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Killester have it all to do at UCC
03 Dec 2014 13:01
This weekend will be the busiest of the season for knock-out basketball as the opening rounds of the Men’s and Women’s National Cups come to a conclusion.
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The average points’ gap heading into the second leg of the Men’s National Cup is 13, but Killester have the highest mountain to climb in giving C&S UCC Demons a 25-point head start in their second leg decider.
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Killester have averaged just 64 points a game since the first leg but Lehmon Colbert knows not to write off the orange and black.
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“If we want to win trophies this season, we have to be willing to go through Killester,” said the Demons’ forward.
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According to UCD Head Coach Ioannis Liapakis “18 points is nothing” and that’s the headstart he brings to Cork for his side’s second leg with BFG Neptune. Preston Ross remains an injury doubt for the students but British recruit Daniel Belgrave is cleared to make his debut.
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Dublin Inter face a carbon copy of last year when they bring a UL Eagles side with an uneasy lead back to Clonsilla.
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Travelodge Swords Thunder will be quietly confident of overturning a 10-point deficit at the ALSAA but will have to be wary of Belfast Star’s Ricky Taylor, who hit a career high 42 points last week.
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Templeogue are the only team bar Demons to have home advantage and an aggregate lead heading into this weekend.
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The Women’s National Cup jumps back into action on Friday night with a Cork derby.
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Team Montenotte Hotel came away from the Parochial Hall in the first leg with a 26-point cushion and the confidence to seal the deal against Singleton SuperValu Brunell.
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Lindsay Peat has the recent experience of the 2014 All-Ireland Ladies Football final to remind her of the pitfalls of any lapse in concentration.
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Her DCU Mercy side have a 40-point lead against Meteors. “I’ve been involved in games where you’re ahead and you lose it. It’s not a nice feeling,” said Peat.
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The first leg of Killester versus Courtyard Liffey Celtics served up traditional Cup drama with a unique twist. “I’ve never tied a game in life,” exclaimed Killester forward Robin Murphy.
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The game stands at 76-76 following a rousing comeback from Celtics.
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UL Huskies bring a seven-point lead to Maxol WIT Wildcats’ home court but a recent league defeat in Waterford may create doubt in their minds.
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