UCD Marian produced a major upset in the Premier Men’s National Cup when defeating Neptune 95-77 in their first leg quarter-final clash at Belfield.
The students suffered a 19 point defeat to the Leesiders a fortnight ago in a league clash at the same venue but captain Conor Meany was determined not to suffer another humiliating home loss.
“We just couldn’t put 40 minutes of basketball together up to this game but credit to all the guys they showed great courage,” Meany said.
The win was made sweeter as UCD had to play without ace American Preston Ross for 12 minutes after he picked up an injury.
Naturally the mood in the Neptune camp was one of despondency as player coach Ger Noonan reflected on his team’s poor performance.
Noonan said: “We were basically not at the races and when you turnover the ball 17 times the end result is always going to be a bad one.
“Not having Michael Bonaparte didn’t help our cause but in reality it’s only half time and we have every chance of winning this tie as we play them in the second leg at the Neptune stadium.”
C&S UCC Demons produced another awesome display when trouncing Killester 88-63 at Clontarf.
Despite Killester getting a jump on Demons in the opening quarter, the Leesiders responded to blitz their opponents in the second half much to the relief of player coach Colin O’Reilly.
“When you are playing away the home team are always likely to come at you early in the game but we took what Killester threw at us and once we got into our stride the guys did the business,” Colin said.
It has been a quite a week for O’Reilly when he became the first player to win a dual award in October having also scooped the coach accolade.
Templeogue continued with their recent winning run when disposing of DCU Saints 73-67 with Jason Killeen hitting 25 points for the winners.
There was another close game at the UL Arena where the home side UL Eagles held out for a hard earned 75-70 win over last season’s finalists, Dublin Inter.
The 35-point contribution from Eagles American Orlando Parker helped the shannonsiders take a five point first leg lead back to Mountview.
Belfast Star produced an awesome display to take a 10 point lead into the second leg following their impressive 83-73 win over Swords Thunder with American Robin Taylor finishing with a game high 28 points.
There was a terrific game in the Women’s Premier national cup at Leixlip where Liffey Celtics and Killester finished 76 points each with the second leg looming at Clontarf.
The Cork derby between Team Montenotte and Singletons Supervalu Brunell attracted a sell out crowd to the Parochial Hall with the Montenotte side running out emphatic 81-55 winners.
Once again the class of Grainne Dwyer came to the fore for the champions with a superb 26 contribution.
UL Huskies ended their barren run when they saw off WIT Wildcats 69-61 at the UL Arena.
There was a major shock in Dublin where DCU Mercy demolished championship pretenders Meteors 99-59.
Mercy were stunned on their home court last week by Brunell but Mark Ingle’s side produced a magnificent second half to seal a famous win.
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