Game Zone: March 12-13
March 13, 2016
U18 Womenâs National Shield Semi-Final:
C&S Blue Demons 62, Ballincollig BC 65
Womenâs Premier League Playoff Semi-Finals:
Team Montenotte Hotel 73, Pyrobel Killester 61
Team Montenotte Hotel powered into the final of the Womenâs Premier League Playoffs with an assertive 73-61 win over Pyrobel Killester in Glanmire. The defending champions built a double-digit lead in the second quarter and never looked like giving up their lead after that.
Killesterâs Rae Contreras hit six three-pointers in the face of some attentive defence from Chantell Alford but Glanmire had deeper artillery as Amanda OâReganâs shooting pushed out the lead and Grainne Dwyer took the game by the scruff of the neck.
Killester briefly brought the lead back to single digits in the fourth but Glanmire were relishing the challenge. âI thought we defended brilliantly when we needed to tonight,â said Mark Scannell. âWe were maybe a bit raggedy at the end but weâd worked hard and maybe felt the effects of the week off. Our target was to keep them to 59 points but 61? Weâll take that.â
Team Montenotte Hotel: Aine McKenna, Chantell Alford, 19 Claire Rockall, Grainne Dwyer 23, Marie Breen. Substitutes: Lesley Ann Wilkinson, Amanda OâRegan, Casey Grace 10.
Pyrobel Killester: Aisling Sullivan 8, Rae Contreras 22, Michelle Clarke, Niamh OâDonovan, Aoibheann Byrne. Substitutes: Ali Maguire, Alex Troy, Aisling McCann, Emma Sherwood 6, Caoimhe Moore, Rebecca Nagle, Anna Pupin.
HT: Team Montenotte Hotel 46, Pyrobel Killester 33
FT in Women's Premier League Playoff Semi-Final: Team Montenotte Hotel 73-61 Pyrobel KillesterPosted by Basketball Ireland on Saturday, 12 March 2016
Womenâs Division One Playoff Semi-Finals:
NUIG Mystics 68, Ulster Rockets 58
Ulster Rockets posed the toughest challenge of the season to NUIG Mystics in the penultimate game but ultimately exited the Womenâs Division One playoffs on the wrong side of a 68-58 scoreline. Breda Dickâs side were nine points clear at one point in the third quarter before succumbing to a high press and extra pressure on Emma OâConnor.
OâConnor scored 16 points in the first half but was restricted by a box-and-one defence with Siobhan Kilkenny and Ailish OâReilly going to work and forcing the turnovers that brought about a 19-point swing and victory for Mystics.
âThat was as hard as itâs been for us,â said Head Coach Mike Murray. âThey were ready for us and they shot the ball really well. We havenât had a game where weâve had to come back so it shows good character from us so I was pleased about that.â
NUIG Mystics: A OâReilly 15, S Kilkenny 21, L Murray, M Fahy 9, M Gilcrease. Substitutes: H Coen, E Smyth, D OâShea, C Connaire, A OâNeill, L Cunningham, R Hansberry.
Ulster Rockets: N Rafferty 13, C OâNeill, A Maguire 12, C McGrath, E OâConnor 21. Substitutes: E Palmer, L Donnelly, M Deery, N Smye, S Daly.
HT: NUIG Mystics 28, Ulster Rockets 32
Fr Mathews 68, Team Denjoes American Style 60
Team Denjoes American Styleâs winning streak came to an end in Colaiste ChrÃost RÃ as Fr Mathews teed up a Womenâs Division One playoff final against NUIG Mystics. The Kerry side looked down and out in the third quarter but roared back into contention with an 8-0 run. Ultimately it took a dazzling performance from Dearbhla Breen to secure passage for Fr Mathews on a 68-60 scoreline.
Team Denjoes also led briefly in the second quarter but couldnât convert offensive rebounds and free-throws into points although Denise Dunlea stroked home some big shots in the final quarter.
âTheyâve put in such an effort since October they deserve to be in a national final,â said Fr Mathews Coach James Fleming who was particularly pleased with Breenâs 32 points. âIn my eyes we have two of the best players in the league. Dearbhla was on another planet she was just superb.â
Fr. Mathews: Mai OâLeary, Fiona Lynch 7, Dearbhla Breen 32, Katherine Canty, Louise OâConnor. Substitutes: Tara Brosnan, Suzie Large, Kellie Cahalane 9, Rachel Finn, Rachel Furlong.
Team Denjoes American Style: Miriam Rollan, Eileen OâConnor 8, Mary Herlihy, Denise Dunlea 21, Lorraine Scanlon 17. Substitutes: Aoife Nolan, Amy Reidy, Seodhna OâDonoghue, Nessa Sheehy, Roisin Casey, Orla White.
Fr Mathews will play NUIG Mystics in the #BIWD1 Playoff Final next Saturday March 19 at 20:00 in the Watershed, Kilkenny for #LeagueFinals2016Posted by Basketball Ireland on Saturday, 12 March 2016
HT: Fr Mathews 30, Team Denjoes American Style 28
Champions Trophy Quarter-Finals:
Maree 73 Templeogue 86
Maree Top Scorers: Cathal Finn 18, Paulius Peldzius 13, Kenneth Hansberry 12
Templeogue Top Scorers: Michael Bonaparte 34, Stephen James 18, Paul Cummins 15.
HT: Maree 36, Templeogue 43
KUBS 67, UCD Marian 101
KUBS Top Scorers: Jonathan Riles 19, Kevin Foley 17, Eoin Chubb 16
UCD Marian Top Scorers: Dustan Moreira 24, Alex Zurn 20, Dan James 15
HT: KUBS 34, UCD Marian 59
NATIONAL LEAGUE FINALS - March 18th â 19th, 2016, The Watershed, Kilkenny*
U18 Women's National Shield Final: Moycullen v Tolka Rovers
U18 Menâs National Shield Final: St. Vincentâs v Ballincollig BC
Champions Trophy Semi-Finals:
C&S UCC Demons v UCD Marian
Pyrobel Killester v Templeogue
League Cup Semi-Finals:
Maree v Keaneâs SuperValu Killorglin
KUBS v Team Kilkenny
Saturday March 19th, 2016
Womenâs Division One Final,
NUIG Mystics v Fr Mathews, The Watershed Kilkenny, 20:00
Sunday March 20th, 2016
Menâs League Cup Final, The Watershed Kilkenny, 12:00
Womenâs Premier League National Cup Final, The Watershed Kilkenny, 12:00
Champions Trophy Final, The Watershed Kilkenny, 16:00
*Fixtures to be confirmed by Monday March 14th, 2016