Swords Thunder coach Dave Baker is adamant his side can bounce back following last weeks 81-80 defeat to leaders Templeogue when they face UCD Marian in a Dublin derby.

After pushing the leaders to the wire, coach Baker is confident his side will improve sooner than later.

“I thought we were unlucky as it was a much improved to the display we produced when losing to UL Eagles on our home court,” Baker said.

“UCD Marian are a dogged team and we will have to be prepared to battle to the wire to secure maximum points.”

The mood in the UCD camp is one of caution following their 16-point defeat last weekend to C&S UCC Demons as captain Conor Meany is anticipating another tough test of his teams character.

“We lost to a very good Demons side but were disappointed with some aspects of our play that we need to put right to defeat Swords Thunder,” Meany said.

UCC Demons are gradually getting up to speed and they will fancy their chances of making it three wins on the bounce when they entertain UL Eagles at the Mardyke Arena on Sunday.

Demons joint captain Kyle Hosford however, said that they will not be taking anything for granted.

“We have had three games on the road and one loss and it would be nice to have get a win for our fans against a UL team that we will not be taking for granted,” Hosford said.

Belfast Star secured their first points of the campaign against UL Eagles and they will be in bullish mood for the visit of Killester. Star played tremendous basketball at times against UL, according to coach Neil McCotter.

“After losing our opening two games it was great that we managed to put it together against UL Eagles and hopefully we will be ready for Killester,” Neil said.

Moycullen also got their first points in their clash against Eanna but it will be a far tougher task for the visit of leaders Templeogue to the Kingfisher arena.

The Galway side can be difficult opposition on their home court and coach Nollaig Cunnigham will have his troops primed for what he sees as their toughest task to date.

“Templeogue are an excellent side but we need to concentrate on what we do best and hopefully it will be good enough to pose them problems,” Nollaig said.

In the Women’s Premier league leaders Team Montenotte host Waterford Wildcats tomorrow with coach Mark Scannell hoping his side can get back-to-back wins as they travel to play Liffey Celtics on Sunday. “Having a double header on any weekend can be difficult but with a rest last weekend my players are rearing to go with no injuries to report,” Scannell said.

Liffey Celtics also have a double header that will begin tomorrow when joint leaders DCU Mercy visit Leixlip after a hard win over Brunell.

The DCU coach Mark Ingle believes his side will need to raise their standard as they also have a home game on Sunday against Meteors.

“Brunell led us for three quarters of the game on our home court and we have worked hard in the build-up to these games,” Ingle said.


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