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Basketball: Inter must face up to Demons

After last weekend's upsets and close calls, the Nivea For Men's SuperLeague enters week seven full of unanswered questions.

UCC Demons remain undefeated despite yet another close call, most recently against Killester. Today, they travel to the capital to play the still largely unknown entity that is Dublin Inter.

Inter hung with defending champions UL Eagles in Limerick last Saturday for large stretches of the game, leading at half-time by two points. They then went on to be demolished in the third and fourth quarters, eventually losing by 28 points.



Upset

The first-year SuperLeague club proved that they are good enough to play with the best through their opening-half. An upset could be on the cards in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght if Demons continue to wait until the fourth quarter to secure wins.

Fresh off their first win of the year, away to UCD Marian last Saturday, Moycullen look to make it two from two against Dublin teams when they welcome DCU Saints to Galway this weekend.

The youngest team in the league, Moycullen, outlasted Marian in a double-overtime thriller to earn that vital first victory.

The confidence from that display, on the road, could be the inspiration to see them compile more wins before Christmas.

Saints will be no pushover, however. A team with huge experience, they may have too much physicality for the talented but youthful Moycullen guards.

Meanwhile, the rivalry between Killester and UL Eagles is rekindled. Eagles, who are led by former Killester head coach Mark Keenan, crushed the northsiders when the two teams met earlier this season.

The hope for Killester will be that the always infectious atmosphere of the IWA Clontarf will be a telling difference this time around. A more significant difference would for them be to discover some way to handle Jason Kileen, who scored 20 points when they met in October.

The final match on the SuperLeague card pits Bord Gáis Neptune against UCD Marian.

Fixtures

TODAY

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague: Moycullen v DCU Saints, NUI Galway 3.45; Dublin Inter v UCC Demons, National Basketball Arena 6.00; Killester v UL Eagles, IWA Clontarf, 6.00; Bord Gáis Neptune v UCD Marian, Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, 7.30.

Basketball Ireland Senior Men's National Cup: Donegal Town v Killester, Abbey VS, 17:00; St Vincent's v LYIT Ravens, St Vincent's 12:45; éanna v Maree, Coláiste, 6.15; Matt O'Flaherty's Chemists Titans v Ulster Elks, Renmore CC, 7.00; Team Garvey's St Mary's v Dublin Thunder, Castleisland CC; 7.45.

Basketball Ireland Senior Women's National Cup: Portlaoise Panthers v Killester, St Mary's Hall, 14:00.

Basketball Ireland U20 Men's National Cup: Belfast Star v Phoenix, UUJ, 3.00; Ballincollig v Donegal Town, Parochial Hall, 8.00.

Basketball Ireland U20 Women's National Cup: DCU Mercy v Glanmire, Mercy College, 12:00; UL v Brunell, UL Arena, 7.00.

TOMORROW

Nivea Women's SuperLeague National Cup: Killester v Ulster Rockets, IWA, 8.00.

Basketball Ireland Senior Men's National Cup: Blue Demons v Team Left Bank Kilkenny, Mardyke Arena, 3.15; Tolka Rovers v UCD Marian, Tolka Rovers Complex, 3.00; St Brendan's v Templeogue, Mercy Mounthawk, 3.30.

Basketball Ireland Senior Women's National Cup: Ballincollig v Firhouse Notre Dame, Parochial Hall, 2.15; Team Tom McCarthy's St Mary's v Meteors, Castleisland CC, 3.00.

Basketball Ireland U20 Men's National Cup: UCC Demons v Fr Mathew's, Mardyke Arena, 1.00; Swords v Dublin Raiders, ALSAA, 14:00; Titans v Moycullen, Renmore CC, 3.00; Killester v St Vincent's, St Fintan's, 3.30.

Basketball Ireland U20 Women's National Cup: Oblate v Tralee Imperials, Oblate Hall, 1.30; Fr Mathews' v Donoughmore, Coláiste Chríost Rí, 7.45.


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