Monday 20 January 2020

Basketball: Keenan uses old wounds to spur Killester's double assault

Neil Ahern

AFTER their incredible National Cup victory last weekend, Killester head coach Mark Keenan has insisted his side must now stay grounded and refocus their attention on Men's Superleague glory as they travel to Belfast Star this weekend.

A shock 94-69 mauling of defending champions UCC Demons at the National Basketball Arena brought the Dublin side their first trophy of the season on Sunday.

But Keenan is adamant that his team have not yet atoned for the crushing league final defeat to the Cork outfit last year and that goal can only be achieved by completing a league and cup double.


"Our goal is to retain our position in the standings and obtain a play-off spot," said Keenan. "The (SuperLeague final) loss from last year continues to be our motivating factor.

"Our incentive for winning league games is coming from the same source-- we lost the big games last year and we are determined not to repeat that."

UL head coach Tony Hehir, meanwhile, believes his side can maintain the form that has seen them top the Southern Conference as they face a potential banana skin at home to UCD Marian.

"We are doing well and winning the close games, but there is room for improvement," Hehir said.

Elsewhere, UCC Demons hope to bounce back from their cup final defeat as they host Ulster Elks, while Neptune travel to Dublin tomorrow to take on DCU Saints.

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