DCU Mercy stomped out a massive win over Ambassador UCC Glanmire in the Women’s Super League this afternoon, running out 20-point winners in the end.
Mark Ingle’s charges asserted their dominance over the game from the off, with top scoring from Tiffany Corselli and Sarah Woods pushing them beyond reach of the Cork side.
"We’re very happy," said Ingle afterwards. "It’s always been a great battle between us and Glanmire over the last ten years or so, there’s never been much between the teams.
"We’re still trying to find out what type of team we are. We did a good job today defensively I thought in the first half. We scored 50 points which is not often when you’re playing Glanmire."
In the other game of the weekend, Pyrobel Killester picked up their third win in a closely contested match against Maxol WIT Wildcats on Saturday evening.
With nothing separating the sides, it was Killester’s Aisling McCann who dug deep at the end of the third quarter to produce a much-needed three pointer to put her side up 52-50 going into the last, and the home team pushed on from there to win out 72-65.
In the Men’s Super League, UCD Marian bounded their way to the top of the table, leap frogging the challenge of Garvey’s Tralee Warriors in style down in Kerry.
A superb display from UCD’s Mike Garrow and Mike Nedulskis sent the visitors into a 10-point lead at the end of the first, and it was one they wouldn’t relinquish throughout the game, with Barry Drumm and Dan James leading the team well from the top of the key.
Despite a huge third quarter from Tralee, UCD’s sharpshooting just proved to be too much in the last, as they outscored the homeside 23-5 in the fourth quarter to win out 92-63.
"We are delighted to get the win," said UCD's Conor Meany. "Tralee has the best set up in the country, so to come down and win here is great."
UCC Demons meanwhile travelled to Colaiste Éanna on Saturday evening, and despite a third-quarter run from the home team, Demons looked comfortable throughout to take the win.
"It’s five weeks in a row that we are on the road now - it’s not fun doing it every week so it’s nice to come away with a final victory before we head home next week," reflected Demons coach, Colin O’Reilly.
Meanwhile, Pyrobel Killester ran out winners over Maree in Clontarf, while DCU Saints clocked another victory with a win over KUBS. Belfast Star just lost out to Black Amber Templeogue at the death, while Moycullen beat Griffith College Swords Thunder 84-74 in Galway.
Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League
Éanna BC 77-92 UCC Demons
DCU Saints 87-76 KUBS
Pyrobel Killester 80-69 Maree
Belfast Star 84-89 Black Amber Templeogue
Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 63-92 UCD Marian
Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League
Pyrobel Killester 70-65 Maxol WIT Wildcats
DCU Mercy 78-58 Ambassador UCC Glanmire