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Basketball: Welcome matt is out for McColgan

By David Kelly

Published 31/10/2007

University of Ulster may be struggling to find their first victory in the Nivea Superleague but former Irish international Gareth Maguire believes they have unearthed a gem in Matt McColgan.

Maguire, who came out of retirement to help out UU in the elite league of Irish basketball, feels that McColgan can become a major force for the side for many years.

"He's just out of school but he has already shown a lot of potential and I think he has a very big future in the sport," said Maguire.

He knows that he has a lot to work on but already he does not look out of place and it's a major step up playing in this division.

"Matt and the rest of the young guys like Damien Gallagher have a lot of potential and they just need to grow in confidence and mature in this league."

UU were left gutted last Saturday night when they allowed Marian to pull away in the last 90 seconds to win 96-85 in the UUJ Sports Centre.

Coach Deirdre Brennan, though, was taking the positives from the encounter, which was played out before a sell-out crowd of around 500.

Brennan said: "We can be very proud of how we played and I think we have shown and proved to ourselves that we belong in this league.

"We're getting better with each match and the great thing is that in this match we were competitive for all four quarters and we could have won it - probably should have won it."

Meanwhile, UCC Demons edged out Neptune in an all Cork classic, 104 -102, while reigning champions DART Killester suffered their second successive defeat at the hands of a resurgent Hoops.

DCU Saints stay top in the Northern Conference thanks to their victory over Belfast Star.

Saints continued their perfect winning start with a 95-75 win and rarely looked in trouble, with Kenny gamble in outstanding form.

The clash between Abrakebabra Tigers and Limerick caused plenty of drama with two venues being used before the buzzer went on Saturday night.

The game was switched from the Tralee Sports Centre to Mounthawk in the final quarter after the referees called a halt to proceedings, with condensation making the playing surface unsafe.

Carl Hadley and Chris Jordon were in impressive form for Tigers with 30 and 29 points respectively as they won 81-76.

Merry Monk Ballina stormed back from an 18 point deficit in the second period to claim a 98-94 point win over Mustang St Paul's of Killarney.

In Division One Queen's lost 96-59 to Tolka Rovers.

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