Report: Eamonn Keogh
FOLLOWING a seasonal break from league action, Scott’s Lakers will return to the courts in Killarney Sports Centre this Saturday night when they entertain Galway Titans.
It should be a perfect opportunity for the Lakers to get the new year off to a good start as the Galway side has struggled this season with just one win and 13 losses and the young Titans squad currently remains bottom of the northern conference.
Interestingly, their American, Tom Rivard, was a former teammate of Scott’s Lakers star Sean O’Brien at Colgate University. The Galway side also boasts a second American in Harrison Deneka, who was actually released by Lakers at the start of the season.
Titans have some talented young players including Ben Kelly, Matthew Sweeney and Eoin Coughlan, a son of former Killarney basketball supremo Joe Coughlan who was head coach of the St Paul’s Killarney superleague team in the mid 1990s.
Lakers played in the Castleisland Christmas blitz, losing to Limerick Celtics and Tralee Warriors but they enjoyed a good win over Killorglin and narrowly missed out on a place in the final after being one basket short in overall scoring differences.
Considering that they were without their foreign trio of Sean O’Brien, Papito Hersisia and Dailian Mason, Scott’s Lakers performed well with team captain Mark Greene continuing to display the outstanding form he has shown all season.
Seamus Brosnan also did well in the blitz while Andrew Fitzgerald was in sparkling form and he has been a real tower of strength this season, stepping up to the challenge in impressive fashion over Christmas.
Lakers’ coach Cormac O’Donoghue is expected to have a full squad to choose from this weekend and tip-off in Killarney Sports Centre is at 7.30pm.
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