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Crunch time for Killester and Demons

It is all eyes on Cork this weekend as the two clear-cut challengers for the Basketball Ireland Men's Premier League title, C&S UCC Demons and Killester, go head to head.

Falling as it does on the penultimate weekend of the season, Sunday's fixture is being viewed by many as the deciding game in the race for the title.

The sides clashed once before in league play this season, with Demons recovering from a significant second-half deficit to steal a five-point victory in Dublin. It remains Killester's sole loss in the league.

Demons, meanwhile, lost their undefeated record earlier this month when they stumbled against local rivals Bord Gáis Neptune. It leaves both teams on a single loss and everything to play for.

While National Cup champions Demons will take in the slight favourites tag, they were made to come through a tough double header last weekend, playing Saturday night and Sunday morning in Dublin.


It was two wins from two over Templeogue and DCU Saints respectively, but the weekend made for a lot more tired bodies than there would have been in the Killester camp, who easily disposed of SSE Renewables Moycullen in Galway during their only outing.

A key aspect of the game will be how both coaching staffs view the role of Demons' powerful American centre Lehmon Colbert.

A physically commanding player, the 6'7" Colbert could be caught for speed should Killester go for a small line-up and opt to use Michael Bonaparte as their centre. However, such a tactic could leave the Killester team outmuscled inside by one of the game's best close-range finishers and interior passers.

Of course, in games of this magnitude the script is rarely followed. Whatever else, the build-up points to a classic.

The tie is being streamed live on Basketballireland.ie and Sportslive.aertv.ie from 3.30pm, with former Demons head coach Paul Kelleher joining John McHale in the commentary box.