UCD Marian, one of the leading contenders for silverware this season, had a magnificent opening half and, inspired by American Mike Garrow, led 38-30 at the break. Credit to the Warriors coach Mark Bernsen, who made some positional changes on the restart and by the end of the third quarter they had reduced the deficit to three. The supporters certainly lifted the players coming down the stretch and with American Trae Pemberton finishing with a game high 28 points they ran 79-74 winners.
Griffith Swords Thunder produced an excellent performance when they easily accounted for Moycullen away 102-79.
Spanish star Maria Nil Narbon led the Swords scoring with 29 points as coach Dave Baker now sets his sights on their cup quarter final on Wednesday against Templeogue. Templeogue remain unbeaten for the season following their emphatic 113-65 win over UL Eagles with Irish star Lorcan Murphy contributing 34 points for the Dublin outfit.
UCC Demons made it three wins on the belt but it took them extra time to see off Eanna at Inchicore. The teams were tied at 77 points each at the final buzzer but Demons Roy Downey (24) inspired the champions.
DCU Saints season took another blow when they lost at home to Belfast Star 82-78. The northerners laid the foundation for their surprise win with some excellent shooting led by American Dillon Stith on 28 points.
Killester hosted Kubs in the Men’s Super League National Cup quarter final and ran out comfortable 84-62 winners.ur.
The big shock in the Women’s SuperLeague was at Portlaoise Panthers who defeated DCU Mercy 64-63 following a thrilling encounter.
Singleton’s Supervalu coach Francis O’Sullivan is still in search of his first win of the season following his teams 66-47 defeat at WIT Wildcats.
Liffey Celtics winning run came to an abrupt end when they lost away to Meteors 56-53. Killester got back to winning ways when accounting for NUIG Mystics 82-56 at Clontarf.