Irish Basketball Association Men’s National Sprite Cup 1998-99


Date (W/E)Home TeamAway Team
Preliminary Round 1
25.10.1998Clare Jets81Longnecks Ballina76
Preliminary Round 2
25.10.1998Cobras46Tralee Tigers113
25.10.1998Clare Jets81Queen’s Graduates76
First Round
01.11.1998Denny Notre Dame84UCD Marian76
01.11.1998Tralee Tigers85Clare Jets74
01.11.1998Neptune66Blue Demons81
01.11.1998Dungannon74Waterford Crystal80
01.11.1998Dublin Bay Vikings60Burger King Limerick99
01.11.1998Marlborough Saints94Team Sligo Dairies82
01.11.1998Star of the Sea95Killester81
01.11.1998Tolka Rovers85Kerry Spring Water Killarney79
13.12.1998Waterford Crystal67Star of the Sea68
13.12.1998Tralee Tigers72Denny Notre Dame80
13.12.1998Blue Demons84Tolka Rovers77
13.12.1998Burger King Limerick62Marathon Sports St. Vincent’s80
31.01.1999Esat Telecom Blue Demons73Star of the Sea72
31.01.1999Denny Notre Dame73Marathon Sports St. Vincent’s72
31.01.1999Denny Notre Dame62Esat Telecom Blue Demons61
[References: 1-6]


At National Basketball Arena, Tallaght
31 March 1999
HTFTTop Scorers
Denny Notre Dame(34)62Anthony Jenkins 19, Calvin Morris 14, Lennie McMillan 13
Esat Blue Demons(40)61Dion Wingfield 34, Duvall Simmonds 12, Paco de Benito 8
[References: 5-6]


Denny Notre Dame wrote themselves into the Irish Basketball Association history books by becoming the first team to ever win the Men’s National (Sprite) Cup three times in a row. The local favourites defeated Esat Telecom Blue Demons 62-61 in the Final at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, South Dublin with 19 points from Americans Anthony Jenkins, 14 from Calvin Morris and 13 from Lennie McMillan. Despite a huge 34 point haul from game MVP American Dion Wingfield and big three-pointers from Duvall Simmonds and Spanish Bosman-ruling player Paco de Benito, the Blue Demons, who had led 40-34 at the half were unable to resist the Notre Dame challenge after their other American Simmonds went on four fouls after seven minutes of the restart and spent six minutes on the bench allowing the Tallaght side to go six points clear. With Simmonds back in with seven minutes remaining and the help of three free throws from de Benito the Corkmen managed to pull the score back to two points, but a crucial three-pointer from Jenkins and four missed free throws from Blue Demons sealed the three-in-a-row for Denny Notre Dame.

About Basketball Ireland / Irish Basketball Association Cups

The Irish Basketball Association ran the National Cup for the Top Two Divisions as well as any regional teams that wished to enter in both Men’s and Women’s as well as Junior (Under 19) Cup for both Men and Women as well as a Junior B (U19) Regional Cup for both Men and Women. The Cups were Knockout (single elimination) from the First Round. They were replaced by Super League and Division 1 Cups when the Association rebranded as Basketball Ireland in 2003. The Junior (U19) Cups were replaced by Under 20 and Under 18 Cups. Other Cups included the Irish Wheelchair Basketball Cup and introduced in the late 2010s the National Intermediate Cup Competition (Tier 3).



[1] Anon. (1999) “A-Z of Weekend Sport: Basketball” Irish Independent. Monday, October 26, 1998. Pg. 32.

[1] Anon. (1999) “A-Z of Weekend Sport: Basketball” Irish Independent. Monday, November 2, 1998. Pg. 44

[1] Anon. (1999) “A-Z of Weekend Sport: Basketball” Irish Independent. Monday, November 2, 1998. Pg. 44

[2] Anon. (1999) “A-Z of Weekend Sport: Basketball” Irish Independent. Monday, December 14, 1998. Pg. 32.

[3] Anon. (1999) “A-Z of Weekend Sport: Basketball” Irish Independent. Monday, February 1, 1999, Pg. 30

[3] Cliona Foley. (1999) “Notre Dame and Tolka Cup Joy” Irish Independent. Monday, February 1, 1999, Pg. 30


Thanks to John Folan.

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