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Dublin Inter exit the National Cup
07 Dec 2014 23:11
Men’s National Cup
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Dublin Inter crashed out of the chase for the National Cup despite a 73-71 victory over UL Eagles on Saturday night.
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Trailing by five points from the first leg, last year’s finalists couldn’t quite manage to overhaul their opponents’ advantage as Eagles edged into the next round.
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Joining them in the next stage are Travelodge Swords Thunder, who managed to overturn a first leg deficit against Belfast Star in a pulsating 74-62 victory on Saturday.
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Ten points in arrears from the opening game, Thunder fell further behind in the first quarter and were still behind on aggregate by the interval, but they roared into the lead in the third quarter and hung on from there.
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Coach Dave Baker was pleased to see his side book their place in the next round, saying: “In the third quarter, I think we kept them to seven points and that put us into some measure of security although they came back again.
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“But that is Star, they are well drilled, well coached and have some very good players.”
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Cup holders C&S UCC Demons saw off Killester 74-64 to add to their first leg victory, while Templeogue recorded a 158-142 aggregate victory over DCU Saints.
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UCD Marian recorded a double over BFG Neptune, an 88-91 away win for the Dublin side giving them a 21-point winning margin over the two legs.
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Women’s National Cup
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Singleton SuperValu Brunell shocked the previously unbeaten Team Montenotte Hotel to record an impressive 74-59 win in their National Cup encounter, but it was not enough to deny their Cork rivals a semi-final place.
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Montenotte's big win in the first leg means that they survived to take the tie 140-129 on aggregate.
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“I’m absolutely thrilled with the performance from the girls tonight,” said Brunell coach Kieran O’Leary.
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“Unfortunately we had a mountain to climb from the first leg, but I asked the girls to go out there and represent themselves and that is exactly what they did.”
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DCU Mercy confirmed their place in the last four, cruising to a 170-105 aggregate victory over Meteors, while Killester produced a superb second-half comeback to win 82-65 and knock out Courtyard Liffey Celtics in their second leg clash after the first game had ended all square.
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Maxol WIT Wildcats and UL Huskies served up a thrilling battle, but the Waterford women’s 59-57 victory was not enough to overturn their first-leg deficit as the Huskies advanced 126-120 winners on aggregate.
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