them clinch the title. Hosford finished with a 28-point contribution and after the game he spoke of his pride in helping his club retain the title.
“This was a crucial weekend for us and to win the title in the style we did is testament to the quality of players we have at this club,” Kyle said. “I have played with this club from juvenile level and the atmosphere and support we received from our loyal fans out there today proved a huge boost for us.
“We will finish our campaign next week with a home game against Eanna and I am sure there will be another carnival atmosphere when we receive our league winners medals.”
Demons were also involved in a Saturday night nail-biter as they doubled up over the weekend, producing a Houdini act at the ALSAA in Dublin on Saturday in overcoming Swords Thunder 90-85.
The game looked to be out of Demons reach in the closing minutes but they managed to wear their opponents down with a grandstand finish that gave them the impetus going into the Templeogue game.
The weekend began for Templeogue when they suffered a shock defeat at the hands of UL Eagles who produced a season best to run out 95-92 winners. Jason Killeen suffered a back injury before the game that confined him to the bench but a 28 points tally from UL’s American Staats Battle secured the Shannonsiders a hard earned win.
UCD Marian consolidated their place in the Champions Trophy by virtue of an impressive 88-77 win over an inform DCU Saints at Belfield. In a pulsating first half UCD sealed the points with an explosive display of shooting that saw them command a 46-26-interval lead.
Despite a much-improved second half performance Saints failed to peg back the 20-point deficit much to the delight of UCD captain Conor Meany.
“We have showed tremendous form in recent weeks and with Demons defeating Swords Thunder it consolidated the fourth spot in the league for us and now we can go into the Templeogue game next week with less pressure,” Conor said.
Killester are presently playing superb basketball and their winning streak continued when they easily accounted for basement side Eanna 79-58 with Jermaine Turner once again coming to the fore with a 29-point contribution.
Moycullen travelled north to play Belfast Star and came away with maximum points following a hard earned 76-74 win.
In the Women’s Premier league Team Montenotte Glanmire sealed runner-spot in the regular season with a comfortable 85-65 win over Meteors that will guarantee them a home semi final in the play-offs.
Montenotte led 42-29 at the break and seldom looked in danger of losing much to the relief of coach Mark Scannell.
“This is where the business end of the season begins as we are now only two games from completing our third consecutive league and cup double,” Scannell said. “DCU mercy defeated us twice in the league and I think it’s about time we showed them our true credentials and hopefully that will happen if we both qualify for the final.”
DCU Mercy were trounced at home by Killester 89-65, despite being crowned regular season champions.