Saturday 21 April 2018

Basketball: Noonan on edge ahead of must-win UL collision

Last season's National Cup finalists will renew their rivalry when Bord Gais Neptune host UL Eagles in Neptune Stadium tomorrow night.

The Limerick side are currently second in the league table, four points ahead of Neptune, having lost just once this season. Both teams will be desperate for the win as they look to keep in touch with C&S UCC Demons and Killester, who both remain undefeated.

Neptune guard Ger Noonan admitted that his side cannot afford another loss at this early stage of the season.

"A third defeat would be a big setback," he said. "Demons and Killester play each other over Christmas and one has to lose."

Noonan believes that his side will have to keep a close eye on in-from UL Eagles captain Neil Campbell.

League leaders Killester will be strong favourites to beat Templeogue, who have yet to win a match.


DCU Saints play UCD Marian and with only two points separating the sides, a titanic battle is expected.

Bottom side SSE Renewables Moycullen are still seeking their first home victory of the season and they welcome Dublin Inter to Galway.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, title favourites UCC Demons will make the long trip north to play Belfast Star. Demons scraped passed Marian in the National Cup last week after almost throwing away a 31-point first-leg lead.

In the Women's Premier League, the game of the weekend is in Cork on Sunday, when undefeated Brunell play defending champions UL Huskies.

Elsewhere, Meteors will be looking to get back to winning ways against DCU Mercy tomorrow night.

WIT Wildcats will also be looking for a return to form when the play Liffey Celtics in Waterford on Sunday, while Ulster Rockets host Team Hotel Montenotte.

Irish Independent

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