UCC Demons back in the groove

C&S UCC Demons returned to winning ways with double-header away wins in the Men’s Premier League against Killester and Moycullen.

Demons began their weekend with a clash against Killester on Saturday at the National Basketball Arena, and after getting a 16-0 run on their Clontarf opponents in the opening quarter, they stayed in command.

The big news for Demons was the return to action of Niall O’Reilly, playing his first game of the campaign and his influence on court was clear.

In the opening quarter, Demons, minus point guard Kyle Hosford, drafted in Adrian O’Sullivan and he played a major part, finishing with a game-high 22 points.

Former Neptune star Roy Downey also had a season best, with 15 points, as Demons were well worth their 87-72 win.

The Cork side travelled to Galway yesterday and although pushed hard by Moycullen, ground out a 77-68 win.

Demons trailed 55-50 entering the last quarter but man of the match Lehmon Colbert produced stunning moves that eventually helped his team over the line.

After the game Colbert, who finished with a game-high 36 points praised his teammates: “Playing two games in less than 24 hours can be difficult but thankfully we found resilience coming down the stretch and now we can go into Friday’s cup semi final with plenty of confidence,” Lehmon said.

UCD Marian and Moycullen began the treble-header at the NBA on Saturday, and in a low scoring game, the students eventually saw off the westerners 73-59.

UCD looked in control in the first half when they raced into a 42-26 lead, with American Alex Zurn posing Moycullen all sorts of problems.

The tempo dropped in the second half and although Moycullen, helped by the outstanding Patrick Lyons, cut the deficit to six in the last quarter, UCD found another gear to run out 14-point winners.

Basement side Eanna produced a good performance against Belfast Star before eventually losing 91-78. Star can thank American Shawn Vincent who finished with 31 points including six three-pointers.

There was a pulsating clash at the NBA yesterday when leaders Templeogue were made battle to the wire before running out 81-73 winners against DCU.

Templeogue led 47-36 at the break but DCU made them work in the second half before Templeogue eventually securing the points.

Templeogue coach Mark Keenan was happy with his side’s performance against a much-improved DCU outfit: “We had to show our battling skills at times but at the end of the day, it was nice to come out on top against a very much improved side,” Mark said.

DCU coach Joey Boylan had mixed emotions: “We didn’t perform in the first half and it eventually came back to haunt us but we are heading in the right direction.”

In the Women’s Premier League, leaders DCU Mercy battled to overcome Meteors before running out 67-60 winners.

The sides were tied at 33-33 at the interval but the shooting of DCU’S American Chelsea Painter broke the hearts of Meteors, as she slotted in a 33-point tally.

Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell came from behind against UL Huskies to run out 76-68 winners.

Killester were involved in a high-scoring entertaining game against Portlaoise Panthers and with American Rae Contreras in superb shooting form secured a 85-69 win, much to the relief of coach Karl Kilbride.

“We travel to Cork next weekend for a cup semi-final against Wildcats and we needed this encouraging performance,” Kilbride said.


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