Game Zone: Week 15
February 18, 2016
Templeogue had to come from behind to beat Eanna and keep pace at the top of the Menâs Premier League, eventually coming through 93-81 at the Oblate Hall. Eanna led through the first and second quarters before an improved defensive effort and the scoring of Paul Cummins put the home side in front. The outside shooting of Stephen James pushed Templeogue clear in the fourth.
39 points from Jermaine Turner helped Pyrobel Killester to a 104-97 win at GCD Swords Thunder. Both Dan Nelms and Alex Dolenko broke 20 points for Dave Bakerâs side, but their nine-point lead at half time was overturned by the powerful combination of Turner and Paul Dick. The win also assures Brian OâMalleyâs side third place or better in the coaches first season in charge.
UCD Marian used Thunderâs defeat to take charge of fourth spot and with it a potential place in the end-of-season Champions Trophy. They are now three points clear of their North Dublin rivals with two games to play and a superior head-to-head record. A strong second-half saw them through 86-67 against UL Eagles.
Duane Johnson and Martins Provizors combined for 53 points as DCU Saints beat SSE Airtricity Moycullen 80-73 in Glasnevin. Moycullen has led by five points at half time as Raheen Lemons finished on 23 points.
In the Womenâs Premier League, Meteors beat Courtyard Liffey Celtics to retain an outside shot at finishing second in the table for the regular season. They won 67-61 with Emily Leer, Megan McGuiness and Beth Meany finishing in double digits and will take the runners up spot if they can beat Team Montenotte Hotel by 23 points or more in the final round.
The relegation battle will go down to the last day of the season. UL Huskies lost 76-57 at home to newly crowned Womenâs Premier League Champions DCU Mercy but will guarantee survival if they can win at Maxol WIT Wildcats next Saturday. Wildcats were beaten 74-58 at home by Pyrobel Killester meaning they finish fifth in the 2015/2016 table.
Portlaoise Panthers can still secure a second season in the top flight but theyâll need to beat Courtyard Liffey Celtics in Leixlip on February 27th and hope UL Huskies canât get anything out of their trip to Maxol WIT Wildcats. Both of Panthersâ wins in the campaign were against the Limerick side.
Singletonâs SuperValu Brunell became the first team to finish out the regular season. Kieran OâLearyâs side had already locked up the sixth and final playoff spot before being beaten 70-60 by Team Montenotte Hotel at the Parochial Hall.
The new home for the Womenâs Division One regular season title wonât be decided until the final round. Fr Mathewâs kept their slim hopes alive with a 70-33 win at Longford Falcons. They still have to play leaders NUIG Mystics knowing that a 14-point win or better will give them the advantage in the head-to-head. After that theyâll need to win at home to Team Garveyâs Tralee and hope that Ulster Rockets can beat Mystics on the last day of action.
Fr Mathewâs picked up their fifth win of the season with a 73-64 win at neighbours C&S Blue Demons. That game was played on Friday, while the top three sides all picked up wins on Saturday. Maree extended their winning streak to 16 games in all competitions in beating Team Kilkenny 93-81 in Oranmore.
KUBS toughed out a 75-63 win at home to BFG Neptune and Keaneâs SuperValu were 81-74 winners at home to JM&L Auctioneers Titans. Killorglin hold a one-point advantage in the head-to-head against Maree so can keep their title challenge going for another couple of rounds, while KUBS will need Maree to slip up before the two sides meet in the final round to keep their dream alive.