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Monday 11 December 2017

Killester out for UL treble

TONIGHT

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UCD/Marian v Ulster Elks, UCD Sports Centre, 8.0

Ulster Elks will be hoping to end their season on a bright note after their slender play-off hopes ended with defeat away to Moycullen.

Elks' US recruit Dave Neal has been impressing in recent weeks, with his overall average of 18.9 points per game leaving him ninth in the overall points table. UCD/Marian, currently bottom of the Northern Conference, will be desperate that their double-header this weekend will see them lose the tag of basement boys.

Hoops v Moycullen, National Basketball Arena, 8.30

Hoops will be looking to bounce back from Saturday's defeat to Neptune when they welcome Moycullen to the National Basketball Arena.

The Dubliners' last encounter with Moycullen resulted in a 72-64 defeat, with Irish underage international Cian Nihill proving the difference on that occasion. Moycullen will travel to the capital in confident mood after earning their first win in seven games last weekend at home to Ulster Elks.

SATURDAY

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Ulster Elks v Hoops, University of Ulster HPC, 7.0

Elks will have happy memories of their last meeting with Hoops after Deidre Brennan's side recorded a 99-87 win at the National Basketball Arena.

Elks' head coach Brennan believes a tough proposition awaits if they are to finish the regular season off with seven wins. "We are aiming to finish the season on seven wins, which will be tough with UCD away and having to manage big Carlton Aaron at home, but we need to finish strong and can."

Neptune v UCD/Marian, Neptune Stadium, 8.0

Neptune face a huge weekend aiming to reach second spot in the Southern Conference and secure home advantage in the quarters of the play-offs.

"Daniel James, Conor Meany and Luke McCrone will need to be denied looks at the basket and we need to space well on the offensive end to maximise our scoring options," said Neptune coach Pat Price.

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Team Montenotte Hotel Cork v UL Basketball Club, Neptune Stadium, 6.0

Team Montenotte Hotel Cork will be crowned regular season champions this weekend if they can emerge from their tough clash at home to UL with a win.

UL's unbeaten run came to a halt at home to DCU Mercy in their last outing, with April Cahalane's 23 points unable to save her side from a 78-70 defeat.

Tolka Rovers v Meteors, Tolka Rvrs Complex, 6.0

A full-strength Tolka will be looking to avenge the two defeats they suffered to Meteors this season.

Meteors' 57-49 win in the National Cup was followed by a 52-41 success in the league.

Sligo All-Stars v Killester, Mercy Sligo, 6.0

Sligo All-Stars ended their wait for their first league win of the season away to Meteors last weekend and will be hoping their first home win will follow in their latest fixture. Killester, assured of fourth place and a spot in the play-offs, will be looking to finish their final regular season game with a win.

SUNDAY

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Belfast Star v UCC Demons, Queens University, 3.30

Belfast Star are already assured of second spot in the Northern Conference but Demons are still in a fight for the same position in the Southern Conference. Demons' last meeting with UCD saw the Cork giants claim an 83-70 win, with Joshua Johnson producing a fine display.

Neptune v Moycullen, Neptune Stadium, 3.30

Neptune head coach Pat Price has pinpointed Cian Nihill and Puff Summers as potential threats as his side face their second game in as many days away to a full-strength Moycullen.

Killester v UL Eagles, IWA Clontarf, 7.0

The meeting of Killester and UL Eagles will give fans in the capital the opportunity to watch the clash of the Northern and Southern Conference champions.

Killester have the upper hand on their UL counterparts with two wins (league and cup) achieved over Tony Hehir's side already this season.

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Tolka Rovers v Sligo All-Stars, Tolka Rvrs Complex, 1.30

Tolka Rovers and Sligo are set for round two after the latest encounter between the sides saw Tolka claim the spoils 76-74.

DCU Mercy v Bausch & Lomb Waterford Wildcats, DCU Sports Complex, 3.30

DCU Mercy showed their title credentials last weekend with a superb 78-70 win away to UL, their third win over James Weldon's charges this season.

Bausch & Lomb Wildcats will be keen for a change of fortune after letting a big lead slip against Tolka last week.

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