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Basketball Ireland weekend review
12 Oct 2014 20:08
MEN'S PREMIER LEAGUE Killester 73-71 UCD Saints Killester edged out UCD Saints in a thriller at the National Basketball Arena. There was never more than four points between the sides as the league champions preserved their unbeaten record in a nail biting final quarter.
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UCD opted to shoot for three rather than send the game into overtime but missed the winner to condemn Ioannis Liapakis’ side to a second successive narrow defeat.
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Killester head coach Jonathan Grennel felt Jermaine Turner’s physicality was pivotal.
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“The rest of the guys will admit there a lot was left to him and we didn’t compete enough on the boards,” Grennel said.
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“It was a bit nerve-wracking at the end. My heart was in my mouth when they squared up – they’d had a good look at it, but we’re delighted with the win.”
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Ioannis Liapakis was quick to assume responsibility for UCD Marian’s gamble on winning the game.
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“We had looked to keep them to 70 points but we also wanted to win the game," Liapakis said. "We decided to go for it and I took the risk. So I’m happy about everything but the result.”
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BFG Neptune 88-76 Dublin Inter BFG Neptune and Dublin Inter were also in action at the Arena as part of a Double Header in the Men’s National League and the Cork men came out on top. Player regulations mean Nigel Byam and Michael Bonaparte cannot share court time but they dominated the score board with 21 and 19 points, respectively.
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The first quarter was an open affair but man to man marking tightened things up as the game wore on. Inter looked to vary their game inside and out but were forced to chase the game and shoot lower percentages in the final quarter.
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DCU Saints 95-78 Templeogue On Saturday night, DCU Saints got their first win of the season with a controlled performance at Templeogue.
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Eoin Chubb was head coach Joey Boylan’s tactical enforcer on the floor as the Saints took the game to Templeogue from tip off. Templeogue’s Lorcan Murphy posed troubles for the DCU Saints rearguard but Mark Nagle’s high percentage outside shooting maintained the winning lead.
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Boylan was happy with his match-ups in the 95-78 win.
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“Our defence was very strong early in the game, which lead to points and gave us that lead,” Boylan said. “We knew we needed to control the tempo of the game, play up tempo basketball and run the ball at them to take out their big men.”
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WOMEN'S PREMIER LEAGUE UL Huskies 60-51 Killester Killester are still without a win after this loss at UL Huskies. Killester helped themselves to a 13-0 lead in the opening quarter the hosts produced some big plays and out rebounded Killester in the second quarter.
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Huskies tired as the game wore on but Cathy Grant produced a couple of superb steals to seal the game. Huskies head coach Davy Keogh put the win down to hard graft.
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“Their zone hurt us early on but we got the hang of it,” Keogh said. “We built up a lead in the third quarter even though Michelle Clarke was shooting well from outside. It just took a lot of hard effort from the girls.”
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Singleton Supervalu Brunell 61-55 Maxol WIT Wildcats Singleton Supervalu Brunell got off the mark with a win away to Maxol WIT Wildcats but they had to come from behind to do it. Wildcats’ Claire Leavey had a couple of great drives and Olivia Applewhite lead the scoring.
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The ‘Nellies’ fought back through Edel Thornton to secure their first win of the season and bring a smile to the face of head coach Kieran O’Leary.
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“We’re especially pleased with the fact that it was an away win,” O’Leary said.
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“We were happy with our defence in the opening half but the offence really stepped up in the third quarter. We had changed how we put our big players on the floor too and that had an effect as the game wore on.”
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