National Cup glory for UCC and Swords
Ambassador UCC Glanmire secured their place in the history books at the Tallaght National Basketball Arena yesterday when winning a fourth consecutive Hula Hoops National Cup title at the expense of the Courtyard Liffey Celtics.
The Cork outfit ran out 61-48 winners against the first-time finalists as they clinched the competition for a seventh time.
A quartet of Glenmire players hit double figures and, such was their prolific start, they enjoyed a 14-point lead at half-time.
It was Grainne Dwyer, however, who stole the show with 16 points, and her overall performance was acknowledged with the game's MVP award.
Liffey Celtics were game opponents, and Emma O'Connor racked up an impressive 22 points for the Kildare team but, ultimately, Glenmire's experience at this level told.
Also yesterday, Ulster Rockets overcame Marble City Hawks 55-54 to dramatically win the Senior Women's Cup final, DCU Mersey were handsome 76-42 winners over Pyrobel Killester in the Women's U-20 National Cup final and KUBS GC defeated BFG Neptune 85-75 in the men's U-20 National Cup final.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, Griffith Swords Thunder also etched their names into annals of Irish basketball as they defeated Pyrobel Killester to win a first men's National Cup final.
Spearheaded by Jose Maria Gil Narbon, who won the game's MVP award with 12 points and eight rebounds, Swords secured their silverware with a 72-51 victory.
Cian Nihill was outstanding for Killester, as was veteran forward Jermaine Turner, but Swords had more scorers around the court, with four players reaching double digits.
A former Killester man, whose father still plays for the club, guard Isaac Westbrooks also rose to the occasion for the Thunder - notching up six points and seven assists.