This week’s basketball round-up

DCU Mercy’s clash with Pyrobel Killester certainly lived up to its billing as a Sarah Fairbanks-inspired Mercy managed to secure a 61-56 point win despite a late comeback from Killester.
Indeed, Fairbanks and Sarah Woods showed their experience towards the end, as with two minutes to go, fantastic scoring from Killester brought them back to within just two points (56-54), but a determined and gutsy closing minute saw Mercy pull through. “They came through and they fought hard – we’re happy with the win,” said DCU Head Coach Mark Ingle. “I’m delighted with the girls’ character today.”
Elsewhere, Courtyard Liffey Celtics eased to a 78-50 point win over Maxol WIT Wildcats to secure their second place position on the table, with Jazmen Boone (17), Aine, Ailbhe and Emma O’Connor all top-scoring for the Kildare side. “I’m absolutely delighted with the scoreline, it probably flattered us a bit, but we were really on our game tonight and our defence was brilliant,” said Celtics Head Coach Mark Byrne.
Meanwhile, Portlaoise Panthers secured their second win of the League when they ran out 77-60 point winners down in Cork against Singleton SuperValu Brunell, while Ambassador UCC Glanmire made it seven wins from seven as they overcame NUIG Mystics in Galway, 81-48.
In the Men’s Super League meanwhile, Kieran Donaghy provided the spark which ignited a match-winning comeback from Tralee Warriors over Éanna in a pulsating clash in the Kingdom. Despite being forced to sit out the opening three quarters of the tie after picking up a leg injury in a Gaelic football game earlier that afternoon, Donaghy’s impact off the bench inspired a Warriors revival with an input which included four steals, three vital baskets, and one rejection which just about edged the outcome (78-74) for his side. Warriors also had a hugely impressive display from Fergal O’Sullivan who netted 18 points in the first half to help continue Warriors’ unbeaten run at home.
Elsewhere, it looked like Radisson Blu UL Eagles were going to shock UCC Demons in their clash in Limerick on Saturday, leading at half time and at the end of quarter three (65-59) but Demons upped the ante in the last quarter to drive home to victory, with Ciaran O ‘Sullivan and Adrian O’Sullivan top-scoring on 28 and 26 points respectively for the Cork team. Griffith Swords Thunder meanwhile secured a comprehensive 102-73 point win over DCU Saints as, after an inspired first half display from Saints saw the game tied at 47 apiece at the break, Thunder held firm with fantastic shooting from Jose Gil Narbon and Justin Goldsborough. UCD Marian had the better of Pyrobel Killester on Saturday, while earlier on in the week, Templeogue remained unbeaten with an extremely hard-fought win against KUBS.
In the Men’s Hula Hoops Cup second leg meanwhile, SSE Airtricity Moycullen booked their spot in the semi-final of the Cup as they overcame Belfast Star in the second leg of their clash on a scoreline of 84-80 in yet another thrilling encounter between the two sides.
Results: November 17th to 20th
Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:   
Templeogue 87-79 KUBS BC
UCD Marian 74-62 Pyrobel Killester 
Radisson Blu UL Eagles 78-84 UCC Demons
Griffith Swords Thunder 102-73 DCU Saints 
Irish TV Tralee Warriors 78-74 Éanna
Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:   
NUIG Mystics 48-81 Ambassador UCC Glanmire
Courtyard Liffey Celtics 78-50 Maxol WIT Wildcats
Singleton SuperValu Brunell 60-77 Portlaoise Panthers
DCU Mercy 61-56 Pyrobel Killester
Hula Hoops Men’s National Cup – Pat Duffy Cup (second leg):   
Belfast Star 80-84 SSE Airtricity Moycullen 
Hula Hoops Men’s Presidents Cup:
LYIT Donegal 80-78 Fr Mathews
St Vincent’s BC 65-73 Kestrels
Team Kilkenny 74-60 Titans 
EJ Sligo All-Stars 92-84 Tolka Rovers
BFG Neptune 126-54 ITC Basketball
Maree 72-75 Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin
Eanna 42-64 Pyrobel Killester
Dublin Lions 77-75 Ulster University Elks
Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One:
ITC Basketball 67-57 UL Huskies 
Marble City Hawks 69-48 Oblate Dynamos
Ulster University Elks 64-73 Ulster Rockets
Hula Hoops U20 Women’s National Cup:   
Brunell 50-61 Ambassador UCC Glanmire 
St Mary’s 47-75 Fr Mathews 
Moycullen BC 76-59 Liffey Celtics 
Hula Hoops Men’s National Intermediate Cup Competition:   
Neptune 84-74 St Paul’s Juvenile
UCD Marian 66-51 Portlaoise Panthers
Barrow Rovers Dublin 77-79 Blue Demons