Demons facing double trouble in Belfast battles

UCC Demons face a tough weekend as they travel to take on Belfast Star twice in less than 24 hours in the Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague.

Demons will be without the injured Carlton Cuff and Shane Duggan but coach Paul Kelleher hopes his team can come away with two wins.

“This could be our toughest weekend of the season for a whole number of reasons,” said Kelleher.

“Star are coming into the sort of form I expected before the season started and coming off two big wins in recent weeks makes them even tougher. Star have quality right through their side and have great perimeter scoring and we also know of Josh Johnson’s credentials after he spent a season with us.”

Bord Gais Neptune will be desperate to return to winning ways against DCU Saints after the disappointment of last week’s one-point overtime loss to 11890 Killester. That loss leaves their hopes of claiming the Southern Conference hanging by a thread.

“If we produce a similar battling performance against DCU Saints I think we will pose them problems,” said Neptune coach Mark Scannell.

UL Eagles coach Mark Keenan is hoping for the kind of performance which saw off DCU last weekend as they travel to Belfield to play UCD Marian.

“When we play our best basketball we are formidable opponents and the main focus for us right now is not to look beyond the play offs,” Mark said.

In the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague, leaders UL travel to the capital to play Meteors. DCU Mercy play Killester in an interesting Dublin derby and complete their double-header weekend when they entertain Ulster Rockets.

Cork’s Singletons Supervalu Brunell, fresh from their win over Oblate Dynamos, host Waterford Wildcats as coach Kieran O’Leary hopes for back-to-back wins.

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