Demons deliver their best performance of the season while Glanmire bounce back and Ballincollig keep on rolling

Demons deliver their best performance of the season while Glanmire bounce back and Ballincollig keep on rolling
Kyle Hosford, UCC Demons, in action against Belfast Star. Picture: Larry Cummins

UCC Demons put together their most complete performance of the season to take down Belfast Star at the Parochial Hall 82-67.

Notable performances from Kyle Hosford (22 points), American Brandon Watts (21 points) and Colin O’Reilly (17 points) were integral in seeing the Cork club take down the league leaders on home soil. Having gone into the break 44-37 ahead, the defence of Hosford and Girts Lazdans to limit Star’s Mike Davis was commendable, as the deficit was too much for Adrian Fulton’s side to get over in the fourth quarter.

“It was a great team performance,” player-coach Colin O’Reilly said after the game. “We did what we needed to do to slow them down and a couple of big performances made this result possible.” 

Brandon Watts, UCC Demons, attempts a score against Mike Thiep, Belfast Star. Picture: Larry Cummins
Brandon Watts, UCC Demons, attempts a score against Mike Thiep, Belfast Star. Picture: Larry Cummins

C & S Neptune lost out 95-92 in an overtime thriller against Templeogue in Dublin. With the game tied at 85 apiece, Lehmon Colbert had the chance to tie things again in overtime with six seconds left from the free throw line, but he could only hit the one. 

Jason Killeen went down the other end and went two for two from the line before Colbert had another chance at glory, his three-pointer rimming out on the final buzzer.

Cian Heaphy top-scored for Neptune and he was back in action again a day later for their U20s in Neptune Stadium when, along with Darragh O'Sullivan, he led them past Moycullen and Irish ace Paul Kelly and into a semi-final against Templeogue. 

Ambassador UCC Glanmire got a big victory at home in the Women’s Super League, defeating Pyrobel Killester 76-66. Delaney Junkermier (18 points) and I’mani Davis (17 points) were instrumental for Mark Scannell’s side throughout the contest. A big run in the fourth quarter put the home outfit more than twenty points to the good, a late comeback by the Dublin side making the final deficit of 10 points a little more flattering than the nature of the game would suggest.

Fr Mathew's were not as successful at home in the Women’s Super League, falling to DCU Mercy 68-73 in a thrilling clash. Grainne Dwyer was her usual outstanding self, notching 19 points while Chantell Alford and Shannon Brady both ended up with 12 points. The game hung in the balance down the stretch, Mathew's up one with 1:32 to play. 

However, a quick six points from DCU gave them the edge and saw them leave Cork with another victory.

Brunell had an easier time of things in their trip to Kilkenny, defeating Marble City Hawks 47-77. A half-time score of 29-49 epitomised the rich vein of form Tim O’Halloran’s side have been in as of late, with Danielle O’Leary once again leading all scorers with 15.

Ciarán O'Sullivan of TradeHouse Central Ballincollig trying to get clear of UL Eagles' Diarmuid O'Shea. Picture Denis Minihane.
Ciarán O'Sullivan of TradeHouse Central Ballincollig trying to get clear of UL Eagles' Diarmuid O'Shea. Picture Denis Minihane.

Tradehouse Central Ballincollig kept their undefeated start to the season rolling with a 72-89 win against UL Sports Eagles. Andre Nation was impressive once again, notching a game-high 28 points, but so too were Ian McLoughlin and Dylan Corkery as the Men’s Division 1 South leaders keep their streak going.

They've now won all 17 of their league and cup encounters in this campaign.

Fr Mathew's weren’t as fortunate when they came up against struggling WIT Vikings, losing narrowly 79-80. Daniel Noe (20 points) did most of the damage for the visiting side, and having been down fourteen at the interval, a valiant comeback saw Vikings pick up their second win of the season.

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