Coach Mark Bernsen admits the news is a blow but hopes that club officials can source a replacement. He said: “We have a full house sign up an hour before all games and the news we got in our first year back wasn’t what we expected.”
The week went from bad to worse for the Kerry outfit who slumped to an 83-80 defeat away to a Jermaine Turner inspired Killester. Templeogue extended their lead with an impressive victory over Belfast Star (81-57).
Defence proved crucial for the Dublin outfit as they restricted their hosts to 57 points with Jason Killeen having another superb game with a 25-point contribution.
UCD Marian looked to have a battle on their hands at Glasvnevin but a magnificent second half performance saw them run out 85-74 winners.
Following a pulsating first-half the Saints led 37-34 at the interval but UCD charged back to keep their title aspirations firmly on track.
Eanna got their season up and running with their first win of the campaign courtesy of a 74-67 win over UL Eagles. UCC Demons were pushed all the way by Galway side Moycullen before winning 96-93 in overtime in Cork.
In another poor home performance, the teams were tied at 39 points each at the interval but a late three-pointer from Ciaran O’Sullivan proved the crucial score. Griffith Swords Thunder were tested for over three-quarter of their clash at KUBS before a 19 point contribution from Isaac Westbrooks helped them to 82-66 victory.
In the Women’s Super League the big game between champions Team Ambassador UCC Glanmire and DCU Mercy saw the honours go to the Cork side who ran out 66-59 winners. Indeed, the scoreline will flatter DCU as Glanmire missed numerous scoring opportunities.
Liffey Celtics continued with their recent good form when defeating Portlaoise Panthers away 69-65 after a wonderful contest while Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell are still in search of their first win as they lost 71-65 at Killester and Wildcats got the better of Meteors.
In the Women’s Division One League former UCC Glanmire international star, Niamh Dwyer, made a stunning comeback in Belfast for her new club Fr Mathew’s as the Cork side defeated Ulster Elks 68-61.
Dwyer, who has been sidelined for 14 months with an ACL injury, shocked the basketball fraternity when transferring from the champions. She showed little signs of rustiness from her lay-off, contributing 18 points.