8 February 2016, Monday
By Bryan T. Smyth
C&S UCC Demons hold hopes of retaining their Men’s Premier League title in their own hands after a 102-73 win over DCU Saints at the Mardyke Arena. The win, coupled with Templeogue’s loss to Pyrobel Killester, puts them three points clear at the top of the table.
“We’ve four games left and if we win them we win the league,” said Player Coach Colin O’Reilly. “If you gave us that at the start of the season, we’d have taken it. And Templeogue are in the same position.“
In the Women’s Premier League, UL Huskies moved out of the relegation zone with a 78-76 win at Singleton SuperValu Brunell. Des O’Sullivan’s side had to withstand a fourth quarter comeback, holding out to move ahead of Portlaoise Panthers into eighth place.
“It’s been coming since before Christmas,” said O’Sullivan. “We’d only eight players so it was a massive ask but everyone stepped up. It was a big win, but we have one or two big games left.”
Meteors gave themselves every chance of a playoff home draw with an 83-74 over Maxol WIT Wildcats while Courtyard Liffey Celtics are back in the playoff hunt after beating Pyrobel Killester. Interim Celtics Coach Suzanne Maguire said: “We’ve looked at the numbers and the games. It’s not all in our hands but the win will instill a lot of confidence.”
Pyrobel Killester’s defeat means DCU Mercy will claim the regular season title if they can win at home next Sunday.