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Saturday 10 December 2016

UCD aim to build on opening day success

UCD Marian are hopeful to have former Swords Thunder guard Alexandar Zurn available for their trip to SSE Airtricity Moycullen
UCD Marian are hopeful to have former Swords Thunder guard Alexandar Zurn available for their trip to SSE Airtricity Moycullen

In the Men's Premier League, UCD Marian are hopeful to have former Swords Thunder guard Alexandar Zurn available for their trip to SSE Airtricity Moycullen.

Zurn spent last season in the Division One of the English Basketball League with Reading Rockets. Marian were 14 points down with seven minutes on the clock before beating Belfast Star last week. "It was a great way to start the season especially with the problems we've had in the last week," said Head Coach Ioannis Liapakis.

New signing Lamont Middleton Jr left the club prior to Round One of the league.

Marian's Conor Meany said: "We were 14 down with seven minutes to go so to pull it out against a good Belfast Star team was a great way to start the season.

"We showed a lot of character. We're looking forward to moving on now with an American coming in soon and the guys coming back (so) we should be very strong in the next couple of games."

Portlaoise Panthers will play their first ever game of top flight basketball when they host Maxol WIT Wildcats in the Basketball Ireland Women's Premier League tomorrow.

Peter O'Sullivan's side is the first team ever to gain automatic promotion from the Women's Division One. "It's not a position we thought we'd find ourselves in at this early stage in the club's infancy," said the Head Coach.

"This year is going to be a tough year for us because of players that we've lost from last year and players that we're waiting on to come back from injury."

The squad were, however, boosted in the off-season by the arrival of American duo Nicole Arnone and Tiffany Turner.

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