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MAGIC MYSTICS BREAK THEIR SUPER LEAGUE DUCK 

NUIG Mystics finally picked up their first win of the Women’s Super League in Basketball on Saturday evening as they scored an impressive 68-65 victory over Singleton Supervalu Brunell in Colaiste Iognaid.

Irish under 18 international Dayna Finn was their top scorer with 17 points while Deirdre O’Shea and Jade Johnson also shared 31 points as the Galway outfit finally ended a nine-game losing streak. 

Minus key player Aine McDonagh, tied up with the Galway ladies footballers, Mike Murray’s team dug deep after trailing 38-33 at half-time and put themselves back in the fight to avoid relegation moving within range of Portlaoise Panthers and IT Carlow Basketball. 

“I’m so happy,” said Murray on Basketball Ireland’s website. “We have been preparing well, and we did a lot of work getting ready this week, and it finally paid off.  

“Dayna Finn was brilliant, she had a double-double with 17 points and more than 10 rebounds, and Deirdre O’Shea was just fantastic too. Everyone just played so well, they all did their job and we finally got the win. 

“The second half of the season is hugely important, and after losing by so much in the Cup against DCU we knew we needed to regroup and we worked all week on it and we got the win, that’s the main thing – it means a lot.”

LEAGUE TABLE FOR WOMENS SUPER LEAGUE

TEAM PL W L PF PA PD PTS
DCU Mercy 10 8 2 748 582 166 24
Courtyard Liffey Celtics 10 8 2 698 610 88 24
Ambassador UCC Glanmire 10 7 3 770 628 142 21
Pyrobel Killester 11 7 4 774 768 6 21
Singleton SuperValu Brunell 9 6 3 649 607 42 18
Maxol WIT Wildcats 11 4 7 715 726 -11 12
Portlaoise Panthers 11 3 8 629 824 -195 9
IT Carlow Basketball 10 2 8 640 779 -139 6
NUIG Mystics 10 1 9 603 702 -99 3

In the Men’s Super League, Maree put in a trojan effort on Saturday falling just short to league leaders UCD Marian.  Despite strong displays from Corey Hammell (19), Cathal Finn (15) and Kenneth Hansberry (15), scores from Conor Meany, Joan Jordi Vall Llobera and Neil Baynes gave the Metropolitians an 83-79 victory in Oranmore. 

Moycullen secured their eighth win against Eanna with a 74-62 result to stay in seventh place.  Brandon McGuire was their top scorer with 27 points with Dylan Loughnane, Patrick Lyons and James Loughnane sharing a total tally of 28.

LEAGUE TABLE FOR MENS SUPER LEAGUE

TEAM PL W L PF PA PD PTS
UCD Marian 14 12 2 1166 998 168 36
Garveys Tralee Warriors 16 12 4 1279 1159 120 36
Pyrobel Killester 15 11 4 1296 1125 171 33
Griffith College Swords Thunder 15 10 5 1254 1095 159 30
Black Amber Templeogue 15 10 5 1345 1247 98 30
UCC Demons 15 8 7 1381 1311 70 24
Moycullen 16 8 8 1299 1278 21 24
Belfast Star 16 7 9 1198 1161 37 21
DCU Saints 16 6 10 1265 1407 -142 18
Eanna BC 14 4 10 1108 1174 -66 12
Maree 16 4 12 1163 1412 -249 12
KUBS BC 16 0 16 1031 1418 -387 0

But in Division One, it was disappointment for GameFootage.net Titans who fell to a heavy 113-69 loss to Scotts Lakers St. Paul’s Killarney.  Toms Fabriciuss (30), Eoin Coughlan (19) and Rando Kozlov (19) top scorerd but they still sit bottom of Division 1B behind Dublin Lions and EJ Sligo All-Stars.

DIVISION 1B

TEAM PLD W L PF PA PD PTS
Scotts Lakers St Pauls Killarney 15 7 8 1214 1188 26 21
LYIT Donegal 14 6 8 1165 1337 -172 18
Paris Texas Kilkenny 14 6 8 1059 1076 -17 18
LIT Celtics 15 4 11 1268 1377 -109 12
Dublin Lions 14 3 11 1156 1255 -99 9
EJ Sligo All-Stars 15 3 12 1059 1285 -226 9
GameFootage.net Titans 14 2 12 1055 1289 -234 6
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