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DCU maintain lead at the top

Updated: Sunday, 05 Feb 2012 18:48

DCU maintain lead at the top

DCU Saints remain nine points clear at the top of the Northern Conference after their 82-63 win over Belfast Star.

The Saints appeared in complete control at the break, leading by 20, but their head coach David Donnelly was unhappy with the way his side let their standards slip in the third quarter.

"We made hard work out of it," said Donnelly. "We had a poor third quarter and they really pressurised us. I feel we can play much better. They were missing Paul Cummins so that weakened them.

"We have a few difficult away games on the horizon but it’s crucial we get top spot and have that home advantage in the play-offs."

The Saints’ Dublin rivals 11890 Killester made light work of their clash with UCD Marian, winning 93-54 to maintain the pressure at the top of the Northern Conference.

The win gave Killester a welcome boost after a disappointing couple of weeks, which saw them dumped out of the National Cup at the semi final stage and also suffer a league defeat to Moycullen.

BordGais Neptune’s hopes of getting home advantage in the play-off’s remain intact after their 62-53 win at home to Moycullen.

Neptune’s American Ron Thompson was once again to the fore, scoring 25 points, while Phil Taylor and Ger Noonan also impressed. Moycullen were once again without their American Luke Enos.

DCU Mercy put their National Cup disappointment behind them to record a 72-64 win away to Singleton's Super Valu Brunell in the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague.

It’s a big win for Mercy, particularly coming just two days after their dreams of a three in a row cup triumph came to an end.

Team Montenotte Cork outlined their intentions for the remainder of the season with a 20 point win over Oblate Dynamos.

Key players Grainne Dwyer, Claire Rockall and Niamh Dwyer were pivotal in the win as the Cork giants maintained the pressure on the newly crowned National Cup champions UL.

11890 Killester had 11 points to spare over Meteors (55-44) as they kept up their hopes of finishing in the play off positions.

Meteors have been showing good form in recent weeks but came unstuck against their capital rivals, who continue to be without the massively influential Ashling Sullivan.

Waterford Wildcats bounced back from their recent league hammering to DCU Mercy to claim a slender 56-51 win away to Liffey Celtics.

NiamhMullaly secured 21 points in the win but the Wildcats were made to work for the three points by a gutsy Celtics.