C and S Neptune made it two wins in a row on Saturday night as they overcame old foes, Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin 61-62 in Kerry.
Rising stars Darragh O’Sullivan and Cian Heaphy were the standout performers for Neptune on the night, as they held firm down the stretch in the face of big Killorglin pressure to hold on for that vital win.
“We’ve had a massive baptism in the league and even prior to last week’s win, we had shown signs of adapting well,” said Neptune head coach, Paul Kelleher.
“But tonight, against a team with four pros, our young lads handled themselves with maturity in an incredible battle which was superb. We have to continue improving and adapting physically, tactically and psychologically which hopefully will help us secure more success.”
What was especially pleasing was that Neptune were without veterans Ger Noonan and Roy Downey and still prevailed against the Kingdom outfit.
UCC Demons meanwhile fell to UCD Marian in a thriller in Dublin on Saturday evening, losing out 76-73 against the reigning league champions. Nothing separated these sides throughout the contest, with the teams drawing level on numerous occasions throughout the clash but, despite another stand-out display from Kyle Hosford, Demons had to settle for second best on the night.
Fr Mathew's secured a big win in the Women’s SuperLeague on Saturday evening, pipping Pyrobel Killester by just one point (71-72) at the death at the IWA in Clontarf on Saturday evening. A 26-point display from Shannon Brady helped them into an eight-point lead at half-time, but Killester brought the game back right down to the wire.
Ambassador UCC Glanmire lost their unbeaten run in the league in Upper Glanmire on Saturday evening, losing out 50-55 to Courtyard Liffey Celtics. The top of the table clash saw Liffey into a 26-38 point half-time lead, but a big regroup by the hosts at the break saw them come back fighting in the second half.
Despite their best efforts though, Liffey held on to take the win by five. Singleton SuperValu Brunell meanwhile had to settle for second best against old rivals, Maxol WIT Wildcats in Waterford on Saturday evening, losing out 70-51.
The unbeaten run of Tradehouse Central Ballincollig continued this week, as they ran out 83-104 point winners over LIT to top the Southern Conference on 12-0. Andre Nation and Matt Scamuffo matched each other score for score in Limerick, with the former netting 41 points for Ballincollig while Scamuffo had a 39-point individual tally for LIT in a superb display of basketball.
It was a big-scoring battle in Cork meanwhile as Fr Mathew's ran out 109-100 point winners over Limerick Celtics. Deon Baker Jr and Daragh Fleming chipped in for 38 points for the hosts who had to contend with the big scoring of Turrell Morris (41 points) at the other end in a super display of basketball.
UCD Marian 76-73 UCC Demons:
Top scorers UCC Demons: Kyle Hosford 24, Brandon Watts 17, Conor Ryan 10, Girts Lanzdans 10.
Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin 61-62 Neptune:
Top scorers C & S Neptune: Darragh O Sullivan 14, Cian Heaphy 13, Owen Connolly 11.
Ambassador UCC Glanmire 50-55 Courtyard Liffey Celtics:
Top scorers Ambassador UCC Glanmire: Delany Junkermier 11, L mani Davis 10, Miriam Byrne 10.
Pyrobel Killester 71-72 Fr Mathew’s:
Top scorers Fr Matthew’s: Shannon Brady 26, Chantell Alford 15, Grainne Dwyer 15.
Maxol WIT Wildcats 70-51 Singleton SuperValu Brunell:
Top scorers Singleton SuperValu Brunell: Amy Waters 14, Amy Murphy 8, Madelyn Ganser 6.
LIT 83-104 Tradehouse Central Ballincollig:
Top scorers Tradehouse Central Ballincollig: Andre Nation 41, Ian McLoughlin 15, Ciaran O Sullivan 13.
Fr Mathew’s 109-100 Limerick Celtics:
Top scorers Fr Mathews: Deon Baker Jr 20, Daragh Fleming 18, Luke O Mahony 14, Kevin Garcia 14.