National League Recap Round 2

National League Recap Round 2

  • Oct 12,2015

It was another weekend for upsets in the Basketball Ireland Men’s Premier League as UL Eagles claimed an unlikely 77-71 win at GCD Swords Thunder. The Limerick side capitalised on poor shooting by Swords to lead at half time but still had to come from behind in the fourth quarter.

Head Coach Paul Kelleher admitted “We did ride our luck a little bit but when you’re the underdog and the top team isn’t performing, you’ve got to be ready.” “This game was more mental than it was tactical or technical. So that’s a massive lesson to have this early in the season.”

Eagles are just one of three teams without a loss after two rounds of the league. UCD Marian went 2-0 with an away win at SSE Airtricity Moycullen while Templeogue followed up their win over champions C&S UCC Demons by beating an understrength DCU Saints.

Demons bounced back with an 83-53 win over Pyrobel Killester. “We thought we played well last week but we just didn’t finish the job, said Demons Coach Colin O’Reilly. “We’re still trying to find out roles and our identity as a team.

Team Montenotte Hotel remain unbeaten in 2015 after a 87-65 win at Meteors with Niamh Dwyer scoring 28 points. “We gave up 24 points to them in the first quarter and for a team that prides itself on defence, we weren’t happy,” said Dwyer. “Credit to Meteors but we’re defending Women’s Premier League champions and I’d like to keep it that way.” 

Maxol WIT Wildcats spoiled the party at the first ever Women’s Premier League game in Laois with a 62-60 win over Portlaoise Panthers. Wildcats were seven points clear with 90 seconds left but needed a Sinead Deegan free throw to seal it.

Club Quotes:

Kieran O’Leary (Singleton SuperValu Brunell Head Coach): “We had a great performance there in fairness. If we lost both of our home games at the start of the season we’d be in trouble heading to Dublin next week but we’ve picked it up now. Megan [O’Leary] and Amy [Wates] ran the ball well and that gave us a 12 lead for the first quarter. It was about containing from there and I was happy we made our targets.”

Ioannis Liapakis (UCD Marian Head Coach): The first half [against Moycullen] was a tight game. We were tied or just ahead and they were really aggressive on the offensive rebounds. In the third quarter we changed to a zone defence and Daniel James made three three-pointers and Alex Zurn followed up so after that it was easier. 

Kevin Foley (KUBS Player Coach): “We constantly gave us 100% effort on defence and it really dragged us through. Eventually that sparked our offence in the fourth quarter and we were able to pull it away.”

Mike Murray (NUIG Mystics Coach): “Happy that we’re progressing. Younger players are coming in, doing the business really well. We’re just getting used to playing with each other as well.”

Sunday 11 October 2015

Women's Premier League: Singleton's SuperValu Brunell 70, Pyrobel Killester 51
Women's Division One: Marble City Hawks 41, Fr Mathews 37

Saturday 10 October 2015

Women’s Premier League: Meteors 65, Team Montenotte Hotel 87; UL Huskies 58, Courtyard Liffey Celtics 62; Portlaoise Panthers 60, Maxol WIT Wildcats 62.

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Men’s Premier League: Pyrobel Killester 53, C&S UCC Demons 83; GCD Swords Thunder 71, UL Eagles 77; Belfast Star 82, Eanna 85; SSE Airtricity Moycullen 66, UCD Marian 85; DCU Saints 64, Templeogue 92.

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Women’s Division One: ITC Basketball 71, NUIG Mystics 85; Team Denjoes American Style 54, Oblate Dynamos 63.

Click here for latest Women's Division One Table 

Men’s Division One: ITC Basketball 64, JM&L Auctioneers Basketball 56; BFG Neptune 103, Maree BC 116; Team Kilkenny 88, Kestrels 85; Fr Mathews 68, Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin 73; KUBS 60, C&S Blue Demons 50

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Women’s Premier League:

Meteors 65, Team Montenotte Hotel 87

Meteors Top Scorers: Meghan McGuinness (21), Emily Leer (14), Kate O'Flaherty (11)

Team Montenotte Hotel Top Scorers: Niamh Dwyer (28), Grainne Dwyer (23), Aine McKenna (16)

HT: Meteors 36, Team Montenotte Hotel 44

UL Huskies 58, Courtyard Liffey Celtics 62

UL Huskies Top Scorers: Sarah Benedetti (27), Jane Clohessy (10), Orlaith Woods (6), Cathy Grant (6), Gillian Coombes (6)

Courtyard Liffey Celtics: Meagan Hoffman (15), Aine O'Connor (10), Suzanne Maguire (8)

HT: UL Huskies 25, Courtyard Liffey Celtics 32

Portlaoise Panthers 60, Maxol WIT Wildcats 62

Portlaoise Panthers Top Scorers: Maeve O'Sullivan (24), Nicole Arnone (14), Sinead Nihill (8)

Maxol WIT Wildcats Top Scorers: Jazmen Boone (26), Helena Rohan (16), Melissa Stone (6)

HT: Portlaoise Panthers 28, Maxol WIT Wildcats 26 

Men’s Premier League:

Pyrobel Killester 53, C&S UCC Demons 83

Pyrobel Killester Top Scorers: Jermaine Turner (13), Ciaran Roe (9), Patrick Sullivan (8)

C&S UCC Demons Top Scorers: Colin O'Reilly (18), Lehmon Colbert (16), Roy Downey (14)

HT: Pyrobel Killester 31, C&S UCC Demons 44

GCD Swords Thunder 71, UL Eagles 77

GCD Swords Thunder Top Scorers: Alex Dolenko (22), Juan Ferrales (17), Kevin Lacey (11), Isaac Westbrooks (10)

UL Eagles: Staats Battle (21), Stephen King (19), Eoin Quigley (19)

HT: GCD Swords Thunder 30, UL Eagles 39

Belfast Star 82, Eanna 85

Belfast Star Top Scorers: Shawn Vanzant (32), Keelan Cairns (25), Paddy Mc Gaharan (11)

Eanna Top Scorers: Sean Gordon (20), Ciaran Mac Evilly (20), Conor Gallagher (16)

HT: Belfast Star 47, Eanna 39

SSE Airtricity Moycullen  66, UCD Marian 85

SSE Airtricity Moycullen  Top Scorers: Andy Burns (13), Paul Freeman (12), Dylan Cunningham (10)

UCD Marian Top Scorers: Dustan Moreira (21), Daniel James (17), Mark Nagle (12)

HT: SSE Airtricity Moycullen  38, UCD Marian 41

DCU Saints 64, Templeogue 92

DCU Saints Top Scorers: Arkadijs Makarenko (15), Didzis Lauskis (12), Martin Neary (8)

Templeogue Top Scorers: Michael Bonaparte (35), Lorcan Murphy (17), Paul Cummins (16)

HT: DCU Saints 38, Templeogue 59

Women’s Division One:

ITC Basketball 71, NUIG Mystics 85

ITC Basketball Top Scorers: Aisling Hayden (17), Christine O'Gorman (12), Edel Hayden (8).

NUIG Mystics Top Scorers: Siobhán Kilkenny (24), Marritta Gillcrease (12), Deirdre O Shea (8)

HT: ITC Basketball 43, NUIG Mystics 47

Team Denjoes American Style 54, Oblate Dynamos 63

Team Denjoes American Style Top Scorers: Lorraine Scanlon (14), Denise Dunlea (12), Aoife Nolan (9), Miriam Rollan (7)

Oblate Dynamos Top Scorers:  Alison Keech (16), Katie Black (16), Heather Meaghar (10)

HT: Team Denjoes American Style 25, Oblate Dynamos 30


Men’s Division One: 

ITC Basketball 64, JM&L Auctioneers Basketball 56

ITC Basketball Top Scorers: Harrison Deyo (25), Jimmy Ward (17), Kyle Burke (12)

JM&L Auctioneers Titans Top Scorers: Cory Starkey (28), Emmanuel Saah (6), Ronan McKeown (4)

HT: ITC Basketball 35, JM&L Auctioneers Basketball 22


BFG Neptune 103, Maree BC 116

BFG Neptune Top Scorers: Justin Tauson (25), Ger Noonan (14), Merlin Opitz

Maree Top Scorers: Kenneth Hansberry (37), Paulius Peldzius (30), Cathal Finn (18)

HT: BFG Neptune 47, Maree BC 53


Team Kilkenny 88, Kestrels 85

Team Kilkenny Top Scorers:  Puff Summers (24), James Butler (21), Lukasz Szulc (10), Kevin O'Donohoe (10)

Kestrels Top Scorers: Sean Smith (23), Dan Debosz (20), Simas Skuzinskas (14)

HT: Team Kilkenny 47, Kestrels 45


Fr Mathews 68, Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin 73

Fr Mathews Top Scorers: Michael McGinn (14), Paul O'Driscoll (10), Owen Connolly (9)

Keane's SuperValu Killorglin Top Scorers:  Kevin Gray (26), Dan Griffin (11), Ian McLoughlin (10)

HT:  Fr Mathews 32, Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin 39


KUBS 60, C&S Blue Demons 50

KUBS Top Scorers: Conor James (19), Gary Barron (9), Kevin Foley (9)

C&S Blue Demons Top Scorers: Shane Duggan (13), Shane Buckley (11), Shane McCarthy (9)

HT: KUBS 26, C&S Blue Demons 23



Portlaoise Panthers 60, Maxol WIT Wildcats 62

By John Hayes

If coach Michael Evans was in need of a stress test he certainly got one in St Mary's hall Portlaoise on Saturday night as his Wildcats Premier League team, leading by 7 points with 1 minute 26 seconds remaining, almost left victory behind them. The home side blazed two late three-pointers and seemed to have won the game with a powerful drive inside to lay up the winner with 5 seconds remaining, before the referee called a travel. Wildcats' Sinead Deegan hit one from two on the free throw line with time up to give Wildcats the win. 

A packed St. Mary's Hall cheered their way through a nerve tingling game as the lead changed hands no fewer than 10 times. Panthers were 28-18 clear after 17 minutes before an 8-0 run from Jazmen Boone brought Wildcats back to within two points at the break. 

Wildcats enjoyed a better third quarter and forged six points ahead through Boone and Helena Rohan. It was Maeve O'Sullivan who brought Panthers level with a pair of three-pointers. Scores were exchanged on a number of occasions with Mel stone and Katie fox netting long range shots and Ruthie Leavey weaving inside to finish with some style for Wildcats.

Battling away inside to contain the taller home team, Emily Fanning did a good job while her younger sister Annie played a significant part. Boone  played every minute of the game netting eight quality baskets and made 10 from 10 on the free throw line.

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