Keane's SuperValu Killorglin crowned Men's D1 champs
March 10, 2018
Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin crowned Men’s Division One champions as UCD Marian and Killester both scoop wins
Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin were crowned Men’s Division One champions this evening following a 90-68 point win over Fr Mathews in Cork this evening.
The Kerry team knew exactly what they had to do going into this evening's game as Neptune’s win over Ballincollig earlier today meant Killorglin had to win to avoid a top of the table play-off and they did so in style.
“It’s an incredible feeling,” said Killorglin head coach, Ignas Sijanus. “After a long season with a lot of ups and downs and changes, we reached that point at the top now and we can celebrate and be happy.
“It’s a small town in Kerry, the players have worked hard and they deserve this. We all know that Super League is a big task, we have a lot of homework to do now before next season, but I believe we’ll be ready though for the new chapter and we’re really looking forward to it.”
Neptune’s big win over Cork neighbours Ballincollig meanwhile sees them in second place in the Division, with a chance now to also be promoted as they will contest a play-off with 11th in the Super League .
In Division 1B Scotts Lakers St Paul's Killarney won out their big clash against Paris Texas Kilkenny in a thriller in Kerry, while Dublin Lions had the better of LYIT Donegal and LIT Celtics just edged Ej Sligo All Stars.
In the Men’s Super League meanwhile, all eyes were on two 7pm tip offs this evening as league leaders UCD Marian and Pyrobel Killester both went into must-win battles against Moycullen and DCU Saints respectively.
Marian ran out winners over Moycullen to ensure them at least a play-off spot, while Killester still have a bit more work to do as, despite their win over DCU Saints, they have a final must-win clash in Clontarf at 6pm on Sunday to ensure they book a spot against Marian in a possible play-off.
“Our job for this evening is done, we weren’t looking past this evening," said Killester's Brian O'Malley. "DCU came out strong and then rallied back after we got a few shots up, but we got double digits before half time and it was all about how we started the third and we were pleased with how we played in the second half.
“We’ll have a review of tonight’s game and what we’re going to do tomorrow, the players need their rest now and be ready for tomorrow. We won’t be treating it any differently to any other game, every game is important for us and this is the same. Our players understand that every time they pull on a Killester jersey it’s a big deal."
At the other end of the table meanwhile it was just as thrilling, with a half court buzzer beater from Eanna’s Tamron Manning sending their clash with Maree into overtime. Nothing separated the teams in the first overtime either, provoking a double overtime which Maree pushed on to win 113-102.
There were also wins for Garvey's Tralee Warriors, UCC Demons and Black Amber Templeogue.
There was one game in the Women's Super League meanwhile which saw Ambassador UCC Glanmire win out comfortably over Maxol WIT Wildcats. In the Women's Division One Griffith College Swords Thunder secured a big win over UL Huskies, while Fr Mathews had the better of Ulster University Elks.
Games continue tomorrow. You can view full fixtures here: http://www.basketballireland.ie/news-detail/10036321/
Basketball Ireland Results March 10th
Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League
Griffith College Swords Thunder 76-86 Black Amber Templeogue
Moycullen 59-73 UCD Marian
DCU Saints 79-102 Pyrobel Killester
Eanna BC 102-113 Maree (after double overtime)
Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 74-58 Belfast Star
KUBS 77-90 UCC Demons
Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League
Maxol WIT Wildcats 63-112 Ambassador UCC Glanmire
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One
Ballincollig 84-97 Neptune
LYIT Donegal 101-108 Dublin Lions
LIT Celtics 88-84 EJ Sligo All Stars
Fr Mathews 68-90 Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin
Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney 87-81 Paris Texas Kilkenny
Basketball Ireland Women's Division One
Ulster University Elks 73-84 Fr Mathews
Griffith College Swords Thunder 73-65 UL Huskies