Friday 20 April 2018

Basketball: Saints hope amazing Grace can sink Eagles

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

SUPERLEAGUE leaders UL Eagles face a re-match of last year's final when they take on DCU Saints in Glasnevin tomorrow night.

The stand-out battle in this heavyweight match-up will be between Eagles' star man Jason Killeen and Saints' new signing Conor Grace. How the pair of 6ft 11ins behemoths fare will do much to determine the outcome.

Limerick coach Mark Keenan, whose team have won their last seven matches, believes that Grace will provide Saints with much-needed impetus and is wary of tomorrow's opponents. The Dubliner has had spells in France, Italy, Greece, Sweden and Malaysia and Saints are hoping that he will have an impact on his return home.


Neptune take on Killester in Clontarf determined to keep pace with the top two. The Dubliners, who have appointed Tom Doherty as their new coach, were dumped out of the cup by the Eagles last weekend.

With Eoin Chubb and Mariano Gomez ruled out through injury, they will be looking to American Michael Bonaparte – a former Neptune player – for inspiration.

Second-placed UCC Demons host UCD Marian at the Mardyke on Sunday. The Cork side won their first eight games, but lost their last two in the league, before returning to winning ways last weekend in the cup.

UCD, already without Liam Cionroy and Conor James, have worries over Liam Conroy, while Demons will be missing starting guard Shane Duggan, who faces five weeks on the sidelines after dislocating a knee.

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

Tonight: Dublin Inter v Moycullen, National Basketball Arena, 7.45.

Tomorrow: DCU Saints v UL Eagles, DCU Complex, 7.0 ; Killester v Neptune, IWA Clontarf, 8.15.

Sunday: UCC Demons v UCD Marian, Mardyke, 3.30.

Women's SuperLeague

Tomorrow: WIT Wildcats v Brunell, Mercy Sports Hall, 4.45 ; Killester v Glanmire, IWA Clontarf, 6.0; Liffey Celtics v Meteors, Leixlip Centre, 7.30.

Sunday: DCU Mercy v UL Huskies, DCU Sports Complex, 3.30.

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