Basketball: Scannell rallies Glanmire for cup quarter-final trip to Wildcats

Glanmire boss Mark Scannell

Champions Team Ambassador UCC Glanmire face a tricky test away to WIT Wildcats in the pick of the weekend’s National Cup quarter-finals.

The Cork side are unbeaten this season but coach Mark Scannell knows December is the month when other teams show their hands,

Scannell said: “We have been on a good run without excelling but this is the period when I like my teams to increase their intensity. We played Wildcats at home in a league game earlier in the season and they posed us problems. Hopefully our experience will get us over the line.”

The Cork team will be led by Listowel native Áine McKenna who has impressed this season alongside Gráinne Dwyer and Claire Rockall.

Another huge clash is the Dublin derby between Pyrobel Killester and DCU Mercy.

Killester were defeated in last year’s final by Glanmire but showed decent form last week in their win over NUIG Mystics.

Mercy coach Mark Ingle doesn’t sugarcoat the challenge: “It will be a dogfight as Killester have a good record against us at Clontarf. We will have to be ready to battle.”

Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell coach Francis O’Sullivan is still seeking his first win after eight consecutive league defeats.

On Sunday, Brunell host NUIG Mystics and their loyal fans will be hoping for a huge improvement from their recent below par performances.

Portlaoise Panthers, following their shock win over DCU Mercy, hope for another solid performance at home to Liffey Celtics.

In the Men’s Super League, UCC Demons who are on the back of a three-game winning streak host Killester at the Mardyke Arena on Sunday, while Tralee Warriors, on the back of a superb win over UCD Marian, travel to the capital to play Griffith Swords Thunder.

Templeogue are the only unbeaten side in the Men’s Super League and they should take maximum points when they entertain Moycullen at the Oblate Hall.

UCD Marian should get back to winning ways against UL Eagles and Kubs are involved in a Dublin derby against DCU Saints.


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