Game Zone: March 12-13

Game Zone: March 12-13

  • Mar 13,2016

U18 Women’s National Shield Semi-Final:

C&S Blue Demons 62, Ballincollig BC 65

Women’s Premier League Playoff Semi-Finals:

DCU Mercy 75, Meteors 65
Meteors’ season finally came to an end as they lost out 75-65 at DCU Mercy in an all-Dublin Women’s Premier League Playoff Semi-Final. 

Mercy’s bright start saw them through to a 41-35 lead at half-time as Meteors found parity in the second quarter despite Mercy ability to interrupt their passing fluidity. 

It was a full-throttle affair and Mercy opened up a double digit-lead in the third quarter through some finessed Mairead McNally shooting. Meteors lost Eimear Mairtin to a blood injury but Erica Cody Kennedy Smith’s departure was more permanent after an awkward fall. 

Mercy then lost both Chelisa Painter and Aoife McDermott to fouls with a couple of minutes remaining. That gave Meteors a sniff of a comeback but Mercy were able to maintain control from the free-throw line. 

“Winning semi-finals isn’t about being spectacular, it’s about doing your job,” says DCU Mercy Captain DCU Mercy. “That’s what we went out and did.”

DCU Mercy: Mairead McNally, Sarah Woods 14, Fionnuala Toner 15, Chelisa Painter 16, Aoife McDermott 16. Substitutes: Saoirse Power-Cassidy, Megan Connolly, Emily Black, Enya Brady, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tia Kelly Stephens.
Meteors: Megan McGuinness 12, Jade Daly, Karen Meany 12, Katie Kilbride, Emily Leer 20. Substitutes: Kate O’Flaherty, Eimear Mairtin, Fiona Meany, 
HT: DCU Mercy 41, Meteors 35

Team Montenotte Hotel 73, Pyrobel Killester 61

Team Montenotte Hotel powered into the final of the Women’s Premier League Playoffs with an assertive 73-61 win over Pyrobel Killester in Glanmire. The defending champions built a double-digit lead in the second quarter and never looked like giving up their lead after that. 

Killester’s Rae Contreras hit six three-pointers in the face of some attentive defence from Chantell Alford but Glanmire had deeper artillery as Amanda O’Regan’s shooting pushed out the lead and Grainne Dwyer took the game by the scruff of the neck. 

Killester briefly brought the lead back to single digits in the fourth but Glanmire were relishing the challenge. “I thought we defended brilliantly when we needed to tonight,” said Mark Scannell. “We were maybe a bit raggedy at the end but we’d worked hard and maybe felt the effects of the week off. Our target was to keep them to 59 points but 61? We’ll take that.”

Team Montenotte Hotel: Aine McKenna, Chantell Alford, 19 Claire Rockall, Grainne Dwyer 23, Marie Breen. Substitutes: Lesley Ann Wilkinson, Amanda O’Regan, Casey Grace 10. 

Pyrobel Killester: Aisling Sullivan 8, Rae Contreras 22, Michelle Clarke, Niamh O’Donovan, Aoibheann Byrne. Substitutes: Ali Maguire, Alex Troy, Aisling McCann, Emma Sherwood 6, Caoimhe Moore, Rebecca Nagle, Anna Pupin. 

HT: Team Montenotte Hotel 46, Pyrobel Killester 33

FT in Women's Premier League Playoff Semi-Final: Team Montenotte Hotel 73-61 Pyrobel Killester

Posted by Basketball Ireland on Saturday, 12 March 2016

Women’s Division One Playoff Semi-Finals:

NUIG Mystics 68, Ulster Rockets 58

Ulster Rockets posed the toughest challenge of the season to NUIG Mystics in the penultimate game but ultimately exited the Women’s Division One playoffs on the wrong side of a 68-58 scoreline. Breda Dick’s side were nine points clear at one point in the third quarter before succumbing to a high press and extra pressure on Emma O’Connor. 

O’Connor scored 16 points in the first half but was restricted by a box-and-one defence with Siobhan Kilkenny and Ailish O’Reilly going to work and forcing the turnovers that brought about a 19-point swing and victory for Mystics. 

“That was as hard as it’s been for us,” said Head Coach Mike Murray. “They were ready for us and they shot the ball really well. We haven’t had a game where we’ve had to come back so it shows good character from us so I was pleased about that.” 

NUIG Mystics: A O’Reilly 15, S Kilkenny 21, L Murray, M Fahy 9, M Gilcrease. Substitutes: H Coen, E Smyth, D O’Shea, C Connaire, A O’Neill, L Cunningham, R Hansberry. 

Ulster Rockets: N Rafferty 13, C O’Neill, A Maguire 12, C McGrath, E O’Connor 21. Substitutes: E Palmer, L Donnelly, M Deery, N Smye, S Daly. 

HT: NUIG Mystics 28, Ulster Rockets 32

Fr Mathews 68, Team Denjoes American Style 60

Team Denjoes American Style’s winning streak came to an end in Colaiste Chríost Rí as Fr Mathews teed up a Women’s Division One playoff final against NUIG Mystics. The Kerry side looked down and out in the third quarter but roared back into contention with an 8-0 run. Ultimately it took a dazzling performance from Dearbhla Breen to secure passage for Fr Mathews on a 68-60 scoreline. 

Team Denjoes also led briefly in the second quarter but couldn’t convert offensive rebounds and free-throws into points although Denise Dunlea stroked home some big shots in the final quarter. 

“They’ve put in such an effort since October they deserve to be in a national final,” said Fr Mathews Coach James Fleming who was particularly pleased with Breen’s 32 points. “In my eyes we have two of the best players in the league. Dearbhla was on another planet she was just superb.” 

Fr. Mathews: Mai O’Leary, Fiona Lynch 7, Dearbhla Breen 32, Katherine Canty, Louise O’Connor. Substitutes: Tara Brosnan, Suzie Large, Kellie Cahalane 9, Rachel Finn, Rachel Furlong. 

Team Denjoes American Style: Miriam Rollan, Eileen O’Connor 8, Mary Herlihy, Denise Dunlea 21, Lorraine Scanlon 17. Substitutes: Aoife Nolan, Amy Reidy, Seodhna O’Donoghue, Nessa Sheehy, Roisin Casey, Orla White.

Fr Mathews will play NUIG Mystics in the #BIWD1 Playoff Final next Saturday March 19 at 20:00 in the Watershed, Kilkenny for #LeagueFinals2016

Posted by Basketball Ireland on Saturday, 12 March 2016

HT: Fr Mathews 30, Team Denjoes American Style 28

Champions Trophy Quarter-Finals:

Maree 73 Templeogue 86

Maree Top Scorers: Cathal Finn 18, Paulius Peldzius 13, Kenneth Hansberry 12

Templeogue Top Scorers: Michael Bonaparte 34, Stephen James 18, Paul Cummins 15. 

HT: Maree 36, Templeogue 43

KUBS 67, UCD Marian 101

KUBS Top Scorers: Jonathan Riles 19, Kevin Foley 17, Eoin Chubb 16

UCD Marian Top Scorers: Dustan Moreira 24, Alex Zurn 20, Dan James 15

HT: KUBS 34, UCD Marian 59

NATIONAL LEAGUE FINALS - March 18th – 19th, 2016, The Watershed, Kilkenny*

U18 Women's National Shield Final: Moycullen v Tolka Rovers

U18 Men’s National Shield Final: St. Vincent’s v Ballincollig BC

Champions Trophy Semi-Finals:

C&S UCC Demons v UCD Marian 

Pyrobel Killester v Templeogue 

League Cup Semi-Finals:

Maree v Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin

KUBS v Team Kilkenny

Saturday March 19th, 2016

Women’s Division One Final, 

NUIG Mystics v Fr Mathews, The Watershed Kilkenny, 20:00

Sunday March 20th, 2016

Men’s League Cup Final, The Watershed Kilkenny, 12:00

Women’s Premier League National Cup Final, The Watershed Kilkenny, 12:00

Champions Trophy Final, The Watershed Kilkenny, 16:00

*Fixtures to be confirmed by Monday March 14th, 2016

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