UCC Demons

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UCC Demons
Leagues Super League
History Blue Demons
1973–1993, 1998–2002
UCC Demons
2002–present
Arena Mardyke Arena, UCC
Location Cork, Ireland
Team colors Blue, white, red
Main sponsor C&S Construction Services
President Peter James Coughlan
Head coach Tim O'Halloran
Championships 8 (1974, '81, '84, '89, 2005, '09, '15, '16)
Website BlueDemonsBC.com

UCC Demons, also known as C&S UCC Demons for sponsorship reasons, is an Irish basketball team based in Cork. The team competes in the Super League and plays its home games at Mardyke Arena. The team is a division of Blue Demons Basketball Club and is directly associated with the University College Cork.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

In 1959, a youth club known as De Paul Boys Club was established in Sunday's Well, Cork as a means for boys to play indoor sports between September and April. In 1966, a men's team entered the senior ranks of Cork Basketball. The team was built off the basis of De Paul, with most of the players in the inaugural team having come through the juvenile level with De Paul. Thus, Blue Demons Basketball Club was established. The name "Blue Demons" was the preferred choice as it was the nickname of the DePaul University college basketball team in Chicago, who were very generous in their support of the fledgling De Paul Boys Club. The year 1968 was a significant year for Blue Demons with participation in the first National Club Competition. The National Club Competition was the forerunner of the National League, which began in 1973.[1]

National League glory[edit]

Blue Demons were the inaugural winners of the National League in 1973–74. Their dominance was quickly overrun, as the Dublin sides rose during the late 1970s. By the early 1980s, the recruitment of American imports saw the league expand and grow in popularity. Basketball in Cork was huge as a result, with arch rivals Neptune and Blue Demons fighting out for supremacy throughout the 1980s. Behind the likes of Jasper McElroy and Anthony Jenkins, Blue Demons won three National League titles between 1981 and 1989.

Five-year National League hiatus[edit]

A form slump between 1989–90 and 1992–93 saw Blue Demons withdraw from the top flight National League in 1993. It was determined by then Club Chairman Barry Deasy that continuing their participation at senior national level would jeopardise the future of the club and make it impossible to maintain their juvenile and junior structure. In 1997, the club entered an intermediate squad in the Sprite National Cup to test their strength and standards in the hope of re-entering the National League in 1998. Behind Americans Lafelle McGilvery (27ppg) and John Owens (29ppg), as well as Shane Coughlan, Shane McCarthy and Noel Browne (vital members of Blue Demons' 1996 U19 Cup title), the team had victories over Limerick and St Gall's before meeting their match against Cup holders Denny Notre Dame.[2] Their successful five-year focus on junior basketball saw Blue Demons win the 1998 Club of the Year award courtesy of the Irish Basketball Association.

Return to action[edit]

In 1998, Blue Demons Basketball Club re-entered a team into the National League.[3] In 2002, the club teamed up with the University College Cork, and as a result, the National League team became known as "UCC Demons".[4][5] Three years later, Demons won their first title since 1989.[6] In 2009, Demons claimed their sixth National League title and fifth National Cup title.[7]

O'Reilly-Colbert era[edit]

The 2012–13 season saw Demons begin a dominant legacy in the National League, as they won the inaugural Champions Trophy title.[8] The following season saw them acquire the services of Irish international Colin O'Reilly, who joined as player/coach, and American import Lehmon Colbert. The pair guided Demons to their sixth National Cup title and a second consecutive Champions Trophy title.[9]

In 2014–15, UCC Demons created history in Irish basketball by becoming the first side ever to remain undefeated for an entire season. They claimed the end-of-season Champions Trophy on 29 March 2015 to add to their League and Cup titles in a campaign that saw them win 24 games in a row. In a thrilling Champions Trophy final in Galway, Demons saw off Templeogue 85–73 behind the play of O'Reilly and Colbert.[10] O'Reilly's superb season saw him awarded both the Player and Coach of the Year.[11]

In 2015–16, Demons won their eighth league title and their fourth consecutive Champions Trophy crown.[12] Colbert was rewarded for a career-high season with Player of the Year honours.[13]

New era[edit]

Coming into the 2016–17 season, UCC Demons had a new look, with brothers Colin and Niall O'Reilly moving on and American Lehmon Colbert deciding not to return after three stellar seasons. To replace O'Reilly, Demons appointed Tim O'Halloran as coach, while Jacob Lawson was recruited to replace Colbert.[14]

Achievements[edit]

  • 8× Irish National League champions: 1974, 1981, 1984, 1989, 2005, 2009, 2015, 2016[15][16]
  • 7× Irish National Cup champions: 1986, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2014, 2015[17]
  • 4× Irish Champions Trophy champions: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

UCC Demons roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht.
G 4 Republic of Ireland O'Sullivan, Adrian
G 5 Republic of Ireland Hosford, Kyle (C)
F 7 Republic of Ireland O'Sullivan, Ciaran (C)
G 8 Republic of Ireland Carmody, Liam
G 10 Republic of Ireland Downey, Roy
F 12 United States Lawson, Jacob 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
F 13 Republic of Ireland Cuff, Carleton
F 14 Republic of Ireland Murphy, Niall
F 23 Serbia Bucan, Darko
F 32 Republic of Ireland Buckley, Shane
F Republic of Ireland O'Sullivan, Ronan
F Republic of Ireland Ryan, Conor
Head coach
  • Republic of Ireland Tim O'Halloran
Assistant coach(es)
  • Republic of Ireland Shane McCarthy
Team manager
  • Republic of Ireland Pat Keane

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 23 September 2016

Notable past players[edit]

References[edit]

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