In the Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague, 11890 Killester were awarded victory against UCC Demons due to game abandonment, Bord Gáis Neptune and DCU Saints celebrated wins against UCD Marian and Moycullen, respectively, while UL Eagles sailed past Belfast Star.
In the women’s SuperLeague, Killester enjoyed derby success, while UL, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork and DCU Mercy celebrated comfortable victories and Waterford Wildcats returned to winning ways against Brunell.
UCC Demons will have to await redemption after being forced to abandon the game and their 18-point advantage to Killester due to condensation.
Demons were enjoying the lead with six minutes left in the fourth quarter when American Shawn Atupem slipped and fell after dunking the basketball.
Technical officials were forced to stop the game after more condensation was found on the playing court.
Despite the 60-42 score line in the fourth quarter, regulations confirm that the victory and three league points will be awarded to Killester.
Neptune will now look ahead to next weekend’s Cork Derby after defeating UCD Marian 85-75 in Saturday’s only men’s fixture.
Neptune’s Ronald Thompson and Phil Taylor netted 20 points apiece, while team-mate Garry Wash added 13 points in the outfit.
UCD only trailed by three points at half-time with shooter Conor Meany and American Donnie Stith draining essential buckets to keep the National Cup holders in contention.
However, Neptune’s duo of Taylor and Thompson proved too much for the UCD defense as the Cork giants surged forward in the final minutes to finish the contest by ten points.
Neptune head coach Mark Scannell expressed his delight with his side’s defensive effort but believes there is more work to do.
“We really knocked it down defensively in the second half which opened up our transition game,” said Scannell.
“But I think we are only 50 percent there at the moment and have a lot more work to do ahead of next weekend.”
DCU Saints’ defensive performance propelled the Dublin side past Moycullen with a final score of 95-83.
DCU head coach Dave Donnelly believes the second half performance was the reason for the victory but wants to see his side improve their rebounding.
“We still didn’t focus in on owning the boards,” said Donnelly.
“Moycullen really battered us on rebounding and it has to improve if we want to remain at the top of the league.”
Martin Provizors netted 21 points for DCU and he was joined by teammate Keith Anderson who contributed a personal tally of 16 points.
UL Eagles sailed past Belfast Star courtesy of a score line of 99-70.
The Eagles added USA player Johnnie Jeffeson to the roster after he was cleared to play this past week.
Jefferson was joined by teammate and former Irish international Jason Killeen who led the scoring at 18 points, respectively.
Belfast Star trailed by only five points at half time but couldn’t find an answer to the power of Killen and Johnson.
“Jason was a huge factor of why we won,” said UL Head Coach Mark Keenan,
“He was a monster on the boards and forced everyone else to raise their level of play.”
“Johnnie is slotting in nicely and now that we have a full team I am excited to see what we are capable of.”
Meanwhile, in women’s SuperLeague, DCU Mercy cruised past Ulster Rockets, UL celebrated a comfortable victory against Oblate Dynamos, TMH Cork defeated Liffey Celtics and Waterford Wildcats returned to winning ways at the expense of Singleton’s Super Valu Brunell.
In Sunday’s Dublin derby match up, Killester celebrated a narrow three-point victory in a nail-biting match up against Meteors.
DCU cruised past Rockets for their second league victory with a final score of 64-35.
DCU struggled in the first quarter after Rockets’ Aisling Murray and Nicola Smye connected on easy baskets to create a lead in the opening minutes.
Ulster’s intensity forced DCU head coach Mark Ingle to change tactics and enter Sarah McGrath and Ailish McLaughlin into the game.
The move proved successful as McLaughlin and McGrath led the assault on both ends of the floor to change the points deficit in DCU's favour.
“No doubt that those two changed the momentum of the game,” said Ingle.
“Their intensity brought the game to a different level and everyone followed their lead.”
“Every coach wants to rely on their bench players to make a difference and I couldn’t be more pleased with their performance.”
UL maintain their peak position in the tables after a comfortable victory against Oblate Dynamos courtesy of a final score line of 78-42.
Former Irish International Michelle Fahy rounded out the scoring for UL with a personal tally of 15 while Oblate’s Lorraine Scully contributed nine points for the Dublin side.
UL head coach James Weldon thinks the hefty scoring gap proves a team contribution instead of a reliance on Fahy or Great Britain player Rachel Vanderwal.
“To go to Oblate Hall and score 78 points is no easy feat and should not be taken lightly,” said Weldon.
“We tried a few new things and ended up with a good spread of scoring that came from everywhere.”
“It’s never a good idea to expect the same players to shoulder the responsibility and I am delighted that there was a contribution from all the players.”
TMH Cork defeated league newcomers Liffey Celtics 78-43 after an impressive 22-point contribution Cork stand out Claire Rockall.
Rockall was aided by sisters Niamh and Grainne Dwyer who boosted the personal points tally to 59 for the three players.
Despite Celtics’ Alana Lowe and Anna Pupin rallying their side by combining for 25 points, the Dublin outfit could not find an answer to the scoring assault of the trio.
Cork have been boosted by the return of former Irish International Niamh Dwyer who head coach Cormac O’Donoghue believes has been the missing piece.
“We are still quite young and a work in progress,” said O’Donoghue.
“We have to take one game at a time and Niamh helps keep everyone calm and focused.”
“She is a true definition of a team player and doesn’t care if she scores any points as long as she helps us win.”
Wildcats returned to winning ways at the expense of SSV Brunell with a final score of 78-59.
Waterford had four players score in double digits while Brunell were led by Danielle O’Leary’s 23-point contribution for her Cork side.
Waterford head coach Tommy O’Mahoney contributes the victory to the disappointing start in the opening weekend of the league.
“To lose so badly last weekend was a real eye opener to the players,” said O’Mahoney.
“It’s funny to say but I think the girls reacted well to the defeat and their performance was a better reflection to what Waterford are capable of.”
Killester celebrated a narrow three-point victory in a nail biting match up against Meteors by edging them out, 54-51.
The match up proved challenging for both sides as neither led by more than a single point throughout the encounter.
Killester head coach Mark Grennell credits the victory to the experience gained from last season.
“If this game was played last year it might have resulted in a loss,” said Grennell.
“The girls have really matured and I believe that last season’s disappointing experiences will turn into a lot more victories for us this season.”