C and S Neptune caused the big upset in the Men’s Super League on Saturday evening when they ran out 82-66 winners over reigning league champions, UCD Marian in Cork.
Veteran Lehmon Colbert was the star, scoring 22 points in a victory that will mean a lot to Paul Kelleher and the storied Cork club after a rollercoaster opening few weeks to the season. The win also marks Neptune’s third consecutive victory, following on from wins over Maree and Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin in recent weeks and speaking afterwards, head coach Paul Kelleher was thrilled to add another one.
“We worked really, really hard this week,” he said. “We’ve really begun to understand that it’s the small things that lead to big things.
"We now have a responsibility to ourselves to continue to get better every week. It’s still an early time in the league, we still have so many more improvements to make but today is a day we will enjoy for a few hours and then back to work on Monday.”
UCC Demons were also victorious, winning out by just one point against an in-form DCU Saints team, 85-84. Going down early by nine in the first three minutes, Colin O'Reilly's side were slow to get back into the game and it took a late fourth-quarter surge, led by their talisman Kyle Hosford (27 points) to help Demons edge out their Dublin opponents.
“We really made hard work of it,” Hosford said after the win, having been presented with the October Men’s Super League Player of the Month at half time in the contest.
“It’s been a tough year as we’ve been down bodies but it showed what we can do when we play as a team. We have a few things to work on before Tralee [next week] so hopefully we just keep going and get something from that game. Just have to take each game as it comes and give it our all really – there’s nothing else you can ask for.”
Over in the Women’s Super League, Fr Mathews lost out to high-flying Courtyard Liffey Celtics away from home, 67-56. Shannon Brady continued her fine form leading the visitors with 14, but Allie Le Claire (16) was fantastic as usual for the league leaders.
Mathews trailed by 11 going into the last, and a late run nearly had them back in the game, but a vocal home crowd willed Liffey to another win, making a big statement at the top of the table.
Elsewhere in the Women’s Super League Ambassador UCC Glanmire ran out comfortable 78-40 winners against WIT Wildcats in the Mardyke Arena Saturday evening. L'mani Davis was the standout for Mark Scannell’s side, notching 27 points in a game that never looked out of the home side's reach.
Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell were also comfortable victors in the Parochial Hall on Sunday afternoon, fending off IT Carlow 81-62. Brunell did all of their work in the first half, shooting the lights out to go into the break up 54-30.
The win comes after a tough loss last week away to WIT Wildcats, and Tim O'Halloran was delighted to see his team back to winning ways.
“A win is a win for us at the end of the day,” the Brunell coach said. “We had a tough few weeks so it’s good to get a win before we play Glanmire next week, that’s always a highlight in the calendar for us.”
Tradehouse Central Ballincollig enjoyed a more routine victory as they remain undefeated in the Men’s Division 1. Ian McLoughlin (32 points) was outstanding on the night, combining with Andre Nation (26) to lead Ballincollig to another victory 80-90. Most impressively the Collig held firm even when Nation was fouled out in the fourth quarter.