Basketball: Neptune can end year on a high to keep pressure on UL Eagles
Published 17/12/2010 | 05:00
NEPTUNE will look to make it four from four tomorrow night as they bid to maintain pressure on UL Eagles at the top of the SuperLeague southern conference table.
Since losing to UCC Demons and going out of the Cup at the hands of UL Eagles, the Cork side have been resurgent and head to Belfast to take on Star on the back of wins over DCU Saints, Moycullen and UCD Marian.
They could go top if UL slip up against Marian, and coach Pat Price is hoping his side can get their defensive effort right and come away with a result.
"We are hoping to have a better defensive display on Saturday," he said. "The 89 points that got past us last weekend is not a figure we're comfortable with, and if we are to meet our goals we'll need a better commitment to execution.
"Star are an obviously improved side since signing Clayton Longmire, and Scott Summersgill is always a threat."
Killester coach Mark Keenan is warning his players to avoid a repeat of last season as they take on strugglers Moycullen in Clontarf tomorrow.
The Dubliners want to make the 2010 leg of the season a perfect one and close out their unbeaten run. They start as massive favourites against the Galwaymen, who make their Christmas trip with just one win in the bag.
But the Killester coach is keen for his side to maintain their focus for the clash that would consolidate their dominance of the northern conference after 10 games. Eric Westbrooks looks like he may be fit for the match, but Paddy Kelly's return is still doubtful.
"We're taking nothing for granted," Keenan warned. "This time last year we slipped up. This season, our objective is to take it one game at a time and make sure we don't lose our focus."
Moycullen make the trip without the injured Cian Nihill, while head coach Eric Byrt has doubts over James Loughnane's availability.
UCD Marian travel to Limerick to face the UL Eagles knowing nothing will come easy.
UL take on leaders DCU Mercy in the pick of the Women's SuperLeague action, while unbeaten Montenotte take on Waterford Wildcats.