Weekend basketball round-up
Updated: Sunday, 02 Dec 2012 22:10
UL Eagles maintained their top of the table position while Killester, Bord Gais Neptune and DCU Saints all enjoyed wins on their home courts.
In the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague, UL Huskies secured another victory to see them keep their number one spot as Killester and Team Montenotte Hotel Cork also finished the weekend with impressive wins.
UL Eagles entered their game against Moycullen confident after two strong wins the weekend previous in the Nivea For Men’s SuperLeague.
However, the young resilient Galway side made sure last year’s champions had to work hard for the 88-72 win.
Speaking after the game, Eagles coach Mark Keenan was disappointed with his team’s performance, saying: “That was a scrappy game, we didn’t play at our full potential but a win is a win.”
Keenan added: “Coming down the stretch, experience was a huge factor in the game and we were lucky it was on our side. It was not a good performance on our part at all but everyone chipped in to pull us over the line and come away with the win.”
Meanwhile, in Dublin, Killester saw off UCC Demons 85-77.
With Killester’s assistant coach Tom Doherty stepping in to call the shots this weekend, and with new signing Michael Bonaparte lacing up, Killester’s new shape clearly caused the Cork side problems.
"Bonaparte did a great job for us, he fits in well with the team so it made sense to bring him in" - Killester manager Rachel O'Connell
The northsiders entered the game off a weekend of mixed results as they fell to Moycullen on the road but regained composure the following evening to see off UCD Marian.
Using these results as motivation, they were ready to challenge the number two spot holders Demons.
Killester manager Rachel O’Connell said: “We are delighted to come away with the win this evening. Bonaparte did a great job for us, he fits in well with the team so it made sense to bring him in.”
O’Connell highlighted the importance of the win: “It’s been a tough week for everyone here but the guys worked together and things are starting to shape up nicely for us. Atmosphere is great in the camp and we are all looking forward to the cup game next weekend.”
DCU Saints overcame newcomers Dublin Inter 78-72 after the game went into overtime. With both teams struggling to find momentum this season the northsiders welcomed the much needed win.
"Offensively, Eoin Quill hit some big shots to keep us in the game" - Saints coach David Donnelly
DCU Saints coach David Donnelly admitted: “We had to take it right back to basics this weekend if we wanted to overcome Dublin Inter and we did that, especially on defence.”
“Offensively, Eoin Quill hit some big shots to keep us in the game. We were lucky to make it into overtime but we made great plays down the stretch that paid off and saw us come out the better side of a close game.”
In Cork, Bord Gais Neptune outworked UCD Marian 77-70 to record another win over the Dublin side.
As Neptune’s injury issues begin to subside the team are coming into form nicely as the season progresses.
Speaking about his side, Neptune coach Mark Scannell credited the win on character: “We came out strong in the second half and really put in a solid team performance.
“Our energy down the stretch allowed us to break away and enjoy another win on our home court.
"Both Townes and Noonan lead the team very well in that game and the younger guys are enjoying getting involved.
“That’s two on the bounce for us now so the mood is good within the team, we are healthy and on form at the moment so looking forward to the cup game next weekend,” Scannell added.
In the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague, UL Huskies secured another win to see them sit comfortably on top of the table.
This week the Huskies victims were Dublin southsiders Meteors, who were handed a master class in finishing off a game.
It ended 86-35.
Huskies coach James Weldon admitted how important December is for his side, saying: “We have two big games coming up against DCU Mercy and Team Montenotte Hotel Cork this month so we needed to use this game as preparation and it was by far our best performance as a team.”
Weldon added: “We are building on our performances each week but now we are building on our physicality. We gave up 50 points in Cork to Singleton SuperValu Brunell two weeks ago so our aim is to keep teams to 35 points and below and we achieved that tonight.”
Team Montenotte Hotel Cork pulled away in the second half to overcome WIT Waterford Wildcats 85-58.
With the Dwyer sister’s putting up strong numbers the team will look forward to their match up with Meteors next week as they hope to qualify to the next round of the national cup.
"That was a hard fought but much deserved win for our girls tonight" - Killester coach Mark Grennell
Meanwhile, it was a double victory in the I.W.A. Clontarf for Killester this weekend when their ladies side returned to winning ways with a convincing 69-51 win over Liffey Celtics.
Mark Grennell, coach of Killester, said: “That was a hard fought but much deserved win for our girls tonight. Our confidence grew on our home court, we were more comfortable hitting shots and executing plays when we needed them.”
“It was a great game of basketball with our big players like Naughton and Flaherty really stepping up and putting in solid performances.”
The Nivea For Women’s League match between DCU Mercy and Ulster Rockets will take place on Wednesdayat 8.30pm in the DCU Sports Complex.