Defending Nivea For Men’s Superleague champions UL Eagles got back to winning ways with a convincing 73 to 61 win over UCD Marian in Dublin.
A strong performance by veteran campaigner Rob Lynch, who scored 22 points in the contest, helped Eagles get the much needed win a week after losing to table toppers UCC Demons at home.
Eagles coach Mark Keenan said: “I was delighted with our effort and the whole performance. We really turned up the defensive pressure in the fourth quarter. It was a tight enough game but we felt like if we kept at it we would wear down them down eventually and that is what we did in the end.”
In the other Nivea For Men’s Superleague game on Saturday, Bord Gais Neptune easily saw off the challenge of Killester in the IWA centre in Clontarf.
After losing their first three games of the season, Neptune could have been forgiven for doubting themselves. They have persevered however and with Saturday’s win, have now won back to back road games and can genuinely feel confident about re-launching a title challenge.
Neptune coach Mark Scannell was quick to credit a good spread of scoring for his team’s success.
He said: “90 points is a lot to put up in a game and we did that tonight. We had a bunch of guys scoring in good numbers and that is what you want. We got a lot of use out of switching defences and getting some full court pressure and that worked really well for us in the game too.”
In the Nivea Women’s Superleague, while UL Basketball Club were stretching their impressive winning streak with a convincing win over WIT Wildcats in Limerick, Killester and Singleton SuperValu Brunell were playing out a classic in Dublin.
Mimi Clarke became the hero when she netted a last-second free throw to earn Killester a one point win.
Despite the tough loss, Brunell recovered in time to record a win the following day against Meteors of Dublin, who had a horrid weekend, losing also on Saturday to Ulster Rockets.
The one remaining game in the Nivea Women’s Superleague saw two title contenders meet in Cork as DCU Mercy and Montenotte Hotel Cork faced one another.
It was a win for Mercy who caught fire from behind the three point line and managed to limit their turnovers en route to an impressive road win, 68 to 63 in Upper Glanmire Sports Centre.
UCC Demons early season winning streak continued on Monday as they notched their fifth straight win with a home win against DCU Saints.
Demons trailed with just 20 seconds remaining after Mark Nagle connected on two free throws to give the Dubliners a one-point lead.
Shane Coughlan showed his veteran leadership however and took advantage of a quick inbound to travel coast to coast and get what turned out to be the winning basket.