Courtyard Liffey Celtics are the outright leaders of the Women’s Super League following a 54-50 win over Ambassador UCC Glanmire on Saturday.
The Kildare side dominated for long periods but their opponents produced an epic late charge to draw level with two minutes remaining.
Americans Briana Green and Allie LeClaire produced the crucial baskets that sealed victory for Celtics, much to the relief of coach Mark Byrne. “I wasn’t surprised in the manner Glanmire came at us coming down the stretch but thankfully we held our composure.”
The mood in the Glanmire camp was naturally subdued but coach Mark Scannell took some positives from the loss. “We didn’t show up in the first half as our shots simply refused to drop but the character of the side was epitomised in the second half and with a bit of luck, we could have snatched it.
“Liffey Celtics are being touted as the best in this country and rightly so as they have a quality team but we cannot be too far away in the manner we tested them.”
In the Men’s Super League leaders Belfast Star survived a strong challenge from Moycullen before running out 106-88 winners. The northerners led 50-49 at the break but moved up a gear in the second half with American Mike Davis finishing with a game-high 37 points.
UCD Marian were pushed to the wire against UCC Demons, eventually seeing off the Leesiders 76-73.
Demons led for the majority of the game but Americans Mike Garrow and Neil Baynes drained crucial late baskets that secured the UCD win.
Templeogue ended a three-game losing sequence away to Killester. Right from the tip-off, Templeogue showed the greater hunger and with Neil Randolph shooting long-range three-pointers, they led 39-28 at the break. They increased their lead to 21 points in the third and eventually ran out comfortable 81-56 winners.
Garvey’s Tralee Warriors made the trip to Galway and came away with maximum points following their 99-92 win over Maree. The Kerry side led all the way and solid performances from Paul Dick (23) and Jordan Evans (22) helped see off the westerners.
The C & S Neptune revival continues as they edged out Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin 62-61. The Kerry side have struggled in recent weeks and they were made to pay for lack of firepower on their home court. Good displays from Darragh O’Sullivan and Cian Heaphy helped the Cork crew to their second consecutive win following a six-game losing sequence.
DCU Saints are on a roll and following last week’s shock win over Templeogue, followed up with a 86-68 win over Griffith College Swords Thunder. Once again American Michael Bonaparte (21) and Martin Provizors (18) were the leading scorers for the Glasnevin side.
Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell’s miserable form continued in the Women’s Super League after a fourth loss of the season at WIT Wildcats 70-51. Fellow Cork side Fr Mathews showed resilience to see off Killester away with American Shannon Brady (26) helping them to a 72-71 win.