Tuesday 16 January 2018

Basketball: King out to slay Saints and claim crown

Neil Ahern

UL have another big job on their hands if they are to clinch the Men's Superleague Southern Conference title on Sunday, after a shock defeat to Ulster Elks put paid to their chances of claiming the title last weekend.

The Limerick side suffered just their second league defeat of the season away to the Elks after a thrilling match which was only decided after overtime.

But an even tougher task faces them this weekend, in the shape of Northern Conference play-off hopefuls DCU Saints, and UL guard Stephen King knows there is very little between the two sides.

"Ulster Elks played very well but we weren't helped by the number of injuries we had last weekend," said the Irish international.

"Hopefully this weekend will see us clinch the conference but DCU have a lot of experience and quality so it won't be easy.

"Any win we have had over them has only been by a couple of points so it is by no means a certainty this weekend."

DCU certainly have their own agenda tonight as they battle for the second play-off place in the Northern Conference against Belfast Star, in the first of their two matches this weekend.

"Friday night is a crucial game for us against Star and will go a long way to determining the play-off seeding," said DCU Guard Emmet Donnelly.

"We pushed them close at their place earlier in the season and we have to believe we can get a result in DCU despite their impressive league campaign to date."

Elsewhere, UCC Demons face their arch-rivals Killester in what is a repeat of last year's Superleague Final, Elks welcome Neptune, while UCD/Marian host Moycullen.

Irish Independent

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