moycullen on rebound
The opening weekend of the Nivea For Men's SuperLeague saw the fancied sides coming through their respective ties, with 11890 Killester, UL Eagles, Bord Gáis Neptune and UCC Demons all winning.
Jermaine Turner showed his importance to Killester's cause with the highest points tally of the weekend with 33 points, while new arrivals Cameron Mitchell (UL Eagles), and Robinson Louisme and Ciaran O'Sullivan (both UCC Demons) also impressed.
Bord Gáis Neptune v Moycullen,
Neptune Stadium, Friday (8.0)
Bord Gáis Neptune got off to a flyer in their opening fixture against Belfast Star but face a wounded animal this weekend in the shape of a Moycullen side determined to bounce back after their loss to 11890 Killester.
Robinson Louisme enjoyed a productive debut for Neptune, scoring 29 points and contributing 10 rebounds, but it was the old guard of Ger Noonan and Gary Walsh that impressed their head coach Pat Price.
Cian Nihill was on form for Moycullen despite their loss to Killester and are expected to be at full strength for their trip to the Neptune Stadium.
Last meeting: Sunday, 7 March 2010; Bord Gáis Neptune 100 Moycullen 51
UCD Marian v UCC Demons UCD Sports Centre, Saturday (7.0)
UCD Marian may have lost to UL Eagles in their opening fixture last weekend but they showed enough to suggest they will trouble UCC Demons on Saturday.
UCD's 6'7" James Crowder lived up to his billing as a top shooter against UL, while Barry Glover returned from a horrendous lay-up to breathe new life into the Students.
Demons began life under Paul Kelleher on a winning note, but the performance must be better, warned their new head coach, if they are to make an impact this term. Their commitment to youth was rewarded with an excellent display from Ballincollig starlet Ciaran O'Sullivan, who chipped in with 22 points in their win over Ulster Elks.
Last meeting: Sunday, 28 February 2010; UCC Demons 77 UCD Marian 74
11890 Killester v DCU Saints IWA Clontarf, Saturday (8.0)
Jermaine Turner grabbed all the headlines for his scoring exploits at the weekend but it was the manner of their team performance that showed why they are considered favourites to retain the Nivea For Men's SuperLeague crown this season. DCU Saints open their season in this weekend's Dublin derby and will be hoping the consistency of having 10 of last year's 11 players returning will stand to them. Dermot Madsen is the only absentee while Eanna Rutherford joins the team in his first season.
Rutherford was an U20 star at Swords Basketball Club last season, who are a structured link club with Saints.
Last meeting: Saturday, 20 March 2010; 11890 Killester 104 DCU Saints 86
Ulster Elks v Bord Gáis Neptune University of Ulster HPC, Sunday (2.30)
Ulster Elks will be hoping fatigue will have set into a Bord Gáis Neptune side who will have been involved in their second game in a weekend.
Elks finished rooted to the bottom of the Northern Conference last season and anything less than a play-off spot will be deemed a disappointment this time round. Kevin Foley's performance away to UCC Demons last weekend outlined his determination to maintain last season's form and the visitors will also have to keep tabs on Ben De La Cruz and Barry Drumm.
Last meeting: Sunday, 21 February 2010; Ulster Elks 96 Bord Gáis Neptune 84
BASKETBALL IRELAND MEN'S DIVISION ONE
Saturday: Waterford v Titans, WIT Sports Hall, 19:30; Portlaoise v Team Meadowlands St Brendans, St Mary's Sports Hall, 20:00; Sunday: Blue Demons v Bord Gáis Neptune, Mardyke Arena, 15:15; CHM Ballon v Maree, Palmerstown Sports Complex, 15:30