RECAP: 2016 Champions Trophy

RECAP: 2016 Champions Trophy

  • Mar 19,2016
March 19th, 2016

Champions Trophy Semi-Final
C&S UCC Demons 75, UCD Marian 71

A battling performance from UCD Marian wasn’t enough to prevent C&S UCC Demons reaching their fourth successive Champions Trophy Final. Ioannis Liapakis side came back from 12 point and 15 point deficits but Demons have won the post-season competition every year since its introduction in 2013 and came through with a 75-71 win. 

Demons were double-digits to the good after four minutes as Lehmon Colbert lit up the first quarter with 15 points, six rebounds and two steals. It was Mark Nagle who brought Marian back into the reckoning with a pair of three-pointer to reduce the gap to 23-18 for the first quarter. 

Barry Drumm levelled matters with two big shots and Dan James gave UCD Marian the lead with 10 points off four successful shots in a row. 

Both sides scored 19 points in the second quarter. Demons regained their five point advantage through Kyle Hosford’s first three with Colbert taking his first half tally to 20. 

Demons threatened to run away with the third quarter before Kyle Hosford was forced out of the game with three fouls in a matter of seconds and Marian rushed a 10-0 run to ensure both sides finished the quarter with 22 points added to the score board. 

The margin was down to 70-68 with four minutes to go and a three minute dry spell followed before Lehmon Colbert made it safe for the Cork side. 

C&S UCC Demons: Adrian O’Sullivan 11, Kyle Hosford 12, Lehmon Colbert 35, Ciaran O’Sullivan 4, Colin O’Reilly 10. Substitutes Darragh O’Hanlon, Roy Downey 3, Liam Carmody, Niall O’Reilly, Carlton Cuff, Jack O’Mahony, Darco Bucan

UCD Marian: Mark Nagle 10, Barry Drumm 15, James Brophy 2, Dustan Moreira 17, Alex Zurn 2. Substitutes: Connor Ross, Conor Meany 3, Mark Chubb, Daniel James 14, Ciaran Dunne, Neil Baynes 8, Laimonas Jonaitis.

HT: C&S UCC Demons 42, UCD Marian 37

C&S UCC Demons 75, UCD Marian 71


Champions Trophy Semi-Final
Pyrobel Killester 94, Templeogue 76

Templeogue were bested by Pyrobel Killester in the semi-final of the 2016 Champions Trophy, losing out 94-76 at the Watershed in Kilkenny. Mark Keenan’s side were looking to put injuries and a drop in form behind them but Killester looked determined to reverse the result from the 2015 event and book their place in the final. 

Killester brought their end of season form into the first quarter of the game to lead 26-21. Paul Dick and Juan Martinez Gabriel Bruno were the early scorers with good work on the boards from Alan Casey and Jermaine Turner.

Lorcan Murphy came off the bench to score for Templeogue on his return from a broken bone in his hand. 

Killester held their edge in the second quarter and had the lead out to 11 points through the raw energy of point guard Ciaran Roe and a side-step triple from Patrick Sullivan. Templeogue were scrapping hard and responded with a 6-0 including six free-throws in a row from Michael Bonaparte. The Grenadian had 21 points in the first half with Templeogue trailing 50-45 at the break. 

With three minutes left in the third, good defence from Sullivan set Jermaine Turner on his way to a three-point play and the biggest lead up to that stage at 13 points. With a quarter left to play though, Sean Flood and Jason Killeen had joined Bonaparte in double digits and it was a two-possession game at 69-63.

19 year old Eoghan Kiernan had a major say in the fourth quarter. The former Templeogue player was playing with confidence and contributed seven points to a 12-0 run which gave Killester the comfort and confidence to see out the win.

Pyrobel Killester: Paul Dick 17, Alan Casey 4, Paddy Sullivan 7, Ciaran Roe 14, Jermaine Turner 25. Substitutes: Keith Anderson, Jonathan Grennell, Mike Galo, Conor Gordon 1, Juan Gabriel Bruno 10, Peter Lacey 3, Eoghain Kiernan 13.

Templeogue: Mike Bonaparte 28, Paul Cummins 4, Stephen James 4, Sean Flood 10, Jason Killeen 18. Substitutes: Ronan McLoughlin 5, Rob Daly, Shane Homan, Lorcan Murphy 4, Baolach Morrisson 2, Tomas Swiatowy 1.

HT: Pyrobel Killester 50, Templeogue 45

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