RESULTS & REACTION: February 25-26th

RESULTS & REACTION: February 25-26th

  • Feb 25,2017

Basketball Ireland Results:

Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:  

Griffith Swords Thunder 83-74 SSE Airtricity Moycullen

UCD Marian 90-93 Garvey’s Tralee Warriors

Belfast Star 96-86 DCU Saints (after overtime, full time 77-77)

Templeogue 86-59 Radisson Blu UL Eagles

KUBS BC 86-80 Pyrobel Killester

UCC Demons 88-83 Commercial.ie Éanna


Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:  

Meteors 43-57 Maxol WIT Wildcats

Courtyard Liffey Celtics 84-57 Portlaoise Panthers

Singleton SuperValu Brunell 66-69 Pyrobel Killester

DCU Mercy 64-76 Ambassador UCC Glanmire


Basketball Ireland Men’s Division 1:  

ITC Basketball 71-78 Maree

Kestrels 105-59 EJ Sligo All-Stars

Team Kilkenny 69-60 LYIT Donegal

BFG Neptune 118-69 Titans

Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin 77-66 Dublin Lions

Fr Mathews 68-90 Ulster University Elks            

BFG Neptune 120-72 Ulster University Elks


Basketball Ireland Women’s Division 1:  

ITC Basketball 57-49 Ulster Rockets

Fr Mathews 52-62 Ulster University Elks;

Marble City Hawks 51-57 UL Huskies


Basketball Ireland Detailed Results 


Basketball Ireland Men's Super League

With just five seconds left on the clock, you could have heard a pin drop in UCD Sports Hall on Saturday evening.

Five seconds can be the longest time in a basketball game, but for Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, it was five seconds where players became leaders, and two free throw shots carved a historic victory for the Kingdom. Trae Pemberton was standing at that free throw line - a player who had already netted 35 points for Tralee during a game that had everything; thrills, dunks, blocks, super shooting and above all - the comeback of all comebacks.

The crowd had packed into the hall for a game that lived up to – and exceeded – the promise of its billing as third place UCD Marian faced off to the warriors of Tralee and from early on, it looked like Ioannis Liapakis’ charges had the better of proceedings. Blocking off Pemberton early on, the frustration of not having the freedom of the key to shoot could have annoyed any other player but as already stated – Saturday night was a night where players became leaders and Pemberton, Kieran Donaghy and Dusan Bogdanovic took that leadership mantle firmly.




Trailing 25-16 at the end of the first quarter, and indeed, trailing the whole way up to the start of the fourth quarter, it took serious belief to drive on a Kerry side who brought with them some of their most loyal supporters. A murmur was rippling round UCD though as the end of quarter buzzer sounded on the third with just eight points between the side (68-60) - a murmur of discontent from UCD fans, and one of excitement from Tralee. The comeback was on - and what a spectacular one it was. UCD were not giving up without a fight though with Dan James, Mike Garrow and Scott Kinevane just some of the players that stood up and made themselves counted for. But it all came down to those five seconds however, as just one point separated the teams (90-91) and Pemberton gave a masterclass in keeping a cool head on the free throw line as he wrote another piece of history in what has been an incredible journey for the Warriors.


“Trae has been massive for us this season,” said Kieran Donaghy afterwards. “We were down 18 at half time and we knew it was going to be a battle. We showed character to rally back. They threw something at us and it rattled us, but we regrouped at half time. We’ve a special bunch there. We had to fight on our backs today and we did.”




Elsewhere, Griffith Swords Thunder overcame SSE Airtricity Moycullen, Belfast Star and DCU Saints had to settle things in overtime after four quarters could not separate them with Star winning out in the end, while there were also wins for Templeogue, KUBS and UCC Demons.

Griffith Swords Thunder 83-74 SSE Airtricity Moycullen
Top scorers Griffith Swords Thunder: Conroy Baltimore 22, Justin Goldsborough 15, Isaac Westbrooks 11
Top scorers SSE Airtricity Moycullen: Phillip Lawrence-Ricks 27, James Loughnane 16, Paul Freeman 15
Half time score: Griffith Swords Thunder 41-37 SSE Airtricity Moycullen

UCD Marian 90-93 Garvey’s Tralee Warriors
Top scorers UCD Marian: Dan James 19, Mike Garrow 13, Scott Kinevane 12
Top scorers Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Trae Pemberton 37, Kieran Donaghy 23, Dusan Bogdanovic 13
Half time score: UCD Marian 52-35 Garvey’s Tralee Warriors

Belfast Star 96-86 DCU Saints (after overtime)
Full time: Belfast Star 77-77 DCU Saints
Top scorers Belfast Star: Ryan Wilson 29, Paddy McGaharan 22, Keelan Cairns 19
Top scorers DCU Saints: Martin Provizors 20, Eoin Darling 20, Kevin O Hanlon 16
Half time score: Belfast Star 39-36 DCU Saints

Templeogue 86-59 Radisson Blu UL Eagles
Top scorers Templeogue: Jason Killeen 25, Paul Cummins 21, Stephen James 14
Top scorers Radisson Blu UL Eagles: Seamus Hickey 16, Patrick McCarthy 13, Aidan Holden 8
Half time score: Templeogue 46-41 Radisson Blu UL Eagles


KUBS 86-80 Pyrobel Killester
Top scorers KUBS: Kevin Foley 22, Corbin Jackson 18, Gary Barron 13
Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Ciaran Roe 28, Jermaine Turner 24, Eoghan Kiernan 8
Half time score: KUBS 39-35 Pyrobel Killester


UCC Demons 88-83 Commercial.ie Éanna
Top scorers UCC Demons: Jacob Lawson 29, Ciaran O Sullivan 14, Adrian O Sullivan 13
Top scorers Commercial.ie Éanna: Aidan Dunne 15, Jonathan Riles 14, Luke Thompson 12
Half time score: UCC Demons 45-33 Commercial.ie Éanna


Basketball Ireland Women's Super League

“It was a win – but it certainly wasn’t pretty,” stated Maxol WIT Wildcats Head Coach Jillian Hayes on Saturday afternoon meanwhile, as her side overcame Meteors in the Women’s Super League. “We came up here looking for a win and I’m delighted we got it, but there’s a lot we need to work on in the coming weeks. The fact that the play-off semi-finals will be held in Waterford is a massive motivation for all of us, and that’s what we’re aiming for – we need to finish in the top four.”

Elsewhere, Courtyard Liffey Celtics continued their winning form of late, winning out in convincing fashion 84-57 against Portlaoise Panthers in Leixlip, while it was a close and competitive affair down in Cork as Pyrobel Killester had just three to spare over Singleton SuperValu Brunell, running out 66-69 point winners at the death. Meanwhile, Glanmire proved they are made of stern stuff in DCU on Sunday as the home team threw everything they had at them.

“Some people have asked if we’ve gone soft after winning the Cup, but after today’s performance I can assure you, we’re not,” said a delighted Glanmire Head Coach Mark Scannell after his side came out with the win.


“That was an important win for us, a big win, and we need to win again now next weekend against NUIG Mystics. Our focus is on the play-offs now and DCU are a strong team and a good side so I’ve no doubt we’ll come up against them again there.”


Meteors 43-57 Maxol WIT Wildcats
Top scorers Meteors: Eimear Mairtin 15, Cliona Mairtin 12, Ciara Flaherty 8
Top scorers Maxol WIT Wildcats: Sinead Deegan 11, Stephanie O Shea 10, Brittney Dunbar 9
Half time score: Meteors 16-30 Maxol WIT Wildcats


Courtyard Liffey Celtics 84-57 Portlaoise Panthers
Top scorers Courtyard Liffey Celtics: Jazmen Boone 15, Sorcha Tiernan 15, Aine O Connor 15
Top scorers Portlaoise Panthers: Necole Sterling 20, Claire Melia 13, Catherine O Sullivan 13
Half time score: Courtyard Liffey Celtics 46-29 Portlaoise Panthers


Singleton SuperValu Brunell 66-69 Pyrobel Killester
Top scorers Singleton SuperValu Brunell: Amy Waters 18, Kaylee Kilpatrick 16, Madison Ward 15
Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Aisling McCann 15, Jade Daly 14, Mimi Clarke 13
Half time score: Singleton SuperValu Brunell 38-37 Pyrobel Killester

DCU Mercy 64-76 Ambassador UCC Glanmire
Top scorers DCU Mercy: Sarah Fairbanks 21, Ashley Perez 10, Rachel Huijsdens 9
Tops scorers Ambassador UCC Glanmire: Grainne Dwyer 24, Claire Rockall 24, Chantell Alford 11, Aine McKenna 11
Half time score: DCU Mercy 32-35 Ambassador UCC Glanmire


Basketball Ireland Men's Division One

There was a busy weekend of games in the Men's Division One as ITC Basketball almost shocked Maree down in Carlow on Saturday afternoon, with Kenneth Hansberry and Eoin Rockall just doing enough to drive the Galway side home to a seven point victory. 

Elsewhere, Ej Sligo All Stars returned home licking their wounds after a 105-59 point loss on the road to Kestrels, while Team Kilkenny pipped LYIT Donegal by nine in the end and Keane's SuperValu Killorglin had a good win at home against Dublin Lions. 

Both BFG Neptune and Ulster University Elks had a double header of games at the weekend. Neptune broke the 100 point mark in both of their games, overcoming Titans on Saturday by 118-69 before going on to win out over Elks on Sunday, 120-72. 

Elks meanwhile had the better of Fr Mathews on Saturday before succumbing to an in-form Neptune side. 


ITC Basketball 71-78 Maree
Top scorers ITC Basketball: Mike Klinger 42, Shane Maughan 13, Jimmy Ward 7
Top scorers Maree: Kenneth Hanberry 20, Padraig Burker 16, Eoin Rockall 16
Half time score: ITC Basketball 35-37 Maree


Kestrels 105-59 Ej Sligo All-Stars
Top scorers Kestrels: Christopher Teasley 23, Aaron Whelan 21, Dan Deboss 15
Top scorers Ej Sligo All-Stars: Kaylim Noel 23, Tobias Prockmann 11, Phillip Hamilton 8
Half time score: Kestrels 63-32 Ej Sligo All Stars

Team Kilkenny 69-60 LYIT Donegal
Top scorers Team Kilkenny: Ryan Pepper 16, James Butler 14, Lukasz Szulc 14
Top scorers LYIT Donegal: Jordan McClellan 19, Paul McHugh 16, Stephen Gannon 9, Jack Mackey 9
Half time score: Team Kilkenny 29-32 LYIT Donegal

BFG Neptune 118-69 Titans
Top scorers BFG Neptune: Tanner Brooks 22, Stephen Sheehan 15, Brian O Neill 14
Top scorers Titans: Eugene Williams 30, Emmanuel Saah 16, Seamus Garrity 8
Half time score BFG Neptune 62-36 Titans

Keane's SuperValu Killorglin 77-66 Dublin Lions
Top scorers Keane's SuperValu Killorglin: Andrew Fitzgerald 19, Garny Garcia 18, Ian McLoughlin 10
Top scorers Dublin Lions: Hillary Netsiyanwa 20, Chris McNairney 18, Tomas Swaitowy 10
Half time score: Keane's SuperValu Killorglin 38-25 Dublin Lions


Fr Mathews 68-90 Ulster University Elks
Top scorers Fr Mathews: Sean Cantwell 13, Paul O Driscoll 12, Mark O Leary 9
Top scorers Ulster University Elks: Tomas Banys 20, Will Koppenhaver 16, Ryan Oliver 15
Half time score: Fr Mathews 37-43 Ulster University Elks


BFG Neptune 120-72 Ulster University Elks
Top scorers BFG Neptune: Tanner Brooks 28,Brian O Neill 24, Gary Walsh 15
Top scorers Ulster University Elks: Darius Surginas 18, Marty McDonald 15, Edmantas Cernevicius 11
Half time score: BFG Neptune 67-34 Ulster University Elks


Basketball Ireland Women's Division One

A little bit of history was made in the Barrow Centre in IT Carlow on Saturday afternoon meanwhile, as ITC Basketball overcame Ulster Rockets 57-49 in a memorable win for the college based team. 

The game also marked Martin Conroy's charges 10th successive win in this year's League to leave them unbeaten at the top of the table, but with two games still to play, Conroy added that the job is not done just yet. 


Elsewhere, Andy Gill's Ulster University Elks secured a solid victory over Fr Mathews down in Cork, winning 52-62 in the end, while Marble City Hawks had to settle for second best in a nail-biter in Kilkenny on Saturday evening, as an in-form UL Huskies had the better of them by six points on the final buzzer. 


ITC Basketball 57-49 Ulster Rockets
Top scorers ITC Basketball: Jamiyah Bethune 21, Christine O Gorman 12, Megan Campbell 10
Top scorers Ulster Rockets: Carlee Lough 19, Zee Shahid Martin 11, Charlie McGrath
Half time score: ITC Basketball 38-26 Ulster Rockets


Fr Mathews 52-62 Ulster University Elks
Top scorers Fr Mathews: Amanda Regan 16, Amy Fitzgerald 12, Fiona Lynch 11
Top scorers Ulster University Elks: Nyasha Sarju 22, A Callaghan 12, Randyll Butler 11
Half time score: Fr Mathews 27-30 Ulster University Elks

Marble City Hawks 51-57 UL Huskies
Top scorers Marble City Hawks: Katie Fox 14, Aine Sheehy 10, Ann Prendergast 8
Top scorers UL Huskies: Sarah Benedetti 24, Orlaith Woods 11, Cathy Campbell 9
Half time score: Marble City Hawks 27-31 UL Huskies

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