Killester and Demons have set up a mouthwatering National Cup final in a fortnight’s time.
Yesterday’s semi-finals at the National Basketball Arena saw the top two teams in the Nivea Superleague deliver the victories everyone expected.
Killester overcame Neptune last night 73-69, while Demons crushed Tralee Tigers 77-57 to move through the live televised decider back in the NBA.
Demons booked their passage to the final with an outstanding fourth quarter display which delighted their head coach Douglas Leichner.
“I’m very pleased with our efforts,” he said. “I thought the Tigers played very well, they came out with a lot of energy but I thought we got good contributions off the bench and in time I think we wore them down. It took a while to do it but we managed to get the win.”
Unanswered scores from Demons’ Carlton Cuff, Ryne Hamblet and three consecutive baskets from Colin O’Reilly, who top scored with 22 points, saw the Cork giants run out 20-point winners.
The Women’s Superleague National Cup semi-finals served up one of the games of the season when Montenotte Hotel Cork secured a 78-77 double overtime win over DCU Mercy.
Montenotte will now face Waterford Wildcats in a repeat of last year’s final after Tony Hehir’s side booked their place with a 69-56 success over Tolka Rovers.
Irish international Niamh Dwyer was the hero for Montenotte with a three pointer in the dying seconds of double-overtime.
“I am so pleased with the faith my team mates showed in me to give me the ball at that stage of the game particularly after I hadn’t managed to hit an outside shot all at all during the game,” said Dwyer.
Waterford Wildcats had Melanie Thomas to thank as she inspired her side to the victory over Tolka Rovers with a hugely impressive 35 points tally.