Gamezone: Round 3 Recaps

Gamezone: Round 3 Recaps

  • Oct 19,2015
SSE Airtricity Moycullen picked up a first Men's Premier League win since their Men's Division One promotion with a double scores victory over Eanna at the National Basketball Arena. Eanna were fresh from an away win against Belfast Star but were kept to just 10 points in the first half as a number of shots went astray and Moycullen's aggression and rebounding ability took its toll.

C&S UCC Demons capped off an entertaining double-header in Tallaght with a 92-76 win over UCD Marian. Both sides ran the floor at speed in the opening quarter and Marian's Alex Zurn pulled off some eye-catching defence to keep Demons in check. The Cork side moved up a gear with a string of three-pointers and some slick passing inside to Lehmon Colbert to leave Marian chasing the game.


DCU Mercy remain unbeaten in the Women's Premier League but it took a monster run in the fourth quarter to see them past Singleton SuperValu Brunell. The Cork side led by six points at half time and were 53-48 clear with seven minutes to play. Mercy tied it up inside an minute and were 10 points clear just two minutes later as Sarah Woods helped herself to 26 points and Ireland U18 International Saoirse Power Cassidy took eight points.

In the Women's Division One, Ulster Rockets picked up another 'W' on the road in beating Marble City Hawks 58-40 in Kilkenny. Meanwhile Killester completed a weekend of wins as their U20 Women's side saw off St. Mary's Castleisland in the Hula Hoops National Cup. In the Men's competition, Dublin Lions beat Blue Demons 89-65.

Women's Premier League:

DCU Mercy 68, Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell 61

DCU Mercy Top Scorers: Sarah Woods (26), Maleeka Kynard (9), Saoirse Power Cassidy (8)

Singleton's SuperValu Brunell Top Scorers: Kaylee Kilpatrick (20), Amy Waters (10), Megan O'Leary (11)

HT: DCU Mercy 33, Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell 39

Men's Premier League:

UCD Marian 76, C&S UCC Demons 92

UCD Marian Top Scorers: Dustan Moreira (20), Alexander Zurn (15), Conor Meany (11)

C&S UCC Demons Top Scorers: Lehmon Colbert (34), Kyle Hosford (15), Colin O'Reilly (14).

HT: UCD Marian 39, C&S UCC Demons 50

Eanna BC 40, SSE Airtricity Moycullen 80

Eanna Top Scorers: Luke Thompson (12), Ciaran Mac Evilly (10), Sean Gordon (5)

SSE Airtricity Moycullen Top Scorers: Ronan O'Sullivan (16), James Loughnane (16), Andy Burns (13)

HT: Eanna BC 10, SSE Airtricity Moycullen 39

Women's Division One:

Marble City Hawks 40, Ulster Rockets 58

Marble City Hawks Top Scorers: Sheila Sheehy (11), Aine Sheehy (10), Ann Prendergast (9)

Ulster Rockets Top Scorers: Helena O'Dolnan (19), Nichola Rafferty (9), Aoife Callaghan (8)

HT: Marble City Hawks 17, Ulster Rockets 28

Hula Hoops U20 Women's National Cup:

Killester 65, St. Mary’s Castleisland 53

Killester Top Scorers: Aisling McCann (19), Caoimhe Moore (17), Aoibheann Byrne (11)

St Mary's Top Scorers: Andrea Murphy (15), Roisin Casey (14), Amy Reidy (11)

HT: Killester 36, St. Mary’s Castleisland 30

Hula Hoops U20 Men's National Cup:
Blue Demons 65, Dublin Lions 89

Blue Demons Top Scorers: Cian Clernon (20), Brian Healy (8), Dylan Brickley (8)

Dublin Lions Top Scorers: E Geraltakaus (17), Igor Markiewic (13), A Geraltakaus

HT: Blue Demons 23, Dublin Lions 51

Saturday October 17th:

Maxol WIT Wildcats made it back to back wins for the first time in 18 months to go to third place in the Basketball Ireland Women’s Premier League. 25 points from WIT student Helena Rohan ensured a 76-69 win over Courtyard Liffey Celtics. “They’re a quick team, they run the fast break very well and they’re aggressive in the one-on-one,” said losing Head Coach Jordi Juste.

Pyrobel Killester responded to calls from Head Coach Karl Kilbride for improved offence with a 29 point opening quarter and an 88-78 win over Portlaoise Panthers. “We wanted to get off to a hot start,” said Kilbride, “but Portlaoise brought in Claire Melia who had one of the best games I’ve ever seen from a 16 year old. She did everything she wanted to do inside.” The young Ireland international was making her Premier League debut and finished with 21 points.

Killester finished the game with five players in double figures as Raeshel Contreras converted six of her eight three-point attempts. Emma Sherwood led the way on defence with three steals, two-blocks and enough rebounding to keep Portlaoise at bay. The Dublin side also 35 fouls called on them and four players foul out in the 40 minutes. Meteors got back to winning ways in beating UL Huskies 77-58 at Colaiste Iosagain.

In the Women’s Division One, NUIG Mystics controlled their encounter with Team Garvey’s Tralee to win 56-36 while Team DenJoes American Style had to come from behind to beat ITC Basketball 62-55 in Castleisland.

In the Men’s Premier League, Templeogue survived a late comeback from GCD Swords Thunder to keep their unbeaten run instact. With two minutes left, Mark Keenan’s side were seven points clear but the overall feeling at the final buzzer was relief - GCD Swords Thunder missed a shot to win it at the death. “It’s great to be put under that kind of pressure,” said Conor Grace. “We knew Thunder would never be out of it.”
Templeogue led by 18 points in the second quarter before Swords Thunder reduced the deficit to 10 points by half time break. The run marked a shift in momentum as Swords Thunder continued to reel in Templeogue in Q3.

Belfast Star got off the mark with an 82-71 road win at UL Eagles while DCU Saints remain bottom of the league after a 83-59 defeat at Pyrobel Killester.

The Hula Hoops National Cup also got underway this weekend. 41 points from American Cory Starkey wasn’t enough to help JM&L Auctioneers Titans through to the first round proper of the Presidents National Cup. They were beaten 99-81 by Team Kilkenny in another high scoring affair at the Watershed.

Hula Hoops U20 Men’s National Cup holder Moycullen were too strong for North Star while St Vincents and Sligo All Stars squeaked through against KCYMS and Team Brogue Tralee respectively. Killester won out their Dublin derby with Tolka Rovers who were also defeated in the U20 Women’s cup at the hands of an impressive looking Glanmire outfit.

The first ever National Intermediate Club Championship fixture saw St Brendan’s Power through Shannon Jets for a place in the last 16.


Neal McCotter (Belfast Star): I thought we led comfortably and while it was a tight game, we were always in control. I think the scoreline was a reasonably fair result. We blew the first two games by not finishing them out when he held leads in the fourth quarter so I think we’ve turned a corner. Now we just need to ensure we continue like that for the rest of the season.

Dave Baker (GCD Swords Thunder): Difficult night. We fixed a lot of mistakes during the week but there were still signs of it and we gave away 51 points in the first half. We went smaller and quicker and pushed them hard in the second half and had a couple of chances to win it, but if you can’t execute at this level you’re going to get hurt.

Paul Kelleher (UL Eagles): Star really shot the hell out of the basketball and moved us side to side. Whenever we tied it up in the second half, they were there and ready to hit another three. We have to bring our work ethic this week and we have to bring 40 minutes to C&S UCC Demons on Sunday.

Michelle Fahy (NUIG Mystics): We’re a pretty well rounded team. We’ve good post players inside, good shooting guards, fantastic ball handlers so we’ve a pretty well rounded team this year and we’re working hard at training. There’s obviously a lot of things to work on but each week we take something to work on and hopefully it will pull together in the end.

Saturday 17 October 2015

Women’s Premier League:

Meteors 77, UL Huskies 58

Meteors Top Scorers: Meghan McGuinness (22), Jade Daly (16), Emily Leer (12), Karen Meany (12)

UL Huskies Top Scorers: Sarah Benedetti (23), Orlaith Woods (8), Aisling Danaher (7), Catherine O'Halloran (7)

Pyrobel Killester 88, Portlaoise Panthers 78

Pyrobel Killester Top Scorers: Raeshel Contreras (19), Mimi Clarke (16), Aisling Sullivan (14)

Portlaoise Panthers Top Scorers: Nicole Arnone (23), Claire Melia (21), Tiffany Turner (16)

Maxol WIT Wildcats 76, Courtyard Liffey Celtics 69

Maxol WIT Wildcats Top Scorers: Helena Rohan (25), Jazmen Boone (17), Katie Fox (10)

Courtyard Liffey Celtics Top Scorers: Meagan Hoffman (22), Suzanne Maguire (15), Erin Bracken (13)

Men’s Premier League:

Pyrobel Killester 83, DCU Saints 59

Pyrobel Killester Top Scorers: Patrick Sullivan (20), Jermaine Turner (15), Conor Gordon (9), Juan Martinez (9)

DCU Saints Top Scorers: Martins Provizors (25), Eoin Darling (12), Arkadijs Makarenko (9)
Templeogue BC 81, GCD Swords Thunder 80

Templeogue Top Scorers: Michael Bonaparte (19), Paul Cummins (16), Conor Grace (15),

GCD Swords Thunder Top Scorers: Michael Goj (15), Alex Dolenko (13), Isaac Westbrooks (10)

UL Eagles 71, Belfast Star 82

UL Eagles Top Scorers: Neil Campbell (15), Rob Lynch (14), Staats Battle (11), Eoin Quigley (11)

Belfast Star Top Scorers: Shawn Vanzant (28), Paddy Mc Gaharan (17), Keelan Cairns (16)

Women’s Division One

Team Garvey's Tralee 36, NUIG Mystics 56

Team Garvey’s Tralee Top Scorers: Laura Hoffman (12), Rheanne O'Shea (8), Juanita Robayo (4), Amy Fitzgerald (4)

NUIG Mystics Top Scorers: Siobhán Kilkenny (14), Michelle Fahy (12), Marritta Gillcrease (10)

Team DenJoes American Style 62, ITC Basketball 55

Team DenJoes American Style Top Scorers: Mary Herlihy (21), Aoife Nolan (9), Miriam Rollan (11)

ITC Basketball Top Scorers: Holli Dunne (14), Amy McGuire (13), Shannen Holbrook (11)

Hula Hoops Presidents National Cup

Team Kilkenny 99, JM&L Auctioneers Titans 81

Team Kilkenny Top Scorers: James Butler (31), Lukasz Szulc (17), Puff Summers (14), Julian O'Keeffe (14)

JM&L Auctioneers Titans: Cory Starkey (41), Dale Creaven (17), Ronan McKeown (7)

Hula Hoops Men’s National Intermediate Club Championships:

St Brendan’s 70, Shannon Jets 35

St Brendan’s Top Scorers: Fergal O'Sullivan (21), Jason Quirke (12), Cyril Wallace (8)

Shannon Jets Top Scorers: Johnny Bridges (9), Mike Hickey (8), Brian Flynn (6), Stephen Quinn (6)

Hula Hoops Women’s U20 National Cup

Glanmire BC 96, Tolka Rovers 30

Glanmire Top Scorers: Sarah Kenny (15), Eve O'Mahony (12), Louise Scannell (14)

Tolka Rovers Top Scorers: Jenna Howe (8), Meabh Ni Dalaig (5), Ciara Curran (6)

Hula Hoops U20 Men’s National Cup:

Killester BC 80, Tolka Rovers 76

Killester Top Scorers: Guillme Jorba (25), Matthew Gouder (14), Eoghain Kiernan (11)

Tolka Rovers Top Scorers: Brian Ashton (29), Matt Tracey (20), Bobby Cudden (10)

HT: Killester BC 38, Tolka Rovers 35

Team Brogue Tralee 63, St. Vincent’s 2 67

Team Brogue Tralee Top Scorers: Ryan Leonard (30), Gary Fernane (20), Keelan Crowe (7)

St. Vincent's 2 Top Scorers: William McCarthy (17), Daniel Heaney (16), Mateusz Harcej (13)

Moycullen 83, North Star 47

Moycullen Top Scorers: Kyle Cunningham (23), Joseph Tummon (21), Sean Candon (11)

North Star Top Scorers: Jordan McClelland (16), Sean McGettigan (10), David Farrell (10)

Sligo All Stars 65, KCYMS 63

Sligo All Stars Top Scorers: Tobi Brockmann (15), Philip Hamilton (14), Oisin O'Reilly (10)

KCYMS Top Scorers: John Tyther (32), Cian O'Shea (9), Conor Flynn (8)

Picture Courtesy Of Jordan Cummins Photography
Picture Credit: St. Vincent's Basketball Club

Maxol WIT Wildcats 76, Courtyard Liffey Celtics 69.
By Richard Frisby

Maxol WIT Wildcats hosted Kildare side Liffey Celtics last Saturday evening in the Mercy Sports Hall, and despite a significant height disadvantage Wildcats were deserving winners delivering a determined performance.

Following their narrow first win of the season last weekend, Wildcats wanted to continue their winning ways and went about achieving that goal from the very start. American star Katie Fox controlled the game making incisive drives to the basket throughout. At the end of the first quarter Wildcats lead 15-9 and would never relinquish that lead for the remainder of the game. The taller players from Liffey Celtics were winning themrebounds but the work rate of every Wildcats player forced their opponentsinto making mistakes, to the delight of the home supporters. The Kildare girls fought back to within one basket at half time 34-32.

The WIT student Helena Rohan had a fantastic game and at the beginning of the third quarter Helena was unstoppable as she finished some excellent baskets. Jazmen Boone, who is a Sport changes Life Victory Scholar like her American teammate Katie Fox, gave another solid display and her strength on both ends of the court helped Wildcats stretch their lead to 11 points at the end of the third quarter. Ruthie Leavey made it difficult for the Celtics inside players and team captain Sinead Deegan lead by example with her ‘never say die’ attitude.

Helena Rohan deserves a special mention as she continued her good run of form and finished the games top scorer on 25 points. Coach Evans will be very happy with the efforts of all his squad as this was an important win and demonstrates that Maxol WIT Wildcats can compete successfully at the top tier of Irish basketball. He now has to prepare his team for one of the toughest weekends of the season as they travel to Cork next weekend to take on the unbeaten League and Cup champions Glanmire on Saturday evening. Then on Sunday Maxol WIT Wildcats face Brunell in the Parochial Hall, a venue where a result is always hard fought.

Top scorers for Maxol WIT Wildcats were Helena Rohan (25) Jazmen Boone (17)  Katie Fox (10).

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