A 109-80 demolition job of Belfast Star at the Mardyke Arena yesterday kept C&S UCC Demons’ unbeaten record intact in the Men’s Premier League.
The final scoreline flatters the northerners as they trailed by 42 points in the 25th minute. With Demons using various rotations, Star got late consolation baskets that made the final scoreline a little more respectable.
Demons player-coach Colin O’Reilly, who finished with 28 points, was delighted with his team’s hunger and desire ahead of the National Cup final against UCD Marian looming. “Star have posed many teams problems in this league but in truth once we defend as we did today, it’s hard for any side to stay the pace with us.”
Star coach Neil McCotter was gracious in defeat as he praised the league leaders.
“I would go so far as saying this is the best squad of Irish players to grace Irish basketball for many years and I will be mighty surprised if they fail to complete the treble this season.”
Demons’ cup final opponents UCD Marian were routed 78-48 by Templeogue at Inchicore.
The students lined out without American Preston Ross, who had returned to the USA to attend the funeral of a grandparent.
Templeogue were in no mood to mess about and with Jason Killeen on fire, they surged into a 19-point interval lead.
Despite the heavy defeat, captain Conor Meany believes his team will be ready for the might of Demons in the cup final.
“We didn’t play particularly well but Templeogue were solid and I am sure we can regroup because we simply cannot produce a similar performance against Demons,” Meany said.
Killester were pushed all the way before eventually seeing off the stiff challenge of BFG Neptune at Clontarf, running out 78-72 winners.
After a pulsating first half, Killester led 40-35. With two minutes remaining the sides were level before two turnovers by Neptune allowed the home side nail the crucial baskets.
This was Neptune’s fourth consecutive loss in 2015 but player-coach Ger Noonan wasn’t overly disappointed after the game.
Noonan said: “We deserved more as we matched Killester for long periods, but a number of decisions went against us at crucial times.”
UL Eagles returned to winning ways when defeating DCU Saints 87-45 at the UL Arena, with Stephen King contributing 23 points.
In the Women’s Premier League, leaders Team Montenotte had an easy 77-45 home victory over WIT Wildcats.
The Cork side will defend their National Cup title on Saturday against Killester and coach Mark Scannell was relatively pleased with the performance.
“I though we defended well and that’s what pleased me most, as everything else falls into place once your defence is solid,” Scannell said.
Hannah McCarthy is an injury worry for Montenotte, after injuring her arm near the end of the game, while captain Claire Rockall sat the game out with a foot injury.
Montenotte’s cup final opponents Killester were pushed all the way at Clontarf by Meteors before running out 68-61 winners, with their American Robin Murphy landing a game-high 24 points.
Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell kept their title hopes alive with a comfortable 65-44 win against UL Huskies.
DCU Mercy were upset 61-56 in Leixlip by Liffey Celtics.
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