In the Men's Super League, Belfast Star showed their fire power when they matched up against Hula Hoops Pat Duffy Cup finalists DBS Eanna at home, powering past their opponents 81-59.
The game was very much in the balance in the first half, DBS Eanna going into the break with a nine point advantage.
However, Star really upped the ante in the second half, nothcing a fifty-five point performance to blow the visitors away. CJ Fulton was the star of the show, going 11 of 14 from the field on his way to 27 points, while Delaney Blaylock’s 19 capped off a stellar performance for Star who have won three on the bounce having dropped points to Moycullen at the start of the month.
DCU Saints were beyond impressive in their triumph over National Cup champions Griffith College Templeogue, emerging 89-79 winners on the back of the veteran, Michael Bonaparte’s 25 points.
Templeogue struggled from the outset, finding themselves seven points behind going into the break. DCU Saints were impressive in controlling the game thereafter, and despite a 22-point showing from Lorcan Murphy the red and white side dropped their eighth game of the season.
This wasn’t the only notable loss by a team in the top half of the Men’s Super League this weekend.
After a hot start to the season, Coughlan’s CandS Neptune have struggled as of late. When Moycullen came to town, the Galway side were far and away the better side on the day, scoring in triple digits as they emerged 85-107 victors in Cork.
The visitors were only up by a point going into the break, but a combined 52 points from Conor Curran and Grant Olsen proved too much for Lehmon Colbert’s side, making it three games without a win for Neptune.
Garvey’s Tralee Warriors were impressive in their local derby victory over Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin, Pat Price’s team emerging 81-63 victors having been level at the break. Colin O’Reilly and Allan Thomas’ 20-point showings failed to phase a red-hot Warriors team, Daniel Jokubaitis leading the scoring for the hosts with 21 on the night.
UCD Marian stay in third position with a routine 53-75 win against Abbey Seals Dublin Lions, while Pyrobel Killester robbed an 81-84 win at the death away to Maree.
IT'S OFFICIAL! @BallincolligB Ballincollig are Men’s Division One champions and have been promoted to the Super League for 2020/21!— Basketball Ireland (@BballIrl) February 22, 2020
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The Men’s Super League will open it’s doors to Cork’s Tradehouse Central Balincollig after they clinched promotion to the top-tier of Men’s basketball for the first time in the club’s history.
A win in front of a packed home-crowd over EJ Sligo All-Stars secured the National League title, adding to their National Cup triumph earlier in the year and allowing them to punch their ticket to the MSL 2020-21 campaign.