C&S UCC Demons maintained their unbeaten record in the Men’s Premier League following a comfortable 104-84 win over UCD Marian in the battle of the colours at Belfield.
UCD played their best basketball of the season in the opening half but trailed 45-42 at the break.
The Cork side upped the tempo on the restart and, with player-coach and man of the match Colin O’Reilly giving an exhibition of shooting in the third quarter, there was no way back for UCD Marian.
O’Reilly, who has amassed 91 points in Demons’ last three games, was naturally delighted with his team’s second-half performance.
O’Reilly said: “We have no divine right as league leaders to blow teams out right from tip off and UCD Marian made us work hard in the first half. Credit to the guys, we got among them in the third quarter and that basically set the tone for the remainder of the game.”
UL Eagles coach Paul Kelleher was delighted last week that his side came so close to defeating Neptune in Cork. The Limerick outfit hosted Belfast Star at the UL Arena and in a hard-fought game went down 69-64, with Ricky Taylor finishing with a game high 21 points for the winners.
There was a thrilling clash at Mountview where Dublin Inter hosted DCU Saints and after extra-time victory went to the visitors 100-90.
Dublin Inter led 52-45 in a high-scoring first half but Saints Martin Provizors had his best game of the season, finishing with an impressive 28 points.
For Saints’ coach Joey Boylan this was a welcome win. “We had suffered three heavy defeats prior to this game and to say I am relieved with the win is an understatement,” Boylan said.
The Templeogue revival continued yesterday at the National Arena when they saw off the brave Belfast Star challenge 75-72.
The big shock of the weekend saw Premier league debutants Swords Thunder defeat champions Killester 72-61. Despite Jermaine Turner chipping in with 33 points, Killester’s former point guard Isaac Westbrooks was in superb form, leading his team’s onslaught with 20 points.
In the Women’s Premier League, leaders Team Montenotte hosted a Killester side that gave debuts to Americans Olivia Lee and Robin Murphy. The Clontarf side got off to a good start but once Montenotte’s intensity increased in defence they ran their opponents ragged to earn an impressive 72-39 win.
Team Montenotte are the only side in the Women’s Premier league that haven’t got an American in their squad as coach Mark Scannell reflected on another impressive win.
Scannell said: “We did try to sign an American but the problem I had was the quality of players available would not improve our team, as we have an excellent squad of Irish players.”
Former champions UL Huskies are having a torrid campaign but the young Limerick side showed vast improvement despite going down to Liffey Celtics 58-49 at Leixlip.
There was a major shock yesterday when Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell defeated DCU Mercy 78-74. In a game that Brunell led from start to finish, 20 points from Danielle O’Leary paved the way for a memorable win for the Cork side much to the delight of coach Kieran O’Leary.
“We definitely played our best basketball of the season and we need to continue to show the passion I witnessed in this game,” Kieran said.
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