Champions UCC Demons finish league campaign in style

C & S UCC Demons completed their Men’s premier league campaign with a resounding 99-74 win over basement side Eanna at the Mardyke Arena yesterday.

The Cork club clinched the title last week and yesterday co-captains Ciaran O’Sullivan and Kyle Hosford accepted the league trophy.

O’Sullivan spoke of his honour in leading his team to retaining their title: “We had a tough season but after a few blips before and after the Christmas period the team put their heads down and I thought we showed our class when the going got tough, particularly last week when we had back to back wins against Swords Thunder and Templeogue,” Ciaran said.

Killester finished the season on a winning note when easily accounting for UL Eagles 102-70 that ensured the Clontarf side finished third in the league.

Killester put this game to bed in the first half when commanding a 19-point interval lead and in the end the Shannonsiders had no answers to the scoring power of Jermaine Turner who finished with a 26 point contribution.

Templeogue hosted the in-form UCD Marian at Inchicore and after a tight first half eventually ran out comfortable 77-58 winners.

Defence played a key part in Templeogue’s win as they restricted the students to seven points in the fourth quarter much to the delight of coach Mark Keenan.

“I am delighted as we have been ravaged with injuries and poor results but this game will give us a huge lift going into the Champions Trophy semi final,” Mark said.

Swords Thunder finished their league campaign with a win in Galway over Moycullen with the Dublin side running out 93-86 winners after trailing by 11 at the break.

DCU Saints also completed their campaign in style when defeating Belfast Star 100-81 with Eoin Darling hitting an impressive 30 points for the winners.

In the Women’s Premier league quarter-final play-off, Meteors won an epic game against WIT Wildcats, eventually prevailing by 59-57 at Stillorgan.

Defence was a priority from tip off and the home side courtesy of a late Jade Daly basket led by the minimum at the break 29-28.

The trend of the game didn’t change in the second half, as the Dublin held out with a semi final at DCU Mercy on Sunday to contend with much to the delight of coach Mark Byrne.

“I thought we had to show true grit when the game hung in the balance and we got to believe in our ability for our semi final with DCU Mercy,” Mark said.

Killester and Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell served up a thriller in the second quarter-final before the Dublin side advanced 87-83 at Clontarf.

In the opening quarter Killester raced into a 15 point lead but Brunell dug deep and reduced the deficit to the minimum entering the second.

Although always chasing the game Brunell were still in the mix coming down the stretch but time finally ran out on their brave efforts much to the dismay of coach Kieran O’Leary.

“If we had got off to a reasonable start I think we would have won but credit to Killester they shot the ball well and we can have few complaints,” Kieran said.

Galway side Maree completed a league and cup double in the Men’s division one when defeating fellow westerners Titans 83-60.


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