• Jan 02,2016
DCU Mercy extended their lead at the top of the Women’s Premier League with a hard-fought 67-60 win at Meteors. The sides were level through the first and second quarters before Mercy snuck in front by a point with 10 minutes remaining and pushed out the lead in the final quarter. Chelisa Painter put up 31 points for the league leaders. 

Singleton SuperValu Brunell pulled off a remarkable comeback to beat UL Huskies 76-68. The Limerick side were on fire in the third quarter to run up a 15-point lead but there was still time for Brunell to reel in the lead as Amy Waters hit 25 points. Brunell trailed by six at the start of the third and won by eight.

Pyrobel Killester pulled away from Portlaoise Panthers in the final quarter to win 85-69. Panthers came right back into contention with a strong second quarter and there was nothing between the sides in the third before 31 points in the last 10 minutes saw the Dublin side home. 

SSE Airtricity Moycullen pushed C&S UCC Demons all the way in their second game of the weekend, losing out 68-77. The Galway side trailed Demons by just two points at the break with James Loughnane on form. It took 36 points from Lehmon Colbert to ensure the win for the reigning champions.

Templeogue eventually saw-off DCU Saints 81-73 in the first of a Sunday Men's Premier League Double-Header at the National Basketball Arena. 

Templeogue v DCU Saints
Posted by Basketball Ireland on Sunday, 3 January 2016
DCU Saints went out to a 19-13 lead in the first quarter with Duane Johnson dominant on both ends of the floor. He had two blocks and 10 points in the first half and with Martins Provizors back from injury, DCU were looking to mix it up inside. Templeogue withdrew their offence to the perimeter where Sean Flood was shooting at 75% and Conor Grace’s three on the buzzer gave them a 47-36 half-time lead. Flood finished the first half with 17 points. 

Johnson’s flying dunk after 17 minutes had DCU Saints back in contention and Templeogue in time out. The returning Martins Provizors and Jason Killeen traded baskets before Graham Brannelly’s three-pointer left just four points between the sides and it was Brannelly who leveled it at 64-64 with 6:30 remaining. DCU couldn’t take the lead although Conor Gilligan made it a one-point game with 2 minutes left, Sean Flood’s floater and Baolach Morrison’s three gave Templeogue back the initiative. 

A first quarter run of 16 points without reply proved crucial as C&S UCC Demons beat Pyrobel Killester 87-72 on Saturday. Niall O’Reilly made a three off the bench on his first Premier League appearance of the season as part of the run for Demons to lead 31-15 after 10 minutes.
It was fractious at times in the second quarter with Demons leading 49-33 at half time but Killester had the margin back to eight points with 14 minutes left.Paddy Sullivan drained a three and Jermaine Turner combined inside with Al Casey before Paul Dick seemed to have closed out the third with a three-pointer in the corner. There was still time for Roy Downey to break at speed and beat the buzzer from 30 feet.
C&S UCC Demons v Pyrobel Killester

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Posted by Basketball Ireland on Saturday, 2 January 2016
That allowed Demons to keep Pyrobel Killester at bay down the stretch with some timely contributions from Niall Murphy - his three with 4:13 remaining restored a controlling lead.
Belfast Star knocked down 13 three-pointers on their way to their fifth win in six games and a 91-78 victory over Eanna.
Shawn Vanzant hit back-to-back threes and then fired off a buzzer-beater over two Eanna player as Belfast Star opened up a 23-15 lead for the first quarter. Eanna responded late in the second quarter with a 6-0 run. First Luke Thompson got a shot away before Conor White’s layup beat Vanzant and the buzzer from a Sean Gordon fast break.
Belfast Star were 51-40 clear at half time before more perimeter shooting put the lead out to 20. Marty McDonald finished with five three-pointers while Vanzant had six and a 31-point tally.

UCD Marian beat SSE Airtricity Moycullen 73-59 in the event opener at the National Basketball Arena. UCD controlled the first half for long periods with some consistent scoring by Alex Zurn and led 42-26 at the break. A comeback looked unlikely when James Loughnane fouled out and Kyle Cunningham limped off in the third quarter but Patrick Lyons sparked a run in the fourth and Joe Tummon’s reverse layup made it a two-possession game. Dan James finally arrested the run with a deep two and UCD Marian's Conor Meany had the ideal riposte with a swished three-pointer with three minutes remaining.

NUIG Mystics extended their lead at the top of the Women’s Division One to six points with a 71-44 win at home to Team DenJoes American Style. Siobhan Kilkenny led the scoring with eight points and it was double scores at 56-28 to Mystics at half time.

Click here to view Mystics v TDAS on Periscope (Live for 24 hours after game)

Team Kilkenny scored 70 points in the first half alone as they beat C&S Blue Demons - it finished 103-75 at the Watershed. Fr Mathews beat BFG Neptune 80-78 in an all-Cork tie at Colaiste Chríost Rí. 

Corey Starkey was the star of the show as JM&L Auctioneers Titans beat KUBS 87-78 in Greendale. The American finished with 39 points and 26 defensive rebounds. 

That result allowed Maree to take at outright lead at the top of the Men's Division One as they beat Kestrels 85-61 in Galway. There are periscope highlights of the game available here.
Saturday 2 January 2016
Men’s Premier League: UCD Marian 73, SSE Airtricity Moycullen BC 59; Eanna BC 78, Belfast Star 91; C&S UCC Demons 87, Pyrobel Killester BC 72.

Women’s Premier League: Meteors 60, DCU Mercy 67; UL Huskies 68,  Singleton’s Supervalu  Brunell 76; Portlaoise Panthers 69, Pyrobel Killester 85. 

Men’s Division One: Team Kilkenny 103, C&S Blue Demons 75; Maree BC 85, Kestrels 61
KUBS 78, Titans BC 87; Fr Mathews 80, Neptune BC 78. 

Women’s Division One: NUIG Mystics 71, Team DenJoes American Style 56; Team Garvey's Tralee 59, Longford Falcons 34.

Sunday 3 January 2016
Men’s Premier League
Templeogue BC v DCU Saints, National Basketball Arena, 14:00 
SSE Airtricity Moycullen BC v C&S UCC Demons, NUIG Kingfisher, Galway, 15:00
UL Eagles v GCD Swords Thunder, National Basketball Arena, 16:00 

Friday 8 January 2016
Hula Hoops Men's National Cup Semi-Final
C&S UCC Demons v GCD Swords Thunder, Mardyke Arena, Cork, 20:00

Saturday 9 January 2016
Hula Hoops Women's National Cup Semi-Finals
Team Montenotte Hotel v Meteors BC, Mardyke Arena, Cork, 20:00
Maxol WIT Wildcats v Pyrobel Killester, Mardyke Arena, Cork, 18:00

Hula Hoops Men's National Cup Semi-Final
Pyrobel Killester v Templeogue BC, Mardyke Arena, 16:00

Hula Hoops President's National Cup Semi-Finals
C&S Blue Demons v Pyrobel Killester, Neptune Stadium, 14:00
Fr Mathews v Maree BC, Neptune Stadium, 16:00

Hula Hoops U20 Women's National Cup Semi-Finals
Liffey Celtics v Killester, Parochial Hall, Cork, 12:00

Hula Hoops U18 Men's National Cup Semi-Finals
Maree BC v Neptune BC, Neptune Stadium, Cork, 10:00
Tolka Rovers v Moycullen BC, Neptune Stadium, Cork, 12:00

Hula Hoops U18 Women's National Cup Semi-Finals
Brunell Ladies BC v Portlaoise Panthers BC, Parochial Hall, Cork, 10:00
DCU Mercy v Fr. Mathews, Parochial Hall, Cork, 14:00

Sunday 10 January 2016
Hula Hoops Senior Women's National Cup Semi-Finals
Oblate Dynamos v Fr Mathews, Parochial Hall, Cork, 10:00
NUIG Mystics v Ulster Rockets, Parochial Hall, Cork, 12:00

Hula Hoops U20 Men's National Cup Semi-Finals
Moycullen v St. Vincent's 1, Neptune Stadium, Cork, 13:00
BFG Neptune v Templeogue, Neptune Stadium, Cork, 15:00

Hula Hoops U20 Women's National Cup Semi-Final
DCU Mercy v Brunell, Parochial Hall, Cork, 14:00

Hula Hoops Women’s National Intermediate Club Championship Semi-Finals
Tridents, Dublin v Limerick Celtics, St. Mary’s Hall, Portlaoise, 10:30
Ballincollig BC v Muckno Lakers, St. Mary’s Hall, Portlaoise, 12:30

Hula Hoops Men’s National Intermediate Club Championship Semi-Finals
Cork Celts v St. Brendan’s Tralee, St. Mary’s Hall, Portlaoise, 14:30
UCD Marian v BC Leixlip Nemunas, St. Mary’s Hall, Portlaoise, 16:30


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