C&S UCC Demons’ 11-game unbeaten run in the Men’s Premier league will be tested on Sunday when they entertain Belfast Star at the Mardyke Arena.
It has been a great season for Demons, none more than ace point guard Kyle Hosford who is playing the best basketball of his career.
When Hosford dropped down to division one in 2012 he helped his club to a league and cup double, but he soon realised it was time to strut his skills at top level of the sport.
Hosford said: “I don’t want to go over the reason I opted to drop down because it’s well documented and to me an issue like this is better parked and I have moved on.”
This season Hosford has lit up gyms in this league and his athleticism is widely respected as he looks forward to a match up against the Belfast Star American Ricky Taylor.
“When we played Star in Belfast it was Taylor’s first game and I know he will be sharper now. It’s a good test for me in the build up to the final.”
It has been a reasonably good season for the young Belfast Star side as coach Neil McCotter looks forward to matching up against the might of Demons. “We have played every team in the league and no team exposed us like Demons managed to do in Belfast so it’s a case of gauging our progress since that drubbing.”
Demons’ opponents in next week’s cup final, UCD Marian face a tricky game when they travel to Inchicore to play Templeogue. The students are sure to be tested against a Templeogue side that have Jason Killeen and American Isaac Gordon in their squad.
For the UCD captain Conor Meany this game is what his team needs going into a cup final. “Templeogue are a classy team and we will have to be at our best to win,” Meany said.
BFG Neptune player coach Ger Noonan wasn’t a happy camper with his side’s performances in the their two defeats by C&S UCC Demons and Dublin Inter and is urging them to show more energy against Killester.
The Neptune boss came in for heavy criticism and is now banking on his players to respond. “My players know the opening two games of 2015 were not how Neptune players should perform and this is a good opportunity for them to prove our critics wrong.”
UL Eagles battled hard for long periods in their cup semi final defeat by UCD Marian and will get an opportunity to get back to winning ways when they host DCU Saints.
In the Women’s Premier League champions Team Montenotte entertain WIT Wildcats at Upper Glanmire Sports complex tomorrow.
Montenotte produced some impressive basketball in their cup win over DCU Mercy and coach Mark Scannell is banking on his troops to see off the Wildcats challenge.
“These games are not ideal the week before a cup final as players tend not be focused. But, over the years we learned to get over this hurdle,” Scannell said.
The Cork side were dealt a major blow this week when captain Claire Rockall suffered an ankle injury at training. She is sidelined for this game and a doubt for the cup final.
Killester will get ready for their cup final with Montenotte when they entertain Meteors at Clontarf. Liffey Celtics are still very much in the title race and their clash with DCU Mercy at Leixlip will be hard fought.
Singletons Supervalu Brunell, should have too much firepower for UL Huskies at the UL Arena.
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