The Portlaoise boy’s U-12 basketball team played host to Castlecomer in their first game of the Kilkenny Area League.
The first couple of minutes was a tight affair with both defences dominating. Portlaoise went in front with good work from Aaron Lalor and Cathal Murphy.
As the quarter went on Portlaoise opened up a four point lead thanks to fine shooting from Darragh Buggie and Ben Conroy.
The second quarter opened up into a good running game with both teams playing well and exchanging baskets. Darragh O’ Rourke got two baskets for the visiting team while Davin Mc Evoy and Damien Moore, playing a captain’s, part replied for the home team. As the half-time whistle approached, Portlaoise extended their lead thanks to good work from Christian Kenny and Jake Conroy.
The second half continued much the same with little or nothing between these young teams. Castlecomer, despite battling hard for every ball, were unlucky with the final shot but Portlaoise were now growing in confidence with Ben Conroy and Sam Wynne getting good scores.
The last quarter saw Castlecomer come back strong with the first couple of baskets but the bigger and stronger Portlaoise lads responded with good movement of the ball resulting in baskets from Jake Conroy and their big man Davin Mc Evoy. Portlaoise finished the game strong with good performances from Luke Thompson and Marks Klindzans to help them go on to a well deserved win.
Portlaoise Panthers: Damien Moore; Davin Mc Evoy; Cathal Murphy; Kurt Dinneen Caroll; Sam Wynne; Christian Kenny Oman; Matthew Delaney; Dara Ramsbottom; James Foyle; Daragh Buggie; Jake Conroy; Aaron Lalor; Kurt Carroll; Ben Conroy; Marks Klindzans; Colm Killeen.