Despite losing their opening game to Templeogue, the Cork side have since won three games on the bounce as ace forward Niall Murphy looks forward to his team maintaining their title challenge.
“We have done relatively well in the last three games and will give Moycullen the respect they deserve as they have proved difficult opponents for many sides over the last decade,” Murphy said.
Murphy is confident the midweek action of Hibernia will not upset Demons in this clash despite having six players in the squad against Denmark side Bakken Bears.
“We are in pretty good shape and I am sure the guys that travelled to Denmark will be determined to put in a good shift for us,” added Murphy.
Moycullen coach Nollaig Cunningham admits playing in Cork is always an enjoyable experience. “I have heard people in the sport tell me that Cork is the hotbed city of basketball, and who can deny them that honour with the success both Demons and Neptune have enjoyed over many years,” Nollaig said.
UCD Marian showed last weekend they mean business when defeating Swords Thunder away and they have a chance to continue with their winning ways when they entertain Killester.Over the years games between these clubs have been competitive and UCD Marian captain Conor Meany looks forward to another lively encounter.
“We have had some great battles against Killester and we will be taking nothing for granted as we know they will want to put one over on us, on our home court,” Meany said.
Swords Thunder are having a difficult season and coach Dave Baker is hoping his side can rediscover their best form when they host DCU Saints.
“We didn’t envisage losing three games at this stage but we have been unlucky and there is no need for us to panic.” Baker said.
Eanna enjoyed their first win last weekend against DCU Saints and this week they will be hoping to follow up that success when they host UL Eagles. For the Eanna player coach Ciaran MacEvilly this is a crucial game for his side.
“We needed that win against DCU and another against UL Eagles would give the lads a huge boost in their first year competing at this level,” MacEvilly said.
In the Women’s Premier League, champions Team Montenotte will be hoping to keep their unbeaten record intact when they travel to the National Basketball Arena for a clash against Killester.
The Cork side were pushed all the way last weekend in their double header wins over Wildcats and Liffey Celtics but coach Mark Scannell believes his team are on track with their form to date. “The reality is that all teams have improved this season and that’s good for the game.”
See Digest Page 23 for fixtures