University of Galway Maree are three points clear at the top of InsureMyVan.ie Super League after a 100-90 win at last season's South Conference winners Emporium Cork Basketball.
Both teams sat on four wins from five prior to the contest, but it was the visitors who showed mettle in the final quarter to sit pretty in top spot. Jarett Haines was in fine form for Maree, sinking 32 points, alongside teammate Joe-Junior Mvuezolo on 29.
On a great weekend for away sides, reigning champions Garvey’s Tralee Warriors got back to winning ways with an 85-64 win at Moycullen. The hosts showed some positive signs early on and Grant Olsson proved tough for Warriors to deal with, but Moycullen’s difficult start to the season continued, as De’Ondre Jackson stepped up once again to top the scoring charts with 30 points, averaging 26.3 so far this season.
After knocking out the champions in the Cup last week, DBS Éanna made the fourth quarter their own to win against Energywise Ireland Neptune. It was a team performance that will please Darren McGovern with Marko Tomic leading the way in terms of scoring, on 19 points, closely followed by Neil Lynch (17), Sean Jenkins (16) and Joshua Wilson (15).
The teams couldn’t be separated going into the fourth, but Éanna were clinical with their shooting to register their fourth league win of the season. Jordan Blount has averaged 25.3 points this season and he proved his worth once again in defeat, scoring 31 of his own.
Killester welcomed Belfast Star to IWA Clontarf after a weekend away from action following a bye into the quarter-finals of the InsureMyHouse.ie Pat Duffy National Cup.
That break proved a useful aid to Brian O’Malley’s side. They led right from the start to secure a 76-65 win against a Belfast Star side who have found consistent form elusive of late. Chrishon Briggs led the scoring charts with 26 points in defeat, while Paul Dick was crucial for Killester, scoring 24 of his own.
Bright St. Vincent’s got their second win of the league season with a 93-79 win over the promoted EJ Sligo All-Stars. It was also their second win against the Sligo outfit in as many weeks, after dumping them out of the cup last week. The sides were close throughout the first half, but a late flurry from the visitors was crucial, as they opened up a lead that couldn’t be bridged in the second half. Stefan Zecevic top scored with 32 points, while player of the month, Gregory Poleon got 29 for EJ Sligo All-Stars.
Griffith College Templeogue picked up their third win of the season, with a well-earned win away to UCD Marian. It was the home team who went in with a one point lead at the break, but a 31-18 third quarter did the business for Mark Keenan’s side. Eventually winning on an 88-70 scoreline, Francis Mulvihill headed the scoring charts with 29.
UCC Demons were 94-87 winners over Flexachem KCYMS at the Mardyke Arena on Sunday. Tala Fam Thiam top scored with 20 points, while former Ireland captain Kyle Hosford contributed 16 points, as they improved to a 4-2 record.