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Basketball Ireland round up: League finals

Updated: Sunday, 23 Mar 2014 18:40 | Comments

C&S UCC Demons' Kyle Hosford (L) and Isaac Westbrooks of Killester
C&S UCC Demons' Kyle Hosford (L) and Isaac Westbrooks of Killester

C&S UCC Demons exacted some sweet revenge over rivals Killester in the Champions Trophy final as the National Cup champions defeated the Premier League winners 79 – 60.

Killester had won the sides’ previous meeting in Cork when they stunned Demons 69 – 93 in UCC’s Mardyke Arena, a result that all but ended Demons’ hopes of winning the Premier League.

In searching for that second trophy of the season, Demons opted for size in their starting line-up, giving French forward Christian Anon a spot in the first five. Anon responded by being the game’s top scorer pouring in 19 points in the contest along with collecting the game’s MVP honours.

Anon’s scoring touch along with the playmaking of Hosford and a combined 30 points from Lehmon Colbert and Colin O’Reilly meant that Demons simply had too much firepower for their Dublin opponents on the day.

While neither team shot the ball exceptionally well, Killester will be particularly disappointed with their three-from-18 stat from behind the three point arc as the long range effort has been such an integral part of their attack all season.

Meanwhile earlier in the day, an awesome performance from Team Montenotte Hotel saw the cup champions add the Women’s Premier League title to their 2014 trophy cabinet, defeating UL Huskies 81 to 71.

Led by a combined 44 points from sisters Grainne and Niamh Dwyer, Montenotte dominated from start to finish as they crushed Huskies’ hopes of a historic fourth league title in a row.

While Montenotte were tipped by many to upset the favourites Huskies, few could have predicted just how superior they would be on the day.

From the start however, Montenotte looked like a team brimming with confidence as they went toe to toe with the league champions and led by four at the half time break.

The decisive run then came in the final minutes of the third quarter when Cork outfit’s lead ballooned from six to 15 behind some stunning outside shooting by game MVP Grainne Dwyer.

Controlling the rebounding battle, and with it the tempo of the game, Montenotte never really looked in trouble from that point onwards. While Rachel Clancy would do her best to keep Huskies in touching distance it was not to the Limerick ladies’ day.

The win completed what has been a remarkable 3 month run for Montenotte who have lost just once in 2014 during which time they have collected a National Cup and Women’s Premier League title.

Sunday’s basketball action from Cork had begun with the League Cup final meeting of Dublin Inter and Belfast Star and after having lost the National Cup final in January to Demons, Inter were delighted to exit the season with silverware, defeating Star 73 – 67.

On Saturday, Meteors and Tralee Imperials also left Cork with silverware in the shape of the Women’s Premier League Shield and Women’s Division One titles respectively.

Meteors had to overcome the challenge of Ulster Rockets in their final and in particular the hot hand of Kerri Shields whose game high 28 points included four three pointers.

It was not be enough for the women from Belfast, however, as the general team defence and fastbreak play of Meteors saw them emerge as deserving winners with Beth Meany (22 points) picking up the game’s MVP award.

In the Women’s Division One final, Tralee Imperials defended their 2013 crown by once again defeating the team that had bested them in the cup final the previous January.

In 2013 Imperials lost to Dynamos in the cup final before beating them in the league final while Saturday they bested Portlaoise Panthers 58 – 38, just two months after Panthers defeated the women from the Kingdom in the 2014 cup final.

Basketball Ireland League Finals Weekend Results

Friday, 21 March

Champions Trophy Semi Finals

Killester 76 (45) (C Roe 15, M Bonaparte 14, I Westbrooks 13) DCU Saints 64 (36) (M Provizors 24, P Lynch 21, E Darling 6)

C&S UCC Demons 106 (59) (A O’Sullivan 25, L Colbert 22, B O’Neill 18) JM&L Auctioneers Titans 68 (34) (T Mitkus 22, C Coyne 15, G Sedebskis 10)

Saturday, 22 March

League Cup Semi Finals

UL Eagles 75 (36) (D Graham 19, N Campbell 18, J O’Keefe 10) Belfast Star 83 (38) (P Dick 22, F Otis 16, D Moreira 14)

Dublin Inter 82 (43) ( M Cepliauskas 18, M Tamusauskas 17, R Dimicuikas 15) UCD Marian 67 (23) (C Meany 23, T King 16, K Foley 7)

Women’s Premier League Shield Final

Ulster Rockets 76 (32) (K Shields 28, H Fairbairn 23, M McNally 16) Meteors 93 (36) (B Meany 22, J Daly 18, K Ganser 16) (Meteors)

MVP – Beth Meany

Women’s Division One Final

Portlaoise Panthers 33 (17) (C O’Sullivan 11, S Melia 9, S Nihill 7) Tralee Imperials 51 (27) (E Sherwood 16, S Mackessy 15, C Buckley 10)

MVP – Emma Sherwood (Tralee Imperials)

Sunday, 23 March

League Cup Final

Dublin Inter 73 (41) (A Statkus 17, M Cepliauskas 17, A Dimiciukas 9) Belfast Star 65 (28) (D Moreira 14, P Dick 12, M McKillop 8)

MVP – Mazvydas Cepliauskas (Dublin Inter)

Women’s Premier League Final

UL Huskies 71 (37) (R Clancy 25, L Maher 21, R Vanderwal 9) Team Montenotte Hotel 84 (41) (G Dwyer 29, N Dwyer 17, E Harmon 16)

MVP – Grainne Dwyer (Team Montenotte Hotel)

Champions Trophy Final

Killester 60 (35) (M Bonaparte 14, J Behan 13, C Roe 10) C&S UCC Demons 79 (44) (C Anon 19, L Colbert 16, C O’Reilly 14)

MVP – Christian Anon (C&S UCC Demons)

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