#1. This week's number one is former international forward Conor Grace (210-82, college: Davidson, currently plays in Sweden). Grace was the major contributor in a LF Basket's victory against the closely-ranked 08 Stockholm (13-16) 70-61 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday.
He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. It was his first game for LF Basket this season.
His team is placed eighth in the Basketligan.
Former DCU St.Vincents Dublin starter played for the Irish senior national team four years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post, currently plays in United Kingdom). O'Reilly contributed to a 2-point Plymouth Raiders' victory against the closely-ranked Surrey Heat (14-7) 91-89 in the British BBL on Saturday night.
He scored 6 points.
UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders (15-8) is placed fourth in the BBL.
It's O'Reilly's first season with the team.
O'Reilly has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 58.2%(78-134), 3FGP: 35.2% and FT: 78.9%.
He played for the Irish national team in 2009.
#3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former U16 international center Sean McCarthy (208-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). McCarthy managed to help New Jersey Institute of Technology to win against the Utah Valley University (2-4) 63-55 in the NCAA last Saturday.
He scored only 4 points.
The New Jersey Institute of Technology has a very good 5-1 conference record this season.
There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This season McCarthy has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 34.2% and FT: 74.4%.
He played for the Irish U16 national team four years ago.
#4. Forward Mark Reynolds (197-84, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL could not help Durham Wildcats (8-16) to beat Glasgow Rocks (16-8). Reynolds cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court.
Durham Wildcats was crushed 99-73 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#3) Glasgow Rocks.
This year Reynolds averages: 1.0ppg in the 21 games he played so far.
He used to play for the Irish national team
back in 2007.
The list of other players, who all have Irish passport but never been selected to any of Irish national teams:
#1.Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain) led Blusens Monbus to a surprising victory over the second-ranked Caja Laboral (17-4) 84-70 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game.
He was MVP of the game. Kendall had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds in 29 minutes.
Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (10-11) is placed tenth in the ACB.
It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses.
Kendall has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in the 21 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish.
#2.Will Hanley (200-G/F-90, agency: Duran International, college: Bowdoin, currently plays in Spain) led Oviedo CB to a 2-point victory against one of league's weakest teams Castello (5-10) 81-79 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday.
Hanley recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 5 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Hanley's third season in pro basketball. Oviedo Club Baloncesto (11-4) is placed first in the LEB Silver.
Hanley belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of best rebounders (first place).
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hanley averages: 18.3ppg, 11.7rpg and 1.5spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Hanley has never played in Ireland.
#3.Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Germany could not help the league outsider Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-7) to beat Zalgiris (3-4).
He recorded only 4 points in 5 minutes on the court.
The eighth-placed Brose Baskets Bamberg was edged in an overtime 88-87 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) Zalgiris in the group E of Euroleague.
So far Brose Baskets Bamberg lost all seven games in the Top 16.
This year Ogilvy averages: 3.6ppg and 1.9rpg in the nine games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Irish.
#4.Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81, agency: Three Eye Sports, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A was not able to help AEL (6-15) in their last game on Friday. Despite Pesic's very good performance AEL was defeated 73-66 in Nicosia by the second-ranked Etha.
He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Pesic also added 8 rebounds.
The Regular Season already ended.
Pesic is currently fourth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place).
This season he has very high stats. Pesic averages: 16.6ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.3apg.
He has both Irish and Serbian nationalities.
#5. Experienced Tony McCrory (199-G/F-77, college: Simon Fraser, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Starwings' victory against the league leader Fribourg (16-3) 93-83 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game.
McCrory recorded 6 points in 33 minutes.
Starwings Basket Regio Basel (6-13) is placed sixth in the LNA.
His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
McCrory is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Starwings' roster.
This season McCrory has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.5apg in the 18 games.
He also holds two passports: Canadian and Irish.
Aer Lingus provides special airfares for guests attending the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic Mar 3, 2017, 12:00 PM | VICTORY SCHOLARS Jericho, New York, March 3, 2017 -- Aer Lingus, Irelands only 4 Star airline, has today announced special airfares for those traveling to the Emerald Isle for The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, a college basketball tournament held in conjunction with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Sport Chang... [read more]
Aer Lingus provides special airfares for guests attending the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic Mar 3, 2017, 12:00 PM | VICTORY SCHOLARS
Jericho, New York, March 3, 2017 -- Aer Lingus, Irelands only 4 Star airline, has today announced special airfares for those traveling to the Emerald Isle for The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, a college basketball tournament held in conjunction with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Sport Changes Life, Rory McIllroys Foundation, the Rory Foundation, and The SSE Arena, Belfast. The tournament, which will take place on December 1st and 2nd, will feature Holy Cross vs. Manhattan College and La Salle University vs. Towson University. As the official airline of the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, it's our privilege to not only fly the teams to the tournament, but also the loyal fans, who will travel across the Atlantic to show their support, said Jack Foley, Aer Lingus Executive Vice President, North America. We look forward to offering guests a warm welcome on board our flights. Special fares are available from across Aer Lingus East Coast transatlantic network of Boston (BOS); Hartford (BDL); New York (JFK and EWR), and Washington D.C. (IAD) for outbound travel to Ireland between November 17 and November 30, and return flights between December 3 and December 10, 2017. Roundtrip fares, inclusive of taxes and fees are as follows: From JFK, EWR, BDL $469* From BOS $479* From IAD $559* These fares are available exclusively through Aer Lingus Emerald Exclusives Desk, which operates Monday through Friday 9:30am 4:30 pm EST. They can be reached via telephone at 1-877-351-6665.
Killorglinhas won Cork Mens Basketball Board Boys U17 Billy Kelly Tournament after defeating Moycullen 53-52 in the final on 15-Apr-2017 in the Parochial Hall, Gurranabraher. Killorglinwere Pool 1 winners after the first day of the tournament. On the second day they defeated Templeogue and Blue Demons on the way to the final. Neptune was stopped byMoycullen at semi-final stage. It was a dramatic end of the final game of an excellent tournament having been down by two points with 10 secondsto play Killorglin tookthe win. From : www.corkbasketball.com
Congratulations toMoycullen BC on winning Boys U16A All Ireland Club Championship in Cork. Moycullen defeated Belfast Star 31-18 in the final game of the Championship on 23d of April 2017 in the Parochial Hall. Pool 3 winners Moycullen defeated Gneeveguilla in the first semi-final while Belfast were victorious over Corks Blue Demons. Blue Demons took the 3rd position in the overall ranking with Ballincollig taking the 5th. Well done to both Corks club. From : www.corkbasketball.com
Cork Celts last evening won The Cork County Basketball Board's Div 1 League Title for the second consecutive season Defeating Ballincollig.
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Donaghy the star as Tralee Warriors crowned Men's Champions Trophy champions - 26 days ago
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Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) was the star of the show in Letterkenny today as Tralee swooped home to glory and scooped the silverware in the final of the Basketball Ireland Men's Champions Trophy. It was a thrilling finale in Donegal as Donaghy drove down the court and laid the ball up in style to send another epic battle with Regular Season champions, Templeogue, to overtime (66-66). That last gasp bucket was just one story of many that can be told from today's game, with Jason Killeen (2... [read more]
Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) was the star of the show in Letterkenny today as Tralee swooped home to glory and scooped the silverware in the final of the Basketball Ireland Men's Champions Trophy. It was a thrilling finale in Donegal as Donaghy drove down the court and laid the ball up in style to send another epic battle with Regular Season champions, Templeogue, to overtime (66-66). That last gasp bucket was just one story of many that can be told from today's game, with Jason Killeen (211-C-85, college: Augusta) shining brightest for Templeogue in one of the closest Men's Super League clashes of the year. The story, however, lies with Tralee and the glory of their achievement and it is one that will be told for many years to come. From Donaghy to Trae Pemberton (193-G-92, college: Maryville, MO) - a guard who has dazzled for the Kingdom throughout the season - to Goran Pantovic (208-F-91, college: Drexel), the team worked as a unit throughout and managed to hold on in the dying seconds to add another page to the history books. It was Pemberton who stepped up to the mark with 7.8 seconds on the clock in overtime as they trailed Templeogue 73-70 and as hearts dropped around the court when his first effort did not find the mark, Donaghy was on hand for the offensive rebound to feed Pemberton once more and he made no mistake second time of asking to tie it yet again, 73-73. With double overtime looming, Donaghy had the final say of the game, adding a free throw in the dying seconds and it was with bated breath for all of Kerry as they watched the clock tick down in agonizing fashion. Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie
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