Templeogue lead the way at the top of the Men’s Super League after a thrilling 81-83 point victory over Belfast Star on Sunday.
It was Star’s second game of the weekend, having overcome Pyrobel Killester in nail-biting fashion (92-88) on Saturday evening.
Today’s game saw them stage a late comeback against the Dubliners to leave the game in the melting pot right up until the final buzzer, before Neil Randolph and Stephen James got some crucial scores at the death for Templeogue.
Templeogue’s American, Dee Proby, was also one of the standouts on the day, finishing the clash with 21 points.
Templeogue head coach Mark Keenan said: "It was such an intense battle. We had a ten-point lead but Star fought until the end and I’m just relieved that we came out on the right side."
Elsewhere, it was derby weekend around the remainder of the Men’s Super League with C and S Neptune getting the big result of the weekend, edging UCC Demons 88-91 in a hotly-contested clash at the Mardyke Arena.
Garvey’s Tralee Warriors meanwhile came out 68-77 point victors over local rivals Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin in a big Kerry derby that truly lived up to its billing.
Tralee’s Jordan Evans top-scored with 18 points in an excellent all-round performance.
Maree gained bragging rights in the second Galway derby of the season running out 86-79 victors over Moycullen in Calasanctius on Saturday thanks to a 31-point display from American Sean Sellers.
The last derby of the weekend saw DCU Saints run out 76-71 point winners over UCD Marian with Kevin O’Hanlon having a standout game for DCU, scoring 21 points as the Northsiders weathered the storm of their south-side counterparts.
In the Women’s Super League, Courtyard Liffey Celtics got 2019 off to a bang as they maintained their unbeaten run with a 65-73 win over Maxol WIT Wildcats.
Allie LeClaire led the scoring for Celtics with 28 points in an extremely close affair, with the visitors just managing to stretch the lead out in the fourth.
DCU Mercy also continued their impressive winning streak, defeating IT Carlow Basketball 39-65 on the road on Saturday to keep the pressure on Liffey Celtics at the top of the table.
Sarah Woods top-scored for the Dubliners with 19 points as they controlled the game from start to finish.
NUIG Mystics’ woes continued this week as they lost out to Fr Mathews at home, 51-68. Sisters Niamh and Grainne Dwyer contributed 30 points between them for the visitors to see them home to victory.
Indeed it was wins all round for the Cork teams, as a 21-point display from Aine McKenna helped Ambassador UCC Glanmire home to a 58-79 point victory over Marble City Hawks on the road, while Singleton SuperValu Brunell defeated Pyrobel Killester 72-66 in a fast-paced and competitive game at the Parochial Hall on Sunday, Linda Rubene top-scoring the hosts home to victory.
Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League
UCC Demons 88-91 C and S Neptune
Belfast Star 92-88 Pyrobel Killester
DCU Saints 76-71 UCD Marian
Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin 68-77 Garvey’s Tralee Warriors
Maree 86-79 Moycullen
Belfast Star 81-83 Templeogue
Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League
IT Carlow Basketball 39-65 DCU Mercy
NUIG Mystics 51-68 Fr Mathews
Marble City Hawks 58-79 Ambassador UCC Glanmire
Maxol WIT Wildcats 65-73 Courtyard Liffey Celtics
Singleton SuperValu Brunell 72-66 Pyrobel Killester