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Basketball preview: Cup champions begin defence

Updated: Thursday, 05 Dec 2013 14:54 | Comments

Basketball preview: Cup champions begin defence

This weekend the only preliminary game of the Men’s National Cup will take place between Bord Gais Neptune and DCU Saints in the Neptune Stadium on Saturday at 7pm.

As reigning National Cup Champions, the Cork side are preparing for battle knowing that it will be a difficult task with DCU Saints in good form in the league of late. Added to that worry is the fact that their star, Roy Downey, may not be fit for the contest after rolling his ankle this week in training. 

Head coach of Neptune, Mark Scannell, said, “We know that each National Cup game is difficult because they are all different. We have an idea of the team we are coming up against so we need to play accordingly. Having home court advantage is always good but Neptune Stadium is a shooters dream. T

"The baskets make is easy for teams travelling on the road so we need to limit this part of their game on the night.

“We have been playing well and working hard and although we are carrying a few injuries I know our younger guys will step up this weekend when we need them.”

Elsewhere, the only game in the Men’s Premier League this weekend will see C&S UCC Demons take on UCD Marian in the Mardyke Arena.  

So far this season, this match-up of sides has cause great excitement and drama. In the first round of the Men’s National Cup, C&S UCC Demons progressed to the Semi-Finals by the skin of their teeth on a one point aggregate advantage over the Dublin side.

UCC Demons coach Colm O'Reilly said, “Ourselves and UCD enter the game unsure who is the better team after our two leg classic in the cup. Both sides have had different results since but the one thing we are sure of, is that when the two clubs meet expect the unexpected.”

On Saturday, the Women’s National Cup action kicks off with reigning League and National Cup Champions, UL Huskies, taking on Ulster Rockets, Killester facing off with Liffey Celtics and Team Montenotte Hotel going into battle with Meteors.

The Women’s National Cup action continues on Sunday when DCU Mercy play host to a fired up Singleton SuperValu Brunell. 

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