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Basketball Ireland weekend review

Updated: Monday, 04 Nov 2013 11:17 | Comments

UL Eagles disposed of a highly-rated DCU Saints outfit 85 to 67
UL Eagles disposed of a highly-rated DCU Saints outfit 85 to 67

Killester and C&S UCC Demons continued their perfect starts to the 2013/14 season at the weekend with convincing home wins.

Spurred on by capacity home crowds for both games, the league leaders proved too much for Belfast Star and Bord Gais Neptune respectively.

In the Cork derby, Demons poured in a season high 101 points in a ferociously paced game that showcased their superb bench depth.

Head coach Colin O’Reilly’s self-confessed game plan of turning the tie into a “track meet” worked perfectly as a gallant Neptune simply could not keep pace.

Killester’s win on the other hand was built on their powerful front-court with Michael Bonaparte once again shining.

His presence close to the ring collapsed the Star defence time and time again, creating the platform for their impressive 24 point victory.

Not to be outdone, defending champions UL Eagles reminded all that the title still runs through Limerick when they disposed of a highly-rated DCU Saints outfit 85 to 67.

Meanwhile, SSE Renewables Moycullen picked up their first victory of the campaign, away to Templeogue, while Dublin Inter re-discovered the winning touch on the road against UCD Marian.

In the Women’s Premier League, the clash of undefeated sides WIT Wildcats and Singleton SuperValu Brunell did not disappoint as the Cork side prevailed in a thrilling three point encounter in Waterford.

The win leaves the young Brunell squad with a perfect four wins from four games played, tied with their next league opponent, defending champions UL Huskies, who defeated Ulster Rockets on Sunday.

The only other games at the weekend saw DCU Mercy and Meteors prove too strong for local rivals Killester and Liffey Celtics respectively.

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