Tuned in’ Killester keep pressure on UCC in title race

Michael McGinn: hit 46 against Templeogue.

Killester had little trouble accounting for Dublin rivals DCU Saints 84-71 in a disappointing game at Clontarf.

The Clontarf side held a 50-36 interval lead and increased it to 20 midway through the third quarter.

Coming down the stretch Killester coach Jonathan Grennell could afford to use various rotations such was his side’s dominance Grennell said: “We knew coming into the game we would have to be tuned in early doors and all my players did very well. DCU Saints have always troubled us over the years but my players knew defeat was out of question if we were to keep pressure on UCC Demons in the title race.”

Premier Men’s leaders C & S UCC Demons were seldom troubled as they repeated their national cup win over Dublin Inter 98-76 at the Mardyke Arena.

Demons were without player coach Colin O’Reilly (chest infection) while his brother Niall was also absent, attending the birth of his first child.

Bord Gáis Neptune stalwart Michael McGinn followed up a 47-point contribution a fortnight ago against Moycullen with 46 in a 109-99 extra time win over Templeogue.

The Cork side looked destined for a shock defeat when they trailed by nine points with four minutes remaining but Neptune, inspired by McGinn and Darren Townes, tied it at 90 points each.

In extra time the free-scoring McGinn punished the fatigued Templeogue side with a flurry of baskets.

Defending champions UL Eagles were shocked by UCD Marian at the UL Arena: 78-64. UCD Marian laid the foundation for this win with a terrific first half performance that saw them surge into a 53-31 interval lead.

Although UL improved in the second half, a 23-point contribution from Conor Meany ensured that the students claimed an unlikely win.

Basement side Moycullen slumped to a 97-81 home defeat to Belfast Star.

In the Women’s Premier League champions UL Huskies got back to winning ways when easily defeating Ulster Rockets 84-56 with Aoife McDermott finishing with a game-high 19 points.

Leaders DCU Mercy lost at home to Killester 61-55, after trailing 28-25 at the break, while cup champions Team Montenotte were always in control against Ulster Rockets (71-59).

Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell, minus influential point guard Megan O’Leary, lost at home to WIT Wildcats 74-65 with American Rachael Roberts finishing with 26 points for the winners.

Liffey Celtics finally found their winning touch when defeating Meteors 44-40 at Leixlip.


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