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Basketball: Price seeking the right mix from Neptune

A SELL-OUT crowd will descend on the Neptune Stadium for Sunday's National Cup semi-finals in a bumper weekend of action.

It's fitting that the UCC Demons' semi-final clash with Neptune is a repeat of the first National Cup final played at the famous Cork venue 25 years ago.

Neptune have suffered just one defeat in their last nine games in both league and cup, but they will be mindful that the Demons edged them out in the last meeting between the sides on a scoreline of 111-108 in October.

The game will mark Demons' recent American recruit Tyronne Beale's debut, while Neptune will be looking to the scoring prowess of Juwann James.

"It will take a special performance to defeat the defending league and cup champions this weekend," said Neptune Head Coach, Pat Price.

"We put up a brave battle in our last encounter with Demons, and no less an effort will be acceptable if we are to be successful on Sunday."

In the other semi-final, last year's beaten finalists Killester face UCD Marian in a game Killester coach Mark Keenan has described as the most important game of the season so far.

"We will need to overturn the league defeat earlier in the season and the team realise it's a one-off chance and we are so determined to atone for the disappointment of last season," he said.

In the women's semi-finals, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork take on Meteors, while UL face DCU Mercy.

Irish Independent