Tuesday 28 February 2017

Basketball: Neptune’s Bonaparte can help bring down Eagles

Neil Ahern

UL EAGLES’ 100pc record in the Men’s Superleague will be tested to the hilt tomorrow when they take on Munster rivals Neptune, who have been given a new lease of life with the signature of former Killester star Michael Bonaparte.

Bonaparte arrived as cover for the injured Robinson Louisme and made an immediate impact with 39 points – despite losing to his former employers last week.

But another huge game awaits, as the Cork outfit host the unbeaten Eagles. UL’s Welsh international Matt Hall believes it will be their biggest test so far, thanks to the arrival of the Grenada-born player.

“We know it will be a different game than when we played them two weeks ago with Bonaparte joining them, but hopefully we have progressed as well,” said Hall. “The team is back to full strength and Neptune on Saturday will be a good yardstick for us to see how far we have come.”

Neptune’s Rebel rivals UCC Demons go in search of a fourth victory of the season on Sunday as they face a trip to Belfast Star.

The hosts will be boosted by the arrival of American Clayton Longmire, whose transfer had been held up due to work permit delays, but they are without Scott Summersgill, and Michael McKillop is a doubt.

OFFENSIVE

“Star will change up their defences so we will have to be ready for that as well as their full-court press from time to time, while they are constantly active on the offensive end,” said UCC head coach Paul Kelleher.

“We will need to continue building on our defence as we did in the first half last week and execute with patience on the offensive end if we are going to maintain our good scoring form so far.”

Moycullen are sweating on a late fitness test before deciding on whether Eoghan Maxwell will be available for their clash at home to Ulster Elks, while UCD Marian face DCU Saints.

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