Templeogue shocked champions C&S UCC Demons 97-87 in a highly entertaining Men’s Premier League clash at the Oblate Hall on Saturday.
Demons went through the entire campaign undefeated last season but the Dublin outfit outscored them 24-11 in the final quarter to run out deserving 10 point winners, to the delight of coach Mark Keenan.
“Although Demons led us by nine points at half-time, I felt we had their measure and coming down the stretch we played terrific basketball.”
The opening quarter saw both teams trade baskets for long periods with the teams level at 25 points apiece entering the second period.
Demons’ player-coach Colin O’Reilly showed all his experience to nail five three-pointers as the Cork outfit led 52-43 at the break.
But they lost control in the third quarter and with American Lehmon Colbert showing signs of fatigue, Templeogue’s Sean Flood exposed Demons’ zone defence that reduced the deficit to 76-73.
Templeogue moved up a gear and with Demons losing their shape, the Dublin side gained the all-important win.
New Killester coach Brian O’Malley watched his side grind out a hard-earned 72-64 victory over Moycullen at Clontarf, with veteran American Jermaine Turner notching 15 points.
UL Eagles coach Paul Kelleher was delighted to see his young side overcome DCU Saints 74-57 at the UL Arena.
Leading 39-31 at the break, the Shannonsiders refused to wilt, with American Staats Battle scoring 16 points.
UCD Marian also got their season off to a winning start when defeating Belfast star 65-58 at Belfield.
Swords Thunder, who made a huge impression last season, got their campaign off to a winning start, defeating fellow Dublin side Eanna 103-92.
Thunder looked comfortable at the break when commanding a healthy 18-point lead 59-41 but despite league debutants Eanna putting in a terrific second-half performance, Thunder held firm to take the points.
In the Women’s Premier League, champions Team Montenotte crushed UL Huskies 77-48, with Niamh Dwyer contributing 21 points.
Killester looked impressive when accounting for Liffey Celtics 89-80, with their American Rae Contrares finishing with a game-high 28 points.
DCU Mercy sent out a statement of intent when travelling to Waterford and coming away with an impressive 73-54 win against Wildcats.
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