Basketball: Injured Donaghy still produces crucial cameo for Tralee - all this weekend's talking points

Five talking points from the Irish basketball weekend.

Basketball: Injured Donaghy still produces crucial cameo for Tralee - all this weekend's talking points

Table toppers are hard to knock

Regardless of the fact that they were missing key American Mike Bonaparte, Templeogue were still able to keep up their impressive winning streak in the Super League to defeat KUBS at the weekend. Despite a massive performance from KUBS that very nearly toppled them, cool heads and experience shone through. Similarly, in the women’s Super League, Ambassador UCC Glanmire are yet to be beaten as they made it seven wins from seven on Saturday.

The Cup is a different ball game

Despite the fact that Ulster University Elks are unbeaten in the Men’s Division One League, they suffered their first loss of the season so far in the Hula Hoops Presidents Cup at the weekend when they were defeated 77-75 by Dublin Lions in a thriller in Clondalkin proving the Cup really is a different ball game. Belfast Star also have to bid farewell to Cup action this season, as they succumbed to a four-point defeat to SSE Airtricity Moycullen in the second leg of their Hula Hoops National Cup tie, despite leading 71-60 at the end of quarter three.

Injured or not, Donaghy is still the man

Despite sitting out three-quarters of the game on Saturday evening, Kieran Donaghy was the spark that ignited a comeback for Irish TV Tralee Warriors against Dublin’s Éanna as he came off the bench in the fourth quarter with an input that included four steals, three vital baskets, and one rejection which just about edged their 78-74 win.

Never, ever underestimate a Cork team

Saturday evening, it looked like a shock was on. It was the end of the third quarter and Radisson Blu UL Eagles were leading UCC Demons 65-59. Resilience was the name of the game though, as Demons kept their cool and, inspired by brothers Ciaran and Adrian O’Sullivan, turned the game on its head to win out 78-84 with a dazzling fourth quarter display

Sometimes, the old adage rings true

A game of two halves is a saying that may be bandied around a lot, but it certainly rang true at the weekend, most notably in the Men’s Super League clash between Griffith Swords Thunder and DCU Saints that saw the teams tied on 47 apiece at the break, only for Swords to run out 102-73 point winners in the end. Indeed, the same could be said for the women’s Super League clash with NUIG Mystics trailing by just five (31-36) at half time to League leaders, Ambassador UCC Glanmire, who powered through to an eventual 48-81 point win.

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