Defending champions, Garvey's Tralee Warriors and The Address UCC Glanmire were both knocked out in the first week of the InsureMyHouse.ie Pat Duffy and Paudie O’Connor National Cup.
DBS Éanna’s strong fourth quarter allowed them to take the scalp of Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, edging out as 85-79 winners. The reigning champions had led by as much as 11 during the game, but Darren McGovern’s side showed resolve to secure their spot in the next round. Daniel Jokubaitis of Garvey’s Tralee Warriors led the way with 26 points, while DBS Éanna’s Joshua Wilson finished on a 21-point tally.
On a dark day for defending champions, Trinity Meteors got the better of last year’s InsureMyHouse.ie Paudie O’Connor cup winners, The Address UCC Glanmire in a thrilling game that ended up 61-68. The seven-point margin is the same as their encounter in the MissQuote.ie Super League a fortnight ago. Brittany Byrd continued her fine season with 25, while Trinity Meteors’ Dayna Finn played her way back into form with 23 of her own.
The other Paudie O’Connor National Cup tie also produced a shock as Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics narrowly beat Singleton SuperValu Brunell 88-85. A flurry late in the third quarter set Liffey Celtics up for victory, although Singleton SuperValu Brunell did threaten in the fourth. Edel Thornton was in scintillating form, clocking up 44 points in defeat.
In the clash of the Cork sides, Energywise Ireland Neptune secured the bragging rights over UCC Demons with a 96-87 win in a game that had its lead changed 11 times. Nils Sabata topped the scoring charts with 37 points for Neptune.
Belfast Star continued their fine run of form with a home win against Griffith College Templeogue 71-61. The visitors were in the lead for the majority of the match, but Belfast Star finished strong to secure their place in the next round. With 24 points, Belfast Star’s Max Cooper led the way in the scoring bracket.
Another team in good stead is University of Galway Maree. In an enthralling affair, they came out on top 91-81 against Flexachem KCYMS. Jarett Haines was a standout performer with 27 points to his name.
Emporium Cork Basketball showed their cup credentials, beating Moycullen 98-52. They led the way ever since the first, but they didn’t stop there, opening up the biggest lead at the end of the fourth. Jose Jimenez Gonzales top scored with 27 points.
Bright St. Vincent’s saw their star man Donovan Fields score 37, as they were convincing 94-75 winners over EJ Sligo All-Stars. St. Vincent’s led from the first score of the game. Stefan Zecevic kept up his good run of form with 24 points of his own.