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Basketball Ireland weekend preview

Updated: Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 14:47 | Comments

Basketball Ireland weekend preview

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The stand out game of the weekend will take place on Sunday at the Mardyke Arena in Cork when top of the table C&S UCC Demons go head to head with Killester in the Men's Premier League.

Both sides have lost just one game so far this season, which means this result is crucial in the 2014 Premier League title race.

Colin O’Reilly, head coach and player of C&S UCC Demons is under no illusion how competitive this game will be: “When you’re top of the league every game is a big game and they don't come any bigger than Killester.

"At this late stage in the season, Sunday’s result will go a long way to deciding the league winners.”

Likewise, Jonathan Grennell, head coach of Killester, is eager for his side to claim some silverware after their National Cup horror,

“This is obviously a massive game for both teams. It's been a tough seven weeks since the National Cup Semi Final but we have managed to keep our focus and continue winning.”

“We have really enjoyed the league format as there is pressure on every game so while Sunday is against our biggest rival, our approach will be the same as the previous week when we came up against Moycullen.”

Meanwhile, the weekend action will kick off on Friday night when Dublin Inter take on UL Eagles in a must-win game for the play-off-seeking Limerick side, while the following evening Dublin Inter will take to the court once again to face a tough Bord Gais Neptune.

Elsewhere, DCU Saints welcome SSE Renewables Moycullen to DCU Sports Complex while Belfast Star make the journey to Dublin to take on southsiders UCD Marian.

UL Eagles will play their second game of the weekend against Templeogue in UL Sport Arena on Sunday afternoon.

In the women’s Premier League, all eyes will be on Dublin when rivals DCU Mercy and WIT Wildcats square off in in DCU Sports Complex on Sunday.

The last time the two sides met, DCU Mercy came out on top 63 - 67, however the resilient Wildcats squad will be eager to reverse that result.

Sinead Deegan of WIT said: “We would like to have a good performance this week so we can head into the playoffs strong.

"We need to pick up where we left off last week and defensively we need to target their main players.”

“Losing games we should doesn’t make it easy, but we believe that we have the capability to beat the league’s top teams, but we all need to be on the same page and that is what we are looking to do down this final stretch.”

“Waterford are not in the top four teams by fluke," said Lindsay Peat of DCU Mercy. "They are well able to play and from the result of our last meeting with them and their narrow nine-point loss to UL Huskies last weekend, they have proven that they are well worthy of their league position.

"So we will be taking nothing for granted this Sunday as we aim to finish this regular season with a win at home.”

Meanwhile, on Saturday, local Cork rivals Team Montenotte Hotel Cork and Singleton SuperValu Brunell will face off while UL Huskies welcome a revived Liffey Celtics to Limerick.

Sunday will also see Singleton SuperValu Brunell play their second contest of the weekend when they face a tough Killester side in the Parochial Hall.

Friday 28 February
Men's Premier League
Dublin Inter v UL Eagles, Mountview Y&C Club, 8pm

Saturday 1 March
Men's Premier League
Dublin Inter v Bord Gais Neptune, Mountview Y&C Club, 6pm
DCU Saints v SSE Renewables Moycullen, DCU, 7pm
UCD Marian v Belfast Star, UCD Sports Centre, 7pm

Women's Premier League
Team Montenotte Hotel v Singleton SuperValu Brunell, Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, 7pm
Meteors v Killester, Colaiste Iosagain, 7pm
UL Huskies v Liffey Celtics, PESS Building UL,  7:30pm

Sunday March 2nd
Men's Premier League
UL Eagles v Templeogue, UL Sport Arena, 3.30pm ;
C&S UCC Demons v Killester, Mardyke Arena, 3.30pm

Women's Premier League
DCU Mercy v WIT Wildcats, DCU Sports Complex, 2pm ; Singleton SuperValu Brunell v Killester, Parochial Hall, 2.45pm

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