It took just three weeks of action in the Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League for there to be just one team left unbeaten, and that honour has gone to reigning Hula Hoops National Cup champions, Templeogue.
The Dubliners ran out 85-70 point winners over Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin on Saturday evening and that win, coupled with reigning league champions UCD Marian’s loss to Belfast Star, sees Templeogue top of the table now with three wins from three.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for the reigning Cup champions though, despite being bolstered by the addition of Dee Proby to the team, as Killorglin came out of the blocks all guns blazing, with American Pierre Newton in fine form as he linked in with Ivan Bogdanovic and Daniel Jokubaitis for some great scores early on to see the visitors into the lead.
Dazzling display in the Oblates... @Lorcoduck top scored for @templeogue_bc this evening with a storming display, including a huge third quarter to push his side back into the lead v @Killorglinbball. Great pic as always via @rolfsmg #ThisIsSuper #FlyingHigh #FlyingIrish pic.twitter.com/RSROHNAKAd— Basketball Ireland (@BballIrl) October 13, 2018
It was nip and tuck throughout the second, with Killorglin just edging it at the break, 42-44. However, a blistering third quarter from the hosts put Killorglin on the back foot as a dazzling display from Lorcan Murphy saw him chip in with 10 superbly taken points, while assisting three of Neil Randolph’s four three-pointers in the quarter to see them ahead 72-59 going into the last, and they pushed on from there to win by 15 in the end.
Reigning League champions, UCD Marian, meanwhile, lost out to Belfast Star 81-72 on the road on Saturday evening, with fantastic displays from Star’s Mike Davis (32 points) and Irish international underage star CJ Fulton (15 points) helping them home to victory.
The visitors had the better of the opening exchanges, with Mike Garrow dominating at both ends of the court to see them into an early lead. Star kept their cool though, and Mike Davis, Conor Quinn and CJ Fulton stepped up for the hosts – the latter finishing the game with five three-pointers - to see them home to an 81-72 point win.
Elsewhere, Griffith College Swords Thunder were glad to get their first win of the season on the board on Saturday evening as they overcame Maree 82-69 at the ALSAA.
Garvey’s Tralee Warriors made it a second win in-a-row on the road at the weekend, as they won out 92-102 over DCU Saints in Dublin on Saturday night. An action-packed, high intensity game saw Tralee’s Jordan Evans finish the clash out with 30 points, with Paul Dick also putting in a 24-point display for the visitors.
Pyrobel Killester bounced back well from their loss to UCD Marian last weekend as they ran out 76-62 point winners over C and S Neptune at the IWA in Clontarf. Top scoring from Royce Williams and Alex Herreros put the Dubliners into a 10-point lead at half-time and they drove on to win out by 14 points in the end.
Elsewhere, Moycullen were defeated by a gritty UCC Demons side, 64-71. After coming off the football pitch in Cork, Kyle Hosford came on after half time for Demons and chipped in with a whopping 23 points in the second half to see them home to victory.
In the Women’s Super League meanwhile, Maxol WIT Wildcats upset reigning Hula Hoops National Cup champions DCU Mercy on Saturday evening, with a superb 65-53 point win over the Dubliners.
Strong performances in particular from Jasmine Walker, Cathy Kavanagh and Stephanie O’Shea saw the hosts run out into a 10-point lead at half time, and despite a late run from DCU Mercy, managed to hold firm to win out by 12 points in the end.
Pyrobel Killester got their first win of the season on the board with a 55-63 point over IT Carlow Basketball on Saturday.
Fr Mathews were also in action, making it two wins from two as they saw off Marble City Hawks 61-52 in Kilkenny. The two Americans were integral for the visiting side, Shannon Brady and Chantel Alford combining for 38 points.
Grainne Dwyer was her usual excellent self in the game. While not doing much damage on the scoreboard, she made her impact felt, pulling a massive 18 rebounds for her new side.
Dwyer’s former club were also in action this weekend, Ambassador UCC Glanmire winning comfortably away to NUIG Mystics 77-58. Delaney Junkermier led all scorers with 22, making it two wins for Cork teams in Galway this weekend.
Things are perfectly poised in the Women’s Super League for next weekend, as Fr Mathews make the short journey to the Mardyke Arena to face Glanmire in a game that could already prove pivotal in the league’s outcome.
Elsewhere, Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell were unsuccessful in their efforts to win their second on the trot in the Parochial Hall, falling to Courtyard Liffey Celtics 46-62. A scrappy affair for the most part, Brunell hung around throughout the contest, Linda Rubene (17) doing the most damage for the home side.
However the all-round contribution of Allie Le Claire (16) for Liffey Celtics was the difference, as the Kildare club join Glanmire and Fr Mathews as the only teams to start 2-0.
It was Hula Hoops National Cup action for DBS Éanna and KUBS on Saturday night meanwhile, as they played out the Preliminary Round of the Presidents Cup at Colaiste Éanna. In a repeat of last week’s league fixture, Éanna had the upper hand in this clash by half time, leading 42-34 at the break.
Good scoring from Joshua Wilson – who finished the game with a triple double - and Stefan Zecevic helped them home to an 88-60 point win in the end and into the next round of the Hula Hoops Presidents Cup.