Sunday 26 February 2017

Basketball: Keenan eager for Killester to put cup agony behind them

Ruaidri O'Connor

IRELAND's top two men's teams go head to head tomorrow evening as the leaders north and south collide in Limerick.

UL Eagles and Killester have been racing away with their respective divisions this season and look odds-on to reach the fast approaching play-offs.

This clash will have little bearing on the overall campaign, but neither side will want to give an inch ahead of a potential showdown later this season.

For UL, this represents a chance to get back to winning ways after they slipped up against UCC Demons on Wednesday night.

But for Killester it's another stepping stone to forgetting their cup final heartache after losing to UCD Marian. They have enjoyed their outings against the Limerick men thus far, beating them in both league and cup action.

"I have been very happy with what happened in the last two weeks particularly after losing the cup final," said coach Mark Keenan.

Scalp

"We know UL will be keen to take our scalp in their back yard. After beating them in the cup especially, I know they will be up for the game. We have matched up against them really well this year -- we played really strong defensively and managed to restrict their danger men."

Ulster Elks face a hectic few days as they face play-off chasing Demons and DCU Saints over the weekend. The northerners may be playing for pride, but clubs elsewhere in the league will be hoping for a favour.

Demons are riding high after Wednesday's win according to coach Paul Kelleher but they have doubts over Eoin Quill, while Mark Nagle and Eanna Rutherford are out.

"We came out fighting against UL," Kelleher said. "My concern is to wrap up second."

Belfast Star have slim hopes of a play-off spot and much will rest on this weekend's clash with struggling Moycullen, while UCD hope to take another step towards the play-offs against a Neptune side they just might meet again in the post-season.

In the women's SuperLeague, Team Montenotte will hope to arrest their run of three defeats in a row by beating Meteors. UL look to make it eight consecutive wins against Waterford Wildcats, while DCU face Killester in Clontarf.

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