Portlaoise travelled to Clonaslee to play Athlone in their first game of this round of the Midlands League. Portlaoise knew it would be a difficult task.
It started well with great work on offence from Portlaoise with great baskets from Dan Wolski and Conor Mc Kenna.
Athlone called a timeout to reform and then they turned up their defence but the Portlaoise boys were able to step it up and continue to put pressure on Athlone.
As Portlaoise continued to increase the pressure and force a very comfortable lead, Athlone stayed fighting until the end, but was not good enough as Portlaoise held on themselves to a well deserved win on a scoreline of Portlaoise 45 Athlone 38.
Portlaoise then played Kilkenny in a very good game of basketball played by both teams.
Portlaoise started very well with fine defence by Pat Critchley and Dan Wolski which gave Portlaoise a comfortable start. Kilkenny answered back with fine baskets from Colm Prenderville and it was turning out to be an exciting game at the end of the half.
Portlaoise stepped it up on the defence and offence but Kilkenny also continued to add scores to increase the lead.
It was a good game of basketball to watch with both teams giving it everything. Kilkenny came away with the win having a little more fight left in them following the revious fixtures.
Great basketball played all day but Portlaoise couldn’t continue their winning streak with Kilkenny taking the game on a scoreline of Portlaoise 32 Kilkenny 50.