Sunday 18 March 2018

Basketball - Dave Baker relishing top-of-table clash

Dave Baker, head coach, Travelodge Swords Thunder
Dave Baker, head coach, Travelodge Swords Thunder
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

It's first versus second in the Men's Premier League tomorrow night as league leaders and unbeaten C&S UCC Demons travel to Dublin to take on Travelodge Swords Thunder.

Despite being 12 points behind Demons, Swords have three games in hand as they control their destiny in what is their debut season in the top flight and their coach Dave Barker admits that tomorrow's game has long been on their minds.

"Ever since we lost to Demons, our whole focus was to get back to this weekend with the chance to level it up at home. That meant winning every league game since then and we've done that," he said.

Killester's title hopes were dashed in Cork last week but they will be eager to bounce back against neighbours DCU Saints.

Templeogue know a win away at BFG Neptune tomorrow is vital to their chances of a top-four finish and a place in the Champions Trophy while UCD Marian will be poised to capitalise on any Templeogue slip-up if they can beat UL Eagles in Belfield.

Belfast Star are out of the running for a Champions Trophy spot but will want to match last season's fifth-place finish and they play Dublin Inter on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Women's Premier League leaders Team Montenotte Hotel play Killester for the first time since the cup final and Montenotte's Niamh Dwyer is hoping her side can come out on top again. "We've been missing players but that just gives a chance for other players to get minutes and show that we have players who can perform when called upon."

Meteors and Maxol WIT Wildcats also meet tomorrow while on Sunday UL Huskies desperately need a win against second-placed Courtyard Liffey Celtics. Singleton SuperValu Brunell host DCU Mercy with just three points separating the two sides.

Irish Independent

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