The Portlaoise boy’s U-12 basketball team travelled to Portarlington for their first Midland Area Blitz of the season. In their first game of the day Portlaoise played Tullamore.
Portlaoise started the better with strong defence and good performances from Aaron Lalor and Marks Klindzans.
As the quarter went on there was nothing between the teams with both defences on top, Portlaoise edged out in front thanks to baskets from Sam Wynne and Ben Conroy.
The second quarter opened up into a good running game with both teams exchanging baskets, Tullamore got scores from Cian Malone and Dan Daly while Dara Ramsbotton and Davin Mc Evoy showed well for Portlaoise.
As the half time whistle approached Jake Conroy was working hard resulting in baskets from Damien Moore to see the teams level at the break.
The second half continued much the same as the first with both teams playing well, Darragh Beere and Christian Kenny put in good work for Portlaoise. As the quarter went on Tullamore edged out in front with scores from Mateus Lima while Portlaoise were unlucky not to put points on the scoreboard despite good work from Luke Thompson and Kurt Dinneen.
The last quarter saw Portlaoise come back into the game with baskets from Dara Ramsbottom and Damien Moore. With two minutes left in the game, the teams were level and it could have gone either way in this close contest but it was Portlaoise who got the vital scores from their Captain Damien Moore after good work from his team mates Jake Conroy and Davin Mc Evoy to help their team go on to a well deserved win.
In their second game of the day Portlaoise played Athlone who started the better with a couple of early baskets.
Portlaoise were slow to get on the score sheet despite good work from Sam Wynne and Dara Ramsbottom. Athlone went on to get 10 points in this quarter while Portlaoise were unlucky with the final shoot despite good work from Darragh Beere and Christian Kenny.
Portlaoise were eventually rewarded for their hard work with baskets from Ben Conroy.
If the first quarter went to Athlone the second definitely went to Portlaoise with Jake Conroy and Damien Moore putting points on the scoreboard. The game was turning into a good contest between two well-organised teams. As the halftime whistle approached Portlaoise opened up a three point lead thanks to fine shooting from Marks Klindzans and Damien Moore.
The second half saw Athlone start the better with good baskets. Portlaoise continued to work hard with Darragh Beere and Christian Kenny showing well. As the quarter went on Athlone went into a four point lead despite baskets from Ben Conroy and Sam Wynne for Portlaoise.
The last quarter saw both teams playing well, exchanging baskets, Danny Mooney put points on the score board while Damien Moore playing a Captains part replying for Portlaoise.
The last couple of minutes saw Portlaoise upped the tempo in an effort to bridge the gap but Athlone showed great composure to hold on to a well deserved 6 point win.
Portlaoise Panthers Team: Damien Moore, Davin Mc Evoy, Cathal Murphy, Kurt Dinneen Caroll, Sam Wynne, Christian Kenny Oman, Matthew Delaney, Dara Ramsbottom, Daragh Buggie, Jake Conroy, Aaron Lalor, Kurt Carroll, Ben Conroy, Marks Klindzans, Darragh Beere.