Team Montenotte are now outright leaders of the Women’s Premier League after a hard-earned 73-71 win over Meteors.
In a competitive game, Team Montenotte e made a blistering start but had to be content with a seven-point interval lead — 37-30.
The Cork side were still ahead by five entering the final quarter and a good opening five minutes saw them surge into a 12-point lead.
Meteors reduced the deficit but time was not on their side as Montenotte held out for a crucial win.
Team Montenotte coach Mark Scannell was happy enough with his team’s efforts: “I think my players are a little disappointed with their overall performance but judging by what I saw from the Meteors players they looked happy to have run us so close.
“I am delighted and proud of my players as we are the only side in the league that hasn’t got an American and we know we are going to be tested in many games.”
UL Huskies are certainly struggling to stay the pace as they lost 86-53 at home to DCU Mercy, with Caroline Stewart finishing with a game high 27 points.
Killester’s season continues to get worse as they suffered their fifth consecutive defeat, this time going down to WIT Wildcats 60-51.
In the Men’s Premier League, BFG Neptune surprisingly defeated UCD Marian 98-81 at Belfield.
The sides were level at the break but Neptune, inspired by American Nigel Byam (20) and Roy Downey (18), produced a magnificent second half to secure a crucial win.
It was back to the Neptune Stadium yesterday where BFG Neptune hosted UL Eagles and in a dramatic finish the home side edged a thrilling encounter 81-80.
Eagles will feel aggrieved that the officials allowed a basket stand with 2.48 remaining on the clock when Neptune in-bounded the ball with a second remaining on the 24-second clock.
Amazingly, in that second Noonan managed to grab the ball as it hit the floor and then shoot a crucial basket.
UL coach Paul Kelleher was naturally fuming:
“How the officials allowed it to stand is baffling,” Kelleher said.
The Neptune boss was relieved: “I cannot comment on what happens on the person operating the 24 second clock but I do know a couple of decisions went against us after that.”
C&S UCC Demons remain at the summit following their comfortable 101-73 win against DCU Saints, with player-coach Colin O’Reilly finishing with a game high 33 points.
Killester remain second as they defeated Belfast Star 75-57 after leading 45-34 at the break.
Al Casey was outstanding for the Clontarf side, contributing 25 points as Killester’s ability to restrict their opponents to 23 second half points proved crucial.
Swords Thunder got back to winning ways when beating Dublin Inter 82-61 with Mike McDaniel chipping in with 20 points for the winners.
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