In the Nivea For Men’s SuperLeague, it was Killester who pulled off an all-star performance on their home court when they saw off UCC Demons 79-69.
Killester’s head coach Tom Doherty was unable to make the game, so it was left to club favourite Jonathon Grennell to take the reins on the evening.
Speaking after the game, Grennell enthused: “We needed to win this game to continue our chase of the fourth spot on the league table and we did that well over Demons.”
“Everyone chipped in for this win, but our big guys - O’Brien and Casey - really made a difference for us inside where we needed it. Westbrooks also changed the game for us and stepped up when Bonaparte caught himself in foul trouble.”
UCD Marian were out of luck when they were beaten 79-65 by Dublin Inter.
Even with the help of new signing Thomas Viglianco, UCD struggled to stay with the ever-resilient newcomers as they controlled the tempo from the first jump to the final whistle.
Dublin Inter coach Irmantas Griksas was very happy with his side’s performance.
“We are getting better each time we play together and this game was no different,” said Griksas.
“Everyone stepped up and all nine players got into the game.”
Meanwhile in Cork, National Cup finalists Bord Gais Neptune continued their winning ways with an 89-74 victory against Moycullen.
Neptune, who just recorded a historic victory over fellow Cork rivals UCC Demons, displayed another strong performance for their home crowd with a double digit win over the young Galway side.
Bord Gais Neptune coach Mark Scannell said: “We are happy with the win, it was a good for us to get everyone in off the bench.
“To see everyone step up and attack the game from the start is exactly what we want. Everyone contributed in the game. Most importantly everyone left the game with a clean bill of health as we prepare for the National Cup final next weekend.”
In Limerick, reigning champions UL Eagles overcame DCU Saints with a 69-49 victory.
After their impressive display over UCD Marian in the cup semi-finals, the Eagles look as though they are returning to form ahead of their National Cup final next week.
In the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague, an all-Cork derby saw Team Montenotte Hotel Cork come away with a resounding 91-61 win over Singleton SuperValu Brunell.
DCU bounced back from their heart-breaking semi-final cup loss to TMH Cork as they saw off a young Killester side 69-60.
Meteors picked up another much needed win when they edged out WIT Wildcats 61-59 in Booterstown.
Reigning champions UL Huskies pummelled Liffey Celtics 71-19 as they prepare for their cup final next weekend.