Sunday 17 December 2017

Basketball - Hosford's focus on UCC Demons' own game

Kyle Hosford in action
Kyle Hosford in action
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

DCU Saints, Travelodge Swords Thunder and UL Eagles all play twice this week in a busy round of Men's Premier League action.

Following last night's game with UCD Marian, DCU travel to Cork on Sunday to face league leaders C&S UCC Demons.

Demons fought off Travelodge Swords Thunder in a gruelling encounter to put their league fate in their own hands. Point guard Kyle Hosford admits it took its toll.

"We have a few fellas recovering from a tough match last week, so we have to prepare right and make sure the bodies are right for Sunday," he said.

"The focus is going to be the same as every week. We'll be working on our game rather than focus too much on DCU."

Thunder travel to Clonsilla to take on Dublin Inter tomorrow before a trip to UL Eagles the next day.

Eagles are also in action twice as they play host to sixth-placed BFG Neptune tomorrow.

The league's leading scorer Ricky Taylor takes on the league's meanest defence when Belfast Star travel to Killester.

Women's Premier League leaders Team Montenotte Hotel take on Courtyard Liffey Celtics in a top-of-the-table clash and Liffey's Suzanne Maguire is relishing the challenge.

"This team has considerable talent and everyone is ready and willing to up their game and continue and further the success of this season," she said.

Singleton SuperValu Brunell know a win over UL Huskies on Sunday keeps them in the hunt for an easier play-off draw. It would also give the Nellies the longest win streak in the league this season.

UL Huskies must win to stand any chance of avoiding relegation but fellow strugglers Killester are looking to keep matters in their own hands.

The Dubliners play DCU Mercy tomorrow and only need to match UL Huskies' record to avoid the drop.

Meteors are looking for their first away win of the season when they play at Maxol WIT Wildcats.

The two sides met in Dublin last week with Meteors picking up the win and they will be eager to repeat the trick in Waterford tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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