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Saturday 16 December 2017

dangerous dcu guarantee no Killester complacency

Killester are likely to carry the tag of favourites after their National Cup and Northern Conference exploits this season but they will be wary of their North Dublin rivals this weekend.

Saints have already enjoyed victory over Mark Keenan's side this season, courtesy of a 75-72 win in Clontarf on the final day of the Regular Season, but Killester did claim the spoils on a scoreline of 94-66 when the sides met in the opening weeks of the season.

Killester will be looking to the inspirational Jermaine Turner, currently averaging 26.17 points a game this season, for a similar devastating display to the one he produced against UCC Demons in this season's National Cup final.

DCU stole the headlines in the quarter-final stages after a surprising 96-84 win away to Cork giants Neptune.

Saints proved unstoppable with Pat Glover controlling the floor. Vinny O'Keefe's Saints dominated the third quarter with Irish international Emmet Donnelly and Mike Trimmer showing their invaluable experience.

ROUTE TO THE SEMI-FINAL: Killester -- Qualified as Northern Conference champions . DCU Saints -- Beat Neptune 96-84 in the quarter-finals.

UL Eagles v UCC Demons, UL Arena, Sat, 7.30

UL Eagles are set for a rare semi-final appearance and must get past the reigning champions UCC Demons if they are to keep their title hopes alive this season.

The Eagles have the upper hand on Demons in this campaign with two wins recorded in the Southern Conference en route to them to securing the Regular Season title. Tony Hehir's side claimed an 81-73 win in December before they completed the double in January with eight points to spare (91-83).

Eagles will have to keep an eye on Joshua Johnson, who contributed 36 points in Demons' quarter-final win over Belfast Star, while their hopes have been bolstered by the return of captain Shane Coughlan, who has recovered from a shoulder injury.

The Limerick side also have their big hitters with summer recruit Stuart Robbins impressing in his first season at the club, averaging the fifth best points average in the league.

ROUTE TO THE SEMI-FINAL: UL Eagles -- Qualified as Southern Conference champions. UCC Demons -- Beat Belfast Star 83-79 in the quarter-finals.

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Team Montenotte Hotel Cork v Killester, Neptune Stadium, Sat, 8.30

Team Montenotte Hotel Cork's defeat by DCU Mercy last weekend wasn't enough to prevent them from being crowned Regular Season champions and they will be looking to make that count against a vastly improved Killester this weekend.

Montenotte claimed the title last season in impressive fashion but face a tricky Killester outfit who have already claimed eight wins this season, seven more than they did in the previous campaign.

The stats don't make pretty reading for the Dubliners, with their previous meetings with Montenotte this season resulting in two heavy defeats.

ROUTE TO THE SEMI-FINAL: Team Montenotte Hotel Cork -- Qualified as Regular Season champions. Killester -- Qualified by finishing fourth in the Regular Season.

DCU Mercy v UL Basketball Club, DCU Sports Complex, Sun, 3.30

The meeting of DCU Mercy and UL is a repeat of this year's National Cup semi-final, which saw Mercy emerge before going on to win their first ever National Cup.

DCU also secured two wins in the Regular Season but UL will be heartened by their overall performances this season, which left them comfortably in third position in the league.

Rachel Vanderwal has impacted for UL, averaging 22.2 points a game this season, while DCU Mercy can rely on the likes of the inspirational Lindsey Peat as they pursue a double this season.

ROUTE TO THE SEMI-FINAL: DCU Mercy -- Qualified by finishing second in the Regular Season. UL -- Qualified by finishing third in the Regular Season.

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