Saturday 20 January 2018

Basketball: Keenan's Killester on revenge mission

Ruaidhri O’Connor

TheyY may be hotly tipped and the reigning champions, but Killester will enter tomorrow night's Superleague semi-final clash against Belfast Star with more than a hint of trepidation.

There are not many teams who have beaten the Dubliners in recent times, but the Ulstermen have done the double over them in recent weeks and there will be little fear factor for them in Clontarf.

Star showed championship form last weekend when they made the trip to Cork and knocked out UCC Demons, so Killester coach Mark Keenan is well aware of the challenge facing his men.

"We are determined to make up for our losses to Star in the regular season," he said.

"They are playing really well as a team right now. Stephen Dawson and Michael McKillop are scoring well and veteran Scott Summersgill made a huge bucket in crunch time in their win over Demons.

"We must concentrate on our own game, though, and make sure we play to our strengths. We must play for the entire 40 minutes and not just 20 -- as we did in recent games against Star. We must also match their desire and hunger."

Neptune, meanwhile, know they will have to produce something special if they are to overcome UL Eagles in the other semi-final in Limerick.

In the women's competition, UL -- who host Dynamos -- and Team Montenotte, who face DCU Mercy, are the favourites to reach the final.

Irish Independent

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