Basketball Wins For Kingdom Clubs

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors defeated Kubs 75-37 in the Men’s Superleague.

Alan Cantwell reports

Warriors coach Mark Bernsen

Captain Darren O’Sullivan

Top scorer on the night Pa McCarthy

Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin won 67-65 against Fr Matthews of Cork in Men’s Division 1 while St.Pauls beat Limerick 105-93.

Reporting is Eamon Foley

Division One
Limerick Celtics 93 Scotts Lakers 105

Scotts Lakers bounced back from a 22 point deficit to defeat Limerick Celtics in a thrilling clash at the Limerick IT SportsHub on Saturday night. A powerful second half performance brought the Killarney side back from the dead to snatch a victory that looked highly unlikely for long periods in this match.

Limerick Celtics started this match in convincing fashion and with American Matt St Amour on fire from three-point range, the home side led 32-19 at the end of the first quarter.
With St Amour continuing to punish the Lakers, the home side opened up a 22 point advantage and the match appeared to be well beyond the reach of Scotts Lakers. St Amour sank his seventh three-pointer of the half on the buzzer to give Limerick a 55-38 lead at the half-time interval.

Problems continued for Scotts Lakers early in the third quarter when Mihail Kapitanov was disqualified for two unsportsmanlike fouls. The Lakers trailed 70-55 midway through the third quarter but they gradually narrowed the deficit with outstanding play from Justin Tuason, Mark Greene, Andrew Fitzgerald, Padraig Lucey and Con O’Mahony and the gap was cut to 74-68 entering the final quarter.

The final quarter was closely contested and Keith O’Grady came off the bench to sink two massive three-pointers as Scotts Lakers took control of the game. Despite being on four fouls, Mark Greene really stepped it up with an outstanding performance hitting 21 second half points while the free scoring Justin Tuason was equally impressive.

A return of 67 points in the second half for Scotts Lakers was very pleasing for Coach Vojkan Bencic and his squad. Scotts were without injured captain Philip O’Connor and it was also a great result considering that American Antuan Bootle only played for short periods as he makes his return from injury.

The outstanding Matt St Amour led all scorers with an amazing 53 points for Limerick Celtics followed by Emmet Browne 13 and Krystian Burchardt 12.

Scotts Lakers had six players on double scoring figures led by Justin Tuason 25, Mark Greene 24, Andrew Fitzgerald 15, Padraig Lucey 13, Con O’Mahony 12, Mihail Kapitanov 10 and Keith O’Grady 6.

Scotts Lakers are at home this coming Saturday September 30th against Neptune at 7.30 in Killarney Sports Centre.