UCC Demons and Killester will battle it out for the Premier Men’s League title next Sunday after their Dublin double header wins over Templeogue and DCU Saints.
The Cork side clashed with Templeogue on Saturday at Inchicore and after getting tested for long periods they eventually wore their opponents down in the final quarter to run out 102-80 winners.
Many pundits were predicting a potential banana skin for Demons yesterday when they played DCU Saints before a capacity attendance at Greendale. But the Cork side laid the foundation for their win with a superb first-half performance to lead 40-22.
In the second half Demons inspired by Lehmon Colbert (16) and captain Shane Coughlan (16) remained in control to run out impressive 78-64 winners.
“The pressure was intense but after 16 years playing in this league, games such as this are the ones I enjoy being involved in, but it was a sheer team performance,” said Demons stalwart Shane Coughlan.
“I am sure the Mardyke Arena will be rocking on Sunday next and lets hope our fans will help us in our bid to complete the double.”
Killester were pushed hard in the first half against joint basement side Moycullen before eventually prevailing 84-82. Leading 39-32 at the break, the Clontarf side pushed on and with Robbie Clarke chipping in with 15 points, they ran comfortable winners.
The biggest shock of the weekend occurred at Neptune Stadium as UCD Marian defeated Bord Gais Neptune 89-83.
Leading 75-65 entering the fourth quarter, Neptune looked home and hosed but gritty UCD restricted them to eight points and ran out deserving winners.
UL Eagles play-off hopes received a blow when they went down to Belfast Star 61-54 in a low-scoring game.
The northerners led 37-33 at the break and, despite the lead changing hands several times coming down the stretch, Star held out for a hard-earned win.
In the women’s Premier League, Team Montenotte had to show their battling qualities before eventually prevailing against Meteors 66-48 with Niamh Dwyer finishing with a game-high 21 points.
UL Huskies sealed the regular season with a battling performance against WIT Wildcats that saw them run out 69-60 winners.
In a pulsating game, the defending champions led 41-40 at the break before they eventually broke Wildcats resistance with a superb final quarter to earn the points.
DCU Mercy sealed second place with a comfortable 89-68 win over Singletons Supervalu Brunell with Megan Hoffman contributing 22 points.
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