Monday 18 December 2017

Basketball: Saints see off Neptune in style

DCU SAINTS went top of the Superleague Northern Conference after an impressive 87-60 victory over southern leaders Neptune made it five from five for the Dublin university.

The Saints managed to extend their advantage to 20 points in the third quarter of this clash and ensured no way back for the Cork side, with Martins Provizors continuing his excellent form, while Mike Trimmer also impressed.

"Any questions whether we can compete at this level, we answered those questions with this win," said Saints head coach David Donnelly.

"The 27-point win was somewhat flattering but we were excellent defensively and I think the players can take a lot from this performance."

Moycullen ended their search for their first win of the season with a dramatic 77-75 win away to Belfast Star in overtime. The westerners would have been forgiven for fearing the worst when Star pushed the game into overtime but one of their heroes on the night, Cian Nihill, admitted his relief after his side finally put a halt to their losing run. "It does make it all the sweeter after the heartbreak and devastating nature of our previous two defeats at home," he said after hitting five points in the crucial overtime period.

UL Eagles got their season back on track with a slender 56-54 win away to UCD Marian.

Meanwhile, in the Women's Superleague, DCU Mercy returned to winning ways with a 58-45 win at home to Killester, Dynamos beat Brunell, Glanmire saw off Ulster Rockets and Meteors beat Wildcats.

Irish Independent

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