Courtyard Liffey Celtics will be celebrating a happy Christmas this year as they head into the festive break unbeaten at the top of the Women’s Super League.

Mark Byrne’s charges have now come through eight league games unscathed, thanks to a comprehensive 93-59 point win over bottom of the table NUIG Mystics on Saturday evening.

Speaking afterwards and reflecting on the season so far, Byrne said: "We’re really happy to sign off the year with a win. I’m happy in particular with a good first half performance, but credit to NUIG, they never stopped fighting and the second half was a lot tougher.

"To be honest, we’re not focused on our win-loss record at the moment and only thinking about what’s next - Waterford away - which is going to a tough one."

Meanwhile, Fr Mathews and DCU Mercy dished up a cracker in Cork on Saturday evening, with the sides neck-in-neck as the clock ticked down. DCU held the lead 46-54 going into the last, but Mathews weren’t going down without a fight and, with just over two minutes gone in the fourth, had tied the game up at 57 points apiece.

With just over a minute remaining, the hosts edged in front by the minimum, 68-67, but DCU regrouped quickly and as the clock ticked down edged back ahead and powered on from there to see home a 68-73 point win.

Ambassador UCC Glanmire join DCU Mercy in joint second place on the table for the holidays, as they ran out 10-point winners over Pyrobel Killester in Upper Glanmire.

Delaney Junkermier and I’mani Davis led the scoring for the hosts, combining for 35 points, to win out 76-66.

Elsewhere, Maxol WIT Wildcats held on to win 69-55 against IT Carlow Basketball with 18 points from Stephanie O’Shea helping the hosts over the line.

Marble City Hawks fell at the hands of Singleton SuperValu Brunell, losing out by 30 to the Cork visitors, 47-77 – Danielle O’Leary and Tricia Byrne on form for Brunell on the night.

Over in the Men’s Super League meanwhile, Belfast Star have lost their edge at the top of the table, as they fell to UCC Demons in Cork on Saturday evening, 82-67. A combined 43-point game from Kyle Hosford and Brandon Watts saw Demons roar into a 44-37 point lead at half time and they didn’t look back from there.

The loss for Belfast now sees them tied in first place on the table with Templeogue and Pyrobel Killester, with the former edging the lead on points’ difference.

Templeogue are there after pulling a win out of the fire against C and S Neptune on Saturday evening at Oblate Hall, clinching it 95-92 after overtime.

Huge displays from Lehmon Colbert, Cian Heaphy and Darragh O’Sullivan, saw Neptune take the lead down the stretch in regulation, before a Lorcan Murphy score tied the game up to see the full time buzzer sound on 85 points each.

Big scores from Colbert followed to put Neptune ahead in overtime but a crucial steal by Puff Summers saw him head to the free throw line where he edged the hosts ahead. Colbert had the chance to level it, but it was Jason Killeen at the other end who had ice in his veins as he ensured his side’s victory from the free throw line.

Over in UCD meanwhile, Marian edged their way up the table as they took home a 93-78 point win over Griffith College Swords Thunder. Despite the large crowd being wowed by the skill of Swords’ Elijah Mays, his 36-point contribution wasn’t enough for the visitors on the night. 

Elsewhere, Pyrobel Killester bounced back from a 35-46 point deficit at half time to see out an 84-71 point win over DCU Saints in Clontarf.

Moycullen’s woes continued as they lost out to Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 95-73 on the road, while their Galway neighbours Maree continued their recent run with a 91-84 point win over Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin.

Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League
UCC Demons 82-67 Belfast Star
UCD Marian 93-78 Griffith College Swords Thunder
Maree 91-84 Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin
Pyrobel Killester 84-71 DCU Saints
Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 95-73 MoycullenTempleogue 95-92 CandS Neptune (after overtime)

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League
Marble City Hawks 47-77 Singleton SuperValu Brunell
Fr Mathews 68-73 DCU Mercy
Maxol WIT Wildcats 69-55 IT Carlow Basketball
Courtyard Liffey Celtics 93-59 NUIG Mystics
Ambassador UCC Glanmire 76-66 Pyrobel Killester