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Demons’ form has seen them rack up a 15-game unbeaten streak but UCD coach Ioannis Liapakis is demanding an 'aggressive' approach from his side in their bid to cause what would be a major upset.

Demons’ form has seen them rack up a 15-game unbeaten streak but UCD coach Ioannis Liapakis is demanding an 'aggressive' approach from his side in their bid to cause what would be a major upset.

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Demons’ form has seen them rack up a 15-game unbeaten streak but UCD coach Ioannis Liapakis is demanding an 'aggressive' approach from his side in their bid to cause what would be a major upset.

UCD Marian have it all to do in tonight's Men's National Cup final at the National Arena in Tallaght.

The students were heavily beaten (78-48) in their last league outing against Templeogue and take on defending champions C&S UCC Demons who have been in scintillating form of late.

Demons player/coach Colin O'Reilly has been a major force on the court and the veteran will take some stopping this evening. The 2000 seater capacity arena is sold out for both the Men's and Women's finals and is set to be shown live on TG4 from 5.45.

O'Reilly is adamant that the current state of Irish basketball is stronger than it has ever been and he is confident that will be on show this evening.

"With the eighties being gone and the nineties obviously, everyone said that was the boom years for basketball.

"But right now I think that people are underestimating the quality of players that are out on the floor. The Irish players are better right now than they were back then," O'Reilly said.

Demons' form has seen them rack up a 15-game unbeaten streak but UCD coach Ioannis Liapakis is demanding an "aggressive" approach from his side in their bid to cause what would be a major upset.

"Most of the scores they get are through transition and three-point shots. We'll look to move the ball as much as we can and try to be aggressive. That's the main plan."

Twenty-league points separate the sides and Demons' class should be enough to see them retain the Cup.

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