DCU Saints edged past Bord Gáis Neptune, UCC Demos secured another win over Belfast Star, Moycullen recorded a huge upset against 11890 Killester and UL Eagles managed to edge pass UCD Marian in a busy weekend in the Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague.
Meanwhile, in the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague, Team Montenotte Hotel returned to winning ways and 11890 Killester bounced back to defeat Oblate Dynamos.
Also, UL and DCU Mercy warmed up for their cup final clash with wins over Liffey Celtics and Waterford Wildcats, while Meteors saw off Ulster Rockets.
DCU Saints eked out an 86-85 victory at the end of a nail-biting encounter against Bord Gais Neptune.
DCU coach David Donnelly was hugely relieved at the final whistle.
“We got out of jail today,” Donnelly admitted.
“We had a 16-point lead at half-time, but we were down by a point with seven seconds to go.
“Thankfully Pat Glover got a great shot from the baseline at the end.
“We could have lost it again after that so I’m happy we managed to squeeze the win in the end.”
UCC Demons warmed up for their cup final clash with UL with a convincing 107-77 victory over Belfast Star.
UCC Demons coach Paul Kelleher said: “We are playing well at the moment but I still believe we can be better. Now we have to be ready for UL in the cup final.”
The shock of the weekend saw Moycullen defeat reigning champions 11890 Killester 64-58 after a fantastic performance in Oranmore.
Moycullen lie at the foot of the Southern conference, yet made light of their league standing to defeat Killester, a win made all the more impressive as the Galway outfit were without the key personnel of USA star Luke Enos.
Moycullen coach Ger Lyons was understandably proud at the end.
“We had a lot of injures,” admitted Lyons.
“We were trailing at half time but we felt we really should have been up at that stage. Before the game we were looking around and believed that we have nothing to lose so we gave it everything we had and managed to come out on top.”
The defeat will be a further blow to Killester who have now lost two games on the bounce, having suffered a dramatic defeat to UL Eagles last weekend in the cup semi-final.
UL Eagles are beginning to gather momentum, following up last week’s victory with a 75-68 win over UCD Marian at the UL Arena.
Coach Mark Keenan believes that his side are finding form at the right time, despite a poor opening against Marian.
“We found it difficult early on,” conceded Keenan.
“It was always going to be hard to get to the standard of last week. There was a lot of emotion then, and maybe we struggled to find a rhythm today because the stakes were so high in the last game.
“The guys showed good character again. They fought for one another which is a good sign. We have lost more games this season than I would like but things are starting to come right for us now. That is what you really want to be aiming for at this time of year.”
In the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork set aside the disappointment of last weekend’s cup exit, returning to winning ways after an 81-50 in a derby clash with Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell.
Montenotte coach Cormac O’Donoghue was pleased with the performance of his side after what has been a difficult week.
"We felt that last weekend we missed an opportunity,” revealed O’Donoghue.
“We had chances to win against UL and unfortunately we couldn’t take them. So there was some obvious disappointment there after we lost that game.
“From my point of view it was very encouraging to see everybody ready and willing to start again in training on Tuesday. The girls trained hard all week and got their just rewards tonight.”
Elsewhere, 11890 Killester eventually saw of the challenge of Oblate Dynamo’s after a slow start courtesy of a final scoreline of 54-43.
UL continued their impeccable campaign with a massive 99-49 victory over Liffey Celtics.
The victory means UL have now won all 13 league games this season and James Weldon’s side also have a cup final appearance to look forward to next weekend.
DCU Mercy made light work of the challenge of Waterford Wildcats, running out impressive 84-31 winners.
DCU will face UL in the national cup final next weekend and DCU coach Mark Ingle is happy with the way his side are performing.
“We are definitely better than we were six or eight weeks ago,” said Ingle.
“Defensively in the last two games we have conceded less than 40 points. That’s a good sign. We just have to keep doing what we are doing and hopefully we can find a way to beat UL.”
Meteors made it five wins in a row with a 70-59 win away at Ulster Rockets.