Lakers and Cougars fans must play waiting game

Cougars’ player-coach Justin Tuason
Scott’s Lakers coach Jarleth Lee

BASKETBALL fans in Killarney who had been rubbing their hands in anticipation of a glamour National League local derby clash between Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s and Killarney Cougars this Saturday night have been left disappointed.

The big game between the experienced Lakers and new NBL club Cougars was due to be played in the Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre but Basketball Ireland has called an immediate halt to all league action due to the ongoing pandemic.

New Scott’s Lakers PRO Enda Walshe confirmed that the club was informed that no games can be played and the cessation of action will be for an unknown period of time.

Adding extra bite to the local derby was the fact that three former Lakers’ players have defected to Cougars with American native player/coach Justin Tuason leaving the longer established club last season and he has been followed to the ranks of the new club by former Lakers’ skipper Mark Greene and veteran Andrew Fitzgerald along with star signing Igor Marldewicz from UCD Marian.

Respected Tralee coach Pa Carey has also been enlisted to supervise proceedings.

The new Lakers’ coach it the experienced Jarlath Lee who is determined to give youth its fling this season with Jamie O’Sullivan and Mark O’Shea and 16-year-old Senan O’Leary taking to the court alongside Keelin Houlihan, David Gleeson and Ronan Collins from Gneeveguilla.

Lakers have also snapped up the services of two star signings in Canadian Ben Miller and Spaniard Matias Boho who have all the credentials required to make a big impact in Division 1 of the NFL – when the action finally starts.

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