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Demons a step closer to the title

BASKETBALL: C&S UCC Demons edged one step closer to the Men's Premier League title with a gritty win over second placed Killester.

The Dubliners are the defending champions and played smart basketball in slowing the pace and luring Demons into a scrappy affair. Colin O'Reilly got in foul trouble early on and there was just a point between the sides mid-way through the third quarter.

"They hit us in the mouth early and we had to regather," said Demons' American Lehmon Colbert. "So when Colin got in foul trouble, I knew I had to take it early and be more aggressive." Colbert finished with a game high 27 points.

O'Reilly checked back in as Demons went on a 12-2 run to close out the third.

Travelodge Swords Thunder are now the last obstacle between Demons and a League and Cup double - The North Dubliners beat Templeogue to stay 12 points behind with three games in hand. The two teams meet in Dublin next week.

No doubting Thomas

MOTORSPORT: Thomas O'Rafferty got his year off to a good start by winning the Supercar Final and the main race of the day, the Super Final, at the opening round of the McLoughlin Industrial Flooring National Rallycross Championship at Mondello Park yesterday.

His Fiesta was the only one of the three Supercars to survive the day, with English visitor Mark Watson's Citroen Xsara an early retirement with engine trouble during the heats.

O'Rafferty stayed in front of a terrific duel between Pearse Browne's BMW and the Corsa of Willie Coyne in the Super Final.

Irish pair in top form

ATHLETICS: Kilkenny's Ciara Everard (UCD AC) and Donegal's Danny Mooney (Letterkenny AC) got their seasons off to a great start by bagging the qualification standard for the European Indoor Championships at the GloHealth AAI Games.

Everard (24) showed a great return to form at 800m by running 2:03.50 in Athlone IT to earn her place in Prague.

Mooney (26) reeled in Denmark's Andreas Bueno to win the 1,500m in a personal best of 3:42.69.