Saturday 18 November 2017

Templeogue's Eagles victory puts Meany on his guard

Basketball

UCD Marian coach Ioannis Liapakis with Terrance King, left, and Conor Meany, right
UCD Marian coach Ioannis Liapakis with Terrance King, left, and Conor Meany, right
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

There are only two games in the Men's Premier League this weekend, with UCD Marian and Templeogue both looking to build on their respective victories last time out.

Templeogue -- who won their first game at this level against defending champions UL Eagles last weekend -- will make the short trip to the UCD Sports Centre to take on a Marian side who recorded their first win since October against Belfast Star. Both sides go into the game level on seven points.

"We are just happy to finally get a win again after having seen improvement over the last couple of weeks," said UCD guard Conor Meany. "Obviously, Templeogue's win last weekend against Eagles caught everyone's attention. They have excellent scorers in Luke Thompson, Phil Taylor and Isaac Gordon, so it will be a tough task trying to slow those guys down."

Marian will have to plan without Eoin Chubb, who is ruled out by an ankle injury.

Dublin Inter play hosts to Belfast Star in the other game, with the outcome likely to have a major impact on the race to qualify for the Champions Trophy. Star have not won since October, while Inter are looking to avoid their third defeat on the bounce.

In the Women's Premier League, the game of the weekend will see Team Montenotte Hotel and Killester put their winning streaks on the line. Montenotte have won their last five games, while visitors Killester are looking for their fourth consecutive win.

The Dublin side will be buoyed by their recent victory over the previously undefeated UL Huskies and Montenotte's Niamh Dwyer knows that Killester can't be underestimated. "They have proven we can't take them lightly after their win against UL," she said.

Irish Independent

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