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DCU GUNNING FOR PLAY-OFFS AS MOYCULLEN LOOM

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UL Basketball Club v Sligo All Stars, UL PESS Building, Fri, 8.0pm

UL will be looking to maintain the pressure on the top two this weekend with a home tie against winless Sligo All Stars.

James Weldon's side have responded to their National Cup semi-final defeat by DCU Mercy by claiming wins in their next two games and are almost certainties to reach the play-off stages of the league. It's been a baptism of fire for Sligo, who have yet to record a win after eight games.

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Moycullen v DCU Saints, NUIG Galway, Sat, 6.0pm

Moycullen's hopes of reaching the play-offs in their first season is looking increasingly unlikely due to the form of Neptune and UCC Demons. Their last outing at home to Belfast Star resulted in a 93-80 defeat despite the best efforts of Cian Nihill, who contributed a tally of 20 points.

DCU Saints are in pole position to qualify for the play-offs as the third-best team in the Northern Conference, despite a recent record of just one win in their last five games.

Hoops v UCC Demons, National Basketball Arena, Sat, 7.30pm

Hoops have the opportunity to claim a double over UCC Demons when the sides meet at the National Basketball Arena on Saturday evening.

Ahmad Smith's charges stunned the Cork giants in November to record an 89-80 success with their other win this season coming against National Cup champions Killester.

Demons were made to sweat for their three-point win over Ulster Elks in their last outing as they continue to come to terms with their recent National Cup hammering by Killester. Demons will be encouraged by the performance of Joshua Johnson, who secured 26 points in their win over Elks.

Neptune v Belfast Star, Neptune Stadium, Sat, 8.0pm

The meeting of Neptune and Belfast Star is an ideal opportunity to witness two teams who have got their fortunes back on track after a miserable campaign last term. Neptune emerged from their tricky trip to DCU Saints with a 69-60 win, with Juwann James, averaging 35 points per game this season, playing a big part in the win with 27 points.

Belfast Star were the latest team to feel the full force of a dominant Killester last weekend but Kevin Ratzsch, second in the scoring average with 28 points per game this season, should give Pat Price's charges plenty to ponder.

Killester v UCD Marian, IWA, Clontarf, Sat, 8.0pm

Killester can extend their advantage at the top of the Northern Conference with a win over capital rivals UCD Marian.

Despite ending UCD's cup adventure at the semi-final stage, Mark Keenan's side did suffer defeat by Marian in November by virtue of a 72-67 scoreline. UCD are still looking to add to their third win of the season after another defeat on the road to UL Eagles last weekend.

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Bausch & Lomb Waterford Wildcats v Team Montenotte Hotel Cork, Mercy College, Sat, 5.30pm

A daunting prospect lies in store for Bausch & Lomb Waterford Wildcats when they host a Team Montenotte Hotel Cork side desperate to retain the league title this season.

Marie Breen played a captain's part as Montenotte bounced back from their National Cup heartache to provide 18 points in their 87-58 win at home to Tolka Rovers.

Wildcats' transitional season saw them suffer a 40-point loss to UL but will be hoping the likes of Christine O'Gorman will be on song against Mark Scannell's unbeaten Montenotte.

Killester v DCU Mercy, IWA, Clontarf, Sat, 6.0pm

Killester welcome DCU Mercy on Saturday in a potential cracker on Saturday night. The two sides have provided some meaty affairs recently, with the home side keen to return to winning ways after their overtime loss to Meteors last weekend.

Mercy make the short trip to Clontarf buoyed by the news midweek that head coach Mark Ingle deservedly claimed the Phillips Sports Manager of the Month award for January.

Sligo All Stars v Tolka Rvs, Mercy College, Sligo, 6.0pm

Sligo All Stars face a demanding weekend with Tolka Rovers on the horizon just a day after their trip to UL. Tolka will be heartened by their display away to Team Montenotte Hotel Cork with Karen Wilkins impressing for the Dubliners.

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Ulster Elks v UL Eagles, Ulster HPC, Sun, 3.0pm

Ulster Elks face a difficult assignment on Sunday with Southern Conference runaway leaders UL Eagles set to make the trip to Belfast.

Elks currently occupy bottom spot in the Northern Conference but almost caught Demons cold in their trip to Cork last weekend. Their Irish duo of Paul Cummins and Ian O'Boyle did their utmost to prevent another defeat but they just lost out in the end by three points.

UCC Demons v Moycullen, Parochial Hall, Sun, 2.0pm

Demons' latest double-header sees them face make the trip West for the rearranged meeting with Moycullen. The Cork side know a win is crucial if they are to retain second place ahead of nearest challengers and fierce rivals Neptune.

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Meteors v UL Basketball Club, Shoreline Community

Centre, Sun, 2.45pm

Meteors gave their play-off hopes a huge boost with an overtime win over Killester but they face a extremely tough test against UL on Sunday, another team with two games this weekend.


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