Saturday 17 March 2018

Basketball: Kelleher wary of Killester's 'depth of talent'

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

SHAWN ATUPEM will be hoping to inspire UCC Demons once again against Killester at the Parochial Hall. The American netted 30 points in last week's win over Moycullen, but can expect a tougher outing against the champions.

"Killester have so much depth to their talent that we have to be constantly on guard," said UCC coach Paul Kelleher. "We have a bit of momentum that we want to hold on to and I don't want to be the team that falls this early in the season to them."

Meanwhile, Neptune coach Mark Scannell ranks UCD Marian as a force to be reckoned with this season. The Students lost their opener to DCU Saints, but Scannell insisted: "UCD are major contenders and we won't be getting carried away because of one victory."

Eoin Darling is back for DCU but Kevin Lacy is likely to be unavailable against a Moycullen side without a coach and reliant on Luke Enos for their scores.

UL host Belfast still awaiting clearance for their US import Johnnie Jefferson, while the Ulster side's import Tyson Johnson could miss his second game in a row.

In the Women's Superleague, DCU Mercy are at full strength for the visit of Ulster Rockets, while Dynamos are without Aoife McGrath against UL. Liffey Celtics will miss recent signing Orinta Kavaliauskaite for their daunting challenge at home to Glanmire.

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