Mary McGuire recaps this weekend's basketball events, where Glanmire took a stellar win over Cork.
Ambassador UCC Glanmire got back to winning ways in the League with aplomb at the weekend as they broke the 100-point mark to storm home to a 102-46 point victory over Meteors at home in Cork on Saturday evening.
Glanmire – who took home their fourth Hula Hoops National Cup title last weekend – had suffered their first loss of the Super League and indeed, the season, just one week prior when they lost out by four points to Maxol WIT Wildcats in a thriller in Waterford. However, they made no hesitation in showing off their dominance once more this weekend, with Claire Rockall, Chantell Alford and Casey Grace top scoring their side home to victory.
Elsewhere, defeated Hula Hoops Cup finalists Courtyard Liffey Celtics secured a strong win on the road, when they overcame NUIG Mystics in Galway 42-75. Emma O’Connor and Sorcha Tiernan proved to be the vital cogs in the Liffey Celtics machine as they kept their composure to run out winners.
A cracker in the IWA in Clontarf was in store for fans on Saturday evening meanwhile, as Pyrobel Killester ran out ten point winners over Maxol WIT Wildcats, with Mimi Clarke lighting up the scoreboard for the home team. Elsewhere, DCU Mercy had the better of Singleton SuperValu Brunell in the last game of the weekend down in Cork on Sunday afternoon, running out 41-68 point winners in the end. It wasn’t all bad news for Brunell though, as the loss still saw them move up from the bottom of the table, with points’ difference pushing Meteors down below them.
In the Men’s Super League meanwhile, Cup champions Griffith Swords Thunder drove home to a convincing 80-68 point win over Commercial.ie Éanna at the ALSAA on Saturday evening. Jose Maria Gil Narbon proving yet again, that he is a force to be reckoned with for Swords, bagging 26 points on the night. There was good scoring from Killester’s Jermaine Turner on Saturday evening as well, as he netted 27 points to help his side to an 81-66 point win over Radisson Blu UL Eagles.
DCU Saints played out a thriller against SSE Airtricity Moycullen meanwhile, with Martins Provizors and Kevin O’Hanlon proving to be the difference in a game that went right down to the wire, with DCU just managing to hold on by three in the end (77-74), while in the final game of the weekend, it was a clash of epic proportions down in Cork, as - despite the best efforts of an in-form Adrian O'Sullivan - UCC Demons fell to UCD Marian on Sunday by six points.
A full compliment of fixtures gets back underway next week, with seven games in the Men’s Super League as both Belfast Star and Griffith Swords Thunder play two games, while there will be four games in the Women’s Super League with some very interesting clashes in store.
Basketball Ireland Results: February 4th and 5th
Basketball Ireland Women's Super League
NUIG Mystics 42-75 Courtyard Liffey Celtics
Ambassador UCC Glanmire 102-46 Meteors
Pyrobel Killester 58-48 Maxol WIT Wildcats
Singleton SuperValu Brunell 41-68 DCU Mercy
Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League
Griffith Swords Thunder 80-68 Commercial.ie Éanna
DCU Saints 77-74 SSE Airtricity Moycullen
Pyrobel Killester 81-66 Radisson Blu UL Eagles
UCC Demons 80-86 UCD Marian