GAME ZONE: October 1-2 2016

GAME ZONE: October 1-2 2016

  • Oct 01,2016
Saturday 1st October 2016
Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League: Eanna 57, Griffith Swords Thunder 84; SSE Airtricity Moycullen, 74 DCU Saints 76; UCD Marian 107, UCC Demons 84; UL Eagles 90, KUBS BC 61; Irish TV Tralee Warriors 63, Belfast Star 56.

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League: Meteors 59, DCU Mercy 57; Maxol WIT Wildcats 75, NUIG Mystics 41; Portlaoise Panthers 59, UCC Glanmire 82; Courtyard Liffey Celtics 73, Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell 56.

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One: ITC Basketball 88, Fr Mathews 66; LYIT Donegal 56, University Ulster Elks 83; Titans 86, Sligo All-Stars 76; Team Kilkenny 77, Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin 90; BFG Neptune 102, Kestrels 83.

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One: UL Huskies 60, Fr Mathews 55; Oblate Dynamos 87, University Ulster Elks 66.

Sunday 2nd October 2016:
Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League: Templeogue 82, Pyrobel Killester 74
Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One: Dublin Lions 52, Maree 64


Basketball Ireland Men's Super League:
UCD Marian top the Men’s Super League after two rounds thanks to a resounding 107-84 win over reigning champions UCC Demons in Belfield. Dustan Moreira and Mike Garrow combined for 43 points while Head Coach Ioannis Liapakis was equally impressed with his side’s defence. 

“People who talk about basketball will say this was a surprise result but we weren’t surprised at all,” said Liapakis. “I’m really happy with our depth and our chemistry is a lot better. That was something we’d been missing before.”

Neil Randolph inspired Templeogue to a comeback win at home to Pyrobel Killester with three three-pointers in a row on a 17-2 run in the final quarter. Making his first home appearance for Templeogue, Randolph finished with 22 points in total. 

Jason Killeen had 19 points and 18 rebounds while Michael Bonaparte had 10 points and 10 assists. Jermaine Turner led the way for Killester with 30 points. Éanna are without a win from two home games while Griffith Swords Thunder are unbeaten in the Men's Super League. Thunder has another spread of scorers in double-digits to earn a result that never looked in doubt. 23 points from Luke Thompson was the best of Éanna's efforts. 

DCU Saints weathered a second-half storm to beat SSE Airtricity Moycullen and register their first win of the campaign. Fine shooting from Eoin Darling and Mark Nagle had Saints 14 points clear at half time. The game was a fraction of a second from going to over time for a finish as Philip Lawrence-Ricks was beaten by the buzzer with his final effort.
UL Eagles continued their positive start in putting up a 90-61 win on KUBS. American Zedric Sadler was a late addition to the squad and complimented some fine work from some of the younger players to ensure the win. 

A packed house was there to witness Irish TV Tralee Warriors first ever Super League game on a Kerry court. The atmosphere played its part while Ryan Leonard celebrated his 18th birthday with16 points in a come-back win at home to Belfast Star

Templeogue 82, Pyrobel Killester 74
Templeogue Top Scorers: Neil Randolph 22, Jason Killeen 19, Lorcan Murphy 14
Pyrobel Killester Top Scorers:  Jermaine Turner 30, Ciaran Roe 15, Keith Anderson 8
HT Score: Templeogue 33, Pyrobel Killester 34 Éanna 57, Griffith Swords Thunder 84 Éanna Top Scorers: Luke Thompson 23, Diogo Salazar 13, Neil Lynch 5
Griffith Swords Thunder: Alex Calvexe 15, Justin Goldsborough 12, Corey Baltimore 10, Jose Maria Gil Narbon 10. 
HT Score: Éanna 28, Griffith Swords Thunder 37

UCD Marian 107, UCC Demons 84
UCD Marian Top Scorers: Dustan Moreira 23, Mike Garrow 20, Dan James 18
UCC Demons Top Scorers: Jacob Lawson 22, Roy Downey 19, Ciaran O'Sullivan 15. 
HT Score: UCD Marian 54, UCC Demons 48

SSE Airtricity Moycullen; 74 DCU Saints 76
SSE Airtricity Moycullen Top Scorers: Philip Lawrence-Ricks 18, Joseph Tummon 17, Paul Freeman 14
DCU Saints Top Scorers: Martins Provizors 29, Eoin Darling 25, Mark Nagle 8
HT Score: SSE Airtricity Moycullen 36, DCU Saints 50

UL Eagles 90, KUBS 61
UL Eagles Top Scorers: Zedric Sadler 21, Neil Campbell 14, Patrick McCarthy 14, Ronan Howlin 11
KUBS Top Scorers: Kevin Foley 15, Brian Edwards 14, Jonathan Riles 12.
HT Score: UL Eagles 47, KUBS 32

Irish TV Tralee Warriors 63, Belfast Star 56
Irish TV Tralee Warriors Top Scorers: Dusan Bogdanovic 22, Ryan Leonard 16, Darragh O'Hanlon 6. 
Belfast Star Top Scorers: Greg Womack 15, Patrick Mullan 10, Conor McElroy 6.
HT Score: Irish TV Tralee Warriors 31, Belfast Star 34

Men's Super League Table:

Basketball Ireland Women's Super League:
Monet Neal scored 25 points as Meteors opened their campaign with an impressive 59-57 win at home to defending regular season champions DCU Mercy. 22 of them came in the first half while DCU Mercy took time to get a handle on the American. Mercy outscored their hosts 11-3 in the final three minutes but had left themselves too much to do.

A number of American players got their first taste of Women's Super League in Waterford but it was the Irish who caught the eye as Maxol WIT Wildcats put up a big win on NUIG Mystics. Cathy Kavanagh notched 20 points for Wildcats while young Catherine Connaire showed she was ready for life at the top with 11 points. 

Irish Internationals Grainne Dwyer and Claire Rockall led the way with 24 points apiece in UCC Glanmire's 23 point win at Portlaoise Panthers. Panthers American recruit Necola Sterling was the weekend's top scorer with 26 for the home side couldn't stem the tide against the reigning champions. 

Courtyard Liffey Celtics had too much firepower for Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell in their opening round of the Women’s Super League. Brunell had high hopes dashed in pre-season with the loss to injury of point guard Kelly Diggin (ACL) and Canadian post-player Kaylee Kilpatrick (Dislocated Shoulder). 

“You can only beat what’s in front of you,” said new Celtics Coach Mark Byrne. “It’s only one game and we’ve a long way to go yet.”

Portlaoise Panthers 59, UCC Glanmire 82
Portlaoise Panthers Top Scorers: Necole Sterling 26, Maeve O'Sullivan 6, Catherine O'Sullivan 6
UCC Glanmire Top Scorers: Grainne Dwyer 24, Claire Rockall 24, Aine McKenna 12
HT Score: Portlaoise Panthers 29, UCC Glanmire 38

Courtyard Liffey Celtics 73, Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell 56
Courtyard Liffey Celtics Top Scorers: Emma O'Connor 23, Jazmen Boone 19, Sorcha Tiernan 6
Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell Top Scorers: Maddie Ward 14, Amy Murphy 11, Amy Waters 10
HT Score: Courtyard Liffey Celtics 56, Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell 28

Maxol WIT Wildcats 75, NUIG Mystics 41
Maxol WIT Wildcats Top Scorers: Cathy Kavanagh 20, Delacy Anderson 15, Brittney Dunbar 15.
NUIG Mystics Top Scorers: Ebony Wells 19, Catherine Connaire 11, Hannah Coen 5. 
HT Score: Maxol WIT Wildcats 38, NUIG Mystics 19

Meteors 59, DCU Mercy 57
Meteors Top Scorers: Monet Neal 25, Eimear Máirtín 10, Aoife Whelan 9.
DCU Mercy Top Scorers: Sarah Fairbanks 17, Jasmine Wooton 12, Sarah Woods 8
HT Score: Meteors 34, DCU Mercy 24

Women's Super League Table:

Basketball Ireland National League Men's Division One:
Two of the second tiers newest teams met in Letterkenny where University Ulster Elks had a range of scorers in beating LYIT Donegal 86-53. Elks pressed home their advantage to build on a 10 point lead at half time.

After a prolific career with Drew University, American shooting guard Mike Klinger scored 38 points on his National League debut as ITC Carlow beat Fr Mathews 88-66 at the Barrow Centre. A strong start made all the difference with Martin Conroy's side leading 38-21 at the break. 

Two more players broke 30 points in Round One, but both ended up on the losing side. Former Griffith Swords Thunder player Kaylim Noel netted 32 in Sligo All-Stars's loss at Titans on their return to the National League.  

Karolis Timofejevas is one of five Lithuanian recruits to Kestrels this season but even his 37 points couldn't prevent a big win for Paul Kelleher's BFG Neptune

More National League history was made as Dublin Lions hosted a Division One game in Clondalkin for the first time. Visitors and holders Maree never looked like losing but Lions showed plenty of grit, especially in the third quarter, to suggest they'll get to grips with National League basketball. 

Keane's SuperValu Killorglin did enough to end Team Kilkenny's long standing winning streak at the Watershed. Declan Wall starred with an impressive 26 point haul. 

Team Kilkenny 77, Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin 90
Team Kilkenny Top Scorers: Matt Van Pelt 21, James Butler 16, Lucasz Szulcs 15
Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin Top Scorers: Declan Wall 26, Gary Garcia 18, Ian McLoughlin 15
HT Score: Team Kilkenny 47, Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin 44

Dublin Lions 52, Maree 64
Muhamed Sabic 12, Jurgis Butkevicius 11, Hillary Netsiyanwa 8, Chris McNairney 8
Kenneth Hansberry 21, Paulius Peldzius 18, Eoin Rockall 11
HT Score: Dublin Lions 22, Maree 37

Titans 86, Sligo All-Stars 76
Titans Top Scorers: Eugene Williams 29, Rando Kozlov 14, Toms Fabriccius 
Sligo All-Stars Top Scorers: Kaylim Noel 32, Tobi Brockman 9, Oisin O'Reilly 6
HT Score: Titans 43, Sligo All-Stars 45

BFG Neptune 102, Kestrels 83
BFG Neptune Top Scorers: Tanner Brooks 33, Gary Walsh 16, Adam Drummond 14
Kestrels Top Scorers: Karolis Timofejevas 37, Mantas Vilimas 15, Christopher Teasley 16
BFG Neptune 50, Kestrels 39

ITC Basketball 88, Fr Mathews 66
ITC Basketball Top Scorers: Mike Klinger 38, Jimmy Ward 22, Etienne Droullon 18. 
Fr Mathews Top Scorers: Owen Connolly 15, Paul O'Driscoll 13, Donal McCarthy 11. 
HT Score: ITC Basketball 38, Fr Mathews 21. 

LYIT Donegal 53, University Ulster Elks 86
LYIT Donegal Top Scorers: T. John Casiello 16, Jimmy Puka 13, Kevin Stanley 9
University Ulster Elks Top Scorers: Martin McDonald 16, William Koppennaver 16, Tomas Banys 13. 
HT Score: LYIT Donegal 36, University Ulster Elks 46

Basketball Ireland National League Women's Division One:
UL Huskies needed overtime to see off Fr Mathews at the start of life in Women's Division One. Fr Mathews came from 10 points down to force the extra period with the help of 11 points from former Glanmire shooter Amanda O'Regan but Huskies pulled through with a strong finish. 

Former Liffey Celtics and DCU Mercy forward Meagan Hoffman impressed on her debut for Oblate Dynamos in a 19 point win over the returning University Ulster Elks

UL Huskies 60, Fr Mathews 55
UL Huskies Top Scorers: Sarah Benedetti 19, Aisling Danagher 16, Cathy Grant 8
Fr Mathews Top Scorers: Dearbhla Breen 14, Amanda O'Regan 11, Kellie Cahalane 11
HT Score: UL Huskies 31, Fr Mathews 21
FT Score: UL Huskies 50, Fr Mathews 50

Oblate Dynamos 87, University Ulster Elks 66
Oblate Dynamos Top Scorers: Meagan Hoffman 18, Kelsey Ellis 15, Jen Sheehan 14
University Ulster Elks Top Scorers: Nyasha Sarju 28, Randyll Butler 16, Brianna Mulhern 6
HT Score: Oblate Dynamos 48, University Ulster Elks 32

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