Report: Eamonn Keogh
HAVING experienced mixed fortunes last week, losing for the second time this season to Ballincollig but overcoming Carlow IT with a bit to spare, Scott’s Lakers will be back in action at home this weekend when they entertain Limerick Celtics in Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre.
And Cormac O’Donoghue’s side will have a point to prove as they were sent crashing out of the President’s Cup by the same opposition with Lakers losing 81-83 in overtime in a pulsating quarter-final.
This Saturday night’s game (7.30pm) will be an opportunity for Killarney to try to make some amends for that result and it promises to be a very exciting encounter.
Limerick Celtics have an exceptional American player in Turrell Morris while their European players, Alvero Martinez and Fabio Hernandez, are also capable of very big performances.
Former Limerick footballer John Galvin played with the Celtics last season and is expected to return to the side again and may even feature this weekend.
Last Saturday Lakers were edged out 77-82 by Tradehouse Central Ballincollig with the Cork side’s star American Andre Nation registering 33 and breaking Lakers’ resolve for the second time in as many months.
Scott’s Lakers had to re-group quickly for another game the following afternoon when they faced Carlow IT who were hot on Killarney’s heels in third place on the league table.
The Killarney side shot a massive 17 three-pointers in a 96-79 victory with the outstanding Mark Greene sinking eight.
Greene, who captains Lakers, was actually top scorer for his side in both games, slotting 21 against Ballincollig and a massive 33 against Carlow, to outscore American Sean O’Brien and Dutch power forward Papito Hersisia.
The outcome of last weekend’s games is that Ballincollig increase their lead at the top of the league table with a 14-0 winning record. Lakers remain in second place with a 12-3 record and are three wins ahead of nearest challengers Carlow IT and Limerick Celtics, who both have a 9-5 record.
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