Templeogue Azzuri’s 5th straight league victory has put them in position for a Northern Conference showdown this Sunday against Ulster Elks.
Playing out an impressive 97-72 victory in Inchicore on Saturday night, Templeogue guaranteed a second place spot for themselves, with still the possibility of overtaking Elks at the top next week.
With the constant shuffling at the top of the Southern Conference, top spot in the Northern Conference is given an extra value of avoiding the uncertainty of facing three potential opponents. Instead, to move straight into the semi-finals would be far more advantageous.
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Templeogue and Elks last met in the season opener, with Elks coming out on top in a thrilling contest, in which Templeogue made a near comeback. However, much has changed since then for Templeogue who are now unbeaten since American Isaac Gordon became eligible. Also their youthful squad, with players like Luke Thompson, Tomas Swiatowy, Baolach Morrison and Stephen James, they have matured and settled into the division very quickly.
Elks have suffered only two losses this year and will be confident of retaining that record on their home floor as the playoffs close in. They overcame Fr Matthews this weekend, with a comfortable 86-62 victory in Cork. Their squad are far more experienced than the Dubliner’s and they will look to utilise this advantage to claim a valuable victory.
The match will take place in UUJ at 2.45 on Sunday, February 24th and with both teams vying for the top spot expect this to be a heated and entertaining game.