Thursday 22 March 2018

Basketball: Neptune boss Scannell wary of Saints threat

Basketball on floor of school gymnasium (focus on ball in foreground)
Basketball on floor of school gymnasium (focus on ball in foreground)

Cian Treacy

The only preliminary game of the Men's National Cup takes place tomorrow night when reigning champions Bord Gais Neptune welcome DCU Saints to Cork.

Neptune, without the injured Roy Downey, are hot favourites but Saints should provide stiff opposition for Mark Scannell's side.

Scannell is fully aware of the threat that Saints will pose: "We know that each National Cup game is difficult because they are all different. We have an idea of the team we are coming up against so we need to play accordingly."

The only Premier League game of the weekend also takes place in Cork, with C&S UCC Demons playing host to UCD Marian on Sunday. Demons will go level on points at the top of the table with Killester with a win.

Tomorrow also sees the start of the Women's National Cup as holders UL Huskies kick off their title defence against Ulster Rockets. The Huskies come into the game on the back of two wins, while Rockets have lost their last two.

James Weldon, head coach of UL Huskies, is taking nothing for granted: "The National Cup is once off so we need to be in top form and prepared for whatever comes our way."

Elsewhere, red-hot Killester take on Liffey Celtics, who remain without a win all season, while Team Montenotte Hotel face Meteors. DCU Mercy and Singleton SuperValu Brunell wrap up the weekend's cup action on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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