Friday 24 November 2017

Basketball: Westbrooks makes strong case for a Killester double treble

Westbrooks: Confident
Westbrooks: Confident

Neil Ahern

KILLESTER star Isaac Westbrooks has thrown down the gauntlet to his side's rivals this season, stating his intentions to repeat the heroics of last season by claiming a second successive domestic treble.

Westbrooks, from one of the most famous families in Irish basketball, missed out on the Dublin side's success last season after a spell at Leicester Riders in the British Basketball League, but wants to make up for his loss this season. "The goal is to repeat the treble," he said. "To go undefeated would be another goal, but there is some excellent quality in the league, so it would be difficult to achieve that."

Killester have certainly made the perfect start to the defence of their league title with three wins out of three, but they face one of the toughest propositions yet in the shape of Cork side Neptune -- a side he believes will also be big contenders for honours.

"Ulster Elks will, over time, be a force, but I believe Neptune will be one of the main challengers this season. After seeing UL Eagles too, they could prove to be the stiffest competition."

Neptune, who travel to the capital tomorrow night to face Mark Keenan's side, have been strongly linked with a move for former Killester star Michael Bonaparte after their American star Robinson Louisme suffered an injury last week.

But Neptune coach Pat Price believes his side are strong enough to put up a good fight this weekend.

"We have a huge challenge against Killester on Saturday, certainly as big as it gets in this league," said Price. "The loss of Robinson Louisme and Ian McLaughlin to injury is a massive hurdle to overcome, but it provides opportunities for others to make their mark.

"We are pleased that our experienced players have really stepped up in both games and in training as that type of internal leadership is so valuable."

Elsewhere, UCC Demons will be looking to steady the ship after they suffered a scare before overturning a 17-point half-time deficit to beat Moycullen, when taking on DCU Saints this weekend.

Irish Independent

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