Busy time Portlaoise U-12 Basketball team

The Portlaoise Boy’s U-12 Basketball team travelled to play New Inn in the Kilkenny Area League.

The Portlaoise Boy’s U-12 Basketball team travelled to play New Inn in the Kilkenny Area League.

New Inn started the better with early baskets but Portlaoise settled into the game with good shooting from their ball handler Ben O Reilly and James Phelan who was eventually to be top scorer of the game with an excellent 14 points. As the quarter went on both teams were playing well with Stephen Mc Cabe and Niall Carey putting in good performances for the visiting team but as the quarter came to a close New Inn edged out in front 12 points to 8 points. The second quarter saw Portlaoise for the first time begin to dominate thanks to Rian O Connell and their Captain Dylan Phelan. As the game went on Portlaoise went up a gear running the ball at every opportunity resulting in fine scores from Darren Moore and James Connolly to help their team to a 10-point lead at the break.

The second half saw both teams playing some excellent basketball, exchanging baskets, for New Inn scores came from Seamus O Keeffe and Ciaran O Brien while James Phelan and Niall Carey replied for Portlaoise. As the quarter went on Portlaoise kept the scoreboard ticking over with great baskets from Sam Wynne and Stephen Mc Cabe to maintain their lead. In the last quarter Portlaoise again upped the tempo with good movement of the ball resulting in baskets from their big man Rian O Connell and Dylan Phelan to extend their lead. New Inn to their credit battled hard but failed to score on a number of occasions down the floor while Portlaoise on the other hand finished the game strong with fine shooting from James Connolly and Darren Moore to help their team remain unbeaten at the top of the Kilkenny Area League.

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The Portlaoise boy’s U-12 basketball team travelled to Portarlington for a Midland Area League Blitz. In their first game of the day they took on local rivals Kestrels.

The first quarter saw the defences on both sides dominate and as a result scores were very restricted but their were good performances, Colm Byrne and Stephen Mc Cabe for Portlaoise while Ciaran Ward and Sam Molloy played well for the host team. The quarter was nearly over when the first basket came for Portlaoise through Stephen Mc Cabe and a free throw from Ben O Reilly. The second quarter saw Portlaoise up the tempo of the game and at last put scores on the board from James Phelan and their big man Rian O Connell. As the quarter went on Kestrels continued to battle hard but failed to score on a number of occasions down the floor. In hindsight the game was won and lost in this quarter as Portlaoise got scores from James Phelan and Dylan Phelan playing a captains part getting four unanswered baskets to see his team lead by 15 points at the break, 19 points to 4 points.

Kestrels came out the stronger at the start of the second half with good scores from Ned Ryan and Pierce Hinds. As the quarter went on both teams were battling hard for every ball and again both defences were on top. James Connolly and Niall Carey were playing well for Portlaoise while Cormac Maughan and Conor Mortigue showed well for the home side. The last quarter saw Portlaoise dominate with good work from Darren Moore and Stephen Mc Cabe and although Portlaoise created a lot of good scoring opportunities they again failed to finish with baskets. In what was a hard fought game Portlaoise held their composure and were happy to see out the last few minutes to go on to a well deserved win.

In their second game of the day Portlaoise played Tullamore.

Portlaoise started the better with early baskets from Sam Wynne and Colm Byrne. As the quarter went on Portlaoise were dominating with good running basketball resulting in scores from Ben O Reilly and Stephen Mc Cabe. It was the perfect start for the Portlaoise boys as they put 16 points on the scoreboard through good movement of the ball finishing with scores from Eddie Critchley and Colm Byrne. The second quarter continued much the same with Niall Carey and Dylan Phelan getting baskets for Portlaoise. Tullamore to their credit battled hard but Portlaoise were in full flow running the ball at every opportunity resulting in scores from Darren Moore and Rian O Connell to open up a signifent 28-point lead.

The second half saw both teams relax with the final outcome in little doubt, both went on to get some good baskets, Tullamore scores came from Andrew Kavanagh and Oisin Rice while Portlaoise replied through James Connolly and Darren Moore. As the quarter went on Portlaoise continued to control the game with fine shooting from Eddie Critchley and Colm Byrne. The last quarter saw Portlaoise continue to keep the scoreboard ticking over thanks to baskets from James Connolly and Ben O Reilly. Tullamore to their credit never gave up and were rewarded with baskets from Andrew Kavanagh and Richard Murphy. Portlaoise went on to finish the stronger team with scores from Niall Carey and Stephen Mc Cabe to help their team to a well deserved win and remain unbeaten at the top of the Midland Area League Table.

Portlaoise Panthers Team: Dylan Phelan(Capt); Rian O Connell; Colm Byrne; James Phelan; Ben O Reilly; Jack Coss; James Connolly; Eddie Critchley; Darren Moore; Stephen Mc Cabe; Leon Houlihan; Sam Wynne; Arron Mc Gowan; Niall Carey. Coaches Ken Glynn, Shay Dooley.