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Basketball: Killester's new year nightmare continues

KILLESTER may have had a perfect 2010, but the new year has been a nightmare for the north Dubliners who slipped to their second shock defeat in a row at home to Belfast Star in the SuperLeague.

The champions had been unbeaten in ten consecutive matches before going down to DCU Saints last weekend, and they went down 75-67 thanks to a late five-point spree from Clayton Longmire that gave the northerners a shock win.

"It's hard enough to beat them in Belfast, so to get a win down here is fantastic," said Star head coach Danny Fulton. "We hung in there at times, they were leading going into the final quarter but we stayed with them.

"This win is important in terms of the play-offs and it was fantastic to match DCU's win over Killester, who are one of the sides we are trying to catch. I thought we played fantastic defence, keeping them to 67 points. This win was about team defence and we really stepped up in this department, especially in the final four minutes."

DCU Saints were on the cusp of a second shock in a row, but a late UL Eagles rally denied the Dubliners in Glasnevin.

The Saints led by 11 points on three separate occasions but couldn't shake off the Southern Conference leaders. With seven minutes on the clock they were seven ahead, but UL stepped up with Scott Kinevane scoring eight of their ten points as they won 80-78. UCD Marian gained ground on their Dublin rivals with a 94-72 win over Ulster Elks, while UCC Demons won their third in a row, seeing off Moycullen 91-55.

In the Women's SuperLeague, UL made it back-to-back wins over DCU Mercy with a 61-57 away win.

Irish Independent