Sunday 19 November 2017

Basketball: Possession key if Killester are to exorcise Demons in clash of titans

Basketball on court
Basketball on court
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

It's first versus second in the Men's Premier League as Killester play host to C&S UCC Demons at Clontarf's IWA Centre tomorrow evening.

Both sides come into the game undefeated and boast 100pc records from their seven games so far, as title favourites Demons make the trip to Dublin hoping to put a dent in their closest rivals hopes.

Killester will need to ensure that they don't hand back possession as easily as they have been doing in recent weeks. Otherwise, Demons will be quick to exploit their opponents in the turnover area.

Demons shooting guard Ciaran O'Sullivan is fully aware of the task that awaits his side.

"It is going to be a great game, a real top-of-the-table clash.

"They have a really deep bench, like us, so what was an advantage for us in a lot of our games so far, probably won't be this weekend," said O'Sullivan.

Tomorrow's game will go a long way to deciding the destination of the title and it is being streamed live on


Elsewhere, defending champions UL Eagles, who occupy third position, desperately need a win against Templeogue to keep in touch with the league leaders.

The game will mark the first ever meeting between the two sides.

Bord Gais Neptune are in a similar situation in that their clash with Dublin Inter is also a must-win game if they are to remain in the title hunt. Inter themselves have been in fine form of late after a slow start to the season.

Bottom side SSE Renewables Moycullen are seeking just their second league win of the season when they host DCU Saints in Galway tomorrow evening.

UCD Marian make the long trip up north on Sunday to play Belfast Star. UCD are seven points behind Star. Though they have a game in hand on their nearest rivals, a win in Belfast would be most welcome.

Meanwhile, in the Women's Premier League, second placed WIT Wildcats take on last season's cup finalists Team Montenotte in Waterford tonight.

Both teams face a quick turn- around before returning to action on Sunday as WIT are again at home, this time against DCU Mercy, while Montenotte's attentions turn to an all-Cork clash with third placed Singleton SuperValu Brunell.

Defending champions, UL Huskies take on Liffey Celtics, who are still rooted to the bottom of the table without a win. Also taking place tomorrow is the Dublin derby between Killester and Meteors.

Just three points separate the two sides and the game in Clontarf promises to be another keenly fought contest.

Irish Independent

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