Saturday 25 February 2017

Basketball: Super League uncovered

MAIN EVENT
Neptune v UCC Demons, Neptune Stadium, tonight 8.0

WHILE Cork's top rugby teams battle it out across the city at Musgrave Park, there's another tasty looking derby taking place in the Rebel County as Neptune host UCC Demons.

Neptune v UCC Demons, Neptune Stadium, tonight 8.0

WHILE Cork's top rugby teams battle it out across the city at Musgrave Park, there's another tasty looking derby taking place in the Rebel County as Neptune host UCC Demons.

Neptune lead the way in the southern conference, but Demons feel aggrieved that they aren't level.

In their own heads they remain unbeaten after last week's clash with Killester was abandoned due to condensation on the court. The result will stick in their throats, as the hosts were 18 points to the good with six minutes to go when the call was made.

However, coach Paul Kelleher was focusing on the positives yesterday.

"It's forgotten and as far as we are concerned, we have two wins," he said. "I want to focus on the performance that the guys displayed during the game and use it against Neptune."

Kelleher has been impressed by the start his rivals have made under Mark Scannell after they beat UL Eagles and UCD Marian, with Ronald Thompson and Phil Taylor to the fore.

The hosts will fancy their chances, but expect this one to be tight.

Verdict: Home win.

STAR ATTRACTION

MARIAN are hoping to build on last season's National Cup success and if they are to do so, Meany will be at the heart of the action.

The talented guard scored the winning points in last year's final and is key to their efforts this campaign. A lifelong Marian man, whose brothers play for the club, Meany now works in Marian College, where he went to school.

The 24-year-old is the creative influence in the young team and they will need all of his experience tomorrow as they take on Belfast Star away.

HOW THEY STAND

THREE teams remain unbeaten after two weeks of action in the Men's Superleague, with Killester -- having received a fortunate default win after their clash against Demons was abandoned -- and DCU Saints leading the way in the northern conference, with Neptune top dogs down south.

UCD Marian and Belfast Star meet with both looking for a first win of the campaign, while Moycullen are still winless ahead of their home game against DCU Saints.

In the Women's Superleague, one 100pc start will come to an end when Killester host UL, while Glanmire and DCU will be confident of keeping up their perfect records despite being away at Brunell and Meteors respectively.

NUMBER OF THE WEEK

16Killester will have to be extra vigilant tomorrow as UL Eagles had five players -- Neil Campbell, Johnnie Jefferson Jr, Eoin Quigley, Scott Kinevane and Jason Killeen -- who scored more than 16 points in their win over Belfast Star last weekend.

Superleague fixtures

Men --Tonight: Neptune v UCC Demons, Neptune Stadium, 8.0.

Tomorrow: Moycullen v DCU Saints, NUI, 4.0; Killester v UL Eagles, IWA Clontarf, 8.0; Belfast Star v UCD Marian, De La Salle, 8.30.

Women -- Tomorrow: Killester v UL, IWA Clontarf, 6.0; Ulster Rockets v Waterford Wildcats, De La Salle, 6.30; Dynamos v Liffey Celtics, Oblate Hall, 7.0.

Sunday: Brunell v Glanmire, Parochial Hall, 2.45; Meteors v DCU Mercy, Colaiste Iosagain, 3.0.

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