Game Zone: Week 12

Game Zone: Week 12

  • Jan 16,2016
Wednesday 13th January, 2016:
Men's Premier League:
DCU Saints 61, Pyrobel Killester 85

Saturday 16th January, 2016
Men's Premier League:
GCD Swords Thunder 80, Templeogue 69
Belfast Star 100, UL Eagles 112
SSE Airtricity Moycullen 76, Eanna BC 68

Women's Premier League:
Team Montenotte Hotel 70, DCU Mercy 82
UL Huskies 59, Pyrobel Killester 64
Maxol WIT Wildcats 71, Portlaoise Panthers 56
Courtyard Liffey Celtics 40, Meteors 58

Men's Division One:
Kestrels 85,  Team Kilkenny 71
JM&L Auctioneers Titans 83, ITC Basketball 89
Keanes Supervalu Killorglin 77, Fr Mathews 66
Maree 93, BFG Neptune 83

Women's Division One:
NUIG Mystics 72, ITC Basketball 46
Longford Falcons 29, Marble City Hawks 49
Fr. Mathew's 77, Team Denjoes American Style 65
Team Garvey's Tralee 49, Oblate Dynamos 57

Sunday 17th January, 2016
Men's Premier League: 
C&S UCC Demons 80, UCD Marian 68

Women's Premier League:
Singleton SuperValu Brunell 70, Portlaoise Panthers 50

Men's Division One:
C&S Blue Demons 67, KUBS 75

Women's Division One:
Ulster Rockets 70,  Longford Falcons 36
ITC Basketball 38,  Marble City Hawks 53

DCU Mercy took a step closer to a regular season title with a 12-point win at defending champions Team Montenotte Hotel. Chelisa Painter, Aoife McDermott and Sarah Woods combined for 75 points in the 82-70 win. “They’re a very motivated team right now now and moving the ball a bit better which always makes it easier,” said Coach Mark Ingle. 

“Our sights are set on trying to win the regular season but it is all about one game at a time. We’ve found a new way to win. We’re not as fluent on offence but we’ve picked up our defence,” he continued. Mercy recovered from a 19-6 first quarter deficit to lead by eight points at half time. 

20 points from Cathy Kavanagh helped understrength Maxol WIT Wildcats to a 71-56 at home to Portlaoise Panthers, but it wasn’t enough to break the Waterford side into the playoff spots. Claire Melia top scored for Panthers.

Meteors kept control of a playoff spot with a gritty 58-40 win at Courtyard Liffey Celtics. In a game which failed to ignite after a low scoring opening quarter, Meagan McGuinness and Beth Meany helped push out Meteors’ lead down the stretch. 

Pyrobel Killester toughed out a 64-59 win over UL Huskies in Limerick. 31 points from Sarah Benedetti put Huskies on course but with Rae Contreras on form for Killester, the Dublin side overturned the 36-33 half time score. 

Singleton SuperValu Brunell picked up their third win in a row when they beat Portlaoise Panthers at home. With the category two players cancelling each other out on the scoreboard, Orla Connolly's 17 points proved crucial in the 70-50 win. 

GCD Swords Thunder inflicted Templeogue's first defeat of the season in what served as a Hula Hoops Men's National Cup final dress-rehearsal. Thunder upped their inside game in the second quarter with a 16-6 run and pushed Jason Killeen into foul trouble. Templeogue’s efforts to regain parity were further hampered by the loss of Conor Grace to a hand injury while Thunder continued to apply tough defence. 

Thunder Coach Dave Baker said: “When a team is unbeaten, everyone steps up to try and knock them down. Neither side played well tonight but they only beat us by a point last time out so we felt we owed them a little. We’re just concentrating on making top four at this stage.” 

SSE Airtricity Moycullen are up to eighth place in the table after a 76-68 win at home to Eanna BC. American Raheem Lemons made his debut for the Galway side but it was Ronan O’Sullivan who topped out with 20 points. Eanna had the better start and were also closing in on Moycullen in the fourth quarter before the final buzzer sounded. The visitors had Conor Gallagher, Connor Poston and Sean Gordon in double-digits. 

Belfast Star hosted UL Eagles in the biggest shootout of the season to date, but it was the Limerick side who came through 112-100 in the Methody. Eagles were well on their way with eight three-pointers in the first half and a 54-36 lead at the break. They kept the scoring up in the second half through Staats Battle, Diarmuid O’Shea and Jamie McAuliffe. Shawn Vanzant claimed the game-high with 35 points for the hosts. 

In the last game of the weekend, C&S UCC Demons beat UCD Marian 80-68 at the Mardyke Arena. With just a basket between the sides at half-time, Lehmon Colbert's 28 points helped Demons pull clear. The win moves Demons level on points with Templeogue, albeit with an additional game played. 

Pyrobel Killester shook off their cup defeat in impressive style with an 84-61 win over DCU Saints. 19 year old Eoghain Kiernan was top scorer with 19 points for Brian O'Malley's side as they built on a 48-35 lead at half time. Martins Provizors and Duane Johnson combined for 38 points on their second appearance together for DCU Saints.

Maree are still top of the Men’s Division One despite the best efforts of BFG Neptune. The Cork side continued their trend as the Division’s top scorers as Ger Noonan plundered 27 points. Neptune also have the highest average in the ‘Against’ column and Kenneth Hansberry amassed 37 points in the 93-83 win. 

Kestrels moved off the bottom of the table with an 85-71 win at home to Team Kilkenny while ITC Basketball leapfrogged JM&L Auctioneers Titans with an 89-83 win in Galway. Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin went back up to second after a 77-66 win at home to Fr Mathews, but that only lasted until KUBS pulled off a 75-67 win at C&S Blue Demons

Oblate Dynamos won 57-49 at Team Garvey’s Tralee to claim outright second place in Women’s Division One. Fr Mathews could still make a late charge as they sit in third place with two games in hand after Saturday’s 77-65 win over Team DenJoes American Style in Castleisland. NUIG Mystics remain in charge after their resounding win over ITC Basketball while Longford Falcons are still in search of their first win following a 29-49 defeat at home to Marble City Hawks. It was a tough weekend for Longford who had to pick themselves up for a trip to Ulster Rockets on Sunday. The Belfast side were too strong and followed through with a 70-36 victory. It proved the perfect weekend for Marble City Hawks who followed up on a win in Longford with all three points against near neighbours ITC Basketball. The Carlow side were second best throughout as the Hawks finished up 53-38 victors. 

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