The draw for the Hula Hoops National Cup Semi-Finals is now complete with three more teams through to the penultimate round in Cork on the second weekend in January.
GCD Swords Thunder knocked out UCD Marian on Friday night with a 10-point win. 2015 finalists Marian led for the first time early in the final quarter but Thunder iced the win with nine successes from their last 10 free-throw attempts.
âThis was the team we lost to in the semis last year,â said Swords Coach Dave Baker. âWeâve had a shaky start to our league campaign so getting to the semi-finals is huge for us.â
Fr Mathewâs saw off BFG Neptune in an all Division One clash in the Presidentsâ National Cup while Maree made home court advantage count against Tralee BC in the U18 Menâs Competition.
Templeogue are now six points clear at the top of the Menâs Premier League after an 82-80 win over Pyrobel Killester in the Menâs Premier League. The unbeaten Dubliners led for the majority of the game but had to fend off a fourth-quarter comeback from the third placed side.
DCU Saints pulled off a stunning 100-90 win against C&S UCC Demons. âWe scrambled really well to get to their shooters and then we controlled our own boards which led to fast-break points,â said DCU Saints Coach Joey Boylan. âIt makes for a nice Christmas present.â An 18-0 run down the stretch secured UL Eagles a rousing win over SSE Airtricity Moycullen. Belfast Star stayed sixth win Saturdayâs win over GCD Swords Thunder.
In the Womenâs Premier League, Team Montenotte Hotel played their best basketball of the season to beat Pyrobel Killester and move into second place. 30 points in the second quarter ensured an 85-62 win while Meteors are up to third after winning at Portlaoise Panthers.
Singleton SuperValu Brunell pulled off an overtime win against the in-form Maxol WIT Wildcats. âTheir basket went in and we missed and that was it,â said Wildcatsâ Sinead Deegan. âThey got one back on us because we could say we stole the win when we played them down in Cork.â DCU Mercy will top the table for Christmas after their 62-53 win at home to Courtyard Liffey Celtics.
Sunday December 20th
Menâs Premier League: DCU Saints 100, C&S UCC Demons 90; Pyrobel Killester BC 80,Templeogue BC 82
Womenâs Premier League: DCU Mercy 62, Courtyard Liffey Celtics 53.
Womenâs Division One: Oblate Dynamos 54, Fr. Mathews 63; Marble City Hawks 38, Team Garvey's Tralee 42.
Saturday December 19th
Menâs Premier League: Eanna BC 52, UCD Marian 90; Belfast Star 80, GCD Swords Thunder 74; UL Eagles 81, SSE Airtricity Moycullen 74.
Hula Hoops Presidents National Cup Quarter-Final: Fr. Mathews 81, BFG Neptune BC 72.
Womenâs Division One: Fr. Mathews 68, ITC Basketball; Team DenJoes American Style 48, NUIG Mystics 81.
Friday December 18th
Hula Hoops Menâs National Cup Round Two: GCD Swords Thunder 80, UCD Marian 70
GCD Swords Thunder game through Round Two of the Hula Hoops Men's National Cup for the second time with an 80-70 win over UCD Marian at the ALSAA. The home side got off to a fluid start and led all the way to the 28th minute before Dan James levelled the game at 48-48 for UCD Marian. Marian led with seven minutes remaining as Dustan Moreira drove his way past 20 points but Thunder's patience and crisp passing opened up the opportunities and forced UCD Marian to give up fouls with the clock ticking. Thunder iced win with nine successes from their last ten free-throws.
GCD Swords Thunder booked their place in the #HulaHoopsCup Semi-Finals tonight. This week's Game Zone is at http://bit.ly/Dec-16-20
GCD Swords Thunder Top Scorers: Alex Dolenko 23, Mike Garrow 17, Sergi Guardia 14.
UCD Marian Top Scorers: Dustan Moreira 23, Conor Meany 17, Dan James 16.
HT: GCD Swords Thunder 41, UCD Marian 34
Hula Hoops U18 Menâs National Cup Quarter-Final: Maree BC 75, Tralee Imperials BC 59
Maree are through to the Hula Hoops U18 Menâs National Cup Semi-Final courtesy of a 75-59 win over Tralee Imperials in Galway. Theyâll now face Neptune in Neptune Stadium on Saturday January 9th.
A big third quarter gave them the momentum to carry through as an eight-point lead at half-time was out to 16 points with 10 minutes remaining. Tralee rallied but it was Maree left standing at the final buzzer.
Tralee Imperials Top Scorers: Ryan Leonard 24, Keelan Crowe 16, Dara Devine 8.
HT: Maree BC 39, Tralee Imperials BC 31
Menâs Premier League: DCU Saints 75, Belfast Star 78
Templeogue BC beat Belfast Star at the Oblate Hall to move to the top of the Basketball Ireland Men's Premier League. The home side applied the pressure in the third quarter to push the lead out to 20 points. Michael Bonaparte finished with 29 points with Conor Grace chipping in 20.
Some #BIMPL action from the Oblate Hall tonight where Templeogue Basketball Club beat Belfast Star Basketball Club 91-70.
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Part of FIBA Europe, the European Governing body, and of FIBA, the World Governing body, B.I. is responsible for the promotion and administration of basketball throughout Ireland and for Irish international participation.