Killester joined C&S UCC Demons and Templeogue at the top of the Men’s Premier league following their impressive 71-56 win over Moycullen in a low scoring game at NUI Galway.
The Clontarf side paved the way for victory with a solid first half performance that saw veteran American Jermaine Turner continue his recent good form with 22 points.
Moycullen - who pushed Templeogue to the wire last week - are playing without an American after the departure of Matt Burke and coach Nollaig Cunningham praised his player’s efforts.
“My Irish players are doing relatively well because when you haven’t an American in your teams you are talking about a 20 plus point deficit,” he explained. Replacing Burke is proving a difficult assignment: “Many of the players you are looking at it have either been cut from other teams around Europe and you can get it wrong when selecting them but we will keep at it until we find a player that fits the bill.” Belfast Star recovered from their dismal National Cup performance as they demolished UCD Marian 98-78. American Shawn Vincent was back to his best with a 25 point contribution while Marty McDonald hit 23.
“What I witnessed this evening was a truly magnificent performance and the guys showed their resilience despite a very poor performance against Killester,” said winning coach Neil McCotter.
In the Men’s Premier league DCU Saints produced a season best to defeat UL Eagles 96-78 at the National Basketball Arena with American Duane Johnson hitting 40 points.
“Duane is a great competitor and we have become a tougher team since he joined up with us as many of our young players have found a renewed confidence,” coach Joey Boylan. said.
In the Women’s Premier league, WIT Wildcats defeated champions Team Montenotte. The Cork side were without the influential Grainne Dwyer and with sister Niamh suffering an ankle injury in the first half the Waterford side took full advantage to run out 62-60 winners. Montenotte led 35-34 at the break but Wildcats held out for the crucial win to the relief of coach Michael Evans.
“We had to dig deep as this club have struggled in recent years to defeat Montenotte and lets hope this win gives the players the confidence they need going into national cup semi final against Killester,” said Evans.
Montenotte coach Mark Scannell admitted: “When you have to play without Grainne and Niamh Dwyer it was always going to be a difficult game but I was impressed that other players stepped up to the mark and hopefully the injuries as not as bad as we first feared. Meteors were pushed all the way before eventually seeing off Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell 69-67 in a cracking encounter. The Dublin side looked in trouble coming down the stretch but late baskets from Emily Leer saw them edge this tense game.
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