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Saturday 17 November 2018

Killester clip Eagles' FOR treble

The season came to a close on Saturday with Killester securing the treble after beating UL Eagles 74-64 in the Nivea For Men's SuperLeague final, while Team Montenotte Hotel Cork made it three league titles in a row after overcoming DCU Mercy 64-57 in the final of the IrishSport.TV Women's SuperLeague.

Killester emulated UCC Demons' treble glory last year after following up their National Cup and Regular Season success with victory over Southern Conference champions UL Eagles.

"It has seen a brilliant year," said Killester captain Paddy Kelly. "It was a great game to finish the season, a great game to play in, and it's so pleasing to come out of it with a clean sweep of trophies.

"We lost our focus a bit last year," added Kelly.

"We played a really good team in UCC Demons and suffered the pain of losing the National Cup and National League Finals to them.

"They put a challenge to us this year, it made us really hungry to bounce back and I just felt the togetherness and focus was there from the very first game of the season."

It was ultimately a disappointing end to what has been a great season for UL Eagles but their head coach Tony Hehir was full of praise for a side who ran away with the Southern Conference this year.

"It has been a very good season overall," said Hehir. "Our goal at the start of the season was to reach the play-offs and I suppose we overachieved on what we originally set out to do.

"The team showed great character again against Killester," he added. "We lost our way a bit in the second quarter but we kept battling away and if a few shots had of gone in, well, it could have been a different story."

Meanwhile, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork erased the disappointment of losing the National Cup Final to make it a trio of league titles in succession after producing a fightback to beat DCU Mercy.

The Cork giants trailed 34-20 at the break but turned the contest in their favour largely helped by the MVP showing of Grainne Dwyer.

"It was a fantastic team performance," said Dwyer. "We came out flying in the second half after having to make up a deficit of 14 points.

"We knew we could have beaten DCU in the National Cup and in the recent league game so we knew we had enough in us to win this game.

"It is a fantastic feat to achieve a three in a row and makes up somewhat for the disappointment of losing the National Cup final."

Meanwhile, Dublin side Oblate Dynamos were crowned Basketball Ireland Division One champions, while Team Garvey's St Mary's of Kerry saw off Titans by a solitary point to secure the Men's Division One.

In a tight contest, Tammy McKenna stepped up to the mark in the closing stages with a couple of crucial three-pointers against St Paul's.

For Team Garvey's St Mary's, they managed to produce a sensational comeback in the final minute against Titans with Dan Griffin scoring the all important final basket.

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