The Cork side beat their Dublin rivals comfortably in their last two games but Scannell is wary of the underdogs. The Montenotte chief believes Killester are formidable opponents as they proved in October’s opening league clash.
“When we played Killester in the league at the National Arena they shot the lights out. They are capable of producing basketball of this standard as they have some quality players. Killester have some serious shooters. American Rae Contreras hit 35 points against us in the cup final. We must get among them from tip off.”
Killester coach Karl Kilbride doesn’t believe the outcome is a foregone conclusion. “Montenotte have wiped the floor with us twice this season but the one plus is we know on our best day we are more than capable of staying the pace.”
And he is excited by the form his side displayed a fortnight ago beating regular season champions DCU Mercy. “Any side that can defeat DCU Mercy have some talent and it’s about getting the Killester team on court in a good frame of mind as I am sure they have the capabilities of testing Montenotte.”
In the second semi-final DCU Mercy host Meteors in a game Mercy coach Mark Ingle believes will be a competitive one. “We haven’t been playing to the standard we set earlier in the season. We underachieved in our last home against Killester and that will give Meteors plenty of confidence this weekend.”
Having being crowned regular season champions, coach Ingle would like to finish the campaign by winning the play-offs. “We won the regular season but it means very little if we do not finish the job in Kilkenny next weekend.”
There are two quarter finals in the Men’s Champions Trophy with first division league and cup double winners Maree hosting Templeogue. Kubs, who finished runners-up in the division one league, host UCD Marian at Greendale.
A semi final against C&S UCC Demons is the prize for the winners.