Thursday 22 March 2018

Basketball: Eagles' coach Keenan determined to banish Demons

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

SOMETHING has got to give tomorrow when the Superleague's top two put their 100pc records on the line at the UL Arena.

The rivalry between UL Eagles and UCC Demons is a growing one and the impressive performances of both this campaign has seen them sweep aside all before them.

Eagles' coach Mark Keenan is relishing the prospect of taking on the Corkmen on their home court.

"This is the type of game you look forward to in basketball, with both teams keen to preserve their winning run," he said. "I believe we can achieve this, provided we bring our top game with us on the night".

UCC supremo Paul Kelleher paid tribute to the champions' strengths.

"UL are huge inside, so we will need to stay strong in both defence and offence," he said. "We are in good form and so are they, but we will need to be at our best defensively to put a stop to them. That will, in turn, give us the confidence offensively."

Two sides in need of a lift meet in Tallaght tonight as Killester take on Dublin Inter in a cross-city derby.

The Superleague newcomers are looking to halt a two-game losing run as they return to their home at the National Basketball Arena, while the northsiders will hope to get back to winning ways after their defeat to DCU Saints last weekend.

Inter coach Audrius Jonusas wants his side to show why they belong at this level, but he revealed that the squad are operating under difficult conditions ahead of the game.

"We are looking forward to proving that we can compete in the Super League," he said. "But, at the moment, we are just training once a week due to players working commitments and travel."

Moycullen take on Neptune tomorrow at NUIG Kingfisher in a meeting of two winless teams, while UCD Marian take on DCU Saints.

In the Women's Superleague, Liffey Celtics will welcome Killester tomorrow, while Brunell take on Meteors and DCU Mercy take on WIT Wildcats and Ulster Rockets welcome UL to De La Salle.

Irish Independent

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