Tuesday 26 September 2017

Basketball: Keenan's Eagles have title in their grip

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

UL EAGLES have two opportunities to secure their second Superleague title in a row this weekend as they take on Dublin Inter in Tallaght tonight and then Neptune at home 24 hours later.

They only need to win one of these games to retain their crown and will want to do the business at the National Basketball Arena to set up a lap of honour at the UL Arena.

After last weekend's upsets, which saw all of the top teams beaten, UCC Demons' chances of winning the title are remote and, given that they must wait until Sunday to play DCU Saints, their faint hopes may have completely disappeared by the time they step onto the court.

Having watched his side slip up at home to UCD Marian last weekend, Eagles coach Mark Keenan wants the champions to keep their eye on the ball against Inter tonight and wrap up the title as early as possible.

"We are definitely not looking past Friday night," he insisted. "We are bitterly disappointed that we didn't finish things last weekend, but even by Monday at training, the mood was good in the team.

"There is no such thing as waiting until Saturday and trying to win the league at home. We want to win it on Friday night."

Inter face UCD Marian tomorrow, while Killester host Moycullen on the penultimate weekend of games.

In the Women's Superleague, which is to be decided by play-offs, it's a case of having the calculators at the ready as the race for a crucial top-six finish comes to the boil.

The top six qualifiers are already known, but it remains to be seen in what order they will finish in the table. While UL Huskies and Glanmire have already secured the first and second spots and byes to the semi-finals, only third-placed DCU Mercy from the quarter-final-bound teams are assured of a seeded finish.

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