Demons stroll while Neptune warm up in style for cup tie

UCC Demons and Killester continued winning ways in the Men’s Premier League with wins over Templeogue and Moycullen respectively.

Demons didn’t move out of first gear against Templeogue before eventually prevailing 89-59. Once again Demons’ American Lehmon Colbert showed his class, finishing with a game-high 25 points.

It was much the same for Killester as they overcame Moycullen 72-57.

Despite Moycullen’s American Michael Callaghan hitting 27 points, the Galway side were always chasing the game as Killester won in a canter.

Bord Gais Neptune were given a huge boost before Saturday’s Premier National Cup quarter-final against DCU Saints when demolishing UCD Marian 91-77 at Belfield.

Neptune were quickest out of the blocks and had a 12-point interval lead, with American Darren Townes excelling. Coming down the stretch, Ger Noonan gave an exhibition for the Cork side as coach Mark Scannell reflected on a superb performance: “I think the scoreline flatters UCD Marian as we were very comfortable winners.”

DCU Saints were pushed all the way despite running out 68-64 winners.

Saints had a 10-point interval lead and coach David Donnelly will be asking his team to step up for their trip to Cork.

“A repeat of this performance would not be good enough to defeat Neptune on their home court so I guess we have lots of work to do in the coming week,” Donnelly said.

UL Eagles were also involved in a low-scoring game with Belfast Star , winning 74-57 at the UL Arena.

The standard of shooting was poor, however, UL’s Delwan Graham proved the difference with 36 points.

In the Women’s SuperLeague, Team Montenotte were pushed all the way by Meteors before eventually running out 80-64 winners.

The Cork side commanded a 44-24 lead before a tremendous third quarter by Meteors saw them outscore Montenotte 23-9, before running out of gas down the stretch.

Defending champions UL Huskies were back to their best as they showed a resemblance of their true form at the UL Arena to demolish Waterford side WIT Wildcats 84-65.

Singletons Supervalu Brunell had a double-header in the Women's Premier League, winning at Liffey Celtics 64-53.

The Cork side were then involved in a titanic clash with DCU Mercy yesterday. After leading the game for three quarters they eventually went down 69-59.

Killester continued with their excellent form of late when accounting for Ulster Rockets 89-51 in Clontarf.


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