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Basketball: Demons close to double
15 Feb 2015 21:09
MEN'S PREMIER LEAGUE
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C&S UCC Demons edged closer to double success in dispatching DCU Saints 117-78 in the Men’s Premier League at the Mardyke Arena.
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The Cup champions notched up 74 points in the first half alone despite the absence of Lehmon Colbert, the American managed only 10 minutes of game time through injury but Shane Duggan stepped up to hit 18 points.
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The scoring tailed off as the game wore on but head coach Colin O’Reilly didn’t feel the need to be harsh.
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The Demons coach said: “We kept playing but DCU got a few extra stops and were making their own baskets too. We were shooting at around 80% [accuracy] for the first three quarters so I wouldn’t be giving the lads any grief.”
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Travelodge Swords Thunder picked up two wins in 24 hours.
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They were pushed all the way by Dublin Inter on Saturday night but 20 points from Juan Torres made their trip to UL Eagles on Sunday a little more comfortable, where they won 65-78.
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Templeogue’s bye-week allowed BFG Neptune and UCD Marian to move up the table and create a three-way race for the final Champions Trophy spot while Killester edged out Belfast Star 83-81 at the IWA in Clontarf.
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WOMEN'S PREMIER LEAGUE
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Team Montenotte Hotel will finish the Women’s Premier League season at the top of the table after beating second placed Courtyard Liffey Celtics 91-63 at Leixlip Amenities Centre.
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The double chasing Glanmire outfit put up the biggest score of the season to fend off Celtics and guarantee an easier draw in the post-season play-offs. Mark Scannell’s side had to come from behind to take the win and the head coach admitted they struggled to contain Celtics in the first half.
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“I don’t think we’ve given up 43 points in some matches, not to mind at half time,” said Scannell. “We dug in after that and held them to six points in the third quarter.”
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At the other end of the table, UL Huskies pulled off a stunning win to snap Singleton SuperValuBrunell’s hot streak and give the Limerick side a fighting chance of avoiding relegation with a 80-60 win.
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Killester’s 43-54 loss to DCU Mercy means they now need to get a result from their two remaining games to avoid the drop.
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Meteors stayed in the hunt for a play-off place in beating Maxol WIT Wildcats 68-47 in Waterford. It was the Dubliners’ first away win of the season.
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Elsewhere, Colin O’Reilly has been named as head coach of the Men’s Premier League All-Stars ahead of their trip to China in July.
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The All-Stars team will take on China, Italy and Slovenia in the Sino-European Championships in Jaingsu Province. O’Reilly has led C&S UCC Demons on a 19-0 run this season which sees the Cork side on the brink of league and cup double success.
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