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Neptune mission awaits Killester

11890 Killester are likely to face their most serious examination in the Nivea For Men's SuperLeague tomorrow when they travel to Bord Gais Neptune, while unbeaten DCU Saints make the trip to Belfast Star.

UCD Marian make the trip to Moycullen and UL Eagles and UCC Demons clash in the University Arena tonight.

Reigning Nivea For Men's Superleague champions 11890 Killester have an unblemished record but they face their stiffest test to date, away to fellow unbeaten side Bord Gais Neptune.

Neptune had to come from a 13-point deficit in their last outing before mounting a superb comeback which resulted in a famous 104-102 win at home to their fiercest of rivals, UCC Demons.

Included in Killester's unbeaten run was the abandoned contest away to UCC Demons, when the Dubliners were awarded the points due to condensation.

"I know we got the points when the game was abandoned but we showed what we are capable of against UL Eagles in the next game," said 11890 Killester head coach Darren O'Neill.

"We are well aware that Neptune are in great shape currently and their American, Ron Thompson, is settling into his new surroundings extremely well. It's too early to call it a defining game in the season but I expect them to be in the running for the play-offs this season."

UCD Marian are sweating on the fitness of Dan James ahead of their clash away to Moycullen. The Students got off the mark with a win away to Belfast Star in their last outing but their head coach, Fran Ryan, is not expecting an easy time against the Westeners.

"They suffered the slenderest of defeats last weekend," said Ryan. "That performance against DCU Saints will have sent out a serious signal to the rest of the league."

In the Nivea Women's Superleague, DCU Mercy have a date with old foes Team Montenotte Hotel, while UL face a double header against 11890 Killester and Singleton's Super Valu Brunell.

A busy weekend for 11890 Killester also sees them take on Waterford Wildcats tomorrow. Meteors are hoping their search for a first win of the season will end away to Oblate Dynamos in their all Dublin affair.

Meteors have endured a difficult start to the season, losing to giants UL and DCU Mercy, while their clash with 11890 Killester saw them suffer just a three-point loss.

"We are both without a win so it is a chance for someone to get off the mark," said Meteors head coach Hugh Kilbride. "I don't think the scoreline did us justice against DCU but this is an opportunity for us albeit against a strong Dynamos team."

Basketball Ireland Fixtures

TONIGHT

Nivea for Men Superleague: UL Eagles v UCC Demons, UL Arena, 7.30; Moycullen v UCD Marian, NUIG Kingfisher, 7.30; Belfast Star v DCU Saints, DLS Anderstown, 8.30

Basketball Ireland Women's SuperLeague: UL v Killester, UL Arena, 4.0; Ulster Rockets v Liffey Celtics, DLS Anderstown, 6.30; Oblate Dynamos v Meteors, Oblate Hall, 8.0; Glanmire v DCU Mercy, Neptune Stadium, 7.0

Basketball Ireland Senior Men's Cup: North Star v Demons, Bishops Field, 3.30; Team Meadowlands St Brendan's v Ballon, Mercy Mounthawk, 7.30; Tolka v Portlaoise, Tolka Rovers, 7.30; Team Garvey's St Mary's v Dublin Thunder, Castleisland CC, 7.45

TOMORROW

Nivea for Men Superleague: Bord Gais Neptune v Killester, Neptune Stadium, 3.0

Basketball Ireland Women's SuperLeague: Waterford Wildcats v Killester, Mercy Gym, 1.30; Brunell v UL, Parochial Hall, 2.45