Buzzer beater wins local basketball derby for LIT over Limerick Celtics

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Buzzer beater wins local basketball derby for LIT over Limerick Celtics

LIT got the win over their Limerick rivals, the Celtics

A big Limerick derby was one of the highlights of the weekend in the Men’s Division One as Limerick Celtics hosted LIT on Saturday night in a hugely-anticipated game.

The game lived up to all expectations and produced huge excitement as it was won by LIT on a buzzer-beating three pointer, with Conal Broderick the hero of the hour for the visitors with his long-range effort seeing them home to a 92-94 point victory.

Indeed, it was LIT who had the better of the opening exchanges, driving into a 36-51 point lead at half time, thanks to good scoring from Egidijus Baksys, Matt Scamuffo and Broderick, but Celtics were not going down without a fight and by the end of the third, the gap was back to just four points teeing up a thrilling final quarter. A 31-point display from Celtics’ John Galvin coupled with 25 points from Shane O’Connell looked like they were going to help see the hosts home to glory and, with four seconds to play, Galvin kept his cool from the free throw line to put Celtics ahead by a point. Broderick was not letting the game go that easily though and his three-point shot just before the buzzer saw LIT win the game by two.  

“I’m so delighted with the win,” said a thrilled LIT coach, Mike Hickey afterwards. “It was a highly competitive game and it was a great way for us to finish 2018 with a win on the buzzer!

“We have been working really hard at developing this newly-formed LIT team, and are now reaping the rewards of our efforts. We have a great group of players and management. We’ve performed really well in our last two games and we fully intend to learn and build on these two positive performances. We’re really looking forward to our games in 2019.”

Staying in Limerick and UL Sports Eagles also secured the win on Saturday night, running out 74-57 point winners over WIT Vikings. Tarchee Brown was the stand out on the night for Eagles once more, finishing the game on 27 points, and a big 12-point game from underage international star, Nate Moore and a solid display from Diarmuid O’Shea saw Eagles home to victory in the end.

Speaking afterwards, head coach, Matt Hall was happy to get the win: “I’m really happy to get the win, and while our performance wasn’t great, it’s good to end the year on a high. It’s great for this young team to get another win on the board and make all their hard work worthwhile.”

Elsewhere, DBS Éanna remain unbeaten at the top of the northern conference after running out comprehensive 123-50 point winners over Titans on Saturday evening thanks to a 39-point display from Stefan Zecevic and 21 points from Joshua Wilson.

Tradehouse Central Ballincollig also head into 2019 unbeaten this season, as they ran out dominant 70-104 point winners over Portlaoise Panthers late on Sunday afternoon.

Ej Sligo All Stars secured a massive home win against Abbey Seals Dublin Lions on Saturday evening meanwhile, edging the visitors 80-77 at the final buzzer.  A superb game between the two sides saw nothing between them right down to the final seconds, but 26 points from Zack Yonda, coupled with a combined 29-point game from Tobi Brockmann and Connor McClenaghan saw Sligo win out by three in the end.

KUBS secured a big home win on Saturday evening, winning out 101-70 over visitors LYIT Donegal thanks to a 34-point game from Elijah Tillman and a huge 20-point game from Irish Under 18 star, Cillian O'Driscoll. Sunday afternoon saw Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers take home a big road win over Ulster University Elks, running out 53-83 point winners in the end. A big 25-point game from Oisin O'Reilly coupled with solid performances from Justin Goldsborough and Paul Caffrey saw Tolka into a comfortable 27-45 lead at half time and they drove on from there. 

Basketball Ireland Results: December 29-30th


Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League: 

CandS Neptune 92-95 Garvey’s Tralee Warriors

DCU Saints 91-71 Maree

Pyrobel Killester 79-63 Griffith College Swords Thunder

Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin 81-79 UCC Demons


Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One:

UL Sports Eagles 74-57 WIT Vikings

Limerick Celtics 92-94 LIT

DBS Eanna 123-50 Titans

KUBS BC 101-70 LYIT Donegal

EJ Sligo All-Stars 80-77 Abbey Seals Dublin Lions

Ulster University Elks 53-83 Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers

Portlaoise Panthers 70-104 Tradehouse Central Ballincollig



Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:

Pyrobel Killester 79-63 Griffith College Swords Thunder
Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Alex Herreros 15, Royce Williams 13, Paddy Sullivan 12, Luis Garcia Hoyos 12
Top scorers Griffith College Swords Thunder: Bobby Ahern 14, Antonio Odunga 13, Oisin Kerlin 11, Isaac Westbrooks 11
Half time score: Pyrobel Killester 51-33 Griffith College Swords Thunder

DCU Saints 91-71 Maree
Top scorers DCU Saints: Mike Bonaparte 22, Tariq Guebaili 16, Martins Provizors 14
Top scorers Maree: Sean Sellers 26, Niels Bunschoten 22, Eoin Rockall 11
Half time score: DCU Saints 46-33 Maree

C and S Neptune 92-95 Garvey’s Tralee Warriors
Top scorers C and S Neptune: Lehmon Colbert 18, Gary Walsh 12, Cian Heaphy 12
Top scorers Garvey’s Tralee Warriors: Jordan Evans 31, Paul Dick 17, Dusan Bogdanovic 14
Half time score: C and S Neptune 43-49 Garvey’s Tralee Warriors

Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin 81-79 UCC Demons
Top scorers Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin: Pierre Newton 23, Daniel Jokubaitis 17, Ivan Bogdanovic 15
Top scorers UCC Demons: Brandon Watts 27, Colin O Reilly 25, Girts Lazdans 14 

Half time score: Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin 43-34 UCC Demons

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One:

UL Sports Eagles 74-57 WIT Vikings
Top scorers UL Sports Eagles: Tarchee Brown 27, Nathan Moore 12, Diarmuid O Shea 10
Top scorers WIT Vikings: Craig O Neill 19, Jack Murphy 17, Daniel Sheehan 8
Half time score: UL Sports Eagles 40-29 WIT Vikings


Limerick Celtics 92-94 LIT
Top scorers Limerick Celtics: John Galvin 31, Shane O Connell 25, Jordan Hehir 17
Top scorers LIT: Egidijus Baksys 21, Matt Scamuffo 19, Conal Broderick 13, Krystian Burchardt 13
Half time score: Limerick Celtics 36-51 LIT

DBS Éanna 123-50 Titans
Top scorers DBS Éanna: Stefan Zecevic 39, Joshua Wilson 21, Conor Gallagher 16
Top scorers Titans: Tom Rivard 23, Eoin Coughlan 6, Harrison Deneka 5
Half time score: DBS Éanna 63-31 Titans


KUBS 101-70 LYIT Donegal
Top scorers KUBS: Elijah Tillman 34, Cillian O Driscoll 20, Dylan Kessie 9
Top scorers LYIT Donegal: Spencer Williams 29, Paul McHugh 11, Ciaran Lockhart 10
Half time score: KUBS 60-36 LYIT Donegal


Ej Sligo All Stars 80-77 Abbey Seals Dublin Lions
Top scorers Ej Sligo All Stars: Zack Yonda 26, Tobi Brockmann 17, Connor McClenaghan 12
Top scorers Abbey Seals Dublin Lions: Tiernan Howe 21, Finn Hughes 15, Garrett Collins 13
Half time score: Ej Sligo All Stars 45-33 Abbey Seals Dublin Lions


Ulster University Elks 53-83 Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers
Top scorers Ulster University Elks: Michael Riopel 26, Aaron Rooney 9, Daniel Stewart 6
Top scorers Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers: Oisin O Reilly 25, Justin Goldsborough 19, Paul Caffrey 14
Half time score: Ulster University Elks 27-45 Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers

Basketball Ireland Fixtures: January 4-6th, 2019

Friday 4th January 2019

Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:   

UCC Demons v CandS Neptune, Mardyke Arena, 20:00;

Saturday 5th January 2019

Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:   

Belfast Star v Pyrobel Killester, De La Salle, 18:30;

DCU Saints v UCD Marian, DCU Sports Complex, 19:00;

Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin v Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, Killorglin Sports Centre, 19:15;

Maree v Moycullen, Calasanctius College-Galway, 20:00;

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:   

IT Carlow Basketball v DCU Mercy, Barrow Centre-IT Carlow, 12:30;

NUIG Mystics v Fr Mathews, NUIG, 15:30;

Marble City Hawks v Ambassador UCC Glanmire, O Loughlin Gaels Gym, 19:00;

Maxol WIT Wildcats v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, Mercy College, 19:00;

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One:   

IT Carlow Basketball v EJ Sligo All-Stars, Barrow Centre-IT Carlow, 15:30;

Tradehouse Central Ballincollig v KUBS BC, Ballincollig CS, 16:00;

LIT v Abbey Seals Dublin Lions, Limerick IT Sportshall, 18:00;

Limerick Celtics v DBS Eanna, St Munchins, 18:00;

UL Sports Eagles v Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers, UL Arena-Limerick, 19:00;

Waterford Vikings v Ulster University Elks, Waterford IT, 19:00;

Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney v Titans, Killarney, 19:30;

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One:   

Limerick Celtics v Phoenix Rockets, St Munchins, 16:00;

Maree v UL Huskies, Calsanctius College, 17:00;

Swords Thunder v Trinity Meteors, ALSAA-Dublin, 17:30;

Team Tom McCarthys St Mary’s v Portlaoise Panthers, St Marys Castleisland, 18:30;

Fabplus North West v Ulster University Elks, Ballyshannon, 19:30;

Sunday 6th January 2019

Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:   

Belfast Star v Templeogue, De La Salle, 15:00;

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:   

Singleton SuperValu Brunell v Pyrobel Killester, Parochial Hall, 14:45;

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One:   

Portlaoise Panthers v LYIT Donegal, St Marys Sports Hall, 17:00;