Basketball – National League weekly review

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C&S UCC Demons and Templeogue remain deadlocked at the top of the Men’s Premier League, having both managed wins despite injuries and illnesses.

Demons eventually edged out Belfast Star at the Mardyke while Templeogue needed to come from behind to see off bottom side Eanna at the Oblate Hall.

“We’re not at our best at the minute,” said Templeogue’s Jason Killeen who was one of a number of players struggling with a flu virus. “But it’s really just about grinding out wins at this stage of the season.”

Pyrobel Killester are now guaranteed third place or better having won 104-97 at GCD Swords Thunder while UCD Marian are in control of fourth, having beaten UL Eagles in Belfield.

UCD Marian Coach Ioannis Liapakis said: “We want to stay in fourth place but we will have to win our remaining games and that includes winning away at Templeogue. That will be a big challenge for us.”

Elsewhere, Duane Johnson and Martins Provizors combined for 53 points as DCU Saints beat SSE Airtricity Moycullen 80-73 in Glasnevin.

In the Women’s Premier League, Meteors beat Courtyard Liffey Celtics to retain an outside shot at finishing second in the table for the regular season. They won 67-61 with Emily Leer, Megan McGuiness and Beth Meany finishing in double digits and will take the runners up spot if they can beat Team Montenotte Hotel by 23 points or more in the final round.

The relegation battle will go down to the last day of the season. UL Huskies lost 76-57 at home to newly crowned Women’s Premier League Champions DCU Mercy but will guarantee survival if they can win at Maxol WIT Wildcats next Saturday. Wildcats were beaten 74-58 at home by Pyrobel Killester meaning they finish fifth in the 2015/2016 table.

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