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Basketball: Keenan's northern lights return to form

Killester laid down a serious pre-play-off marker in Clontarf with an 83-51 hammering of the southern conference leaders, UL Eagles.

The win clinched the northern conference for the holders, who have been in and out of form since the turn of the year, their low point coming when they were stunned in the cup final by UCD Marian. However, they were in no mood to slip up against the Limerick side who couldn't break down their defence.

Coach Mark Keenan was hugely impressed by his side's display. "I think it was one of our best performances of the whole season," he said.

"Defensively, we were superb. We managed to do well on our defensive rebounding. That had been a problem against them in previous games, but we managed to limit that side of their game."

Killester have responded superbly since the disappointment of their cup final loss., securing victories over Ulster Elks, UCD Marian and now UL, and it appears the quality of Keenan's squad is beginning to shine again.

"The performance wasn't really a surprise, because you can never be surprised by what a group of players like that can do," he said. "They have tremendous ability. Obviously it's very difficult to perform like that every week, but to play like we did against UL is very encouraging."

Meanwhile, DCU Saints' 91-76 away win at Ulster Elks means they are close to capturing second place in the northern conference, as UCD lost 103-91 at Neptune. Belfast Star needed overtime to beat Moycullen 85-82 and UCC Demons beat the Elks 93-71 on Saturday night.

In the Women's Superleague, UL kept their recent run on track with an 88-54 win at Waterford Wildcats, while Team Montenotte Hotel Cork and DCU Mercy accounted for Meteors and Killester respectively.

Irish Independent