Team Ambassador UCC Glanmire were given a mighty scare before prevailing over WIT Wildcats 61-56 in the Women’s National Cup.
The champions looked in pole position when commanding a nine-point lead entering the final quarter. But the Déise side responded with 10 unanswered points and suddenly it was game on.
When the pressure reached fever pitch Glanmire responded in style with Grainne Dwyer and Claire Rockall — who shared 30 points — outstanding.
Glanmire will play fellow Cork side Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell in the last four after their comfortable 73-58 win over NUIG Mystics.
Brunell hadn’t won a game in this campaign but just when inspiration was needed Kaylee Kilpatrick, Madison Ward and Danielle O’Leary produced top-class displays.
DCU Mercy looked dead and buried when trailing Killester by 17 points at the break. But DCU coach Mark Ingle made a number of tactical switches as his side responded to win a thrilling game 64-60, with their American Sarah Fairbanks finishing with a game-high 20 points.
DCU will meet Liffey Celtics in the second semi-final, after Celtics had an impressive 60-52 win over Portlaoise Panthers.
Meanwhile, in the Men’s Super League, leaders Templeogue maintained their unbeaten record when defeating Galway side Moycullen.
The Dublin side were always in control and for coach Mark Keenan all eyes are now on Wednesday’s National cup quarter final against Griffith Swords Thunder.
In a repeat of last year’s final coach Keenan believes this game will test the credentials of his team.
Keenan said: “Swords have an excellent side and we will have to produce a season best to get over them.”
UCD Marian, who lost at Tralee Warriors last week, got back to winning ways when easily accounting for UL Eagles 92-73 at Belfield.
The biggest shock in the Men’s Super League was Eanna’a win over Belfast Star. The Dublin side have been playing well in the last month and they battled to the wire for a highly impressive four-point win.
DCU Saints coach Joey Boylan ended a four-game losing sequence when his side took maximum points against fellow Dublin side Kubs 73-61.
But UCC Demons’ title hopes look very bleak following their 80-79 home defeat to Killester.
The Cork side trailed 46-43 at the break and had three late opportunities to win the game but failed to execute any of them.
Swords Thunder were pushed to the limit at home to Tralee Warriors before eventually prevailing 87-80.
Trailing 44-33 at the break, the Warriors looked to be struggling but with American Trae Pemberton producing a 40-point contribution, they almost upset the Dublin outfit.
Kilkenny city’s men’s and women’s Division 1 teams produced stunning quarter-final wins.
In the men’s President’s Cup, Team Kilkenny took on championship favourites Killorglin who had previously knocked out champions Maree.
Killorglin recently recruited a highly talented American in Damon Jones but it was the Kilkenny professional Matt Van Pelt that stole the limelight as his 3- point contribution helped them run out 83-72 winners.
And in the Senior Women’s Cup, the Marble City Hawks also caused a major shock when defeating Fr Mathew’s in Cork, 63-42
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