Game Zone: Dec 12-13
December 14, 2015
Maxol WIT Wildcats edged out Team Montenotte Hotel in a Women's Premier League thriller in Waterford. Cathy Kavanagh's baseline 12 footer with five seconds remaining proved the difference in a 62-60 win which leaves just a single point separating second from fourth place in the table.
Wildcats Head Coach Mick Evans said: âThere wasnât a lot in it. They missed four free-throws in the last minute to bring it to overtime. Mark [Scannell] had set up to curtail Jazmen Boone but Cathy Kavanagh stepped up big time for us. Weâve had a lot of close games and thereâs a good bond there."
DCU Mercy extended their lead at the top of the table by beating Portlaoise Panthers while UL Huskies picked up their first away win of the season to beat Courtyard Liffey Celtics in Leixlip. Elsewhere, Meteors moved to within a single point of the playoff spots with a narrow win over Singleton SuperValu Brunell.
Duane Johnson became the first player to hit 40 points in the Menâs Premier League in 2015/2016 as DCU Saints beat UL Eagles comfortably at the National Basketball Arena. It was the Americanâs third appearance for Joey Boylanâs side since switching from Corio Bay Stingrays in Australia. âYou can see how heâs settled into the side,â said the Saints Coach. âHe can go over fellas and around fellas, but heâs clicking with his team mates now as well.â
It was a one-side side affair in the second game of the Arena Double-Headers as GCD Swords Thunder cruised past Eanna. 34 points in the first quarter alone did the damage.
Belfast Star picked up their first home win of the season at UCD Marianâs expense while Pyrobel Killester beat SSE Airtricity Moycullen to move level on points with Templeogue and C&S UCC Demons at the top of the table.
Saturday December 12th:
Senior Women's National Cup Quarter-Finals:
Ulster Rockets 81, Team Garveyâs Tralee 71
Ulster Rockets had to come from behind to reach the last four of the Senior Womenâs National Cup with an 81-71 win over Team Garveyâs Tralee. The Tralee side led for most of the third quarter but started turning over possession in the face of a full court press allowing the home side to pull clear. Rockets Coach Breda Dick said the bench had a pivotal role: âIt could have gone either way to be honest. They shot at 54% with us a 47%. Our younger players came in and did a great job. Charlie McGrath came in an put away three quick baskets and Anna Maguire hit a couple while our American had 26 points and 15 boards.â
Ulster Rockets Top Scorers: Emma OâConnor 26, Helena OâDornan 16, Ciara OâNeill 15.
Team Garveyâs Tralee Top Scorers: Cassandra Buckley 14, Rheanne OâShea 14, Amanda Brosnan.
HT: Ulster Rockets 35, Team Garveyâs Tralee 39.
NUIG Mystics 77, Meteors 52
NUIG Mystics booked their place in the Senior Womenâs National Cup Final with a 77-52 win over Meteors in Galway. Mystics held a clear advantage inside but were wasted 18 put backs in the first half alone. It kept Meteors in touching distance until a switch in defence allowed the gap to develop.
Meteors were a young team who could shoot the ball really well,â said Mystics Coach Mike Murray. âWe were about to push out our defence and stop them at the perimeter. Sioban Kilkenny was injured but we were able to get everyone on the floor. Job done, really.â
NUIG Mystics Top Scorers: Ailish OâReilly 22, Michelle Fahy 20, Lauren Murray 14
Meteors Top Scorers: Lauren Flynn 17, Aoife Whelan 8, Lauren Mitchell 8
HT: NUIG Mystics 36, Meteors 25
Friday 11 December 2015
Hula Hoops Women's National Intermediate Club Championships Quarter-Final: Limerick Celtics 79, Clonaslee BC 29
Saturday 12 December 2015
Men's Premier League: SSE Airtricity Moycullen 56, Pyrobel Killester 71; Belfast Star 98, UCD Marian 78
Women's Premier League: Meteors 69, Singleton's SuperValu Brunell 67; Courtyard Liffey Celtics 59, UL Huskies 72; Maxol WIT Wildcats 62, Team Montenotte Hotel 60.
Men's Division One: Maree BC 88, KUBS 81; Kestrels 81 Keane's SuperValu Killorglin 86; Team Kilkenny P-P ITC Basketball; BFG Neptune 110, JM&L Auctioneers Titans 81; Fr Mathews 65, C&S Blue Demons 76.
Women's Division One: Postponed: Team Denjoes American Style P-P Longford Falcons, St. Marys Community Centre, 19:30.
Hula Hoops Senior Women's National Cup Quarter-Finals:NUIG Mystics 77, Meteors BC 52; Ulster Rockets 81, Team Garveys Tralee 71.
Hula Hoops Men's National Intermediate Club Championship Quarter-Final: Cork Celts 70, North Star 69.
Hula Hoops Women's National Intermediate Club Championship Quarter-Final: Ballincollig BC 64, Portlaoise Panthers 43.
Sunday 13 December 2015
Men's Premier League: DCU Saints 96, UL Eagles 78; GCD Swords Thunder 98, Eanna BC 62.
Women's Premier League: DCU Mercy 70, Portlaoise Panthers 54.
Men's Division One: Team Kilkenny 86, Maree BC 95
Women's Division One: Oblate Dynamos 63, Team Garvey's Tralee 58; Marble City Hawks 46, ITC Basketball 64.
Hula Hoops Women's National Intermediate Club Championship Quarter-Final: St Anthony's Cork 64, Muckno Lakers 70