Weekend Basketball preview

Updated: Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 18:06

As the countdown to Christmas continues, the Nivea SuperLeagues quieten down with only four games commencing this weekend.

In the Men’s SuperLeague, the one and only game will see Moycullen welcome Dublin Inter to Galway on Saturday. Following last week’s encounter between the two sides, Moycullen pushed the game into overtime to secure a win down the stretch.

With each team looking to enter the Christmas holidays with a win under their belt, all will be to play for as the Galway side chase the fourth spot on the table.

Head coach of Moycullen, Salva Camps, is enthusiastic about the game ahead, “We were lucky to escape with a win over Inter last weekend, these are the games that Moycullen need to win to advance as a club. Our target is to reach fourth place and this game could be the difference come March.”

In the Women’s SuperLeague, top of the table, UL Huskies are eager to maintain the number one position when they face off with Team Montenotte Hotel Cork. After their closest game this season against DCU Mercy last week, the Limerick side returned from a 16 point deficit in order to come away with an impressive win on the road.

Speaking about his team, head coach of UL Huskies, James Weldon said, “To turn the game around and come away with a win showed great character last weekend. We need to maintain this level of play and carry it through to our other games.

"We are going to take each game as it comes and hope to come away with a win this weekend.”

Meanwhile, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork has come away from their last few fixtures with strong convincing wins both at home and on the road. Coming up against the Huskies this weekend is sure to test their strength and composure as they battle to knock them off the number one spot.

Coach Andrea Congreaves, is confident in her side’s ability, “We have been working hard and our results are reflecting that. UL are an excellent side but we are excited to shake things up.

"It will take both teams a full 40 minutes if they want to come away from this game with a win. It will be a hard game but most definitely an exciting one.”

Elsewhere Killester and Ulster Rockets play each other twice in two nights in a set of games that could have major bearings on play-off positions come March.

Two wins for Killester would vault the team from seventh to fourth place in the league standings while a struggling Ulster Rockets could re-enter the play-off picture should the results go their way.

First up, the teams meet in Clontarf on Saturday night at 6pm. Less than 24 hours later, they will be back facing each other on court again, this time in Belfast’s De La Salle gym with a 2pm Sunday tip-off time.

After a weekend off during the previous round of games, Rockets head coach Breda Dick is eager for her team to get back into the action.

“We are really looking forward to the games. We beat Killester in the cup earlier this year and also got the better of them in the preseason tournament so we are very hopeful,” said Dick.

“They were all close games but we have Caroline Stewart, who played big time college ball in Boston University, for the first time this weekend and Meghan Houlihan is also available. Having the two girls is a big boost for us.”