Men's Super League: UCC Demons beat Ballincollig again
Three weeks on after they broke the hearts of Irish Guide Dogs Ballincollig @MTU in the InsureMyHouse.ie Pat Duffy National Cup final, UCC Demons left their Cork rivals nursing more wounds on the divisional front after they dished them out a 91-72 defeat in the MTU Arena on Saturday evening.
Tala Fam Thiam hit 22 points while James Hannigan and Seventh Woods each chalked up 21 as the visitors recorded a strong start and finish to this fixture, despite the best efforts of Ballincollig's Andre Nation and Shawndale Jones Jr who combined for 44.
Maree were unable to capitalise on that setback for Ballincollig as they suffered a 98-91 defeat at the hands of Flexachem KCYMS in Calasanctus College.
Even a huge 38-point haul by Tahmir Gadsden, who converted half of his 12 attempts from beyond the arc, was not enough to inspire Maree to victory as Flexachem’s Kendall Jacks put up 30 while Lucas McGregor and Lovre Tvrdic together totalled 43.
Christian Williams held his nerve to drain two free throws at the death and clinch a dramatic 102-101 overtime victory for EJ Sligo All-Stars over Garvey’s Tralee Warriors in Mercy College.
Williams, who amassed 29 points and 14 rebounds, was instrumental in this victory for Sligo, as was top scorer Chrishon Briggs, who accounted for 31 on the night.
Griffith College Éanna earned the bragging rights in their derby against near neighbours Templeogue as they enjoyed a comprehensive 99-70 win in Coláiste Éanna.
Sean Jenkins served up 25 points for the home side, who had opened up a gap of 24 by half-time, and even a 28-point contribution by Vernon Jackson could not forge a way back for Templeogue.
Runaway North Conference leaders Belfast Star put up 31 points in the first quarter alone as they recorded