Basketball's big two face key clashes

C&S UCC Demons will put their Men’s Premier league title on the line next weekend following their 90-85 win over Belfast Star at the Mardyke Arena yesterday.

Next week sees the pivotal set of fixtures for title contenders Demons and Templeogue — they face Swords Thunder and UL Eagles, respectively, before squaring off on Super Sunday at the Mardyke.

In their latest win, Demons were below their best as they found the Northern opposition hard to break down before getting the better of them in the closing minutes.

Demons had Niall O’Reilly, Kyle Hosford, and Ciaran O’Sullivan all laid up before the game but managed to stagger over the finish line much to the relief of American Lehmon Colbert.

“We had no game last weekend when the club celebrated with their Jubilee dinner and with so many guys ill prior to the game I think we done well to win,” said Colbert.

“Once we get our full squad back training tomorrow I have no doubt we will be ready for the huge task that lies ahead of us next weekend.”

Killester continued with their recent rich vein of form when defeating Swords Thunder in a thrilling encounter at the Alsaa.

Swords played the better basketball in the first half and with Alex Dolenko nailing a late three-pointer, they deservedly led 57-48 at the break.

The teams were level entering the fourth period but with veteran Jermaine Turner finishing with 39 points, the Clontarf side held out.

Templeogue kept their title challenge on track but they were made fight all the way by basement side Eanna before running out 93-81 winners.

DCU Saints have certainly improved since they signed American Duane Johnson. Their winning streak continued as they defeated Moycullen 80-73, with Johnson leading the scoring on 28 points.

UCD Marian continued on their march for a place in the Champions Trophy when they defeated UL Eagles 86-67 at Belfield.

Leading 39-35 at the break, UCD produced a solid second half display that saw off the Shannonsiders much to the relief of captain Conor Meany.

In the Women’s Premier League, regular season champions DCU Mercy travelled to Limerick for a clash with UL Huskies and came away with maximum points following their comfortable 76-57 win.

The Dublin side are assured of a home semi-final play-off clash and coach Mark Ingle is happy with the progress of his side. “I am delighted my players are staying focused for the task ahead as winning the regular season will be worthless if we do not win the league outright,” he said.

Killester, following two losses, got back to winning ways when they defeated WIT Wildcats away after producing a first-class display. American ace Rae Contreras once again came to the fore for the Clontarf outfit with a 19-point tally.

Meteors are another side showing good form going into the play-offs despite being brought to the wire, running out 67-61 winners against Liffey Celtics.

Meanwhile, Ireland U16 Women’s head coach Maeve Coleman has named her side for the 2016 FIBA European Championships. The will compete in Romania from August 5-14.

Ireland U16 squad:

Alison Blaney (Maree BC), Nicole Clancy (Naas BC), Dayna Finn (Maree BC), Abby Flynn (Waterford Wildcats), Enya Maguire (Ulster Elks), Annaliese Murphy (Glanmire), Maeve Phelan (Portlaoise Panthers), Bronagh Power Cassidy (DCU Mercy), Maeve Cannon (Maree BC), Niamh Masterson (Liffey Celtics), Maeve Ó Séaghdha (DCU Mercy), Ella McCloskey (KUBS)


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