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Sensational CJ Fulton Helps Belfast Star Charge Ahead In Super League

Sensational CJ Fulton Helps Belfast Star Charge Ahead In Super League

Belfast Star have moved to the top of the Basketball Ireland Men's Super League table this weekend with an 89-79 defeat of Kerry's Garvey's Tralee Warriors. One among a number of Belfast's star performers on the night, Ireland's prodigious young talent CJ Fulton certainly left his mark on the occasion.

Head coach of Belfast Star, former Irish international and father of young CJ, Adrian Fulton was quick to praise his impact in some tough circumstances.

"He has been doing well, we're delighted with him," Fulton senior admitted.

"We didn't think he'd be playing nearly as much as he is. It's more out of necessity - Adan Quinn is injured, Conor is basically playing with one hand, and CJ was given the opportunity and he's grasped it and it's terrific."

Memorably sinking 15 3-pointers in last year's Schools Cup final, CJ Fulton is certainly living up to the hype.

One of many important performers for Belfast on the night they moved top of the Super League table, Mike David, Mark Berlic and the 25-points Sergio Vidal Baldovi contributed all helped the cause against a talented Tralee side.

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Elsewhere, DCU Saints won their Dublin derby tie with Templeogue on Saturday evening.

A fiercely competitive tie at Oblate Hall, Tariq Guebaili was DCU's hero on the night, grabbing the match-winning basket with only five seconds remaining on the clock.

Beating last year's Hula Hoops National Cup winners 68-67 in the end, huge performances from Martins Provizors and Mike Bonaparte – who combined for 42 points on the night – helped DCU over the line.

C and S Neptune recorded their first win of the season, edging out old rivals Maree 90-84 on Saturday evening. Relieved to have gotten off the mark, the magnitude of the win wasn't lost on head coach Paul Kelleher.

"Outside of Belfast Star, Maree were probably one of the next in-form teams, having beaten Demons and Marian," Kelleher admitted.

"We knew of their dynamism so how we defended was going to be crucial, and we did that superbly. We still lost our focus in periods, which we need to improve on, but we didn’t let them get too far ahead unlike previous games.

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"The test was in a close finish, how we managed the game and we looked really composed. A very, very good performance to get us on the board."

There was plenty of action in the Women's Super League also this weekend.

Solid performances from Courtyard Liffey Celtics and Ambassador UCC Glanmire mean they remain the only two unbeaten teams in the league, with four wins from four games apiece. Shaping up to meet one another next Saturday evening, that record is likely to fall for one of them.

Liffey Celtics were convincing winners against DCU Mercy, running up an 80-57 winning margin in Leixlip. Thanks in particular to their American stars, Briana Green and Allie LeClaire totted up 54-points between them.

Elsewhere, Ambassador UCC Glanmire overcame the threat of IT Carlow Basketball with a 61-49 point win on Sunday. Pyrobel Killester were far more comfortable winners against NUIG Mystics; the Dublin side finishing on the right side of an 82-44 scoreline.

Basketball Ireland Results: November 10-11th

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Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League 

Griffith College Swords Thunder 87-78 UCC Demons

UCD Marian 86-64 Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin

CandS Neptune 90-84 Maree

Pyrobel Killester 99-74 Moycullen

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 79-89 Belfast Star

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Templeogue 67-68 DCU Saints

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:

Pyrobel Killester 82-44 NUIG Mystics

Maxol WIT Wildcats 71-32 Marble City Hawks

Courtyard Liffey Celtics 80-57 DCU Mercy

Singleton SuperValu Brunell 70-72 Fr Mathews

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IT Carlow Basketball 49-61 Ambassador UCC Glanmire

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One:

Ulster University Elks 73-80 DBS Eanna

Tradehouse Central Ballincollig 78-63 IT Carlow Basketball

Limerick Celtics 81-57 UL Sports Eagles

Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers 85-69 GameFootage.net Titans

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LYIT Donegal 81-118 EJ Sligo All-Stars

Abbey Seals Dublin Lions 81-66 KUBS

Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney 99-80 Waterford Vikings

Portlaoise Panthers 79-76 Fr Mathews

IT Carlow Basketball 78-76 Limerick Celtics

LIT 92-95 Portlaoise Panthers

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Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One:

Fabplus North West 42-66 Portlaoise Panthers

Ulster University Elks 99-82 Swords Thunder

Limerick Celtics 64-59 St Mary's Castleisland

Phoenix Rockets 82-73 Trinity Meteors

UL Huskies 48-89 Maree

See Also: CJ Fulton - 'It Is Tougher, They All Know What I Can Do Now Obviously'

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