GAMEZONE: Hula Hoops National Cup semi-finals - Super League
January 10, 2020
Hula Hoops National Cup semi-finals Results:
Hula Hoops Women's Paudie O'Connor National Cup
Ambassador UCC Glanmire 79-82 Pyrobel Killester
DCU Mercy 68-75 Singleton Supervalu Brunell
Hula Hoops Men's Pat Duffy National Cup
DBS Éanna 78-63 Garvey's Tralee Warriors
Griffith College Templeogue 78-75 Coughlan C&S Neptune
Hula Hoops Paudie O'Connor National Cup Detailed Results
Hula Hoops Women’s Paudie O’Connor National Cup semi-final
Saturday, January 11th, 2020
DCU Mercy: 68
Singleton Supervalu Brunell: 75
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Singleton Supervalu Brunell are heading back to the Hula Hoops National Cup final for the second consecutive year after upsetting league leaders, DCU Mercy in a thrilling game at Neptune Stadium.
The first quarter was back and forth as both teams traded blows with Treyanna Clay and Meredith Burkhall scoring well at either end. Katie Walshe’s three-pointer with three minutes to go in the first quarter gave Brunell a slender one-point lead 13-12, but DCU appeared unfazed as Ashley Russell upped her influence on the game for Mercy as she scored nine points to go with her five early rebounds to see DCU into a 22-15 end of quarter lead.
An 8-2 run by Brunell got the second quarter off to a bright start as they reduced the lead to just one, 24-23. The Cork side were dealt a blow though when point guard, Danielle O’Leary, had to leave the court due to injury and would not reappear for the remainder of the game. They regrouped well though and it was Treyanna Clay who took the reins of the game, and her hard work soon paid dividends as Brunell opened a six-point lead as the American reached the 23-point mark, matched by huge boards to hit an early double double. Mercy were struggling offensively scoring just twelve points in the second quarter, but a buzzer beater for Rachel Huijsdens narrowed the Brunell lead to just three (34-37) at half time.
RUSSELL WITH THE STEAL FOR 2— Basketball Ireland (@BballIrl) January 11, 2020
4:36 to play Q2 @HulaHoopsIE Paudie O’Connor Cup semi final it’s @dcumercy 24 @SvSingleton 28 #HulaHoopsCup #20x20 #womeninsportire
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The second half started with even more good work from Brunell as they extended their lead to eight through a Katie Walshe three-pointer. DCU were looking frustrated as the Burnell defense was stifling them in the half court. A lovely fastbreak from Mercy reduced the deficit to just four as DCU were starting to limit the explosive Treyanna Clay. Aryn McClure was doing huge work for Brunell on both ends of the floor and had taken the helm at the top of the key for the Cork side, while Laura Morrissey slipped into her role in style and made some big plays on the defensive end for her side. Rachel Huijdsens meanwhile continued to be standout for DCU Mercy and with her now on a box-and-one with Clay, tried to limit the damage. DCU found themselves level after a midrange jumper by Meredith Burkhall midway through the quarter, while Sarah Woods knocked down back to back jumpshots and scored a fastbreak layup in the closing stages of the quarter as Mercy took a one-point lead going into the final quarter.
Katie Walsh with the mid range jumper— Basketball Ireland (@BballIrl) January 11, 2020
5.08 to play Q3 @HulaHoopsIE Paudie O’Connor Cup semi final it’s @dcumercy 44 @SvSingleton 44 #HulaHoopsCup #20x20 #womeninsportire
WATCH IT: https://t.co/8jByIUeLhq… pic.twitter.com/jxA9ofcKyz
As the fourth quarter got underway a Cup upset was looking increasingly likely as Laura Morrissey and Greta Tamsanskaite hit back-to-back threes to give Brunell a nine-point lead. DCU were fighting to regain control but a huge Tamasanskaite three and a fifth foul on both Hannah Thornton and later, Meredith Burkhall, made things look doubtful for the league leaders as they trailed by 11 with less than five minutes remaining. Brunell continued to push, with their standout stars, McClure, Clay and Walshe guiding the home and though McClure picked up an injury in the dying stages, the hard work was already done, and Brunell are on the way back to the Arena with a 68-75 win in the end.
FULL TIME! @SvSingleton take the win at the death!— Basketball Ireland (@BballIrl) January 11, 2020
Final score in HulaHoopsIE Paudie O’Connor Cup semi final it’s @dcumercy 68 @SvSingleton 75 #HulaHoopsCup #20x20 #womeninsportire pic.twitter.com/5EX1puzwdQ
Speaking after the game a relieved head coach, Tim O’Halloran was delighted with his team’s performance saying: “"What a game! I'm incredibly proud of the team, what a performance. We were dealt a big blow when Danielle went out in the second quarter, but the girls all regrouped so well and what a superb team performance that was. DCU Mercy are top of the league for a reason, but I thought our defensive intensity and our hunger and hustle was what won it for us. It's incredible to think we are going back to another Cup final - that's historic for the club, and we will savour every moment of it before knuckling down to get ready for Killester when the time comes."
DCU Mercy 75-68 Singleton SuperValu Brunell
Top scorers DCU Mercy: Ashley Russell 21, Rachel Huijsdens 17, Sarah Woods 15
Top scorers Singleton SuperValu Brunell: Treyanna Clay 31, Katie Walshe 14, Greta Tamasanskaite 10
Half time score: DCU Mercy 34-37 Singleton SuperValu Brunell
DCU MERCY: Megan Connolly (2), Sarah Woods (15), Ali Donohoe, Rachel Huijsdens (17), Maeve Phelan, Ashley Russell (21), Meredith Burkhall (9), Maeve O Seaghdha, Shauna O’Connor, Hannah Thornton (4), Aine McDonnell, Nicole Clancy
SINGLETON SUPERVALU BRUNELL: Laura Morrissey (3), Aryn McClure (11), Andrea Moynihan, Danielle O’Leary, Greta Tamasanskaite (10), Aoife Dineen, Tara Lynch, Alex Macheta, Avril Braham, Katie Walshe (14), Treyanna Clay (31), Sinead O’Reilly (3)
Hula Hoops Women’s Paudie O’Connor National Cup semi-final
Saturday, January 11th, 2020
Ambassador UCC Glanmire: 79
Pyrobel Killester: 82
WATCH BACK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_9htbKcwRo
Killester are the first team to book their place in the 2020 Hula Hoops Paudie O’Connor Cup final this afternoon after a thrilling win over Ambassador UCC Glanmire at Neptune Stadium.
Glanmire started the better of the two teams as they raced into a 13-2 lead inside the first three minutes. Shrita Parker was causing havoc as she scored right off the first eleven points. A timeout by Killester did little to stop the early onslaught as Shrita Parker took her total to 13 inside the first five minutes and Killester now trailed by 16. Scores by Christa Reed and Adella Randle El helped get Killester into the game and an 8-0 run for Killester narrowed the gap to just eight and by the end of the first, Glanmire led 26-19.
Fast Start here— Basketball Ireland (@BballIrl) January 11, 2020
8:55to play Q1 @HulaHoopsIE Paudie O’Connor Cup semi final it’s @GlanmireBBall 5 @KillesterBball 2 #HulaHoopsCup #20x20 #womeninsportire https://t.co/svcjoLMaMr pic.twitter.com/zs6ALKSpv1
As the second quarter got underway Tatum Neubert’s influence for Glanmire was growing as she picked up some easy baskets around the rim. Despite the good scoring from Glanmire, Killester were hanging around though and a Michelle Clark three-pointer saw the lead back to just six after the first two minutes of the second. As the quarter progressed Killester were growing in confidence, with Aisling McCann and Rebecca Nagle both hitting big shots to reduce the Glanmire lead. Everything then changed with 2.36 left in the half as Glanmire’s influential Neubert picked up a foot injury that would likely rule her out for the remainder of the game. Both teams traded scores after the injury and at halftime Glanmire led 44-38, behind 17 points from Shrita Parker.
WOW! It’s relentless stuff— Basketball Ireland (@BballIrl) January 11, 2020
2;12 to play Q1 @HulaHoopsIE Paudie O’Connor Cup semi final it’s @GlanmireBBall 22 @KillesterBball 16 #HulaHoopsCup #20x20 #womeninsportire https://t.co/Gbrai1mGRi… pic.twitter.com/fVBuvEHFIc
Killester seemed galvanised though as the third quarter got underway, kicking off a 5-0 run to close the gap to one-point. Both teams continued to trade baskets until a big two inside from Ella McCloskey tied the game at 52 apiece. Shortly after the first tie of the game, Rebecca Nagle grabbed Killester’s first lead with a great score and the Dublin outfit grew in confidence from that point on as they raced into an eight-point lead, 64-52. With just one minute left in the quarter Tatum Neubert made a remarkable recovery and checked back into the game and immediately had an impact. A big block by Neubert was followed by two free throws from Parker as Killester’s lead was reduced to just six heading into the final quarter.
JUMP SHOT PARKER— Basketball Ireland (@BballIrl) January 11, 2020
6:07 to play Q3 @HulaHoopsIE Paudie O’Connor Cup semi final it’s @GlanmireBBall 50 @KillesterBball 44 #HulaHoopsCup #20x20 #womeninsportire https://t.co/Gbrai1mGRi… pic.twitter.com/HRouJEWvOz
Glanmire’s pedigree in this competition is well known and they weren’t going to go into the final quarter without a fight. Neubert had a big inside basket early and then back to back threes from Shrita Parker gave Glanmire back the lead 66-65. The Shrita Parker show continued as she scored again and then dropped off a beautiful no-look assist to cap a huge 10-0 run for Glanmire as they led 70-65 with 6.42 remaining. Despite Parker’s brilliance, Killester were not going away and a big jump shot by Christa Reed followed by a three b Randle El saw Killester regain the lead 75-74. With just three minutes remaining the game was tied on 75 points apiece as both teams traded shots. A two by Reed gave Killester the lead again before Shrita Parker tied things up with 2.08 remaining as she took her total to 38. Michelle Clarke came up with a big two before Aisling McCann stepped up to knock down a massive three pointer to give Killester a five-point lead with 1.23 to go in the fourth. Despite Glanmire scoring to reduce the lead to three points there was nothing they could do as Killester survived the last exchanges as Glanmire’s three pointer from Parker to tie the game just bounced out to see Killester on their way to the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.
HUUUUUGEEEEE 3 from MCCANN— Basketball Ireland (@BballIrl) January 11, 2020
1:23 to play Q4 @HulaHoopsIE Paudie O’Connor Cup semi final it’s @GlanmireBBall 77 @KillesterBball 82 #HulaHoopsCup #20x20 #womeninsportire https://t.co/Gbrai1mGRi… pic.twitter.com/8p6YYbvOpY
Speaking after the game head coach Karl Kilbride was delighted with his team’s performance saying: “I’m wrecked! I’m so proud. We went down big early, we did it before against them and they killed us. I’m so proud we had the resilience to keep fighting and fighting. What a game fro Parker! She was just great. Those last three or four minutes our team defence did it. To have the lead in the fourth and give it up again, Christa Reed was incredible to get us some scores. We didn’t want regrets – not taking shots, not boxing out – our defence was sensational and we don’t have regrets now. I’m delighted – so delighted.”
Ambassador UCC Glanmire 79 - 82 Pyrobel Killester
Top scorers Ambassador UCC Glanmire: Shrita Parker 38, Tatum Neubert 17, Casey Grace 6
Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Adella Randle El 21, Christa Reed 20, Rebecca Nagle 14
Half time score: Ambassador UCC Glanmire 44 - 38 Pyrobel Killester
AMBASSADOR UCC GLANMIRE: Aine McKenna (5), Lesley-Ann Wilkinson (1), Casey Grace (6), Mia Furlong, Annaliese Murphy (5), Louise Scannell (3), Miriam Loughrey, Marie Breen, Caoimhe O’Driscoll, Tatum Neubert (18), Amy Dooley (1), Shrita Parker (38)
PYROBEL KILLESTER: Adella Randle El (21), Michelle Clarke (8), Leah Rutherford, Rebecca Nagle (14), Aisling McCann (12), Ciara Curran, Milica Stankovic, Christa Reed (20), Ella McCloskey (4), Sinead Boyle, Robyn Malone, Jenna Howe
Hula Hoops Pat Duffy National Cup Semi Final Detailed Results
Hula Hoops Pat Duffy National Cup Semi Final
Saturday, January 11th, 2020
DBS ÉANNA: 78
GARVEY’S TRALEE WARRIORS: 63
DBS Éanna are continuing to live the dream in their first year back at Super League level as they booked their place in their first ever Hula Hoops National Cup final this evening with a 78-63 point win over Garvey’s Tralee Warriors in Cork.
“We played their game, and we beat them at,” said head coach Darren McGovern afterwards. “This is my first time ever here, I’m here as a head coach, and I swear I’m a bundle of nerves and wrecked. I don’t know what to say, I’m so, so proud. We are a completely different team to what we were in Tralee last week, we were great. We will enjoy this moment now.”
An extremely close first quarter saw nothing between the sides as they slowly began to work each other out. Defensive pressure was to the fore as despite good scoring from Josh Wilson and Stefan Zecevic for Éanna and good work at the other end from Paul Dick and Eoin Quigley saw the game tied at 14 points apiece.
The low-scoring continued into the second quarter, with Zecevic and Wilson again leading the charge for Eanna, with Mark Reynolds adding a good score. With scores at a premium at either end, it was again Paul Dick and Quigley leading the charge, while monster work under the boards from Andre Berry saw Tralee edge a slender 24-26 half time lead.
The third quarter continued in the same vein, but this time Wilson managed to work himself some great space, and begin to hit Warriors where it hurt, clocking up 11 points in the period. Zecevic was key inside for Éanna adding to his tally well, while at the other end, Quigley was the main offensive threat for Tralee. Daniel Jokubaitis hit five points for the Warriors in the quarter but it was Éanna who led going into the last, 47-41.
A huge start from Éanna in the fourth kept momentum firmly in their favour, with Zecevic, Hillary Netsiyanwa and Wilson in superb form to keep them ahead. Warriors replied with superb work from Jokubaitis and Quigley, but a big press on defense from Éanna kept Warriors fighting for every single board and ultimately, it was free throws down the stretch that widened the margin at full time, as Éanna knocked down 10 free throws in the closing stages to win out 78-63 and book themselves a place in Tallaght.
DBS Eanna 78-63 Garvey’s Tralee Warriors
Top scorers DBS Eanna: Stefan Zecevic 24, Joshua Wilson 22, Mark Reynolds 12
Top scorers Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Paul Dick 14, Daniel Jokubaitis 14, Eoin Quigley 11, Rapolas Buivydas 11
Half time score: DBS Eanna 24-26 Garvey’s Tralee Warriors
DBS ÉANNA: Hillary Netsiyanwa, Paris Ballingar, Milo Herbst, Thomas McCabe, Joshua Wilson, Stefan Zecevic, Neil Lynch, Maxime Zafran, Marko Tomic, Laurence Caffrey, Daniel Heaney, Ciaran MacEvilly, Mark Reynolds.
GARVEY’S TRALEE WARRIORS: Paul Dick, Jonathan Lawton, Fergal O’Sullivan, Darren O’Sullivan, Ivan Bogdanovic, Darragh O’Hanlon, Eoin Quigley, Kieran Donaghy, Daniel Jokubaitis, Rapolas Buivydas, Andre Berry, Patrick McCarthy
Hula Hoops Pat Duffy National Cup semi final
January 11th, 2020
Griffith College Templeogue: 78
Coughlan C&S Neptune: 75
Griffith College Templeogue pulled a spot in the Hula Hoops Pat Duffy National Cup final out of the fire in Neptune Stadium this evening, winning out 78-75 over Coughlan C&S Neptune at the death. A huge three pointer from Neil Randolph with just over two minutes to go sent Templeogue into a 72-71 point lead and the game remained in the balance from there on out, with Jason Killeen one of the heroes for the Dubliners on the night as he followed up with a big defensive board – part of his 17 total in rebounds – and finished out at the other end to push them three up. Another massive Killeen score followed, as the game ticked toward the minute mark, but the final chapter had not yet been written, as Kyle Hosford had ice in his veins to slot home two free throws at the other end. Randolph replied in kind for Templeogue and despite a late Hosford bucket, and a final last gasp shot from Lehmon Colbert, it was Templeogue who will head back to the Arena in Tallaght on a final scoreline of 78-75.
A very close first quarter saw just one point separating the teams at the end of the period, with Lorcan Murphy and Jason Killeen to the fore for Griffith College Templeogue while it was Nil Sabata and Lehmon Colbert who dominated for the hosts. Templeogue led by one 19-18 going into the second. Neptune dug deep in the second quarter, with Nil Sabata one of the main stand outs adding some nice points to his tally, while Peter Hoffmann hit his stride early, punishing Templeogue well and getting nine points in return. Templeogue kept with them though, with Xabier Arriaga hitting some good scores, and both Murphy and Neil Randolph finding the target. It was Neptune who held the lead though going in at the half, 36-41. It remained nip-and-tuck in the third quarter, with Neptune just keeping ahead through Sabata, and nice scores from Roy Downey to lead by seven going into the last.
A huge fourth quarter followed from both sides, and though Neptune did enough early on to keep ahead, with four minutes to play, it was a one-point game. Gary Walsh and Lehmon Colbert slotted home three free throws to keep the hosts ahead, but with the clock ticking down, it was Neil Randolph who delivered and did so in devastating fashion with a huge three-pointer to put Templeogue up 72-71. The key scores from Killeen followed and despite Hosford and Colbert throwing everything they could at the game in the closing minute, Templeogue just managed to hold on.
Speaking afterwards, head coach Mark Keenan stated: “I’ve mixed emotions. I don’t think we played very well, but it’ll sink in soon that we actually won. Semi-finals can be games like that, you still have to try and win them, we found a way in the fourth quarter to get in front. Neil hit a massive three to put us in the lead and we got a lot of energy from that. I am delighted, I’m thrilled we got through, but we will need to play a lot better than that.”
Griffith College Templeogue 78-75 Coughlan C&S Neptune
Top scorers Griffith College Templeogue: Jason Killeen 21, Lorcan Murphy 15, Neil Randolph 11, Kris Arcilla 11
Top scorers Coughlan C&S Neptune: Nil Sabata 18, Peter Hoffmann 13, Lehmon Colbert 12
Half time score: Griffith College Templeogue 36-41 Coughlan C&S Neptune
GRIFFITH COLLEGE TEMPLEOGUE: Iarla McKeon, Kris Arcilla, Stephen James, Puff Summers, Xabier Arriaga, Matt Harper, Oisin Kerlin, Eoin Murphy, Padraig Burke, Vladimir Tokishin, Darren Townes, Jason Killeen, Neil Randolph, Lorcan Murphy. COUGHLAN C&S NEPTUNE: Gary Walsh, Scott Hannigan, Cian Heaphy, Jake Collins, Kyle Hosford, James Hannigan, Roy Downey, Peter Hoffmann, Shane Duggan, Eli Lenihan, Adam Heaphy, Ger Noonan, Nil Sabata, Conor Ryan, Lehmon Colbert.