Weekend basketball round-up

Updated: Sunday, 11 Nov 2012 22:10

Moycullen caused the Irish Basketball upset of the weekend an unexpected result when they overcame an experienced DCU Saints team in the Nivea for Men's Superleague.

The Galway side carried the game into overtime ensuring that their home crowd was kept entertained. This win marks their second victory of the season with both games spilling into overtime.

For DCU, the Dubliners unfortunately now record their third loss in a row.

Speaking after the game, Head Coach of Moycullen, Salva Camps enthused: "That was a great competitive game of basketball and our guys played from start to finish."

UCC Demons continued their unbeaten run after they faced off with Dublin Inter in the National Basketball Arena.

The Cork side came away with the win on the road as newcomers Inter fought until the very end. Regrettably for Dublin Inter, they suffer another loss as they adjust to playing in the SuperLeague.

Head Coach of UCC Demons, Paul Kelleher is happy with his team’s progress: "We played well as a team and moved the ball nicely. We were on point with our shot selection and defence but failed to keep our performance tight in the fourth quarter.”

UL Eagles landed in the IWA Clontarf and added another win to their sheet after their victory over Killester. With the Eagles on a nice run at the moment a win again Killester sets them up nicely in the league standings behind UCC Demons.

Mark Keenan, Head Coach of UL Eagles admitted, “We got off to a slow start and to be honest, Killester had the better exchanges in the first quarter. However, we settled ourselves and pushed out an eleven point lead at half time.”

Bord Gais Neptune welcomed another victory to their record after an impressive win over UCD Marian.

This was the second time for the two sides to meet this season, on the first occasion it was UCD who left the game successful however, it seems Neptune learned their lesson as they stole the win this time around.

Happy with the result, Head Coach of UCC Demons, Mark Scannell said, “We had to dig deep to come away with that win, our American was out injured during the week but the Irish lads really stepped it up a gear.”

"We were 6 down with 4 minutes to go but stepped up the defensive and it made a big difference. It was a tough game but I am delighted that we have another win under our belt."

The first fixture of the Women’s SuperLeague National Cup took place in the IWA Clontarf when Killester took on Ulster Rockets.

It was Ulster Rockets that progressed to the next round after they overcame Killester. With both teams coming off the back of tough losses the previous weekend, the cup was the perfect opportunity to shake off the league pressures and enjoy a run at the National Cup title.

Ulster Rockets head coach Breada Dick said: "With a low scoring game like tonight we have to praise the defensive efforts of both teams. It was an excellent game of basketball and we are delighted to progress to the next round of the National Cup."

"Everyone was on point tonight, having Noleen Lennon back made a huge difference for us especially inside under the basket. Both Fiona and Niamh Toner shot great for us tonight also so it really was a team effort."

Nivea For Men's Superleague:
Moycullen 88-79 DCU Saints OT
Dublin Inter 69-74 UCC Demons
Killester 71-89 UL Eagles
BG Neptune 64-55 UCD Marian

Nivea Women's Superleague National Cup:
Killester 30-45 Ulster Rockets