Demons went through the first half of the league unbeaten, an impressive 9-0 record, and player-coach Colin O’Reilly believes his side can continue to set the pace.
O’Reilly said: “We know Templeogue fancy their chances of toppling us as they felt they let the game behind them when we last played, although we won by 15 points.”
The Demons boss is delighted how his team prepared and played in the first half of the league but believes when you are at the summit opponents tend to raise their standard.
“We know the second half will be a test of our character but the mood in our camp is positive and hopefully we can finish the year on a winning note.”
Templeogue coach Mark Keenan was seething after his side’s midweek National Cup quarter-final defeat by Travelodge Swords Thunder.
Keenan said: “We seemed to be fine up to the break, but they got a 10-0 run on us and suddenly we went into meltdown.”
Looking ahead to Sunday’s game, Keenan said: “I thought we competed well against Demons when we played them at home and were right in the game to the midway through the fourth quarter and it would be a good game to get our season back on winning note.”
UCD Marian have a double-duty weekend, beginning with a home Dublin derby tomorrow against DCU Saints before travelling to Limerick on Sunday to play UL Eagles.
The students welcomed back American Preston Ross in their win over BFG Neptune last week and captain Conor Meany is confident they can keep their winning sequence intact.
Meany said: “It has been a good period for us and having Preston (Ross) back is a huge boost for us. But DCU is always a tough challenge and we will need to be at our best.”
Joey Boylan has experienced the highs and lows of basketball both on and off court during an illustrious career and he is looking forward to taking his team to Belfield.
Boylan said: “I would like to think we are heading in the right direction and if we could bring some consistency to our game I think results will fall into place.”
BFG Neptune player-coach Ger Noonan is having a disappointing season and elimination from the National Cup and defeats in their last three games has set the alarm bells ringing at the Blackpool club. Tomorrow, Noonan takes his troops to Travelodge Sports Thunder and he admits: “I cannot hide the fact we have underachieved in recent weeks as we are basically not scoring enough.
“Some of my players have been getting plenty of court time and not producing the goods so it’s time we stood up to be counted and play the basketball we are capable of.”
The mood in the Swords camp is one of elation after booking their place in the National Cup semi-finals following an emphatic midweek win over Swords.
For coach Dave Baker, playing Neptune is always a test as their track record in Irish basketball speaks volumes.
“Neptune are on a bad run but you can never write them off as there is so much history associated with that club and we will have to be ready to compete with them,” Baker said.
“We did well in the second half of our cup game against Templeogue and now we must keep our league form going with a win against Neptune,” added Baker. “It would be foolish to be complacent as on a given day you can slip up in this league.”
Men’s Premier League: Travelodge Swords Thunder v BFG Neptune, ALSAA, 6pm; UCD Marian v DCU Saints, UCD, 7pm; Killester v Dublin Inter, IWA, Clontarf, 8pm.
Men’s Division One: JM&L Auctioneers Titans v Eanna, Coláiste Iognáid, 7pm; Maree v Tolka Rovers, Oranmore, Galway, 7.45.
Men’s Premier League: C&S UCC Demons v Templeogue, Mardyke, 3.15; UL Eagles v UCD Marian, UL, 3.30.
Men’s Division One: C&S Blue Demons v Fr Mathews, Mardyke, 1pm.