UCD Marian recovered from their Hula Hoops National Cup final loss last weekend to come from behind to defeat Belfast Star 100-96 in Belfield on Saturday evening in a cracking battle in the Men’s Super League.

Trailing for the most of the game, Marian truly found their rhythm in the fourth quarter when top scorers, Mike Garrow, Conor Meany and Mario Markovicz, wrestled their team over the line.

They were 84-73 behind with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but Garrow, Meany and Markovicz helped the hosts level proceedings at 90 points each with just under two minutes remaining and ultimately, foul trouble for Star saw Marian edge ahead from the free throw line.

Elsewhere around the league, Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin almost caused the upset of the weekend meanwhile, as they lost out to league leaders, Templeogue, by just one point on Saturday evening, 87-88.

With nothing in it at half-time, a big second half was expected and it certainly delivered. Templeogue came out strong in the third quarter, with Neil Randolph, Dee Proby and Jason Killeen getting in some big scores to see them stretch into a 63-79 lead going into the last, but the hosts were not going down without a fight.

A thrilling fourth quarter ensued, and with Daniel Jokubaitis and new American, Shaquille Dance, leading the way, the teams were level with 30 seconds to play, but a Dee Proby free throw secured the win for Templeogue.

Cup champions, Pyrobel Killester ran out 77-86 point winners over C and S Neptune in Cork thanks to a 24-point game from Royce Williams, Garvey’s Tralee Warriors stormed home to a big 89-55 point victory at home to DCU Saints, Maree booked another big win at home, running out 74-64 point winners over Griffith College Swords Thunder while UCC Demons had the better of Moycullen, 95-82.

Over in the Women’s Super League meanwhile, Courtyard Liffey Celtics almost lost their unbeaten run this season thanks to a determined and clincial display from Pyrobel Killester.

A massive 26-point fourth quarter was what sealed an 11th league win in a row for the Cup champions, after they trailed the Dubliners for the previous three quarters.

Indeed, after a neck-in-neck opening quarter, it was Killester who began to up the intensity, with Christa Reed and Hannah Thornton driving their side forward to see them into a 28-35 point lead at half time.

Liffey’s woes continued into the third as Killester continued to dominate at both ends of the floor, and heading into the fourth, the visitors had a 37-52 point cushion.

It was a fourth quarter that certainly dazzled fans though, as Liffey dug deep with Allie LeClaire, Aiblhe O’Conor and Briana Green running the pace, and with the lead firmly chipped away, Liffey got across the line 63-58 in the end. The two sides face each other yet again next Sunday over in the IWA in Clontarf.

Elsewhere, Singleton SuperValu Brunell bounced back from their Cup loss in style on Friday night, running out 63-74 point winners over Cork neighbours, Ambassador UCC Glanmire, in a big Cork derby.

Amy Waters was the stand out for Brunell on the night, top-scoring for her team with 20 points in a game that delivered end-to-end action from the get go.

NUIG Mystics were stopped once more in their drive for their first league win of the season as, despite leading Maxol WIT Wildcats all the way through until the fourth quarter, the visitors stepped up down the stretch, with Allysa Velles and Stephanie O’Shea delivering the killer shots to see them win out 66-73.

Fr Mathews got revenge on IT Carlow Basketball on Saturday afternoon meanwhile, with Grainne Dwyer top scoring her side home to a three-point victory over the hosts, 64-61.

The last game of the weekend meanwhile saw DCU Mercy overcome Marble City Hawks in Dublin on Sunday afternoon, 73-49.

A solid display from Mercy saw them power through in the third quarter, with Bronagh Power Cassidy and Rachel Huijsdens leading the way on the scoreboard.


Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League: 

CandS Neptune 77-86 Pyrobel Killester

UCD Marian 100-96 Belfast Star

Maree 74-64 Griffith College Swords Thunder

Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin 87-88 Templeogue

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 89-55 DCU Saints

UCC Demons 95-82 Moycullen

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League: 

Ambassador UCC Glanmire 63-74 Singleton SuperValu Brunell

IT Carlow Basketball 61-64 Fr Mathews

NUIG Mystics 66-73 Maxol WIT Wildcats

Courtyard Liffey Celtics 63-58 Pyrobel Killester;

DCU Mercy 73-49 Marble City Hawks

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One: 

IT Carlow Basketball 94-67 Ulster University Elks

Tradehouse Central Ballincollig 84-73 GameFootage.net Titans

Limerick Celtics 90-83 KUBS BC

UL Sports Eagles 78-81 EJ Sligo All-Stars

Fr Mathews 66-103 DBS Eanna

Portlaoise Panthers 93-75 Abbey Seals Dublin Lions

LIT v Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers POSTPONED

Scotts Lakers St Pauls Killarney 20-0 LYIT Donegal (conceded)

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One: 

Team Tom McCarthys St Mary’s 72-49 Limerick Celtics

Ulster University Elks 89-79 UL Huskies

Fabplus North West 66-69 Trinity Meteors

Phoenix Rockets 95-76 Swords Thunder

Portlaoise Panthers 54-100 Maree