Panthers claim win over local rivals Kestrels

The Portlaoise boys U-12 basketball team travelled to Portarlington to play local club Kestrels in the Midland Area League Competition.

The Portlaoise boys U-12 basketball team travelled to Portarlington to play local club Kestrels in the Midland Area League Competition.

The first couple of minutes was a tense affair with both defences on top with baskets at a premium. As the quarter went on Portlaoise got on the scoreboard with baskets from Dara Ramsbottom and Sean Gilbather. Portlaoise continued playing well with good performances from Tiernan Hayes and Ben Reddin to restrict Kestrels to only one point. The second quarter saw a new five players for Portlaoise and for the first time they began to dominate with good movement of the ball resulting in baskets from Christian Kenny and their big man Davin Mc Evoy.

As the quarter went on Portlaoise had good work from Jamie Preston and Matthew Delaney. As the halftime whistle approached Portlaoise maintained their four point lead thanks to good work from Luke Thompson and Davin Mc Evoy.

The second half saw the game tighten up again with very few baskets from either team. Portlaoise seemed to be dominating with good work from Dara Ramsbottom and Jamie Preston but could not finish with the final shot. Portlaoise did eventually get scores from their ball handler Ben Reddin after good work from his team mates Sean Gilbather and Jamie Preston.

The last quarter saw Portlaoise extent their lead thanks to baskets from Luke Thompson and Christian Kenny. As the quarter went on Portlaoise showed why they are unbeaten this season with great defence restricting Kestrels to four points.

As the game came to a close Portlaoise were happy to control the ball to run down the clock to go on to a well deserved win that sees them take a major step towards winning the Midland Area League Competition.

Portlaoise U-12: Damien Moore (Capt), Matthew Delaney;(V Capt), Christian Kenny, Dara Ramsbottom, Luke Thompson, Davin McEvoy, Kyle Enright, Aaron Dooley, Ben Reddin, Jamie Preston, Sean Gilbather, Jack Grant, Eoghan Dempsey, Tiernan Hayes.