Thursday 20 July 2017

Basketball: Killester's treble alive

Neil Ahern

KILLESTER'S treble hopes remain on course after they hammered Dublin rivals DCU Saints in the Men's Superleague semi-finals on Saturday.

Mark Keenan's men, who cruised to a 104-86 win at the IWA Clontarf, will meet Southern Conference champions UL Eagles in next Saturday's final after the Limerick side put defending champions UCC Demons to the sword in the other semi-final.

Killester were comfortable throughout, with their defence keeping close tabs on Mike Trimmer, limiting him to just 11 points.

And the home side wrapped it up in the third quarter, with Pete Madsen and Paddy Kelly both producing big displays.

"We are just delighted to be back in a final and to have a chance to do the treble," said Keenan afterwards.

"There is plenty of motivation and determination having lost the last two league finals.

"UL Eagles are going to be tough opponents.

"We have the upper hand on them with three wins this season, but it will be hard to beat any team four times.

"If we play our game, remain determined and focused, then we have a great chance."

UL Eagles, however, have lost only four times all season in the league and their captain Neil Campbell insists that his side are capable of claiming the title next Saturday.

"The side has matured a lot since the start of the season. We are relishing the prospect of a major final and I feel there is a national championship in this team."

Scott Kinevane sank a three-pointer before the end of the third quarter to set UL up nicely for the final period and he was once again to the fore in the closing stages, along with Stuart Robbins, who provided the crucial scores to seal a famous 90-82 win.

Irish Independent

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