Cup fever well and truly took over the men’s Premier League this weekend as teams across the country took part in the first round of the National Cup.
Most notable was the clash of the undefeated Killester and newcomers Belfast Star that saw the game go down to the wire.
In the end, Killester came out on top with a three-point win on a scoreline of 83-80 despite the efforts of Star’s key player Paul Dick, who registered 24 points on the night.
Elsewhere, defending National Cup champions Bord Gais Neptune returned to good form after their harrowing defeat in the Premier League last week to C&S UCC Demons.
They took on Moycullen and emerged easy 104-59 winners as their power trio of Darren Townes, Ger Noonan and Mick McGinn utilised their experience against a young Galway side.
In Limerick, Mark Keenan’s UL Eagles were determined to claim a win early in the competition after their disappointing performance last season in the National Cup.
They completed a 74-63 victory against Dublin Inter, with American Delwan Graham contributing a 26-point haul.
DCU Saints annihilated a young Templeogue side 84-48 at the National Basketball Arena.
In Cork, C&S UCC Demons continued their winning ways with an impressive 96-65 success over UCD Marian.
Meanwhile, in the women’s Premier League, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork recorded their second win of the season over a resilient WIT Wildcats when they came out on top of a nail-biting affair on a 72-69 scoreline.