Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Basketball: UU eye perfect Christmas

University of Ulster are determined to make Belfast Star pay for their nailbiting victory earlier in the season.

The UU men are determined to finally nail their cross town rivals having lost the previous two matches.

UU coach Deirdre Brennan knows how much it would mean to the club who are making the debut in the Nivea Superleague and her players are in confident mood having just recorded their first victory last weekend.

Brennan said: "The last time we gave them an early Christmas present when we let them off the hook when Bobby Kelly hit that three-pointer and the game went into overtime and they won it.

"It would be a perfect Christmas if we can beat Star and then next weekend defeat Marian. That would be a great hat-trick.

"The lads last weekend played very well though I think we turned the corner in the game against Killester when although we lost we showed very encouraging signs."

Brennan will make a decision on whether or not to have veteran Scott Summersgill on the bench or not as he was missing from last weekend's victory over the Hoops.

Brennan added: "Scotty is just not able to give the commitment that the club needs and he did miss the win over Hoops so it's a big decision.

"The future of the club is the likes of Andy O'Hare, Matt McColgan and Paddy McGaharan and they got the win last week so they deserve another chance."

Star's hero in the last match Bobby Kelly will have his game for Star, who are sponsored by The Mortgage Shop, but Brennan feels he is not the only threat.

She added: "I think Star have operated very well as a unit this season so we can't just think about Bobby. The team who plays the best team basketball will win the match."

Tip off is 7.15pm.

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