Conferences enter final straight in SuperLeague

The final weekend of the Nivea For Men SuperLeague Northern and Southern Conferences has arrived.

The final weekend of the Nivea For Men SuperLeague Northern and Southern Conferences has arrived.

On Tuesday night Abrakebabra Tigers added a second silver pot to their bulging trophy cabinet after a 114-89 victory over local rivals Mustang Sally's St Paul's.

Tuesday's win confirmed Tigers as Southern Conference champions and the victory will have been even sweeter for Dave Falvey's men as they clinched the title in their neighbours’ gym.

Tigers have now booked their berth in Limerick as they progress to the semi-finals stage of the SuperLeague at the end of the month.

UCC Demons and Mustang Sally's still have one game each left to play in order to confirm the Southern Conference league standing places.

Demons are guaranteed second spot providing they fulfil their fixture against Limerick Lions in UL on Saturday evening at 7.30pm.

Both Demons and St Paul's could end up on 10 wins come Saturday, but Demons already have second spot secured.

Even if Pat Price's men lose on Saturday and Mustang Sally's win their final game against Neptune in the Neptune Stadium at 8pm, Demons will claim second spot by virtue of their three victories over St Paul's this season.

Limerick Lions have been going through considerable change and are making good progress both on and off the court. The Limerick lads lost some close games during the season and they will want to close out this season with a home win against Demons.

Demons will come into the game on the back off a good run since early January and they are coming into form in good time for the closing section of the league. They are likely to start as favourites for the game on Saturday night.

Limerick will need to play at their best to get anything out of the game. Coach Hall said: "It’s our last game of the season and it’s a game we want to win.

“Of course, so do Demons, but if we keep our shape and really put in the high level of effort required. Then we will be in there with a chance. Another win would be a decent way to close out the season."

Meanwhile, the Northern Conference is set for a grandstand finish with the game of the weekend being the Dublin derby between Hoops and St Vincent's in the National Basketball Arena on Saturday evening with a 7.30pm tip-off.

With Merry Monk Ballina favourites to claim second place in the Northern Conference with two games to go, it promises to be an epic battle for third spot.

St Vincent's are without the influential Mike Trimmer and will be looking to the Donnelly brothers to pull them through on Saturday.

Joey Boylan will be hoping Jermaine Turner will be back to his best following illness.

Last season St Vincent's finished third in the Northern Conference and went on to claim victory in the SuperLeague finals. They will be hoping for a repeat this year.

Merry Monk Ballina have two games in which to prove their worth. On Saturday evening they travel to Dublin to face UCD Marian in UCD at 7pm.

UCD will be without Peter Finn and Kevin Foley, who were recently suspended for incidents in two games in December. David Harrison is drafted in to replace Kevin Foley.

With Barry Glover and Pat Glover still injured, Kevin Meany and Gary Edge, two former SuperLeague players for UCD, will also be in action this weekend.

Ballina will be without Ronan McGarrity due to illness for the rest of the campaign and will also be in action against DART Killester on Sunday in Ballina SLC at 3:00pm.

DART Killester may be crowned Northern Conference champions if they secure victory over Belfast Star on Saturday at 8pm in the IWA in Clontarf.

Mark Keenan has given his American Bryce Burch a few days off to get over the flu that affected him in Sunday’s win against St Vincent's.

Michael Goj, his young Polish star, is another victim of the dreaded flu and hasn't trained so far this week. Keenan hopes that both players will be fit for the weekend's action, starting with the Northern Conference title clash against Belfast Star on Saturday.

"Bryce did really well on Sunday, considering he was in bits. We were fortunate to be able to rotate the squad and give Bryce plenty of rest using Jerome Westbrooks and Ed Randolph," said Keenan.

"The lads know just how important Saturday’s game is to the club, our fans and our sponsor DART and I know they will not let them down," added Keenan.

Keenan hopes that his walking wounded will all be okay for Saturday but once again his talented 17-year-old Keith Anderson will miss the trip to Ballina on Sunday due to international training.

Star may have to do without their inspirational American, Ramell Ross, who is also struggling with illness but should be ready to go on Saturday.

However, Star will be without five players who will be taking part in the Intervarsity Tournament in Cork over the weekend.

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