C&S UCC Demons emerged the big winners from a terrific weekend of Basketball Ireland Premier League action as they bested rival title contenders Killester in Dublin 77 to 72.
Demons were led by a superb performance from Kyle Hosford, who finished the game with 23 points and connected on several crucial three pointers when it looked like Killester might run away with the contest.
Struggling to stay with Killester in the early goings, Demons came good when it mattered, taking their first lead of the game mid-way through the fourth quarter and holding on for the win.
Up to that point, Killester had been much the better side before turnovers eventually cost them dearly. Demons took full advantage and showed the greater composure en route to what could turn out to be a crucial win in the race for the title.
The game took on extra significance just hours before tip-off when Demons and Killester were drawn against one another for the National Cup semi-final.
The other semi-final will see Bord Gáis Neptune face Dublin Inter, two teams that also played over the weekend, with Neptune outlasting Inter for a thrilling three-point victory (83-80).
The unquestionable shock of the weekend came courtesy of Templeogue’s victory over defending champions UL Eagles in Dublin.
It is Templeogue’s first win ever at this level and was achieved in convincing fashion with a 91 to 80 final score line.
“We really believe in our young players and this win will hopefully give them the confidence needed to go on and get more,” said Templeogue coach Mick Thompson afterwards.
Elsewhere in the Men’s Premier League there were wins for DCU Saints and UCD Marian who beat SSE Renewables Moycullen (82-66) and Belfast Star (70-60) respectively.
In the Women’s Premier League, Liffey Celtics came within five points of causing a major upset against UL Huskies (69-74) while it was a superb weekend for Team Montenotte Hotel with wins over WIT Wildcats (63-55) and Singleton SuperValu Brunell (73-55).
There were also wins for DCU Mercy and Killester over Wildcats (67-63) and Meteors (75-55) respectively.