Thunder boost as big Demons cup test on horizon

Basketball: Travelodge Swords Thunder got a timely boost before Friday night’s mouth watering National Cup semi-final against C & S UCC Demons when defeating UL Eagles 77-62 in the Men’s Premier League.

Thunder boost as big Demons cup test on horizon

Thunder, hot on the heels of Demons in the league title race, showed too much class in the third quarter, much to the relief of coach Dave Baker who said: “It was a reasonable performance but we are under no illusions we need to step it for Demons.”

The Dublin side have only lost one league game this season and coach Baker wants to maintain that good form. “We are competitive and I think the guys will benefit from their experience of competing in a Cup semi-final. It would be nice to think we are capable of testing Demons’ credentials.

UL coach Paul Kelleher found some positives in defeat. “We had enough shots to win this game but sadly they simply wouldn’t drop. But I saw enough from our performance to suggest we are heading in the right direction.”

UCD Marian, who face UL Eagles in the other Men’s Premier National Cup semi-final, also found the going tough at National Basketball HQ, losing to Killester 66-61.

The students led for long periods but were worn down by some dogged Killester defending while Jermaine Turner hit 22 points.

It was a disappointing weekend for BFG Neptune as they lost their second consecutive game in the space of 24 hours. After Friday’s defeat to Cork rivals C & S UCC Demons at the Mardyke Arena they found Dublin Inter too hot when losing 83-73 at the Neptune Stadium. Neptune trailed by 15 points at the break and despite rallying to lead in the last quarter Dublin Inter responded in style.

Neptune coach Ger Noonan admitted: “We need to get some confidence back to our game but this defeat against Dublin Inter is hard to take and with no disrespect we should be beating teams like them on our home court.”

DCU Saints are another club enduring a torrid time of late. Having led Templeogue 40-35 at half time they were defeated 92-72 with American Isaac Gordon to the fore.

In the Women’s Premier league, champions Team Montenotte got back to winning ways when defeating UL Huskies 61-33 in a disappointing game at Upper Glanmire.

But coach Mark Scannell remains positive about his upcoming National Cup semi-final against DCU Mercy. “I tried a few different rotations and I am delighted this game is out of the way as we are now fine tuning our preparations for the DCU Mercy cup game.”

DCU Mercy were also involved in weekend action and their trip to Waterford saw them come away with an impressive 65-46 win. Meteors had a 72-64 home win over Killester.

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